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15 March 2022 – CISL has published a diagnostic tool designed to advance organisational understanding of nature-based solutions projects and accelerate their adoption and implementation within companies.  

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The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Decision-making in a nature positive world: a corporate diagnostic tool to advance organisational understanding of nature-based solutions projects and accelerate their adoption, is designed to help companies understand what nature-based solutions (NbS) are and how to embrace them to address and solve strategic business and environmental challenges. The tool also encompasses a diagnostic designed to help companies identify the potential challenges when deciding to adopt and implement NbS.  

Government commitments to mid-century net zero or carbon neutrality means that all of us – consumers, producers, businesses, NGOs, and governments – are involved in reducing carbon emissions. This implies a change in how we consume, live, travel, produce, and do business. To achieve net zero and a myriad of other societal, economic, and environmental benefits and services from ecosystems, many companies are embracing NbS. Companies can use the tool to identify what needs to be done to increase NbS acceptance as a valuable strategic tool and pave the way for their use. It can be especially useful for companies beginning their NbS journey, being aware or having heard of NbS, but not fully understanding their benefits or how they can be employed. The diagnostic will help executives and management in decision-making and influencing positions to identify challenges to moving ahead with NbS adoption and implementation. 

The diagnostic consists of four thematic sections based on the types of challenges. Each section provides descriptions of common challenges, their indicators and causes, and how these might be perceived, followed by actions to contend with these challenges. The sections are: 

  • Dealing with the unknowns 
  • Making the financial case  
  • Navigating external and reputational pressures  
  • Engaging and influencing colleagues  

 

Citing this report 

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). (2022). Decision-making in a nature positive world: a corporate diagnostic tool to advance organisational understanding of nature-based solutions projects and accelerate their adoption. Cambridge: The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. 

Published: March 2022

Authors and acknowledgements

Thomas Divney, Catherine Weller, Zoë Harris.

The authors would like to thank our expert review board James Cole, Adrian Greet, Lindsay Hooper, Ben Kellard, Dr James MacPherson, Alison Thompson, Aris Vrettos and Adele Williams for their comments and suggestions that helped to improve the analysis presented in this diagnostic. We are also grateful to the rest of the project team at CISL for their help throughout the project and in preparation of this final publication.

The authors would like to sincerely thank the companies below for their contribution and valuable inputs to the development of this tool:
Agroasesorias de Colombia, Amaggi, Anglian Water, ASDA, BioRev LLC, Blue Diamond Growers, Boticario Group Foundation, Coca-Cola, Dole, Ferrovial, Fyffes, Iceland, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Jackson Family Wines, Jayanti, Mars, Nestle HQ Europe, Nomad Foods, Pepsico, Pernod Ricard, Primark, Royal DSM, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform), Sainsbury’s, Sustainable Agriculture Network, Syngenta Group, Thames Water, Treasury Wine Estates, Unilever, United Utilities, Valrhona, Wildlife Trust and Zurich UK.
 

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not represent an official position of CISL, the University of Cambridge, or any of its individual business partners or clients.