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Value Creation through Natural Capital

Strategic engagement for companies on managing impacts and dependencies on natural capital, biodiversity, and ecosystem services

Overview

Introduction

Natural capital risk, impacts, and dependencies are becoming a part of corporate performance management expectations and are increasingly included in financial due diligence requirements. This working group offers corporate leaders the opportunity to delve into natural capital issues, their business relevance, and corporate applications.

In 2017, member companies will:

  • Explore best practices in measuring return on investments (ROI) in natural-capital- and community-relevant metrics as well as financial measures
  • Track new business-relevant natural capital developments to inform decision-making
  • Engage with thought and practice leaders through an annual in-person meeting and regular webinars
  • Improve ability to assess impacts and dependencies on natural capital
  • Access up-to-date materials on the business case for taking corporate action on natural capital

Our Mission

Synthesize cutting-edge work on natural capital—across public, private, NGO, and academic sectors—to offer member companies the most up-to-date insights on corporate engagement, public-sector activity, metrics, measurement, management, and reporting

Our Accomplishments

  • BSR co-conducted the first comparative assessment of ecosystem services measurement tools in order to advise member companies on the best-in-class management approaches.
  • BSR issued the first global, multi-year research on public- and private-sector activity related to ecosystem services and natural capital—which has been an essential component in assessing the business case for corporate engagement on natural capital.
  • BSR convened and facilitated the first dialogue among natural capital, ecosystem services, shared value, and social return on investment analysts to explore multidimensional returns (financial, environmental, and community) from investing in nature.

Why Join?

  1. Explore how to measure return on investments (ROI) in both natural-capital- and community-relevant metrics as well as financial measures
  2. Track new business-relevant natural capital developments to inform decision-making
  3. Engage with thought and practice leaders through an annual in-person meeting and regular webinars
  4. Improve ability to assess impacts and dependencies on natural capital as well as cascading impacts on local communities and stakeholders
  5. Access up-to-date materials on the business case for taking corporate action on natural capital

Value Creation through Natural Capital Companies

  • Chevron
  • Barrick Gold
  • Dow
  • Freeport
  • Shell
  • TD Bank

Our Insights

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Value Creation through Natural Capital

Blog

Are You Measuring Your Company’s Full Value Creation?

It matters to business success whether products and companies offer community, societal, and environmental benefits. And these benefits create value—to natural systems and human societies—that can be measured.

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Value Creation through Natural Capital

Blog

Why Ecosystem Services Is Relevant to your Company

Updated BSR research highlights how companies and governments are engaging on ecosystem services.

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Value Creation through Natural Capital

Reports

Update | Making the Invisible Visible: Analytical Tools for Ecosystem Services

This report helps corporate employees understand the full range of analytical tools that have been (and are being) developed to identify, measure, assess, and value ecosystem services within decision-making processes.

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Value Creation through Natural Capital

Reports

Update: Global Public Sector Trends in Ecosystem Services 2009-2014

This report helps businesses track the public sector's uptake of ecosystem services approaches around the world. The insights in this report are especially relevant to companies that have crafted or are developing internal policies on natural capital, biodiversity, and ecosystem services.

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