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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

Water risks in the private sector in Nature Climate Change

25 April 2014 - The unsustainable management of water resources, together with rising water demands and the impacts of climate change, poses significant risks to water companies and businesses reliant on agriculture (agribusinesses), as reported in a series of commentary pieces and an editorial in Nature Climate Change.

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Linking Landscapes and Livelihoods Framework Overview

April 2014 – A series of in-depth interviews were carried out in the summer of 2013, across the business operations of companies and with key external stakeholders, to collect information on current business practice and the decision-making points which impact on smallholder engagement. These interviews informed the development of the framework.

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E.Valu.A.Te and Metrics Selection Framework reports published

01 December 2013 - The Natural Capital Leaders Platform has published its reports to support the suite of innovative web-based tools launched at the Second Nature event (see below).

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Natural Performance Metrics Selection Framework

December 2013 – Over the last few years, progressive companies have significantly advanced their understanding of natural capital and the critical services provided by nature, including food, fibre and water provision through to clear air and climate regulation. But to go further, and embed this into day-to-day business processes and decision making, it is vital that these companies select the most informative metrics to manage their impacts and dependencies on these resources effectively.

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Second Nature, embedding the Platform’s shared innovation into business

26 November 2013 - Second Nature, a University of Cambridge Natural Capital Leaders Platform event, launched a suite of innovative web-based tools to help global businesses better manage the goods and services from nature upon which they rely at The Royal Society in London.

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