Sustainability | Rabobank

Promoting Sustainability Throughout the Food System

Given our strong presence in the food, agribusiness, and renewable energy sectors, we believe we have the responsibility to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing sustainability issues.

Our responsibility to undertake some of the world’s most crucial sustainability problems has led to our Banking for Food strategy. Experience has taught us that caring for people and the environment often goes hand in hand with the creation of new income and wealth opportunities. By leveraging our position as a leading provider of financing, knowledge and networks, we work together with the sectors we serve towards increasing food availability, safety and security, and promoting balanced nutrition and stable supply chains.

Access to Finance

To execute on sustainable business models, businesses need new and different financing tools. Rabobank is leading the charge in developing financial solutions that make sustainability a viable undertaking.


We are a leading financier of solar, wind, bioenergy, and energy infrastructure projects Additionally, Rabobank is an Equator Principles Financial Institution, (EPFI) which means we are committed to only financing projects which comply with the Equator Principles, set of social and environmental standards. Rabobank’s Renewable Energy Financing team focuses on the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors, offering advisory, structuring, arranging and underwriting Renewable Energy Financing transactions.

Green Bonds

Rabobank is the world’s largest issuer of Green Bonds, a unique financing tool which empowers sustainable development projects and have been playing a leading role in green bond execution since the Green Bond Principles with 12 other financial institutions in 2014. The Green Bond Principles, a framework for designating, disclosing, managing and reporting on Green Bonds, have grown to include more than 130 adhering financial institutions.

Development of Value Chains

In Africa, Rabo Development has alliances with banks that play an important part in developing the agricultural sector in their countries.

Access to Knowledge

We are committed to sharing our institutional knowledge of the global food system. Rabobank convenes and participates in global roundtables and discussion forums in collaboration with industry, policymakers and academics in order to co-develop solutions around the biggest challenges facing food and agribusiness and share insights with stakeholders.

We are dedicated to maintaining our position as the preeminent thought leader in food and agribusiness, and sustainability is a key theme throughout our research. Our RaboResearch analysts cover cross-sectoral issues such as the implications of global water management, organic conversion, and sustainable on-farm technologies.

By creating partnerships with leading universities like Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab, New York University’s Center for Sustainable Business, and Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, we support the generation and dissemination of insights on key topics across the food & agricultural value chain.

Access to Networks

Finally, we leverage our networks to help make food and agri chains more sustainable. With the Leader in Sustainability Award presented annually at Rabobank North America’s Food & Agribusiness Summit, we recognize organizations making significant strides towards business, environmental, social and governance sustainability. Additionally, we celebrate high-potential emerging businesses seeking to solve the future food challenge –more food, for more people, with the same resources in a more sustainable way— as part of our FoodBytes! and Terra programs.

Strengthening Our Communities

In addition to supporting clients’ sustainable business agendas, we also focus on our own actions. To understand and mitigate our environmental impact, we track our carbon footprint through electricity use, paper use, and air and ground travel.

We are equally committed to local community engagement, playing an active role in local organizations and supporting initiatives that improve quality of life in the neighborhoods in which we operate.

And in Africa, Latin America and Asia, Rabobank Foundation supports the development of healthy and sustainable agricultural value chains by supporting the small scale farmers and their organizations increasing their production, efficiency and market access.

We are and always have been a bank with vision. We believe in the power of private sector leadership to help secure a more prosperous future for our communities and our planet.