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Side event IPBES – Introduction to the GBS – a tool to assess the biodiversity footprint of businesses and financial assets

Can one metric sum up the biodiversity impact of economic activities? Can businesses set quantitative targets to reduce their impact on biodiversity as they do for climate (e.g. -20% biodiversity footprint by 2030)? How can financial institutions (FIs) assess their exposure to biodiversity impacts throughout their investment? CDC Biodiversité invited interested businesses to a meeting to present the GBS and the PBAF’s common ground on Tuesday 30/04 in the Caisse des Dépôts’ premises, 15 Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France.

26 & 27-03-2019

Un atelier très productif à la Commission Européenne auquel CDC Biodiversité assistait les 26 et 27 mars 2019 ©CDC Biodiversité

CDC Biodiversité participates in a two-day workshop in European Commission

Joshua Berger, Global Biodiversity Score project manager and Antoine Vallier, biodiversity footprint expert, share with us their experience of the two-day workshop on Biodiversity Accounting Approaches for Business in European Commission, which was held on 26th and 27th of March 2019.

CDC Biodiversité was excited to participate in the Biodiversity Accounting Approaches for Business two-day workshop in Brussels. It is an important step towards the convergence of biodiversity footprinting methodologies. Harmonisation of corporate data inputs, bridges between metrics, mapping of tools relative to business applications, clarification of the vocabulary on scopes & baselines were all on the agenda. We are really looking forward to the minutes and follow up steps!

Thanks to UNEP-WCMC for the organization and to European Commission (DG ENV) and European Investment Bank (EIB) for their support.


Side event at COP14 of the CBD: Biodiversity footprints – Making a difference in investment and business decisions & enabling role of the public sector

Biodiversity footprint assessment tools are being developed globally to appropriately track the impact of businesses and financial institutions, and potentially to help set post-2020 international targets for biodiversity. The EU, France, the Netherlands and Germany are very active in the field of business, biodiversity and natural capital.

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Connecting Finance and Natural Capital: the Global Biodiversity Score and the Natural Capital Coalition:
As part of the launch of the supplement « Connecting Finance and Natural Capital » to the Natural Capital Protocol on April 23, 2018 in Hong Kong, several major financial players including CDC Biodiversity shared case studies on their contribution to the integration of a natural capital approach in the financing of economic activities. CDC Biodiversité explained how the biodiversity footprint indicator, developed by its research teams from the Biodiversity Economics Mission (MEB), contributes to assessing the impact of businesses and financial institutions on one of the components of natural capital , biodiversity. This indicator, the Global Biodiversity Score (GBS), is a management tool for companies to reduce their biodiversity footprint and fills a deficit of measurement indicators at a strategic level.
The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC), which is a continuation of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business and Enterprise, was launched in December 2012. It is a reference initiative with approximately 250 signatory organizations around the world. The NCC takes up TEEB’s pioneering work on the economic valuation of ecosystem services and the monetary analysis of externalities for companies and broadens it by introducing the concept of natural capital which is defined as « the way of designating all benefits we derive from nature.  » This concept includes biodiversity and ecosystems, climate, water, mineral and energy resources. In 2015, the NCC launched the Natural Capital Protocol (NCP), which aims to create a standardized methodology with the goal of a better understanding and quantification of the impacts and dependencies of businesses on ecosystems.
CDC Biodiversité is a partner of the NCC and a member of the steering committee of the Natural Capital Financial Alliance (NFCA).

The case study is available on the NCC website.