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Federal Government Supports Nature-Based Reporting for Financial Lenders

The Australian Federal Government has endorsed an international initiative that seeks to establish a framework for financial lenders to evaluate their investments’ environmental risks and opportunities. This comes after the Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures unveiled a set of general recommendations for the evolving guidelines.

During the preliminary stages of this framework, the government conducted case studies focusing on three agricultural commodities: beef, salmon, and cotton. The framework is now open for voluntary adoption.

Several of Australia’s prominent agricultural lenders, such as the Commonwealth Bank, Rabobank, and the National Australia Bank, have joined this initiative. Meat & Livestock Australia is among the organisations participating.

The task force’s primary objective is to redirect global financial resources from activities that harm the environment to those that benefit it. When questioned about the potential of these guidelines becoming mandatory for Australian producers, a Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water representative stated that it’s premature to discuss such possibilities. They emphasised the need for a conducive regulatory and informational environment for effective reporting.