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July 22: CISL to develop business hub to test a new Natural Capital Protocol

Natural capital accounting

CISL has been selected as part of a consortium to develop and pilot a new Natural Capital accounting framework. Companies have the opportunity to be part of a market-led development and piloting of a new Natural Capital Protocol with CISL who is running the business hub.

Natural capital accounting enables companies to measure and manage their environmental impacts in a more effective way. By putting a monetary value on pollution and resource use, companies can better understand and integrate sustainability into their businesses to improve efficiency, reduce risk and increase revenues.

CISL is to lead the business hub, working in partnership with Ernst & Young, Trucost, IUCN, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Institute for Ecology Research Services, Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) and True Price, as well as a number of independent expert advisers. The protocol and supporting guidance will be published in December 2015.

Companies interested in becoming involved should contact Dr Gemma Cranston.

Download the press release. 

June 25: The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land features widely in the media

The Telegraph

The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land report has been featured on the BBC, the Telegraph, the Scottish Herald, Energy Live News, Farmers’ Guardian, Farmers’ Weekly, Agriland, ClickGreen, World BulletinIndustry Leaders Magazine and the Cambridge Evening News, among others. Andrew Montague-Fuller, lead author of the report, talks about its findings to Australia’s ABC Rural.

June 25: Two million hectare shortfall in UK land possible by 2030, study finds

Download the press release.

Cambridge-hosted industry platform calls for joint action plan with government. Read more about The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land report on the Natural Capital Leaders Platform page. 

25 June 2014: The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land

The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land

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?

The Natural Capital Leaders Platform has launched a report at The British Academy, London, that has engaged industry in a review of the demand and supply of UK agricultural land use and potential responses. The report, The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land, was produced in collaboration with Asda, Sainsbury’s, Nestlé, AB Agri, Yara, BASF, BOCM Pauls, Volac and the NFU and CLA. The aim was to understand the amount of additional land needed and provide a simple, clear vision for UK agricultural land use and a set of principles to guide future decision-making. The report also quantifies a number of ‘supply-side’ measures that could help meet this additional demand, including improving yields and reducing food waste, while also highlighting the need to understand how much land can be used for multiple purposes. But it warns that these initiatives may not be sufficient to close the gap, in which case difficult choices will need to be made.

Download the report (pdf). 

Download the press release (pdf).

9 June 2014: The Nexus Network launched

The Nexus Network

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.

The Nexus Network, led by the University of Sussex, in partnership with the University of East Anglia and CISL, will foster debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across the linked domains of food, energy, water and the environment. Participation in the network is open to those with an interest in these debates. Please join by signing up at thenexusnetwork.org.uk/join.

"While business is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of natural capital, there is an urgent call to explore not only natural capital elements themselves but also the connections between them. In an era of growing resource pressures, The Nexus Network will play a crucial role in identifying system-level responses to protecting livelihoods and natural resources. Our business networks will bring a distinctive, pragmatic perspective to nexus challenges."
Dr Jake Reynolds, Director, Business Platforms, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Download the press release.

3 June 2014: Sink or Swim: a multi-sector collaboration on water asset investment

Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investment

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.

The Natural Capital Leaders Platform has launched a report at The Royal Society, London, that has been developed with business and government partners. The report examines new water strategies recognising the value of water to different sectors. Working collectively with other sectors to finance new water infrastructure is the most efficient way to reduce both short- and long-term risks to water security. This report details four innovative financial models that each offer a new approach to achieving multi-sector water investments.

Download Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investment.

Download the press release.

2 June 2014: Planning advice for integrated water management

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.

The Natural Capital Leaders Platform, with support from industry and other stakeholders, has published an Advice Note that provides a one-stop-shop to de-mystify water management so that water is no longer considered a nuisance or a challenge, but a benefit to business, government and communities. Over 30 case studies of best practice, drawn from across the water sector, support the Advice Note.

Download the Water Planning Advice Note.

Download the Supplementary Case Studies.

Read the press release.

25 April 2014: Water risks in the private sector in Nature Climate Change 

Water risks in the private sector

The collection includes case studies from around the world. Above (from left to right): (1) A sensor for soil moisture installed for the control of irrigation water for celery, Spain (2) The SABMiller barley project in India (3) Cromer pier during an east coast storm surge in the UK last winter and (4) Overview of an irrigated field in La Mancha, Spain.

