Nature and Biodiversity
Integrating the value of nature into your organisation
Nature is declining at an unprecedented rate.
According to the World Economic Forum, USD $44 trillion of economic value – the equivalent of over half of the world’s total GDP – is at risk from nature loss. Increasingly, society, led by businesses, is becoming aware of this dependence on nature and the services that it provides.
Nature loss poses serious physical, regulatory, reputational and market risks to business. We must halt and reverse nature loss, by increasing the health, abundance, diversity, and resilience of species, populations, and ecosystems so that, by 2030, nature is visibly and measurably on the path to recovery. By 2050, nature must recover so that thriving ecosystems and nature-based solutions continue to support future generations, the diversity of life, and play a critical role in halting climate change.
This change is only possible with the contribution of companies, financial institutions, cities, and governments across the globe.
Nature is everyone’s business
Your organisation can benefit from incorporating nature into your enterprise strategy to:
- Ensure long-term viability of business models
- Save costs
- Increase operational efficiencies
- Grow market share
- Strengthen the resilience of supply chains
- Deepen relationships with customers and key stakeholders
- Create access to new markets, products and services
Nature-loss risks to business
If not well understood and managed, nature-loss poses material risks to businesses and our global economy. As a result, businesses need to understand their impacts and dependencies on nature, and start to take appropriate action to avoid, reduce, restore, regenerate, and transform these impacts.
What can you do now to act on nature?
There are opportunities for organisations of all sizes and in all stages of their journey to contribute to a Nature Positive future. Our team of experts can help organisations who are just starting to assess the impacts and dependencies of their value chain and operations on nature, supporting a rapid identification of hotspots and opportunities to improve on for example biodiversity and ecosystem integrity as well as water stewardship to mention just to parts of nature. Anthesis supports organisations using the latest insights on how to deal with nature, the most important ones being the Natural Capital Protocol, Taskforce of Nature Related Financial Disclosure and the Science Based Targets for Nature.
First steps can be to:
- Governance – Make someone responsible for your relationship with nature. Assign roles and responsibilities across the organisation and increase board oversight and understanding of the relevance of nature in your operations and value chain.
- Locate – Identify your organisation’s relationship with nature. Locate your nature-related risks and opportunities by examining the impacts and dependencies of your operations, sourcing and products and services.
- Strategy – Ensure a future for your organisation in balance with nature. Set clear and ambitious goals aiming for Nature Positive that are aligned with the Science-Based Targets Network methodologies to contribute to achieving a Global Goal for Nature.
Together, we can contribute to a Nature Positive future, by committing to action that:
- Preserves natural ecosystems
- Supports biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Preserves freshwater resources and water security
- Secures healthy, diverse oceans
- Preserves and regenerates land systems
- Commit to Science Based Targets for Nature
- Reduces carbon emissions
A Nature Positive Future
The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) defines nature as the natural world, with an emphasis on the diversity of living organisms (including people) and their interactions among themselves and with their environment.
The natural world can be described as the water, air, soil, flora and fauna around us which together form an ecosystem. Ecosystems support life and provide a wide range of benefits to people and society. These benefits are often known as ecosystem services, such as food, clean water, medicine, carbon storage and shelter. These services provide the basis for the functioning economies and societies.
Organisations have both impacts on and dependencies from nature, resulting in risks and opportunities.
Each organisation can support a nature positive future through transformations that enable people, ecologies, and businesses to thrive, together.
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Nature & Biodiversity Services
Anthesis supports companies, financial institutions, cities, and governments to enable nature-based solutions
Nature Materiality Assessment. Identifying, prioritising, and validating material issues that reflect an organisations most significant impacts and dependencies on nature within its operations and broader value chain.
Nature Impact and Dependency Assessment. Assessing the impact and dependency of your organisation, project, site, brand and/or product (supply chain) on nature and biodiversity. Creating an action plan to avoid and reduce impacts and pursue opportunities to regenerate and restore nature, while ensuring dependencies on nature and biodiversity have a lowered risk profile.
Strategy and implementation
Nature Positive Strategy. There is no organisation, whose business model is not affected by the degradation of nature. We support the client in the design and implementation of its Nature Positive Strategy through calculation of their nature footprint, TNFD risk analyses, transformation strategy and Nature Positive commitments and stakeholder engagement & education.
Natural Capital Accounting. Measuring and reporting the amount, condition and value of environmental assets of an organisation. Valuation of ecosystem services.
Benchmarking and Impact Roadmap. Benchmarking nature and biodiversity performance against peers and rank to inform development of a stepwise approach to prioritising, assessing, and addressing material issues and communicating contributions to a Nature Positive future.
Forests Positive Strategy. Creating a forest positive strategy that demonstrates your commitment to implementing and investing in sustainable practices in forests by crafting and implementing effective policies on deforestation and engaging supply chain to help ensure that the world’s forests continue to provide space for nature.
Regenerative Agriculture Strategy. Developing a regenerative agriculture strategy that drives value creation through redefining our food system’s relationship with nature and creating clear roadmaps to engage suppliers and farmers on a Nature Positive future.
Water Stewardship Strategy. Developing goals and targets (context-based, freshwater SBTs, net zero/net positive), and strategies/roadmaps to create accountability internally and externally to drive continual improvement and act on shared water challenges.
Natural Climate Solutions Strategy and Implementation. Building a nature-based solutions strategy to deliver on net-zero targets and meet critical ecosystem restoration concerns. Development and implementation of tailor-made compensation projects.
Nature Due Diligence. Identifying nature due diligence gaps and opportunities and investigating potential risks associated with risk exposure, analysing shareholder resolutions, forthcoming compliance and legislation.
Biodiversity: The Risks & Opportunities in your Supply Chain
‘Nature Positive’ means bringing nature into the core of business decision making, to have an overall positive impact on biodiversity. In today’s complex, globally sprawling supply chains, this presents a substantial challenge for businesses.
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