Private companies building innovative solutions together
We all see that climate change is a reality. We all hear that poor rural communities are the first to suffer. We all know that business as usual cannot go on.
How can smallholder farmers continue to provide 70% of the world’s food when they cannot feed their own families? How can the world keep breathing when forests are disappearing and soils are undergoing constant degradation? How can businesses increase the sustainability of their activity without losing their competitive edge?
What if it were possible to tackle all these issues at the same time? What if businesses could be part of the cure, instead of always being seen as the disease? What if private companies could join forces to work with NGOs and the public sector, to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and create value for all?
The Livelihoods funds are supported by private companies who believe in working and learning together to effect change. Who are convinced smallholder farmers are key players in achieving food security on a global scale and preserving ecosystems. Who consider that the best way to support farmers is not by giving them money, but by empowering them through increased access to knowledge and technology.
The Livelihoods funds are about practical, efficient and replicable solutions to build more resilient communities and ecosystems, and sustainable businesses.
GREATER IMPACT TOGETHER
We join forces with
public institutions, NGOs, experts
& rural communities
The Livelihoods investment funds are supported by private companies committed to generating impact while offsetting their carbon footprint or transforming their supply chains. We work together to share knowledge and risks for project implementation and maintenance over periods of 10 to 20 years.
Companies have the opportunity to contribute beyond simple financing by providing expertise to the fund’s project developers and farmers.
When addressing global challenges, no single institution can come up with solutions on its own.
We build performance-driven coalitions with public institutions, NGOs, experts and rural communities to co-create and implement impactful solutions that create value for all parties involved.
Building on lessons learned for greater impact
Danone, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) created the Danone Fund for Nature with the following objectives: restoring degraded ecosystems, redeveloping local economies and combating climate change.
Danone was convinced of the necessity to invent a new model that would provide companies with a hands-on approach to sustainability. Rather than just offering them to simply buy carbon credits to offset their emissions, Danone imagined a model that would enable companies to work directly with project developers, in order to co-design projects that deliver strong social and economic impacts in addition to yielding high-quality carbon credits.
Following the success of a mangrove restoration project in Senegal—the world’s largest mangrove restoration program to date—Danone decided to open the fund to new investors for even greater impact. The Danone Fund for Nature thus evolved into an independent entity in 2011, rebranded as the Livelihoods Carbon Fund. Nine other companies have since joined this fund: Schneider Electric, Crédit Agricole S.A., Michelin, Hermès, SAP, CDC Climat, La Poste, Firmenich, Voyageurs du Monde.
Building on the lessons learned with the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, a second investment fund was launched in 2015: the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (Livelihoods 3F). Its mission remains the same: restoring ecosystems in order to sustainably improve the incomes and livelihoods of rural communities. However, its investors obtain returns that go beyond carbon credits. The main goal of this second fund is to help companies sustainably transform their supply chains with smallholder farmers. L3F investors include Danone, Mars, Firmenich and Veolia.