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Specialist biodiversity services for businesses

Businesses use nature’s goods and services as critical inputs into their production processes. They depend on a healthy environment to provide services such as treating and dissipating waste, maintaining soil and water quality, and helping to control the air composition and climate. We see this dependence on biodiversity most clearly when materials such as wheat, soy, cotton, timber or fish are harvested from nature. A company’s dependence on nature is also evident when its products or processes rely on natural services, such as insects or bats pollinating crops, or where a reliable supply of clean water is essential.

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

Biodiversity cannot be relegated to the peripheries of business. It is the bedrock of everything. It is essential to enable building a strong and resilient base on which to have a positive impact in other areas of society, such as working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Establishing a strong and sustainable environmental base will provide the foundations that are needed to continue to innovate, grow and leave a positive legacy. If you would like to discuss how we can help make your business nature positive, please contact us.

 

SDG IQ Tool

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Trial our SDG IQ Tool to find out how sustainable your business really is. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a set of 17 interconnected global goals adopted by the United Nations as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that, by 2030, all people enjoy peace and prosperity. It is our belief that all companies must deliver against all the goals to be truly sustainable, and that the biosphere SDGs, 6, 13, 14 and 15, are the foundations on which sustainability must be built.

We have developed a tool to help businesses understand their progress in delivering all the SDGs and to identify where their gaps lie. We are looking for a small group of companies to trial the tool and provide feedback on its value to their businesses. If you are interested in trialling our SDG IQ Tool, please get in touch.

 

How we can help

It is important for all businesses to support and enhance biodiversity to mitigate the risks posed by its loss and to take advantage of the opportunities provided by being a market leader on this topic. As a specialist sustainability and management consultancy, Nature Positive combines environmental advice with business expertise to help businesses be a force for good.

Nature Positive provides a range of expert services to support your sustainable transformation. We can help you at any stage; from laying the first bricks of your environmental framework to understanding your biodiversity dependence and helping you achieve your aims and goals towards becoming nature positive and using sustainability as a competitive edge. By looking at the data first, we identify the most effective way to address and lessen your impact on nature. Download our brochure here.

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 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Legal or regulatory risks

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

Reputational risks

arise which mean that managing poor public opinion and negative press coverage becomes increasingly important as consumers become more aware of the issues, for example, those associated with forest-risk commodities.