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. The collection, which forms a focus in the May issue, ‘Water risks in the private sector’, suggests that, in light of these pressures, companies need new water strategies to succeed in the market. 

Read the press release (pdf).

Access the full collection of commentary pieces and the editorial. 

 

December 2013: E.Valu.A.Te and Metrics Selection Framework reports published

 

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).

The E.Valu.A.Te (Externality Valuation Assessment Tool) reports were developed to deepen business understanding of how to undertake externality assessments through the use of an interactive, online Tool. The reports use step-wise, bottom-up guidance to lead companies through the process of externality valuation, focusing particularly on the agricultural supply chain.

The Natural Performance – Metrics Selection Framework report has been created to explain the importance of natural capital metrics, the key elements in choosing an informative set of metrics to monitor and CISL’s development of a practical, web-based tool to help companies think through their metrics selection decisions. This report also highlights the value of context based metrics in decision making processes.

 

26 November 2013: Second Nature, embedding the Platform’s shared innovation into business

 

Second Nature: Embedding the Platform’s shared innovation into business

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. Businesses from a wide range of industry sectors joined Platform members to celebrate the launch of the outputs and hear how member companies are embedding the learning points from the Platform into their natural capital strategies. 

Watch the webinar recording of the event.

Download the full event summary (pdf).

Read the press release (pdf).

 

7 October 2013: Putting a Price on Our Future

 

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.

Read the article.

 

August 2013: The Guardian In Focus: Sustainable Water Management

The Guardian features CISL's water collaboratory, as leading businesses sign up to participate in this innovative programme.

 

Water Water Everywhere

Following the success of the innovative interactive roundtable Guardian Sustainable Business event held in partnership with Anglian Water on 10 July 2013, the Guardian published a series of articles and infographics in print and online as part of their ‘In Focus’ sequence. The articles outline our approach for collaborative business action to address the paradoxical combination of increasingly frequent flooding and growing pressure on over-consumed water resources.

 

Infographics: Collaboration in water management: the power of partnership

 

Engaging a diverse group of stakeholders such as business, regulators, local authorities and conservation bodies will be vital to finding solutions to the water challenges of our time. There is an opportunity to join the group of leading businesses who are developing the practical steps necessary to deliver a multi-sector perspective and vision to the critical debate of too much and too little water. Innovative solutions and implementations are being designed to reduce risk and increase resilience to flooding and drought.

Download the infographics 'Water Water Everywhere, encouraging collaboration and building partnerships' :Infographic 1Infographic 2.

 

Articles

 

Download the Guardian article; Why water matters to business (pdf).

Read more on the Guardian website:

Solutions to water stress and scarcity should be collective.

Why collaboration in water management matters for business. 

Water resource management needs to be tackled collaboratively.

 

19 June 2013: Natural Capital Leaders Platform convenes senior representatives of the European Commission and business leaders

 

CISL's EU office hosted a roundtable between European Commission policy-makers and Natural Capital Leaders Platform members to discuss the recommendations from the European Resource Efficiency Platform. The meeting provided companies with the opportunity to share their practical experience, understand the potential for policy to incentivise wider adoption of best practice and was an important first step to achieve shared goals of the management of natural capital.

 

11 and 13 June 2013: Natural Capital Leaders Platform hold their regional roundtables in Singapore and São Paulo

 

Olam International hosted our first annual roundtable in Singapore which convened a select group of companies across Asia representing diverse industries to discuss how business can better manage their impact and dependencies on nature’s services such as water and soils by beginning to explore ways of putting a value on nature. Two days later, Grupo Andre Maggi hosted the third annual roundtable in São Paulo with a different group of companies to address the same issues with a focus on the challenges in their region. This was an opportunity to share the work of the companies involved in the Platform, hear from Tony Juniper, CISL Senior Associate and gather perspectives from companies working in emerging economies.

 

Watch a short version of the interview with Tony Juniper

 

 

 

4 April 2013: Sustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through Collaboration Report Launch

 

The Sustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through Collaboration report has been launched, recommending the next steps for business and government to better manage water resources. This report, sponsored by Anglian Water, is the culmination of this phase of our collaboratory which brought together forward-thinking organisations, government and communities to explore better ways of managing and valuing water by pioneering and exploring innovative approaches.

The next phase of this work will continue to develop innovative thinking, focusing on addressing the risks of flood and drought arising from changing weather patterns and increasing demand for water. We invite businesses to become a part of shaping this new development. Please contact Dr Gemma Cranston for more information.

