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Working collaboratively to help business sustain the natural environment

The Natural Capital Impact Group is composed of progressive companies, including market leaders and household names, with significant land footprints and dependencies upon natural capital, which aspire to understand and then mitigate their impacts upon natural capital.

Joining the Group will enable your company to co-develop, deploy and embed innovative and enterprising approaches to enhancing natural capital in your business.

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Members can participate in a number of core workstreams which create a community of practice around critical challenges and identify solutions that can be implemented by business. Workstream themes include:

Measuring business impacts on nature

The NCIG identified a need for a high-level measure that could provide an indication of a business’s impact on nature in different regions of the world for different commodities.

In partnership with leading academics and NGOs a new approach to measuring biodiversity impacts in global supply chains has been developed. With this metric, businesses can determine where their operations pose the greatest risks to nature around the world. The metric can also inform corporate response strategies, by providing a quantitative measure to inform choices between different mitigation options. This metric is currently being tested.

Business leadership on restoring nature 

This leadership piece aims to frame the critical aspects a business needs to be engaged with on its journey towards becoming a leader on reducing its impact on nature, tackling the ecological crisis and ultimately restoring nature.

The NCIG and partners aim to create a blueprint of what a leading company restoring nature looks like and showcase the pathway towards achieving this.

International policies for nature

How can companies unlock policy levers to enable change?

The NCIG engages with a number of debates on international agreements to reverse nature loss. It is engaged with Business for Nature which aims to bring together influential organisations and forward-thinking businesses to call for policies that place nature at the heart of the global economy.

Enabling financial mechanisms

Members of the NCIG are keen to explore how companies might access finance and engage with finance actors to support their transitions. The group is able to leverage the finance expertise and contacts within the Centre for Sustainable Finance to begin unpicking these questions and finding scalable solutions.

 

Latest news and thought leadership


Business for Nature consultation now open

7 October 2019 – The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has joined together with other influential organisations working with forward-thinking businesses to form the Business for Nature coalition.

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The Natural Capital Impact Group welcomes Thames Water as its newest member

26 September 2018 - CISL are pleased to announce that Thames Water have joined the Natural Capital Impact Group. The group helps its members to understand the benefits of incorporating natural capital in their company decision-making to both their business and the environment.

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Business to consider their impact on the natural environment in key decisions thanks to new metric from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

12 July 2018 – The Natural Capital Impact Group (NCIG) yesterday hosted an event for over 50 participants, including 25 businesses, to launch a new metric that will help companies reduce their impact on biodiversity, soil and water – natural resources which are crucial for business continuity and preserving the Earth’s ecosystems.

Business to consider their impact on the natural environment in key decisions thanks to new metric from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership - Read More…

Companies agree to step up action to address growing pressures on UK water

29 May 2018 – Over 60 organisations including businesses such as M&S, Nestlé, Coca Cola and Asda as well as number of water companies including Anglian Water, Thames Water and Yorkshire Water, have agreed to step up action to address the increasing pressures to UK water through improved catchment management.

Companies agree to step up action to address growing pressures on UK water - Read More…

Catchment management: the declaration

This declaration is a call from business, civil society organisations and the public sector to commit to the water catchment-related ambition of the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and support collective activities that will deliver successful catchment management.

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The pollination deficit: Towards supply chain resilience in the face of pollinator decline

April 2018 – Companies face potential shortages of raw materials, a fall in crop quality and challenges around security of supply because of an emerging pollination deficit, according to a report authored by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The pollination deficit: Towards supply chain resilience in the face of pollinator decline - Read More…

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Catherine Weller

Catherine Weller, Programme Manager, Business and Nature Team