The Natural Capital Coalition is a unique global multi-stakeholder collaboration that brings together leading global initiatives and organizations to harmonize approaches to natural capital. The Coalition is made up of almost 250 leading organisations who have united under a common vision of a world where business conserves and enhances natural capital. The Coalition’s strength comes from this diversity, and from a shared belief that more can be achieved together than alone.
Find out more about joining the Coalition here.
3Keel is already working on a number of natural capital and ecosystem services projects, including providing practical ‘on-the-ground’ support to help decision-makers. Our widespread engagement with clients in both the private and public sectors presents opportunity for the 3Keel team to raise awareness of the NCC, and to test the Coalition’s methods and approach with different client teams.
Within our business we have technical specialists including foresters, ecologists and agricultural advisors, and we hope to contribute these skills in supporting the implementation of the NCC’s objectives.
3Keel is developing a network of UK businesses that wish to develop ‘landscape’ partnerships. We envisage this forum could be useful for sharing NCC approaches, and would welcome discussions over how best to do so.
Abbaty JSC is a Bulgarian software company experienced in the development and deployment of complex software solutions in the public and private sectors.
Several of our projects are environmentally oriented, with the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria being the Contracting Authority. We are very interested in the development of software expert systems and solutions relation to the valuation of ecosystem services and natural capital. We believe that our experience and expertise in the field of IT technologies will contribute to the Coalition’s mission of enabling a shift towards a world where business measures and values natural capital.
- Apply the principles of the Natural Capital Protocol in our software system development.
- Provide access to reliable data for the valuation of ecosystem services through the use of IT technologies.
- Help organizations to incorporate natural capital into business decisions and corporate strategy.
Ag Resource Strategies
AgRS’s experience resides in on-farm natural capital accounting methods and processes and its incorporation into organizational value webs. Much of its work has focused on developing an index-based eco-commerce platform with an emphasis on organizational governance styles.
AgRS can contribute knowledge associated with the use and application of a governance compass to assess governance footprints of natural capital projects of both public and private entities. AgRS has used these techniques to provide clarity to project participants on how governance strategies can be applied to reduce inherent conflicts and align the activities of practitioners and policy-makers.
AgRS has a broad perspective of USA natural Capital efforts with involvement in projects such as the Chesapeake Bay BMP Verification Panel, UN Foundation’s Solution From the Land, US Water Alliance, USDA-EPA Water Quality Certainty Programs, and various local, state, and industry on-farm environmental quality assurance programs.
Tim Gieseke has written Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes, a Taylor & Francis/CRC Press book published in 2016. It includes several prominent USA case studies addressing their accounting, methods and governance styles.
Agro -Ecological Investment Management
AE seeks to demonstrate that by enhancing and developing environmental positives as a matter of course, it is possible to create greatly improved investment outcomes.
Alliance for Water Stewardship
The visions and missions of AWS and the Coalition are clearly very closely aligned. Understanding natural capital stocks and flows is a fundamental part of water stewardship. Being engaged with the coalition can help us support companies to understand their natural capital impacts better in the context of implementing or promoting water stewardship. This will feed valuable information and knowledge back to both of our organizations.
Altus Impact is an environmental advisory and sustainability communications agency. We are environmental economists and strategists, expert number crunchers, content development specialists, and digital masterminds working with the public and private sector to find solutions to pressing development and environment challenges.
By using state-of-the-art tools and approaches (including qualitative, quantitative and monetary valuation of natural capital), we generate rigorous data, provide quality analysis and craft compelling messages that enable organisations make sense of their impacts and dependencies on natural capital across the entire product life-cycle and value chain. Our team has experience with various sectors including tourism, transportation, infrastructure planning, farming and forestry in this regard.
Capitalizing on this background, Altus Impact is well-positioned to assist in the coalition with a different tasks, including: reviewing the NC protocol, developing sector guides and assisting coalition members with implementing parts or the whole of the protocol. Altus Impact will also be active in ‘spreading the message’ amongst our clients and networks and encourage adherence to the coalition and use of the protocol so as to promote the conservation of natural capital within businesses worldwide.