Download Sustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through Collaboration.

 

5 March 2013: UK Government’s Ecosystem Markets Task Force (EMTF)

 

Led by Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive of retail group Kingfisher plc, one of the lead Natural Capital Leaders Platform partners, and with the involvement of companies such as Unilever and Jaguar Land Rover, the Ecosystem Markets Task Force (EMTF) has reviewed the opportunities available to UK business that could help them develop green goods, services, investment vehicles and markets which value and protect nature.

Martin Roberts, Director of the Natural Capital Leaders Platform, was invited to join the Ecosystems Market Task Force to provide a unique perspective from academic and business collaborations.

Read more on the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.

 

Ecosystem Markets Task Force Video: A New Lens for Business; A New Economy

 

 

 

February and March 2013: New Collaboratories Launched

 

The Natural Capital Leaders Platform is launching three exciting new collaboratories in February and March to continue its leading work helping global businesses to address the challenges of properly valuing and maintaining the Earth’s natural capital. The collaboratories are designed to enact the four business commitments outlined in the ground-breaking Natural Capital Leadership Compact.

 

6 December 2012: Pooling Innovation: New Approaches to Water Stewardship

 

Over 100 experts and thought leaders from business, academia and government met at the Pooling Innovation: New Approaches to Water Stewardship event in early December 2012 to discuss innovative ways to address the challenges of sustainable water management. The event, chaired by Lord Selborne, Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Water, stimulated the dialogue around what leadership in water stewardship the public and private sectors can offer.

 

10 September 2012: Natural Convergence Report Launch

 

The 'Natural Convergence' report, the culmination of the UK Dairy and Timber land-use collaboratories, was launched by Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon, Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc. and Paul Kelly, Corporate Affairs Director ASDA Stores Ltd on 10 September 2012 at the Royal Society in London.

Tony Juniper; Paul Kelly, Asda; Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher; Richard Benyon, MP, Defra; Martin Roberts, CISL

Tony Juniper; Paul Kelly, Asda; Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher; Richard Benyon, MP, Defra; Martin Roberts, CISL

 

Natural Capital Leaders Platform
'Natural capital' is an economic metaphor for the limited stocks of physical and biological resources found on Earth, and the limited capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services (i.e. the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being).

About

The Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform convenes companies wishing to better understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. By valuing these impacts and dependencies, our members are able to make better decisions, identify new business opportunities and contribute solutions to natural capital loss and ecosystem degradation.

Over the last three years, we have been instrumental in helping progressive companies develop practical tools for business to value, measure and manage their impact on natural capital and offer a leadership voice through the Natural Capital Leadership Compact.

Our Portfolio

The Platform offers an exciting portfolio of business collaborations, practical reports, online tools and outputs to help address critical issues defined by business in order to inform their strategies and feed into the Platform’s policy agenda.

Get Involved

"The greatest challenges are in reducing the impact of our complex value chains, helping farmers to make agricultural production more efficient while preserving the natural capital that delivers the ecosystem services we all rely on...In CISL we have found a network of like‐minded companies and thought leaders through which we are committed to contribute to this defining challenge of the 21st century."
José Lopez, Executive Vice President, Nestlé

To discuss how your company can get involved, contact John Pharoah, T: +44 (0) 1223 768844.

Action Research Collaboratories (ARCs)

Building on the momentum of our first three years, our Action Research Collaboratories (ARCs) provide businesses with unique opportunities to develop action-based approaches to understand and manage the dependencies that underpins the resilience of their supply chains.

To date, business interventions have focused narrowly on water and carbon emission impacts, mainly at a farm level. In order to secure the enduring flow of natural resources through the value chain, the ARCs develop a more comprehensive approach which considers not only business impacts but also dependencies. Given the enormity of the challenges we face, there is an urgent call to shift from short-term actions to longer term natural capital investments in order to reverse trends that, if unchecked, could undermine a company’s future.

Each ARC helps members understand how increasing pressures on natural capital, in a landscape from where they source, have direct implications for the long-term productivity of their commodities. These ARCs are vehicles of engagement designed to build linkages between business, academics, investors and governments with a focus on enhancing natural capital a landscape level.

