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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

Natural Capital Leaders Platform: Business Narratives Report

June 2011 – During 2010, the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) established a new process to help businesses engage more effectively with the unfolding challenges linked to the depletion of natural capital.

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Natural Capital Investment Report

June 2011 – Global natural capital is being severely degraded at a rapid rate. In effect, we are now living off the capital rather than the ‘interest’ of the Earth’s natural resources, resulting in increasingly significant economic and social costs.

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Sustainable Water Stewardship: The Next Big Step Forward

June 2011 – summary of the workshop on Sustainable Water Stewardship: The Next Big Step Forward, organised by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) and sponsored by Anglian Water.

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Natural Capital Leaders Platform: Summary Report for Phase 1

May 2011 – Early research on the debate in relation to views and action on natural capital among private sector organisations revealed the lack of a clear, statement of the business case for the more structured actions necessary to address the far reaching implications of the degradation of the natural capital.

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