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Doing Business with Nature: Opportunities from Natural Capital
17 February 2015 – This report aims to engage industry in a review of the global challenges around water, biodiversity and soil and showcases the extent to which companies are working together to develop new interventions in the face of natural capital degradation. The report shares some business responses to these challenges while also highlighting the barriers to long-term and sustainable management of natural capital.
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Dr Bhaskar Vira: The political economy of ecosystem services
December 2012 – The past decade has seen a growing interest in ecosystem services, one of the focus areas of Dr Bhaskar Vira and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Geography. Ecosystems services have been defined by landmark research projects like the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) as “the benefits people obtain from ecosystems” and “the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human wellbeing”.
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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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E.Valu.A.Te Summary and Signposting
November 2013 – Leading companies recognise the need to identify and address externalities. This is one of the four commitments made by business in the Natural Capital Leadership Compact. This ground-breaking compact, designed by business leaders to properly value and maintain the Earth's natural assets, shows that leaders recognise that we are no longer living off the dividends of ‘natural capital’, but off the capital itself.
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E.Valu.A.Te: the Game
October 2014 – E.Valu.A.Te: the Game, launched in 2014, this aims to explain what natural capital valuation means for businesses and what decisions it should influence. This interactive game builds scenarios and allows users to explore what critical business decisions need to consider the value on natural resources.
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Food Security – Closing the food gap: opportunities for investment?
15 April 2015 – ‘Food Security: Closing the food gap: opportunities for investment?’ investigates three particular categories of food security solutions that can actively contribute to sustainable food security. A focus on postharvest losses illustrates the differing profiles of solutions in developed and developing countries. Biotechnology, especially the area of GM seeds, is an issue that inspires confusion and hot debate. Water management was selected because it is closely tied to climate change, and critical to human health.
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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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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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Jeremy Grantham: Living on a finite planet (where no-one likes to hear bad news)
December 2012 – We’re going through one of those very rare things indeed: a paradigm shift. Having spent the past 200 years with the prices for everything declining, around 2002 this shifted, and the price of almost everything started going up. In 10 years, without much fuss, we’ve given back all the price declines of the previous 100 years. That’s quite a remarkable shift.
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