NVI: NEWSLETTER october 2009

New Publications

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Grigg, A., Cullen, Z., Foxall, J., and Strumpf, R. (2009)

Linking shareholder and natural value. Managing biodiversity and ecosystem services risk in companies with an agricultural supply chain.

A report from the NVI’s pilot study of the Ecosystem Services Benchmark, this highlights areas of best practice and common areas of improvement in managing impacts and dependence on biodiversity and ecosystem services. It can be used by investors to gain an understanding of areas of strong performance and by companies in the food, beverage and tobacco sectors to inform their approach to managing the issue.

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Grigg, A., Cullen, Z., Foxall, J.,  Crosbie, L., Jamison, L., and Brito, R. (2009)

The Ecosystem Services Benchmark.  Guidance Document

This document describes the Ecosystem Services Benchmark, its content, application, strengths and weaknesses, drawing examples from a pilot study with six investors and a selection of 31 companies within their portfolios to demonstrate how the tool can be used.

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pdfThe Ecosystem Services Benchmark V1.

The benchmark tool and individual company analysis template in Microsoft Excel.

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Eurosif & Oekom Research (2009)

Biodiversity.  Theme report – 2nd in a series.

A report from Eurosif (European Sustainable Investment Forum) highlighting critical business risks and opportunities in various industries linked with biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Houdet, J., Trommetter, M., Weber, J., (2009)

Changing business perceptions regarding biodiversity: from impact mitigation towards new strategies and practices.

An analysis of business perceptions regarding biodiversity. In its first part, the authors discuss how biodiversity is usually perceived as an external environmental constraint on business activities, and how economic tools may be used for arbitrages in that context. They then discuss how assessing a firm's interdependences with biodiversity may bring about new business strategies and practices. They propose preliminary conceptual foundations of new business standards needed to reverse current biodiversity trends.

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Mardas, N; Mitchell, A; Crosbie, L; Ripley, S; Howard, R; Elia, C; and Trivedi, M (2009)

Global Forest Footprints.

An overview from the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project on how businesses around the world contribute to deforestation – the risks of inaction and the opportunity for change .

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TEEB (2009)

TEEB Climate Issues Update.

In this report, TEEB assess the economic magnitude of the human welfare impacts of losing natural areas, especially forests. It describes in economic terms the fundamental links between eliminating poverty and conserving biodiversity and ecosystems. We highlighted ethical issues underlying the choice of discount rates to evaluate the benefits of wild nature for human welfare.

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WBCSD (2009)

Corporate Ecosystem Valuation: A Scoping Report.

This scoping study report reaches the conclusion that any attempt to advance corporate ecosystem valuation should focus on new ways of valuing ecosystem dependencies and impacts and incorporating these values within existing financial and business planning tools, drawing where relevant on the existing methods that have been developed specifically to value ecosystem services.

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In this issue.
   

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

In this section we highlight key developments in the project, emerging initiatives, key publications and upcoming events
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EMERGING INITIATIVES

Online Resource Puts Ecosystem Services Experts at Fingertips
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NEW PUBLICATIONS

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EVENTS

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THE NVI IN BRIEF

The Natural Value Initiative is a collaboration developed and led by international conservation NGO Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Brazilian business school FGV, and the UNEP Finance Initiative.
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