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Natural capital: How can companies sustain the natural world through their operating practices?

Current upward trends for consumption, population and economic growth across the globe are placing enormous pressure on natural resources, including water, biodiversity, soil and carbon, and the resulting impact on the environment looks set to increase at an alarming rate. This creates long-term risks to business, consumers and wider society who depend on the Earth's natural resource base. Through its Natural Capital portfolio, CISL is providing the structured path that businesses need to identify sustainability solutions and create momentum at scale.

Natural Capital Impact Group

A global network of companies, convened by CISL, working collaboratively to determine how business can sustain the natural world and its resources through its strategies and operating practices.

Natural Capital Coalition

CISL is a key partner in helping the Natural Capital Coalition to deliver the Natural Capital Protocol, which provides a standardised framework for businesses to identify, measure and value their direct and indirect impacts and dependencies on natural capital.

Partnership for Pollinators

A leadership group of companies, standard-setting bodies and pollination experts committed to understanding the potential risks posed by pollinator decline to supply chains, and catalysing action to halt wild pollinator decline.

 

Thought leadership and news

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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