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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

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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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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The launch of a Natural Capital Protocol for businesses to identify, measure and value natural resources

13 July 2016 – Today, the Natural Capital Protocol, a standardised framework for businesses to identify, measure and value their direct and indirect impacts and dependencies on natural capital is launched in London.

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