The sustainable investor for a changing world

Investing in companies transforming the global food system

The opportunity 

The food and agriculture sector is a cause of and victim to environmental degradation. Pressures are intensifying as growing populations and rising living standards drive increased consumption of resource-intensive foods.

Addressing these issues will require significant capital investment in new technologies and services, in addition to greater policy support from regulators and governments, which could lead to long-term growth for well-positioned companies.

Fund highlights

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The fund targets the most innovative and responsibly managed leaders in sustainable food supply, resource efficiency and nutrition

The fund’s flexible approach ensures broad, diversified exposure across regions, end markets and sectors

The fund invests in businesses whose revenue sources are aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goals while excluding those that are involved in controversial activities or practices

Team and expertise

BNP Paribas Smart Food is managed by Impax Asset Management, one of the global leaders in environmental markets investing and a long-term partner of BNP Paribas Asset Management. Impax has offices in the UK, US and Hong Kong. 

Michael Landymore, 40 years of industry experience and Agne Rackauskaite, 11 years of industry experience, are the lead portfolio managers. They are both based in London.

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