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Business and Nature: How can companies restore the natural world through their operating practices?

Leading companies recognise that a prosperous business relies upon nature. Nature’s health is under pressure from upward trends for consumption, population and economic growth across the globe. This creates long-term risks to business, consumers and wider society who depend on nature. Through its Business and Nature team, CISL collaborates with companies to identify what the ecological crisis means for their businesses and take steps to transform their operations and strategies.  We provide the structured path that businesses need to establish sustainability solutions and create momentum at scale. 

Natural Capital Impact Group

The Natural Capital Impact Group, convened by CISL, brings together companies to work collaboratively to determine how businesses can maintain and restore nature through their strategies and operating practices.

Catchment Leadership Network

A collaborative initiative that aims to drive a step change in catchment management by bringing together businesses from across sectors with UK government and NGO stakeholders.

UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub

As a project partner, CISL is leading on working with the private sector to identify the barriers to and solutions for a substantive shift towards sustainable trade in commodities.

Business for Nature

CISL is a key partner in helping this coalition demonstrate business action and amplify a powerful business voice calling for governments to reverse nature loss.

 

 

Thought leadership and news

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.

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Unique collaboration between business and academia explores new methods to manage biodiversity impacts

26 October 2016 – A unique collaboration between CISL, Kering and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment working with the Natural Capital Project has produced a report to help businesses factor biodiversity into their decision-making processes.

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Leaders from business and academia co-design research to tackle critical global challenges

A study led by the University of Cambridge and published in the journal, Sustainability Science, shows how collaboration between business and academia can identify the most urgent research priorities to ensure the sustainability of food, energy, water and the environment.

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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership to lead Natural Capital Coalition’s Protocol Application Program

26 July 2016 – The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) will lead the Protocol Application Program on behalf of the Natural Capital Coalition it has been announced today.

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