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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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…
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WWF to EU: Sustainability Is the €300B Investment Plan

WWF urges the European Union's economic and political leaders to put sustainability first and not delay such action in the name of economic…
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Squandering Our Inheritance

Generations before us prided themselves on innovative progress, self-sufficiency and providing for the future. We squander this legacy. More than iPhones, flat screens…
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Report Reveals Startling Differences in GDP and Inclusive Wealth

Factoring human and natural capital into the GDP equation reveals dramatic differences in national economic performance and overall well-being.
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Redefining Gross Domestic Product to Account for Sustainability

GDP doesn’t actually tell us much about the value of natural capital, like clean air or healthy forests. Such natural goods and services,…
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UNEP Report Discloses the Business Risks of Plastic Use

The total natural capital cost of plastic used in the consumer goods industry is over $75 billion a year, a report by the…
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