The ARCs will:

  • draw and build upon the expertise of Cambridge academics and latest research relating to business challenges around water, soil and biodiversity

  • directly interact with investors in the debate on natural capital

  • create opportunities to align business efforts to enhance natural capital dialogue with policy makers

  • discover and share best practice between platform members

 

Business dependencies upon natural capital vary according to the location and type of commodity being sourced. To demonstrate the landscape-level dependencies and new types of investments required to ensure the long-term viability of company supply chains, the ARCs are testing a selection of commodities in different regions over the next three years.

Sustainable Water Stewardship: Phase 3 – Sink or Swim

The paradoxical combination of increasingly frequent flooding and growing pressure on over-consumed water resources poses a genuine threat to current and future economic activity in the UK. The time is ripe for new players and new ways of thinking to come to the fore to contribute directly to our future resilience to water stresses.

The new phase of this collaboratory creates a shared business opportunity with multiple sectors by jointly considering the most efficient use of financial investments to implement solutions.

The work will undertake to:

  • bring together leading businesses that have both direct and indirect dependencies on water;

  • develop understanding of the consequences of their business operations and dependencies on the water system;

  • resolve the problems of access to water, water quality and situations when there is too much water; and

  • develop the financing and planning regimes that are required to bring these solutions to fruition and testing these in a pilot study.

 

Download the Sustainable Water Stewardship Collaboratory one-page summary on Preparing UK Business for Increased Flooding and Water Scarcity.

A key deliverable of Phase 3 of the collaboratory is the creation of an advice note for planners on integrated water management to ensure that water issues (at the strategic catchment level) in new developments are taken into account in local plans. This will ensure strategic water management objectives and outcomes are an integral part of the plan and are taken into account in deciding planning applications. The advice note is intended to support implementation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and complement any planning guidance that may be issued by DCLG.

Download a summary of the advice note for planners on integrated water management. This document is available for comment; please contact John Pharoah for more information.

The Best Use of UK Agricultural LandNatural Capital Leaders Platform: 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?

The Natural Capital Leaders Platform has launched a report that has engaged industry in a review of the demand and supply of UK agricultural land use and potential responses. The report was produced in collaboration with Asda, Sainsbury’s, Nestlé, AB Agri, Yara, BASF, BOCM Pauls, Volac and the NFU and CLA. The aim was to understand the amount of additional land needed and provide a simple, clear vision for UK agricultural land use and a set of principles to guide future decision-making. The report also quantifies a number of ‘supply-side’ measures that could help meet this additional demand, including improving yields and reducing food waste, while also highlighting the need to understand how much land can be used for multiple purposes. But it warns that these initiatives may not be sufficient to close the gap, in which case difficult choices will need to be made.

Download the report.

Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investmentNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investment

3 June 2014

On 3 June 2014, the Natural Capital Leaders Platform launched a report at The Royal Society, London, that has been developed with business and government partners. The report examines new water strategies recognising the value of water to different sectors. Working collectively with other sectors to finance new water infrastructure is the most efficient way to reduce both short- and long-term risks to water security. This report details four innovative financial models that each offer a new approach to achieving multi-sector water investments.

Download Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investment.

Planning Advice for Integrated Water ManagementNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Planning Advice for Integrated Water Management

2 June 2014

The Natural Capital Leaders Platform, with support from industry and other stakeholders, has published an Advice Note that provides a one-stop-shop to de-mystify water management so that water is no longer considered a nuisance or a challenge, but a benefit to business, government and communities. Over 30 case studies of best practice, drawn from across the water sector, support the Advice Note.

Download the Water Planning Advice Note.

Download the Supplementary Case Studies.

Linking Landscapes and LivelihoodsNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Linking Landscapes and Livelihoods Framework Overview

April 2014

The Linking Landscapes & Livelihoods assessment framework explores potential challenges companies may experience in engaging with smallholders, identifies options for responding to challenges and finally explores possible means for measuring the impact of these responses.

A series of in-depth interviews were carried out in the summer of 2013, across the business operations of companies and with key external stakeholders, to collect information on current business practice and the decision-making points which impact on smallholder engagement. These interviews informed the development of the framework.

Download the Linking Landscapes and Livelihoods Framework.

Natural Performance Metrics Selection FrameworkNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Performance – Metrics Selection Framework

December 2013

This report has been created to explain the importance of natural capital metrics, the key elements in choosing an informative set of metrics to monitor and CISL’s development of a practical, web-based tool to help companies think through their metrics selection decisions. This report also highlights the value of context based metrics in decision making processes.

