Global Forestry Investments: Top Ten Tips For Keeping Your Business Green
Andrew Skeene and Omari Bowers, Founders of Global Forestry Investments - a sustainable forestry company with projects in Brazil and offices in London, New York, Sao Paulo and Dubai - explain a little more about their business and provide some top tips on how SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprises) can stay green and help do their bit to protect the environment.
Andrew says, “At Global Forestry Investments we basically purchase forestry land in emerging markets and plant trees. We then sell sections of land and trees to investors. For each tree an investor purchases, we will purchase a second tree...
...in a protected area. The trees we plant will remain completely untouched and go towards reforesting the depleted Brazilian rainforest.”
Investor’s trees are left to grow and mature until they are ready to be sold. At present we are dealing with teak trees, which take roughly 20 to 25 years to mature. When the trees are ready to be sold to market, an investor will have hoped to have made a return of around ten to 20 percent per annum on their original investment.
Andrew says, “Throughout the process we take care of the land and manage the trees. This is a long term investment opportunity, perfect for smaller investors who are perhaps looking to choose an ethical and sustainable investment for their children and grandchildren.”
Omari continues, “For us, Brazil isn’t just a business venture. It has given us an opportunity to genuinely make a big difference to many people’s lives and that is something that drives both of us. The next ten years are going to be a huge decade in the fight against climate change and it fills us with a great sense of pride that we are going to be part... continued on page two >