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Working collaboratively to help business sustain the natural environment

The Natural Capital Impact Group is a global network of companies, working collaboratively, to determine how business can sustain the natural world and its resources through its strategies and operating practices.

The Group is composed of progressive companies, including market leaders and household names, with significant land footprints and dependencies upon natural capital. Supported by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), members co-develop, deploy and embed innovative and enterprising approaches to protecting soil, water and biodiversity in their businesses. In this way companies can enhance the natural environment and create access new market opportunities, generate competitive differentiation and manage risks. 

The Group aims to influence its industry peers through the example of business practice, drawing on research-informed knowledge, processes and tools. Through its engagement with governments and the financial system, the Group seeks to create the economic conditions necessary for these practices to achieve scaleable action.


The Group's work aims to help businesses:

Consider natural resources in their decisions

There are many benefits for business that consider natural resources in their decision-making. These include decreased costs, reduced risks, enhanced brand and revenue generation. This was shown in in our Doing Business with Nature report.

The Group is currently working on identifying where research can help inform decisions.

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Measure business impacts on natural resources 

Over the last few years, progressive companies have significantly advanced their understanding of the value of natural resources and the critical services provided by nature. Some businesses now want to go beyond understanding to action. To take action business require informative metrics to manage their impacts and dependencies on these resources effectively. Such metrics can be used also demonstrate the impact of an investment upon the natural environment. The Group is developing simple metrics for business to measure and manage its environmental performance, including its impacts on biodiversity, soil and water.

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Value natural resources in their operations and supply chains

Natural capital valuation can help businesses make better-informed decisions that take into account the degradation of, or the benefits provided to, the environment and those that depend upon it. However, valuation is often poorly understood and only partially achieved by business.

The Group is currently working on helping businesses to measure and value their direct and indirect impacts and dependencies on natural capital.

Collaborate on natural resource issues

Business collaboration is vital to secure the natural resources necessary for business and society. The  Group works with businesses in sectors such as dairy and apparel to look at natural resource issues through joint research projects.


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Gemma Cranston, Acting Director, Natural Resource Security Portfolio

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