Growing A Better World Together
Rabobank’s Banking for Food strategy leverages our position as the world’s leading food and agriculture (F&A)-focused financial services provider. With our deep F&A expertise and global network, we work to support and ensure a sustainable supply of food to feed our growing planet by 2050. We call this mission Growing a Better World Together, as Rabobank seeks to play a critical role in ensuring a vibrant food system by collaborating with our clients and key partners around the world. Rabobank has outlined four broad themes in food and agriculture that serve as the basis for our sustainability goals and efforts:
Knowledge, Networks & Partnerships
Our renowned RaboResearch F&A team covers global cross-sectoral issues, including: regenerative agriculture and organic land conversion, alternative ingredients, waste and packaging solutions, changing consumer preferences, and emerging technologies. Our RaboResearch Markets team provides macro-economic overviews and in-depth coverage on energy markets, which are integral to F&A sectors, as well as being an additional stand- alone industry focus for Rabobank.
Innovation that encourages industry pivots and evolution is critical in promoting a sustainable and thriving F&A industry. FoodBytes! by Rabobank proudly offers distinct pitch and pilot programs that build lasting connections between the most promising food and agriculture startups, corporates, and investors; helping them pioneer a more sustainable future.
Rabobank also works in collaboration with industry, policymakers and research institutes to co-develop solutions around the biggest challenges facing food and agribusiness and share insights with stakeholders. Some of these partnerships include:
We help our clients achieve their sustainability goals by providing tailored financial solutions and structures that integrate their capital and sustainability needs.
Renewable Energy: Project Finance
Rabobank is a leading financier of solar, wind, bioenergy, and energy infrastructure projects. Our Project Finance team focuses on the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors, offering advisory, structuring, arranging and underwriting capabilities for renewable energy financing transactions.
Green Finance: Loans and Bonds
Rabobank is an experienced issuer of both Green Loans and Bonds. Green loans follow the Sustainability Linked Loan Principles, deploying funds for specific sustainability projects, or linking the recipient’s ESG performance to their financing rate.
Recent Rabobank green loan North American transactions cited in the press include:
- Rabobank Leads Groundbreaking Credit Facility for Mercon.
- Maple Leaf Foods Secures First Sustainability-Linked Credit Facility in Canada
- Bunge Limited Closes its First Sustainability-Linked Revolving Credit Facility
Green bonds are fixed-income instruments specifically earmarked to raise funds for climate and environmental projects. Rabobank was a founding member of the ICMA Green Bond Principles and co-author of the ICMA Social Bonds Guidance. In 2017, Rabobank was awarded Environmental Finance’s Bond of the Year.
We are equally committed to having meaningful impact in the communities where we work and live. Rabobank North America supports and works with organizations that focus on mitigating hunger and alleviating poverty, environmental stewardship, and medical and public health initiatives.
We are proud to give all employees across North America 2 paid days each year to volunteer with a host of local charity partners that recently have includes Feeding America, City Harvest (New York City), San Francisco and Marin Food Bank (San Francisco), Midtown Assistance Center (Atlanta), and Second Harvest (Toronto), The Greater Chicago Food Depository (Chicago), and Ectagono (Mexico City).