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Healthy ecosystem metric framework
May 2017 – Investors and companies want to demonstrate their positive impacts on natural capital and show they are reversing the trend of natural environment degradation. The challenge is to identify metrics that are relevant for businesses’ decision-making processes, whilst being simple and practical for investors to use. This working paper outlines the concept for such metrics as developed by members of the Natural Capital Impact Group. It explores how the metric can be categorised as impacts upon the quality and quantity of soil, water and biodiversity. The paper explains the simple methodology that can be applied for business to calculate their impacts consistently and comparably, focusing particularly on the biodiversity component of this metric (soil and water components will be described in separate papers).
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Threading natural capital into cotton
11 February 2016 – A new Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership report, produced jointly with leading global businesses, addresses natural capital challenges in the cotton industry that impact all actors, from farmer to retailers.
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Nexus thinking: can it slow the Great Acceleration?
November 2014 – In July 2014, the Nexus Network commissioned 13 think pieces with the remit of scoping and defining nexus approaches, and stimulating debate across the linked domains of food, energy, water and the environment. The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Jake Reynolds and Gemma Cranston have co-written a think piece entitled ‘Nexus thinking: can it slow the Great Acceleration?’ that explores how business success and corporate decision-making could be shaped by nexus thinking.
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Soil health: Evidence review
July 2017 – Many leading food and beverage sector organisations have demonstrated progress in managing natural capital impacts in their direct operations, including greenhouse gas emissions and waste. Many recognise, however, that the largest impacts occur in their upstream value chains, particularly on farms where raw materials are produced. A key natural capital resource is soil, and managing soil health is one way in which businesses may be able to reduce their negative land use impacts.
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How businesses measure their impacts on nature
May 2017 – Opportunities exist for investors and companies to demonstrate positive impacts and show they are reversing the trend of natural capital degradation. This working paper explores the challenges with identifying metrics that are relevant for businesses’ decision-making processes, whilst being simple and practical for investors to use. It is concluded that there is a lack of comprehensive, commonly accepted metrics that can be used by business and investors to consistently demonstrate their impact upon natural capital. CISL are working with a group of investors and multinational companies to explore and develop these metrics in response to this gap. This working paper represents the first output from CISL led research.
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E.Valu.A.Te Listening to Business
November 2013 – This report discusses what businesses need to close the gap between understanding/identifying externalities and mainstreaming the response to address them.
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E.Valu.A.Te Practical Guide
November 2013 – E.Valu.A.Te: The Practical Guide forms a part of this suite of resources, including an online tool. The Practical Guide provides the technical background and additional information to assist the use of the online tool.
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Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investment
3 June 2014 – Today we launched our report at The Royal Society, London, examining new water strategies that recognise the value of water to different sectors.
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The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land
June 2014 – The demands on UK agricultural land are escalating. Meeting the needs of a growing population, providing greater food and energy security, increasing woodland coverage and offering better environmental protection are just some of these demands. But where will this land be found?
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Natural Convergence: Integrating Business and Government Strategies to Manage Natural Capital
September 2012 – Given the challenging economic backdrop for businesses, one might be forgiven for being uncertain about where sustainable land use fits in. What is clear already, however, is that there are pressures and concerns, readily identified in this report, which we are going to have to tackle in order to have any kind of long-term economic future. Businesses are increasingly realising that in order to operate sustainably they must protect and enhance all the environmental resources and services that are used or affected by their operations.
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