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Biodiversity management consultancy

Businesses rely on the goods and services provided by nature as critical inputs into their production processes and depend on a healthy environment to treat and dissipate waste, maintain soil and water quality, and help control the air composition and climate. We see this dependence on biodiversity most clearly when a natural product such as wheat, soy, cotton, timber or fish is harvested. A dependence may also exist where a company’s products or processes rely on natural services, such as pollination of crops by insects or bats, or where a reliable supply of clean water is essential in its process.

Businesses can also have negative impacts on biodiversity resources when, through their operations or value chain, they destroy or damage flora and fauna resulting in loss of habitat, disturbance or pollution effects. These impacts on biodiversity are often not well understood as they can be direct or indirect and may occur at some distance from the company’s operations. For this reason, even businesses that are proactive in their approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) may not be aware of the full range of their impacts on biodiversity or natural capital.

Supply risks

may occur when a natural product or service that the company relies on is no longer available (or available at an affordable price) as resources become scarce through over-exploitation, climate change or policy change.

Finance risks

and difficulties in accessing affordable capital increase as financial institutions and other investors seek higher standards, such as achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Legal or regulatory risks

arise as environmental standards and local laws become more stringent in line with policies such as thePost-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Reputational risks

arise and managing poor public opinion and negative press coverage increases in importance as consumers become more aware of the issues, for example, associated with forest-risk commodities.