Conservation bodies & NGOs
ALUS Canada is an organization built on valuing natural capital, having proven time and time again that farmers will produce more natural capital if it is more highly valued. ALUS’ growth is exponential, with 21 community partners, an increasing list of collaborators, and more than 1,000 farmers working to restore or enhance approx. 23,000 acres of natural capital to date.
With an effective national mechanism supporting a community-led and farmer-delivered approach, ALUS is a proven, next-generation conservation program poised to have an increasing impact on the Canadian landscape. The ALUS program shifts people’s behaviours by engaging communities and empowering the grassroots. This concept encourages donors to support growth on the ground, as there are not only environmental benefits, but also economic and social value that can flow back to beneficiaries engaged in producing natural capital.
ALUS has now launched New AcreTM Project, a vehicle that allows the business community to directly invest in ALUS projects and create new acres of natural capital. New Acre Project places a significant value on the full suite of benefits created by project sites. It is at once an integral part of sustainable business thinking, an effective CSR program and a direct impact-offsetting opportunity for Canadian corporations.
The net result is to increase the value placed on natural capital by all parties—both those who can produce natural capital and those who consume it. Together, we can sustain agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians–one acre at a time.
Amazon Natural Capital Institute
Conservation bodies & NGOs
The Amazon Natural Capital Institute views the integration of natural capital into decision making and business accounts as key to mitigating climate change. We implement such actions in Brazil and promote them in Europe via our UK arm, LP Natural Capital. Following recent legislation on a legal framework for payments for ecosystem services in Amazonas State, Brazil, we are in partnership with the Amazonas State Government to support the development of natural capital tools to leverage the legislation. As a result, we are in a firm position to develop and enable the policy environment surrounding natural capital and its data flow, help develop systems specific to the Amazon biome, whilst encouraging the use of the Natural Capital Protocol and supporting the shift in corporate behaviour to enhance rather than deplete natural capital. As deforestation is increasing again in the State, the Natural Capital Coalition’s effort, coordination and membership will provide important support and influence to tackle the issue.
Anglian Water’s sustainability strategy includes action on natural capital such as reducing capital and operational carbon, driving down leakage, encouraging water efficiency and enhancing biodiversity across our region.
We are fully supportive of the Natural Capital Coalition’s mission. Where we are able we will share our learning on embedding natural capital in decision-making within the coalition and beyond and work in collaboration to achieve shared objectives.
Anthesis Consulting Group
Anthesis Consulting (which now incorporates Best Foot Forward) has a long ( nearly 20 years!) history and deep experience with the development of natural capital accounting frameworks and protocols as well as the practical application of natural capital accounting techniques. We are committed to supporting the Natural Capital Coalition, with technical expertise, in its efforts to scale natural capital accounting methods within business and policy making.
We also welcome the open collaborative approach of the Coalition and are pleased to support the continued efforts to find solutions which meet the widest needs of the business community and policy makers.
Applied Genomics Ltd.
Science & academia
Applied Genomics is a UK-based consultancy that develops and delivers genomics-based solutions for improved ecological assessment and management. Our solutions may be adapted to suit local to landscape-scale assessments in terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments. Our approach is cost-effective, non-invasive, rapid, robust and presents a significant advancement in delivering ecological assessments with molecular accuracy.
We will support the Coalition’s mission through sharing of our experience in delivering environmental genomics assessments and by collaborating on the development of protocols for incorporating environmental genomics assessments in an ecosystem valuation framework. We support a shift in corporate behavior to enhance natural capital and the evolution of an enabling policy environment.
Arcadis improves the quality of life for all generations by maximizing social, economic and environmental value through the work we do with our clients, the way we operate our business and the engagement of our people in activities that enhance society. With a strong collaboration ethos we are active contributors to the WBCSD, the WEF, UN Habitat through our join Shelter initiative and the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities. We work with ‘Water for People’ and ‘Engineers without Boarders’ among many others at national level. Our values, capabilities and track record align well with the aims of the NCC and we believe that its work will provide a clear path to improve the quality of life.
