Value Creation through Natural Capital 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


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