The LDN Fund environmental and social standards consultation page

The LDN Fund Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) define the framework upon which all projects that will be financed by the Fund must adhere to. The ESS will be integrated into the investment policy of the LDN, and the Fund Manager will have responsibility for conducting a detailed E&S assessment of each project before investment.

The document has been drafted by Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers dedicated to responsible investing, on the basis of expert advice commissioned by the UNCCD Global Mechanism, and has been reviewed by the LDN Fund Advisory Group; including 11 members as follows:

  1. European Investment Bank (EIB)
  2. Caisse des Depôts Group (CDC)
  3. France
  4. Luxembourg
  5. TEMA Foundation
  6. Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  7. Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  8. The Rainforest Alliance
  9. Lawyer cabinet
  10. University of Cambridge
  11. The Rockefeller Foundation

To ensure that all stakeholders, particularly CSOs and NGOs were involved in the elaboration of the LDN Fund environmental and social standards, a public consultation on this document took place between 17 October and 7 November 2016. All comments submitted during this consultation by 16 organizations (see below the list of institutions that provided comments) can be downloaded from this page. The LDN Fund team wishes to thank all individuals and civil society organizations, international organizations and academia for their valuable inputs.

Institutions that provided comments:

  1. Society for Rural Development – Gram Bharati Samiti (GBS)
    (An NGO with Special Consultative Status in the UN ECOSOC)
    Member, CSO Panel in the UNCCD for Asia
  2. Utooni Development Organization
    UNDP Equator Initiative Award 2014
    NGO accredited to the UNCCD
  3. Conservation Evidence
    Conservation Science Group – University of Cambridge
  4. Fundación Hernandiana
  5. School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
    The University of New South Wales
    Sydney, Australia
  6. Natural Capital and Plant Health – Diversity and Livelihoods
    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  7. EMG South Africa
    Drynet Secretariat
  8. Grameena Vikas Samithi (GVS)
  9. UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  10. CSO Panel Member (WEOG Representative)
  11. CARI – Centre d'Actions et de Réalisations InternationaIes
  12. AIDER LAC CSO Panel Representative
  13. Fauna & Flora International
  14. University of Cambridge
  15. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  16. Both ENDS