FRA welcomes New of Church of England's Timberland investments
FRA a US-based forestry investment research and analysis consultancy, has welcomed news
that the Church of England has increased its exposure to timberland investments over the past
Bainbridge Island, WA, June 01, 2012 - Forestry Research Associates (FRA) a US-based forestry
investment research and analysis consultancy, has welcomed news that the Church of England has
increased its exposure to timberland investments over the past 18 months.
The Church of England is one of the UK’s largest non-profit organizations in terms of money
invested and it has been restructuring its investment portfolio, worth £5.2 billion, over the past
year-and-a-half. It has moved much of its allocation into uncrowded, unconventional assets such
FRA claims that the example is the most powerful demonstration of a general move towards
alternative investments in the charity sector in the UK and abroad and a general move away from
stocks and bonds and into tangible, ethical asset classes.
“It seems to sit much better with charities to invest in something tangible and ideally something
socially and environmentally responsible,” claimed FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins. He added,
“The equity markets are a volatile place at the moment and when money is as precious as it is to
the charities sector, a low risk approach is vital."
That's not to say that good returns can’t be made from alternative investments, added FRA.
FRA is a keen promoter of timberland investments as an option that is not closely aligned with
general economic trends and indicators.
Firms like Greenwood Management, which operate plantations in Brazil, offer individuals and
group investors, such as pension funds and charities, the chance to invest as little as EUR 10,000
in timberland that is managed sustainably.
These kinds of projects are popular at the moment as timber demand is rising off the back of the
growth of emerging economies that need timber to help expand their infrastructures. As well as
providing timber as a raw material for construction the plantations also provide the booming steel
industry within Brazil itself with sustainable charcoal.
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