Download Natural Performance – Metrics Selection Framework

Natural Capital Leaders Platform: E.Valu.A.Te Summary and Signposting Natural Capital Leaders Platform: E.Valu.A.Te Summary and Signposting

November 2013

This document gives a summary of E.Valu.A.Te (Externality Valuation Assessment Tool), which was developed to deepen business understanding of how to undertake externality assessments. It consists of an interactive, online Tool and a Practical Guide. It uses step-wise, bottom-up guidance to lead companies through the process of externality valuation, focusing particularly on the agricultural supply chain.

Through a case-study approach, E.Valu.A.Te also shows how businesses can apply the results.

Download E.Valu.A.Te Summary and Signposting.

EValuATe Listening to BusinessNatural Capital Leaders Platform: E.Valu.A.Te Listening to Business

November 2013

Listening to Business forms a part of the E.Valu.A.Te suite of resources and exemplifies some of the business motivations and drivers, as well as the barriers to assess environmental externalities. This ensured that E.Valu.A.Te delivered a tool that met those needs.

Download E.Valu.A.Te Listening to Business.

EValuATe Practical GuideNatural Capital Leaders Platform: E.Valu.A.Te Practical Guide

November 2013

E.Valu.A.Te: The Practical Guide forms a part of a 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.

The Practical Guide also describes the necessary steps of the scoping phase that needs to be completed before the actual assessment (with the online Tool) can be undertaken. In addition, it explains what externalities are and why they are relevant to assess.

Download E.Valu.A.Te The Practical Guide.

SABMiller SummaryNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Summary of SABMiller Case Study: The (Sustainable) Business Case for Natural Capital Valuation

November 2013

Working closely with the Natural Capital Leaders Platform and academics co-funded by the Valuing Nature Network, SABMiller developed its own valuation study, using a bottom-up approach. This study undertook a valuation of the environmental externalities of SABMiller’s procurement of malting barley in Rajasthan, India.

Download the Summary of SABMiller Case Study: The (Sustainable) Business Case for Natural Capital Valuation.

SABMiller Case StudySABMiller Case Study – Academic paper: Assessing the externalities of SABMiller's barley extension program in Rajasthan

November 2013

The origin of this working paper lies in a case study prepared for the Valuing Nature Network (VNN) “Valuing Externalities in a Business Context” project, run by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership with funding from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

This report examines the externalities associated with the increased production of malting barley for a brewery in Rajasthan, India. The company has been working with independent small-scale farmers to increase yields through better crop management and increased adoption of new barley varieties that are more beneficial to the brewing process than the feed barley which has traditionally been grown in Rajasthan. The environmental externalities associated with farm operations are described and quantified, using information from farm extension worker focus groups as well as publicly available data. Four crop growing scenarios are developed for a typical 2.8 ha farm.

Download the SABMiller Case Study.

Sustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through CollaborationSustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through Collaboration

March 2013

This Natural Capital Sustainable Water Stewardship Collaboratory report recommends the next steps for business and government to better manage water resources. It is the culmination of the current phase of our collaboratory which brought together forward-thinking organisations, government and communities to explore better ways of managing and valuing water by pioneering and exploring innovative approaches.

Download Sustainable Water Stewardship: Innovation through Collaboration (pdf).

Natural Convergence: Integrating Business and Government Strategies to Manage Natural CapitalNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Convergence: Integrating Business and Government Strategies to Manage Natural Capital

September 2012

Between December 2011 and July 2012 two groups of diverse business leaders from across the UK wood and timber industry value chains met with policymakers and academics.

They explored how business manages its impacts and dependencies on natural capital through procurement and how this relates to the way government influences natural capital through land use policy. This report represents the output of these processes.

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Download the Summary Report

Download the Full Report

The Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Capital Business Case Study: The Kericho Tea PlantationNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Capital Business Case Study: The Kericho Tea Plantation

June 2012

The Natural Capital Business Case Study: The Kericho Tea Plantation is the first in a series of Natural Capital Business Case Studies, and looks at the Kericho tea industry, which lies within Kenya’s most important water catchment.

Each study profiles the work of companies that recognise the importance of impacts on natural capital and take steps to mitigate them, providing inspiration, guidance and learning for companies looking to follow suit.

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Download the Natural Capital Business Case Study: The Kericho Tea Plantation.

