A Message From Our Founders –
Now more than ever, as we struggle globally with COVID-19, we need to reconsider our relationship with nature. As a zoonotic virus, for which bats and pangolins are reservoir hosts or amplifier hosts, we need to focus on our interaction with species and their habitats. We must consider the public health and economic consequences of not doing so. This moment amplifies the need to shift from extractive to regenerative economic opportunities. Recycle and reuse should become the norm while we work to lighten our footprints. We should recognise the broad risks if this doesn’t happen. The immediate costs to human life, the job losses and dramatic disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic make the current moment painfully tangible. Another example of shifting, material risk is, of course, climate. The profound, longer-term transformational shifts that are needed to protect our planet amid our climate emergency are not any less relevant to us, our economies, and ourfinancial markets than the current health crisis. Clearly, the more we protect nature, our biodiversity, our wildlife habitats, the more we protect ourselves: A strong and resilient natural world leads to a stronger global economy and human species.
As a firm, we at ADM Capital expect strong financial performance from our investments but also social and environmental performance from our portfolio companies. We want to make sure that risks are addressed, that we are thinking not just in terms of a short-term strategy but longer term for our business and clients. This perspective is reinforced and monitored at every step of our investment process. We are working toward a sustainable future that creates jobs, promotes clean air, clean water, good governance, security for nature, protection for our forests and for our health.
This is our first sustainability report and we welcome any chance to share our progress on this journey, as well as to learn from others how we can improve and upgrade our positive impact.