SLM Partners places environmental and social impact at the centre of its investment strategies. This is not an add-on, an optional extra or merely a reporting exercise. A deeper understanding of ecology drives investment returns, while building social acceptance reduces execution risk. Put another way, we believe that environmental capital and social capital provide the foundation for long-term financial capital.
SLM Partners seeks to invest in land management systems that achieve the following outcomes:
- Improvements in soil fertility, especially levels of soil organic matter
- Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, through soil carbon sequestration and efficient use of fossil fuel-based inputs
- Improved water quality and water cycles
- Enhanced biodiversity
In its activities, SLM Partners will measure environmental impacts on its land and prepare regular reports on progress. One of our goals is to demonstrate that ecological land management systems can produce positive environmental impacts while generating attractive financial returns.
An important social benefit of SLM Partners’ activities is the production of healthy, nutritious food – and other biological commodities – to meet growing world demand. For example, through the SLM Australia Livestock Fund, we invest in pasture-based livestock systems. There is growing scientific evidence that grass-fed meat is healthier than grain-fed meat, because of higher levels of omega-3 fats and antioxidants.
SLM Partners also ensures that its activities are integrated with local communities and make a positive impact on rural development. In industrialised economies, such as the European Union, Australia and North America, the average age of farmers is close to 60 years. Young farmers may struggle to access land on a sufficient scale. Profitability is threatened by high input costs and environmental degradation. We seek to invest in systems that can provide management opportunities for local people, while demonstrating the viability of more sustainable production systems.