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An operational model for mainstreaming ecosystem services for implementation

PNAS (Proceedings from the National Academy of Science) article from 2007. 'Operational model' sounds a lot like the corporate ecosystem services review. OK for theoretical framework. Corp sector has moved on from this since 2007.

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KPMG report on Natural Capital

'natural capital'... aka green GDP/accounting...

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Best practices in B@B: Compilation of case studies per sector

European Commission pub. Nice set of case studies. Biodiversity focus, but heavy overlap w/ES. 

 

Nice "Prototype List of Criteria for Reviewing Company Biodiversity Practices"

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Case study: Coca-Cola and water in India: episode 2 - Burnett - 2007 - Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management - Wiley Online Library

Case study: Coca-Cola and water in India: episode 2 - Burnett - 2007 - Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management - Wiley Online Library | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Case study reccomended as ex of Corp ES in literature by LinkedIn group.

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Corporate EcoForum report: the new Business Imperative: Valuing Natural Capital

Nice. Lots of corporate examples of action re: BES.

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Unilever commits to sustainable sourcing of paper packaging | 2010 | Unilever Global

2010 - old news, but a good case.

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Shareholders demand sustainability

Shareholders demand sustainability | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

"Advocacy group Ceres says of the some 110 resolutions it tracked in 2012, 44 proposals resulted in US companies making commitments to confront environmental and social risks in their operations and supply chains."

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What Investors and Analysts Said - Aug 2012 report on extra financial info

New research reveals that investors and analysts use ‘extra-financial’ information to analyze companies.   Investors and analysts use extra-financial information reported by companies to help analyze the performance of those companies and ultimately inform investment decisions, according to new research published by GRI, HRH The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) and Radley Yeldar on Tuesday 24 July.
According to the report What Investors and Analysts Said, extra-financial information – such as disclosures on governance and environmental issues – has become an important and influential consideration for investors and analysts. The research partners say the results of the survey provide new insight into how financial markets source, use and are influenced by extra-financial information.

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Developed countries to double funds for CBD

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"Developed countries agreed to double funding to support efforts in developing states towards meeting the internationally-agreed Biodiversity Targets, and the main goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-20," said a release issued from the CBD secretariat.
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According to sources, this means $12 billion would be available for biodiversity conservation as against $6 billion earmarked between 2006 and 2010.

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US (some Equator) Banks Provide Most Funds for Coal-Fired Power Plants

US (some Equator) Banks Provide Most Funds for Coal-Fired Power Plants | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

2011

Article discusses the release of a report by BankTrack. Sounds like it generally lambasts finance of coal-fired power plants (presumably b/c of climate change implications), & especially critical of financing from Equator Principles banks (in US: JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley). 

 

Doesn't mention if/how projects had to be amended to take climate change (or ecosystem services?) into account. Haven't read full BankTrack report here.

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Banks draw up code on lending for power plants - FT.com

Banks draw up code on lending for power plants - FT.com | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Not new (10/2011), but good example of how Equator Principles can play out to impact industry/development. 

 

Because of "growing pressure on lenders to scale down support for fossil fuels" leading European financial institutions (HSBC, Standard Chartered (UK), BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, F&C Asset Management) have developed a standard to take climate change into consideration when financing coal fired power plants.

 

As of January 2011, HSBC has a policy that screens out financing of plants "with emissions above certain levels." BNP Paribas followed suit in a September 2011 policy, and the other 2 are expected to do the same.

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Survey of Corporate Sustainability Rankings: Only 56% of Experts use Ratings in Decision-Making

Survey of Corporate Sustainability Rankings: Only 56% of Experts use Ratings in Decision-Making | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Good survey about sustainability ratings, with 850 respondents -- sustainbility experts from business, government, NGOs, academia.

 

Some findings...

- "There were no real surprises when experts identified the ratings they're most familiar with: DJSI and CDP take the number one and two slots respectively, followed by FTSE4Good and Bloomberg. These ratings are also among those that experts put most trust in, with CDP (65% credibility), FTSE4Good (54%) and DJSI (53%) leading the pack."

- "64% of experts polled say they use ratings at least once every few months to gain intelligence on a company's sustainability efforts, and 57% use them with similar frequency to benchmark companies against their peers"

- "56% of experts either never use ratings for this purpose, or do so at most once a year. For companies investing considerable effort in responding to raters' requests, this figure is likely to be disappointing."

 

On that last finding - Yikes! But... it would be so much more informative to know the details. For example, how many of those respondents were in the business sector (or... investment sector in particular)?  I've requested the details from the report authors and will update this post if I hear back.

