Since the first Dasos fund was launched in 2009, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) planning, execution, monitoring and reporting have been integral parts of the investment cycle and reporting. ESG matters are considered from the flow identification and due-diligence stage to value creation and exit.
The ESG work is guided by a comprehensive Dasos Forest Investment Policy, which integrates International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) environmental and social safeguards, the European Union’s (EU) environmental policies, and the Equator principles.
According to Dasos Forest Investment Policy, all forest assets are to be certified independently as sustainably managed based on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and/or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC®).
Dasos has responded to these demands by developing and piloting of SDG reporting, and adopting comprehensive forest carbon monitoring and reporting system.
Reporting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an integral part of Dasos sustainability strategy.
Dasos SDG reporting framework focuses on six SDGs and eleven social, economic and environmental indicators, based on materiality assessment.
For example, under SDG 7, Dasos reports on Fossil Energy Replaced by Wood-based Energy, under SDG 12 Certified Wood Volume Sold of Total, and under SDG 13 Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
The integration of SDGs into Dasos ESG management creates an opportunity to:
Dasos has adopted a systemwide approach to forest carbon accounting by asset and at portfolio level. The system accounts separately for changes in carbon stock and emissions by: carbon stored above-the-ground biomass, carbon stored under soil, carbon stored in harvested wood products (including substitution effects), emissions due to silvicultural operations and harvesting, and emissions due to transport. Dasos carbon footprint is reported as part of the annual SDG report.