TIAA’s Accumulation of Farmland Is Not Responsible

TIAA’s Accumulation of Farmland Is Not Responsible

TIAA’s “Responsible Investment in Farmland” report series highlights the fact that in 2011 TIAA was one of a group of businesses that developed the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) Farmland Guidelines, which are supposed to guide institutional investors who wish to invest in farmland in a responsible manner. These guidelines were originally called the “UN Principles for Responsible Investment in Farmland.” However, the misleading original name hides the fact that while the businesses came together under UN auspices, the private sector signa- tories developed these principles primarily to further their investment interests, and they are not explicitly tied to human rights and other international law.

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Authors: Doug Hertzler and Jeff Conant
With thanks to: Elizabeth Umlas
Date published: November 2020
Number of pages: 15