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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


The Natural Capital Leaders Platform becomes the Natural Capital Impact Group

Today sees the rebrand of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Natural Capital Leaders Platform to the Natural Capital Impact Group.

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Natural Capital Impact Group introduces new biodiversity metric to help companies and investors improve impact on natural environment

22 May 2017 – On World Biodiversity Day, a global network of companies, including Kering, Interserve, Mars and Asda, working together to determine how business can sustain the natural world and its resources, has released the initial stage of their work in developing a metric to help corporates improve their impact on the natural environment.

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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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Sustainability in Turbulent Times – Lessons from the Nexus Network

21 March 2017 – The Nexus Network has launched a new report, Sustainability in Turbulent Times, which highlights their learnings on how to tackle the nexus challenge – the interdependency between food, energy, water and the environment.

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Commercial forestry urged to consider natural resources in its decision-making in new CISL report

2 March 2017 – Today, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership publishes a new report on the importance of the commercial forestry industry managing the risks and opportunities associated with natural resources.

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Catherine Weller

Catherine Weller, Programme Manager, Business and Nature Team