The Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform convenes companies wishing to better understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. By considering these impacts and dependencies, our members are able to make better decisions, identify new business opportunities and drive more strategic approaches to natural capital.
We welcome companies which are keen to enhance their own performance and are committed to sharing learning with others and to contribute solutions to natural capital loss and ecosystem degradation.
Over 50 leading businesses test new Natural Capital Protocol to ensure it's robust, practical and relevant
26 February 2016 – Today, the CISL-led pilot testing phase finishes for the new draft of the Natural Capital Protocol that is being developed by the Natural Capital Coalition.
Cotton industry must incorporate natural capital in its business plans to ensure sustainable future, new University of Cambridge report says
11 February 2016 – Seven leading global businesses called today on all actors in the cotton industry to accelerate action on natural capital to ensure a sustainable future for the sector. They joined forces with social and environmental initiatives and cotton experts to produce a report that demonstrates the positive natural capital impacts of specific cotton production practices.
25 January 2016 – The importance of natural resource security for dairy production was highlighted today at an event at the House of Lords, on the occasion of the launch of a new report on natural capital and the dairy sector.
13 October 2015 – Today, over 40 leading businesses will be the first to see the new draft of the Natural Capital Protocol, being developed by the Natural Capital Coalition. The testing programme will be led by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a member of the Coalition.
16 July 2015 – The Natural Capital Coalition has today released a new report that represents a snapshot of opinion from more than eighty businesses about the current state of play of natural capital measurement and valuation.
1 April 2015 – We welcome two new members to the Natural Capital Leaders Platform.
3 March 2015 – Senior decision-makers from 20 leading international companies including Mars, Nestlé and Olam have met to discuss the need to build commercial logic for business to protect the environment at scale.
17 February 2015 – The Natural Capital Leaders Platform member businesses have collaborated in producing a report that underlines natural capital challenges and the potential business opportunities from appropriate management responses and investments.
27 November 2014 - London: The first Nexus Network Conference CISL is currently working with University of East Anglia and the University of Sussex on the Nexus Network that explores the linkages between water, food, energy and the environment.
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.
15 October 2014 - What is natural capital valuation? How can it inform business decisions? E.Valu.A.Te: the Game, produced by the Natural Capital Leaders Platform, demystifies natural capital valuation and shows how it can inform commercial decisions that mitigate risk, reduce negative environmental impacts, and create value.
15 October 2014 - The Natural Capital Leaders Platform convened over 40 companies at The Royal Society, London and via a webinar for a roundtable discussion on valuing natural capital. This enabled businesses to discuss the new Natural Capital Protocol, which could transform corporate reporting and make natural capital accounting ‘second nature’ for business.
22 July 2014 - Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership has been selected by the Natural Capital Coalition to develop and pilot a new Natural Capital Protocol.
25 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?
25 June 2014 - Cambridge-hosted industry platform calls for joint action plan with government.
25 June 2014 - The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land report has been widely featured.
ESRC launches The Nexus Network to foster new connections across food, energy, water and the environment – 9 June 2014
09 June 2014 - The Nexus Network, launched on Monday 9 June, offers business the opportunity, for the first time, to design and deliver research by embracing science in all its manifestations – social and natural – to ensure the sustainable management and secure supply of natural capital, including energy, food and water.
03 June 2014 - Water is an economically strategic resource, provided and regulated by nature and underpins many business activities. Ensuring that water is carefully stewarded and available in sufficient quantity and quality is a subject of vital interest to business, however, to date the management of and investment in water has been disjointed.
02 June 2014 - Water and its effective management are vital to life and with better integration, water can be exploited as an opportunity to improve our health and wellbeing. There is a growing awareness of the important role of planning in joining up land use and water management. However, water issues are often not considered in a joined-up way.
25 April 2014 - The unsustainable management of water resources, together with rising water demands and the impacts of climate change, poses significant risks to water companies and businesses reliant on agriculture (agribusinesses), as reported in a series of commentary pieces and an editorial in Nature Climate Change.
01 December 2013 - The Natural Capital Leaders Platform has published its reports to support the suite of innovative web-based tools launched at the Second Nature event (see below).
26 November 2013 - Second Nature, a University of Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform event, launched a suite of innovative web-based tools to help global businesses better manage the goods and services from nature upon which they rely at The Royal Society in London.
07 October 2013 - The University of Cambridge Research website features the Natural Capital Leaders Platform: how it is helping big businesses consider their impact on the environment by evaluating and placing a value upon these, currently uncosted, impacts. This leads to a re-evaluation of activities to combine profitability with sustainability.
August 2013 – the Guardian features the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's water collaboratory, as leading businesses sign up to participate in this innovative programme.