 

Link to video, summary results here: http://www.sustainability.com/library/rate-the-raters-phase-five-polling-the-experts-2012#.UGSOfE3oQj6

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Mag Forum CSR - 2/2012 issue on Natural Capital

Articles from European/Global all-stars on ~corporate BES.

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IPIECA guidance on BES for Oil & Gas Sector

The aim of this guide is threefold. Firstly, it explains the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services and the oil and gas industry. Secondly, it provides a set of checklists to help identify the main ecosystem service dependencies and impacts of oil and gas developments. Thirdly, it highlights key associated risks and opportunities for oil and gas companies, and provides guidance on potential measures for managing them

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Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership Launches | WRI Insights

Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership Launches | WRI Insights | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
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Global supply chains linked to endangered species

Global supply chains linked to endangered species | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Method: "In an extraordinary feat of data collection spanning years, the researchers from the University’s Integrated Sustainability Analysis group in its School of Physics gathered data on five billion supply chains, and 15,000 commodities in 187 countries, and compared all this to a register of 25,000 endangered species."

 

Conclusion: "It’s across the board, the researchers say: developed countries’ demand for sugar, coffee, tea, timber, textiles, and raw materials for manufactured goods (read: blood minerals for electronics) all export environmental destruction to the supplier and cause “a biodiversity footprint that is larger than at home”

 

Original journal article here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v486/n7401/full/nature11145.html

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EU Biodiversity Check

EU Biodiversity Check | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

The biodiversity check... will provide arguments for decision making regarding the company’s strategy on biodiversity. It assesses, according to the procedure of environmental management systems EMAS III and ISO 14001, potential negative impacts on biodiversity of individual business units, manufacturing facilities, products or processes, and identifies potential risks and opportunities.

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Dow Announces 2nd ecosystem services Pilot with TNC - Zacks.com

"The pilot will focus on making better judgments on agricultural lands, increasing accessibility to clean water, and fostering natural habitats along with protecting and restoring important forests."

 

The pilot site (Santa Vitória Açúcar e Álcool Ltda. - SVAA) "is developing the largest integrated plant ever for producing biopolymers from renewable sugar cane, which will be powered to some extent by using waste biomass. The pilot will enable Dow and TNC to study how Dow’s operations affect and are affected by natural surroundings and finally devise ways for implementing sustainable solutions that can be applied both locally and globally."

 

Q: What's the motivation here? Guessing this biopolymer plan needs access to water, which may be in competition with local agriculture - ?? Forest protection - b/c it will increase water quality - so water quality is an important input? Or is this all just community goodwill?

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Nice video compilation: What business learned at Rio+20

Nice video compilation: What business learned at Rio+20 | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
A view of Rio+20 through the eyes of business and thought leaders: why they attended, what they learned, and what they saw as the opportunity for business coming out of Rio+20.
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Ecosystem valuation - Turner - 2010 - Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences - Wiley Online Library

Hadn't come across this. Proposes decision support for deciding on type of non-market valuation of ecosystem services - e.g., contingent valuation, hedonic pricing, travel cost method, etc.

 

Kind of like a peer-review lit version(ish) of Corporate Ecosystem Valuation.

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COP11 language on business and biodiversity

COP11 language on business and biodiversity | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Mentions language that got in the COP11 about business and biodiversity:

"At COP11, ENB reports the following business-related decisions were taken:

“invites parties to consider promoting the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services values into private sector activities, including large and publicly listed companies, and consider policies and legislation that halt biodiversity loss and reduce incentives;

encourages businesses, including publicly listed and large companies, to encourage their supply chains and other stakeholders to report on progress made in mainstreaming CBD objectives, and to consider covering effects of business operations on biodiversity in annual reports and corporate information platforms; and

requests the Secretariat to compile information on best practices related to all three CBD objectives and its protocols, and to facilitate the engagement of businesses and others in adopting such practices.”

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(from Frank Vorhies blog on Forbes)

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BankTrack Report

Dec 2011 BankTrack report that looks at/ranks banks that finance coal power plants/coal mining. Many of top financiers are Equator Principles banks. Doesn't go into if/how Equator Princples banks altered projects to account for climate change (/other ecosystem services?).

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4 Wetland Mitigation Concepts Explained via Memes

4 Wetland Mitigation Concepts Explained via Memes | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
The concept and practice of wetland mitigation banking is complicated to explain and understand. I thought I’d present key concepts using internet memes. Concept 1: the Mitigation Hierarchy T...
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EnergyUnited director receives international Pollinator Advocate Award

...on right-of-ways...

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