Geneva, Switzerland, 19 March 2021 – BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group (TIG), one of the world’s oldest and largest timberland managers, has joined nearly 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
With more than a 40-year track record, TIG has nearly US$ 4 billion assets and commitments and approximately 2.6 million acres under management throughout the U.S., Latin America and elsewhere. The TIG team is composed of more than 100 professional staff in 15 offices and home offices throughout the U.S. and Latin America, bringing local, regional, and global experience to bear on the management of client investments.
In 2020, TIG launched Landscape Capital, a new division that is seeking to accelerate the transition to a regenerative economy through natural climate solutions at scale.
“At TIG, we have long believed that investing in a sustainable manner can achieve compelling investment returns, while also creating benefits for people and the environment,” said Gerrity Lansing, Head of TIG. “Last year, we launched Landscape Capital, which is focused on delivering outsized climate benefits from natural climate solutions: when forests are planted, harvested and replanted sustainably, and the harvested wood is used in the right applications, the climate benefit of storing carbon in long-lived wood products and of displacing more carbon-intensive materials like concrete, steel or plastic can be 2-3x the benefit of the forest itself,” he added.
“We’re looking forward to working with the other members of WBCSD’s Forest Solutions Group, as well as with the broader network, to strengthen the role sustainably managed forests and forest products can play in mitigating climate change, as well as supporting sustainable development and biodiversity,” he added.
“We are delighted to welcome Timberland Investment Group to the WBCSD network and to the Forest Solutions Group. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise in sustainable timberland investment combined with their drive for responsible investment practices, and their commitment to sustainably managing the world’s timberlands while applying high standards of environmental and social governance innovation will bring added value to our network of member companies. It is a priority that we work together with companies like TIG that can help transform our world towards one that is net zero-emissions, circular, healthy, inclusive and resilient” said WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker. “WBCSD is dedicated to working towards a transformation in sustainable systems. This will only be achieved in collaboration with global industry leaders such as TIG and we look forward to working with them and benefit from their leadership and experience across our programs and projects.”