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) represents one of the world’s largest pulp and paper producers, with operations in Indonesia and China. In 2013 APP launched it Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) – marking a complete shift in APP’s business model, including an immediate halt to natural forest conversion across its entire supply chain, and commitments to support restoration and rehabilitation in the landscapes where APP is engaged. To support the commitment, APP has conducted various assessments including High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS), and Social and Peat assessments – all of which provide data and input for the development and implementation of APP’s Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMP) which guide land use decision-making in each of App’s concessions. Building on these efforts, APP is currently working with partners to develop modelling that would illustrate the responsible balance of economic, social and environmental land use decisions, to use in multi-stakeholder planning processes. The modelling will include data on forest cover, peaty depth hydrology, socio-economic indicators and various ecosystem services provided by the forests. The Natural Capital Protocol provides a useful framework that can be applied in developing our modeling. APP will be able to test the Protocol, provide evidence towards a business case for integrating natural capital into decision-making, apply lessons learnt to strengthen the framework of the Protocol overall, and serve as an input into the forthcoming Sector Guide for Forestry.
Azentúa – Valor Ambiental y Sostenible
We will contribute with the Coalition’s mission by, among others:
- Sharing and promoting best practices related with the Natural Capital Protocol (and sector guides) application as a global standardized framework for understanding impacts and dependencies on natural capital
- Integrating natural capital in our current and future customers decision making board
- Supporting a shift in corporate behaviour to enhance rather than deplete natural capital
The Biodiversity Consultancy
The Biodiversity Consultancy Ltd (TBC) provides specialised technical and policy expertise in biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES). TBC has successfully pioneered solutions to to help developers (whether public or private) manage BES responsibly. An established thought-leader in the field of business and biodiversity, TBC provides a resource for problem-solving and a platform for building cross-sector engagement. We work hand-in-hand with our clients to help them meet emerging challenges. TBC has recent and current projects across the world, in marine and terrestrial locations, and in the mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and renewables sectors.
TBC’s experience makes it ideally placed to help the mission of the Natural Capital Coalition. We can offer insight into best practices for BES accounting and achieving policy goals such as no net loss, which can be applied to Natural Capital Accounting (NCA). So far, the ‘stock’ of living natural capital, i.e. biodiversity, is poorly considered within NCA meaning that that NC accounts are significantly incomplete. TBC is well-placed to support efforts to fill this gap.
We are active in the field of NCA development. TBC produced a ‘white paper’ on information needs for integrating NC into private and public investment, an input to the Bellagio workshop co-organised by IUCN and Rockefeller Foundation (July 2014). We also provided technical support at a policy forum co-convened with the IUCN and World Bank to advance NCA in government, business and finance (April 2015).
Blue Finance (BF) is a dynamic, new NGO, with a primary objective of helping marine ecosystems both from an economic and integrated management perspective. We started in 2010 in the South Pacific and in the Caribbean as a project aimed at providing technical advice to develop “innovative” financing mechanisms with local communities and the private sector for MPAs and saw a need to become more involved in the establishment, management and implementation of MPAs.
BF is convinced that utilising the Private Sector in the management of marine conservation spaces in many cases is crucial and that this sector can make significant contributions to the long term, sustainable financing, required for conservation. Using this sector as a financing organ could lessen the need for both government and NGO funding; the former being usually insufficient and the latter non sustainable.
The small team possesses members of different profiles each with 20 years expertise in conservation finance, resource economics, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Park Management, Stakeholder Engagement and Fund Raising. BF is committed to bringing a multifaceted response plan for marine conservation
We can therefore contribute to each of the Coalition’s mission objectives, as we believe and work in multidisciplinary conditions, have projects entered on building the business case for inclusion in decision making, are supporting the shift of corporate behaviour towards environmental returns and enabling policy environments.
British Standards Institute
BSI has been involved with the Coalition for a while now, and is monitoring, and getting actively involved in, Coalition-led developments. As the National Standards Body of the UK, BSI is involved in, and often leads on, the development of sustainability standards – see BSI’s Sustainability Standards Navigator for an overview of our work in the area of sustainability standardization and specific examples of work related to natural capital.
