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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


Resilience in commercial forestry: Doing business with nature

March 2017 – A new Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership report presents the case for natural resources to be better considered in commercial forestry decision-making processes.

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Partnerships between businesses and researchers are fundamental to generating real impact towards sustainability, reveals new report

8 December 2016 – A new business report published today by CISL shows the importance of collaboration between businesses and academics to ensure that academic research is informed by business and enables more rapid progress towards sustainability.

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Nexus2020: The most important research questions for business sustainability

8 December 2016 – A new report, which is the result of a unique collaboration between business and academia, highlights the most important questions for businesses around the sustainable management of food, energy, water and the environment.

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Business and investment leaders collaborate on how to measure and minimise their impact on the natural world

27 October 2016 – In the first CISL meeting of its kind, over 20 leaders from across the business and investment industries came together for a workshop to discuss their common goal to measure and minimise their impact on the natural world.

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Biodiversity and ecosystem services in environmental profit & loss accounts

October 2016 – This paper is a unique collaboration between the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), Kering, a world leader in apparel and accessories, and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment working with the Natural Capital Project. This paper explores how improved biodiversity metrics and methodologies can be developed, tested and then deployed to help businesses factor biodiversity into their decision-making processes.

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Biodiversity and ecosystem services in corporate natural capital accounting: Synthesis report

26 October 2016 – A new report, which is the result of a unique collaboration between business and academia, highlights the challenges and opportunities for businesses in factoring biodiversity into their decision-making.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services in corporate natural capital accounting: Synthesis report - Read More…

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Catherine Weller

Catherine Weller, Programme Manager, Business and Nature Team