natural capital

One of at least four forms of capital used by people, organizations, corporations, and governments, to build and maintain their livelihoods. Natural Capital includes all forms of resources from the environment, including minerals, water, air, sunlight, heat, plants, animals, and other organic matter. Sustainable organizations seek to maximize their effectiveness and efficiency in using natural capital as well as practice policies that sustain the quality and quantity of natural capital sources in the future.

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Industry Study Touts Environmental Benefits of Plastic

The American Chemistry Council insists via a commissioned report that plastic has an environmental impact far smaller than alternative materials such as glass…
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Louisiana Wetlands Restoration Project Offers Corporate Investors a Social Return

A new fund has the potential to turn $1 million in private donations into $9 million in tangible benefits for the Mississippi River…
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Missing the Target with Conservation Finance

At the 2016 Mission Investors Exchange conference, experts discussed how the impact investing community can tackle society's most intractable problems.
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Nature: A Better, Faster, Cost-Effective Answer for Climate Resilience?

Living shorelines and nature-based solutions reduce climate-related risks to communities and infrastructure, says the Nature Conservancy.
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A Grand Strategy for Economic Prosperity and Security

Like fascism and communism in the last century, sustainability, climate action and economic inclusion are the existential challenges of the 21st century. In…
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Putting a Price on the Value of Nature

The most commonly accepted measure of national economic wealth, gross national product (GDP), does not include natural capital. That means the value of…
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Why Don’t Conservatives Support Balancing Nature’s Budget?

Most conservatives love a balanced budget, with one notable exception: Our natural capital budget. If the Earth is a business, conservative extraction policies…
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Wilderness in the Age of Man

In "Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man" Jason Mark explores the meaning of our connection…
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CSR: Fostering Responsible Biodiversity Stewardship

The 651 biosphere reserves spanning over 120 countries protect and preserve the immense diversity of life on our planet. The value and benefits…
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New Water Analysis Tool Monetizes Revenue at Risk

World Water Week is going on right now in Stockholm, Sweden. This year marks the 25th edition of the annual international event aimed…
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Supply Chain Sustainability Takes Center Stage in Cannes

The Cannes red carpet is more about glitz than sustainable fashion. Kering, the official fashion partner of the annual international film festival, might…
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Nature’s Cranky Banker Has Foreclosure on Her Mind

If nature is like a bank, then we are borrowing without understanding the terms or planning a repayment schedule. In many ways, the…
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Sustainability’s Missing Stakeholders: Nature and the Future

The definition of stakeholders in materiality is broadening beyond people. Let's ask Nature or the Future whether our current sustainability challenges constitute a…
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Earth, Inc. in Turnaround

The case for Earth, Inc.’s insolvency is clear: Earth regenerates its reserves of natural capital – cash inflow – slower than humanity draws…
Pioneering municipalities can use traditional financial tools to preserve natural assets.

Moving Natural Assets from the Drawing Board to the Board Room

Making an environmental case for preserving natural assets is straightforward, but explaining their value within financial and management strategies takes real innovation. A…