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:

Waste
Reduce food-related waste throughout the entire food supply chain.
Earth
Restore the quality of existing agricultural land worldwide, as a prerequisite to producing more food with less environmental impact.
Nutrition
Ensure a healthy and balanced diet for everyone.
Stability
Encourage and promote more stable supply of and access to food - resiliency in the face of climate change, shocks, etc.

In 2016, our Chairman Weibe Draijer joined Champions 12.3, alongside other CEOs, government officials, global institution executives, and civil society leaders, to address the UN SDG Target 12.3: halving food waste 50% by 2030. And in 2018, we took a bold step to address the Earth theme by partnering with UN Environment to build a $1 billion program to catalyze sustainable food production, called AGRI3.

As a bank whose mission is ‘Growing a Better World Together’ it’s natural for Rabobank to embrace the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to work with our clients to focus on accelerating sustainable food production. We believe that we can grow a better world together if we focus specifically on those issues for which we can make a difference together with our clients. Helping to feed the world more sustainably is one of the most urgent priorities.

Image author

Weibe Draijer, Chairman of the Managing Board

Image author

Rabobank Wholesale Banking North America, in coordination with global colleagues and our sister regional entities Rabo AgriFinance and DLL, has embarked on actionable initiatives that address our four “Growing a Better World Together” themes and span across the F&A industry from farm to fork.

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 have also forged partnerships with prominent universities across the region to connect with and support the next generation of leaders in food and agriculture. Through our partnership with MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab, we annually sponsor the Rabobank-MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize, a premier business plan and pitch competition for U.S. university and graduate students, focused on developing new products and technologies to improve sustainability in our food system. Additionally, we have ongoing partnerships with the following universities:

Sustainable Finance

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:

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.

Community Impact

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).