Natural Capital Leadership CompactNatural Capital Leadership Compact

March 2012

With growing business interest in the management of natural capital over the last year, members of the Natural Capital Leaders Platform have developed a ground-breaking 'Natural Capital Leadership Compact'. This is a business statement of intent that also urges international governments to commit to a global policy framework on the responsible and sustainable use of natural resources.

The Compact has been fed into the UN Rio+20 policy-making processes and is currently generating significant interest among companies with recognised global brands who want to show their support for its bold business commitments. The Leadership Compact is based on the outcomes of practical collaboration within the Platform over the last 18 months to identify innovative business solutions that address natural capital challenges globally.

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Download the Natural Capital Leadership Compact.

Cambridge Natural Capital Summary Report 2011Natural Capital Leaders Platform: Summary Report for Phase 1

May 2011

The Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform, a major business-led programme addressing the impacts of natural capital loss and degradation on business and wider society, has released a suite of major reports focusing on four key areas identified by business in its first year of work. This Summary report for Phase 1 brings together the most important  points.

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Download the Summary report.

Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform Business Narratives ReportNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Business Narratives Report

June 2011

After several iterations, a narrative for a wide multi-sector business audience The Value of Environmental Infrastructure – Business Briefing has been created. This narrative has been further developed and has produced a specific CEO briefing document, Valuing Natural Capital – CEO Briefing for use in the boardroom to make the case for action. These briefings are collected together in the Building a Leadership Narrative for Business report, which is now publicly available to download.

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Download the Building a Leadership Narrative for Business report.

Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform Business Risks and Opportunities ReportNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Business Risks and Opportunities Report

June 2011

The collaboratory has released the report Understanding and Managing the Business Risks and Opportunities, which sets out a toolkit to help business understand the natural capital risks and opportunities. Exploratory scenarios have been developed to interrogate the landscape of risk and to investigate the interconnections between aspects of current and future practice, technology and policy.

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Download the Understanding and Managing the Business Risks and Opportunities report.

Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform Naural Capital Investment ReportNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Capital Investment Report

June 2011

The culmination of the study is the Increasing Mainstream Investor Understanding of Natural Capital report. The report summarises insights from the investment community and recommended leverage action points for action. These are coupled with detailed evidence from the interviews.



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Download the Increasing Mainstream Investor Understanding of Natural Capital report.

Cambridge Natural Capital Programme increasing mainstream investor understanding of natural capital: Part B: EvidenceNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Natural Capital Investment Report B: Evidence

June 2011

This report delves deeper into the risks and opportunities highlighted in the Natural Capital Investment Report. It highlights Natural Capital risk and exposure in the financial sector, provides a gap / opportunity analysis in decision-making within the mainstream investment community, and a gives a synopsis of interviews conducted with members of the finance community.

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Download the Increasing Mainstream Investor Understanding of Natural Capital Part B: Evidence report.

Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform Resilient Value Chains ReportNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Resilient Value Chains Report

June 2011

Proposing a shift from demand-led consumption to a ‘supply-constrained’ approach, the Building Resilient Value Chains Within the Limits of Natural Capital report highlights the importance of developing a new framework for purchasing decisions which incorporate the cost of externalities.


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Download the Building Resilient Value Chains Within the Limits of Natural Capital report.

Cambridge Natural Capital Programme resilient value chains case studiesNatural Capital Leaders Platform: Resilient Value Chains Case Studies Report

June 2011

This report contains case studies provided by collaboratory members that illustrate how value chain interventions can be aligned with the demands and opportunities that drive natural resource use, and demonstrates the value of collaboration and cooperation between organisations and across sectors.



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Download the Building Resilient Value Chains Within the Limits of Natural Capital report.

Cover image of Sustainable Water StewardshipSustainable Water Stewardship: The Next Big Step Forward

June 2011

Sustainable Water Stewardship: The Next Big Step Forward was a significant sector event, held in November 2010 with the support of Anglian Water. This publication provides an overview of the meeting’s discussion and its outcomes. It includes a set of imaginative proposals from Tim O’Riordan, Professor Emeritus at the University of East Anglia, which provide a signpost for future work, highlighting innovative ways to address the challenges of sustainable water stewardship and proposing next steps for collaborative action.

Download Sustainable Water Stewardship: The Next Big Step Forward.

From the beginning, a select group of companies have benefitted from and driven this influential and leading-edge business initiative.

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Grupo André MaggiIngredionKingfisher
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