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Environmental Performance 2.0: What Companies Need to Know About Ecosystem Services

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Date and Time

Thursday December 13, 2012
8:00 am-12:00 am


Location

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Topics

#Environment


Focus of the Forum

Ecosystem services are now included in some industries’ DJSI rankings as well as in the Equator Principles, which guide the project finance decisions of 76 global financial institutions. As a result, both banks and investors are now assessing the impacts and dependencies of business actions on ecosystem services. In addition, more than 16 national and regional governments are addressing ecosystem services in public policy.

In response to these shifts, a growing number of companies are engaging with ecosystem services. Corporate applications cover the spectrum, from integration into accounting, to addition to risk management and impact assessment protocols. For a growing number of corporate players, early findings indicate that an ecosystem services approach offers a more complete picture of companies’ impacts and dependencies on the environment and natural capital.

In this workshop, we will review potential areas of integration with corporate decision-making processes and offer several scenarios for how this issue area may play out in the coming years. Participants will also learn about BSR’s Ecosystem Services Working Group, which offers a forum for peer learning and provides research insights as the ecosystem services arena continues to evolve.

Format

The webinar will involve a teleconference accompanied by a real-time, internet-based presentation using WebEx. Telephone and login instructions will be sent after registration.

Speakers

  • Mark Weick, Director, Sustainability Programs and Enterprise Risk Management, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Greg Biddinger, Ph.D., Managing Director, Natural Lands Management, and formerly of ExxonMobil
  • Sissel Waage, Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, BSR
  • Corinna Kester, Former Manager, BSR

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