We have launched a key standard on biodiversity – BS 8583 Biodiversity. Guidance for businesses on managing the risks and opportunities, have developed consensus-based approaches to environmental management (e.g. ISO 14001) and assessment of various environmental impacts (of particular relevance is our work on climate change related standardization), and are currently working on a relevant International Standard on monetary evaluation of environmental aspects and impacts. We are also plugged into the work of Defra and the UK Natural Capital Committee, and very keen to establish the role of NSB-led standards in the evolving subject of natural capital. With our standards development experience as the oldest NSB in the world and a founding member of ISO and CEN/CENELEC, diverse standardization portfolio across sectors and subjects, cutting edge practice in sustainability standardization, and access to the cross-sectoral expertise of our more than 10,000 committee members, we believe BSI is in a position to assist the NCC and its membership in achieving all aspects of its mission statement by working collaboratively with the Coalition and its international members.
Burberry is taking part in piloting the Natural Capital Protocol. Burberry will deploy and feedback on the first 4 steps of the Protocol to help the development of the protocol in advance of its release in 2016.
Cambridge Conservation Initiative
Conservation bodies & NGOs
The Natural Capital Protocol is a guide for businesses looking to better understand and manage their relationships with the environment using a natural capital framework. Increasingly accepted as the standard framework for companies looking to understand natural capital, the Protocol recognises the importance of biodiversity as an underlying component of natural capital, but also recognises the challenges in capturing the specific values of biodiversity. These challenges were underlined by the public consultation to the Protocol where concerns were raised that biodiversity and its relationship to natural capital was insufficiently covered, that not enough attention was given to non-financial values and that, ultimately, companies would struggle to manage or even recognise impacts and dependencies on biodiversity as a result. The pilot studies to the Protocol supported this. Although most stated the guidance was sufficient with respect to biodiversity, in practice the focus was on the more tangible relationships with water and carbon and none included impacts or dependencies on biodiversity as part of their assessment.
The Natural Capital Coalition recognises the need to strengthen the way the Protocol deals with biodiversity. It has therefore partnered with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading biodiversity-focused conservation organisations, to address this challenge. Working with the European Business and Biodiversity Platform and other partners, CCI will build a cohort of experts who can act as change agents to define, develop and ultimately deliver more robust, biodiversity-inclusive natural capital assessments.
The goal of the joint project is to improve the incorporation of biodiversity into natural capital assessments. To achieve this, five objectives have been identified:
1. To determine the extent of corporate activity on biodiversity within natural capital assessments, perceived limitations of current approaches and secure broad support for an initiative to address those limitations by identifying and engaging with key stakeholders.
2. To identify appropriate responses to better integrating biodiversity into corporate natural capital assessments, barriers to those responses and means of overcoming them by using stakeholder needs and concerns identified in objective 1.
3. To ensure better representation of biodiversity within the natural capital assessments by developing a set of guidance documents or approaches in response to the findings of objective 2. A supplement to the Protocol will be one option, but the final decision will depend upon the requirements of the end users.
4. To build the business case for, and ability of, key stakeholder groups to better integrate the value of nature into corporate natural capital assessments by testing the developed product(s) from objective 3.
5. To increase and improve the integration of biodiversity into corporate natural capital assessments by disseminating the product(s) developed and lessons learned in objective 4 to key stakeholders.
Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Science & academia
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) managed the Protocol Pilot Programme which included over 50 companies pilot testing the Natural Capital Protocol to ensure it is robust, practical and relevant for business. Working closely with the companies, CISL was able to collect feedback that informed the development of the Protocol. CISL is now leading the Pilot Application Programme which will focus upon the Protocol application and build an effective, cooperative group of businesses who are using it.
CISL empowers business and policy leaders to tackle critical global challenges. By bringing together multidisciplinary researchers with influential business and policy practitioners across the globe, it fosters an exchange of ideas across traditional boundaries to generate new, solutions-oriented thinking.
Across complex and connected issues, CISL challenges, informs and supports leaders from business and policy to deliver change towards sustainability. Rewiring the Economy is CISL’s ten-year plan to lay the foundations for a sustainable economy. The plan is built on ten interdependent tasks, delivered by government, finance and business co-operatively over the next decade to create an economy that encourages sustainable business practices and delivers positive outcomes for people and societies.
One of CISL’s Platforms, the Natural Capital Leaders Platform has been working with over 100 companies wishing to understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on natural resources and ecosystems. The Platform aims to help progressive companies develop practical approaches for businesses to value, measure and manage their opportunities from, and impacts on, natural capital.