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Valuing Natural Capital

An open and collaborative leadership platform demonstrates the business value of nature.

"Nurturing a greener world through sustainable innovation and development saves money, creates value and helps develop new markets." – Ursula Burns, Chairman & CEO, Xerox

Corporations of all kinds depend on well-functioning natural systems to produce an array of goods and services vital to their operations and supply chains. Mismanagement of natural assets and the accelerating impacts of climate change can destabilize corporate supply chains and degrade the natural resources upon which businesses rely.

A 2012 KPMG estimate suggests that if companies had to pay for all of the goods and services provided by nature, they would lose 41 cents for every $1 in earnings.

Through the Valuing Natural Capital (VNC) initiative, visionary companies are joining together to develop and promote a new standard of business practice. The VNC is a collaborative leadership platform designed to heighten global business focus on the economic value of healthy natural infrastructure. It enables businesses to better integrate the value of natural capital into their strategy, operations, accounting and reporting.

The VNC platform aggregates the leadership and best practices of companies taking steps such as managing water and land against drought, protecting supply chains from deforestation, and enforcing sustainable fishing practices. This group of pioneering corporations is creating shared solutions and common approaches for protecting corporate interests and conserving natural ecosystems.

The VNC invites new company-driven projects to help advance the business case for better ecosystem management. Ideal initiatives should:

  • Address a core business issue
  • Value or invest in a natural resource or service vital to the company’s operations and value chain
  • Result in tangible and verifiable results

For more information about the initiative, contact Michelle Lapinski.

The Valuing Natural Capital Initiative is led in collaboration with Corporate EcoForum and the TEEB for Business Coalition.


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