Summary of Corporate Case Studies and Collaboration Opportunities Featured on the Hub
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Assessing Ecosystem Services Using the InVEST Model for Land Use Planning - Case Study of the American Electric Power ReCreation Lands, Ohio
Having the capability to readily assess impacts and benefits to ecosystem services will allow for cost-effective and comprehensive assessments of land management decisions that take into account impacts and benefits to life-sustaining ecosystem services. As a pilot test of this approach EPRI developed a GIS tool using the Natural Capital Project's InVEST model for AEP ReCreation Lands in order to assess and minimize the potential impacts of shale gas production.
AEP & EPRI
Constructed Passive Wetland Treatment System to Pilot the Treatment of Mercury
AEP and EPRI explored the use of constructed vertical flow wetlands to provide a low-cost passive treatment option for treatment of low-level mercury from flue gas desulphurization leachate.
ANTOFAGASTA MINERALS S.A.
Development of a Natural Capital Accounting Tool to Inform Business Decision-Making
Antofagasta Minerals S.A. and Sustain Value have developed a flexible cost-effective natural capital accounting tool to improve environmental decision-making at a project level.
BIMBO BAKERIES USA
Innovative Stormwater Management
Faced with a regulatory requirement to manage stormwater around a new plant Bimbo Bakeries USA is integrating an engineered "natural infrastructure" solution that involves rain gardens and a riparian forested buffer.
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
Parcerias pela Biodiversidade (Partnership for Biodiversity)
Parcerias pela biodiversidade is a partnership between business NGOs and farmers which works to improve agricultural sustainability and biodiversity conservation by strengthening the business case for adopting best practice for management of biodiversity and ecosystem services on farms in southern Brazil.
BSR's Ecosystem Services Working Group
BSR's Ecosystem Services Working Group focuses on emerging risks and opportunities associated with corporate reliance on and impacts to ecosystem services. The Working Group tracks the development of new environmental performance expectations associated with ecosystem services as well as new decision-making aids and policy uptake.
Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership
Natural Capital Leaders Platform
The Natural Capital Leaders Platform is a unique forum where leaders develop the insight and understanding of how to integrate the valuing of natural capital into their strategies creating new opportunities for business growth.
BirdLife Global Biodiversity Partnership
CEMEX has established a target of achieving no net biodiversity loss or a net positive impact for 100% of active quarries located in areas of high biodiversity value.
CEO Water Mandate
Water Action Hub
An online platform designed to assist stakeholders to efficiently identify potential collaborators and engage with them in water-related collective action to improve water management in regions of critical strategic interest.
Engaging Clients to Improve Environmental Stewardship with Green Infrastructure Solutions
CH2M HILL is partnering with numerous client organizations to improve environmental stewardship by applying green infrastructure solutions.
Water Reduction, Recapture and Restoration
The Clorox Company has reduced its water use by 25 million gallons and expanded water restoration by another 16 million gallons.
Supply Chain Source Water Protection Program
In 2008 The Coca-Cola Company announced that all of the system's 863 bottling plants were required to begin implementing a locally relevant source water protection program by 2013 as part of a larger freshwater supply chain initiative assessing the vulnerabilities of the quality and quantity of its water sources.
Valuing Nature in Supply Chains
Our goal is to promote the integration of nature's value into decision-making processes and convene influential partners to help solve shared global environmental challenges thereby enabling communities across the globe to thrive.
Common Waters Fund
The Common Waters Fund is a Forest-to-Faucet initiative that enables water users and other stakeholders to engage in source protection of headwater forests in the upper portion of the Delaware River Basin.
Ensuring Stable Supply Chains and Production Capabilities for Danone-Brazil
Danone conducted an Ecosystems Services Review to capitalize on significant opportunities provided by more effective ecosystem management such as improved nutritional quality of its products and lower operational costs.
Catalyzing Industry to Rebuild World Fisheries
This project establishes a Fishery Improvement Partnership Fund designed to address overfishing through the implementation of FIPs in fisheries that contribute to the U.S. seafood supply. Darden is in the process of seeking additional companies, foundations, and governments to partner on the project.
Powering the Possible for the Environment
By 2013 Dell has committed to partnering with one or more leading organizations whose primary mission is to conserve or quantify ecosystem services.
Platform BEE - REDD+ Business Programme
Desso in collaboration with Essent Eneco and the Dutch Development Bank FMO have launched a program to tackle climate change through the reduction of tropical forestation and the adoption of Cradle to Cradle® principles.
Investing in Natural Solutions
Disney is funding reforestation and certified forests management projects and plans to quantify ecosystem benefits and services other than carbon.
THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
Using Engineered Natural Technologies in Seadrift, TX
Dow employed engineered natural technology to treat industrial waste water and storm water to meet permit criteria at its Union Carbide Corporation (subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company) plant in Seadrift, Texas, resulting in a positive Net Present Value, new natural habitat, and other benefits over traditional treatment approaches.
Restoration of the American Chestnut to Central Appalachian Forests
In 2013 Duke Energy committed to conduct carefully monitored field tests on transgenic American chestnut trees to assess the viability and safety of reintroducing the species to reclaimed surface-mine lands in Central Appalachia.
Supporting the Alliance for Water Stewardship International Water Stewardship Standard
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is working to develop an International Water Stewardship Standard due for release in 2014. Ecolab's two-year pledge includes annual financial support in-kind technical support and guidance by company experts to field test the draft AWS standard in China.
EKO ASSET MANAGEMENT
Natural Infrastructure Innovative Financing Lab (NatLab) Partnership
EKO Asset Management Partners is a founding member of the Natural Infrastructure Innovative Financing Lab or NatLab which is a collaboration between EKO Asset Management Partners the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). NatLab aims to accelerate the deployment of green infrastructure solutions to support enhance or replace traditional gray infrastructure by supporting the enabling conditions to mobilize private investment
Electric Power Research Institute
EPRI Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project
The Ohio River Basin Trading Project is the only interstate water quality trading project in the United States and establishes purchasable credits for nitrogen and phosphorous reductions.
50 Million Tree Pledge
Through 2056 Enterprise Holdings via its foundation committed to underwrite the planting of 50 million trees over 50 years (a gift of $50 million in today's dollars) in national forests around the country.
European Business and Biodiversity (B@B) Platform
The Business and Biodiversity (B@B) Platform provides an EU-level forum for sustained and strategic dialogue about the links between business and biodiversity.
Fauna & Flora International
The Natural Value Initiative
The Natural Value Initiative helps financial institutions better understand the materiality of natural capital and address the business risks and opportunities associated with corporate impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Fauna & Flora International
Sustainable Seafood Finance
The Sustainable Seafood Finance (SSF) Initiative has developed a tool for financial institutions to identify and improve the sustainability performance of mainstream seafood companies in their portfolio. Financial companies are invited to join the SSF Initiative to refine and test the tool.
Latin American Water Funds Partnership
The Latin American Water Funds Partnership creates and strengthens Water Funds which are multi-stakeholder financial instruments that gather investments from water users and direct the funding toward conservation protection and restoration of upstream watersheds.
Safeguarding Ecosystems through Cost-Effective Waste Management
By 2020 GM commits to achieve landfill-free status at 100 manufacturing sites and 25 nonmanufacturing sites.
Introducing Innovative Products Using Sustainable Flax Fiber
Beginning in 2012 Hanesbrands committed to develop and commercialize the incorporation of flax fiber into select products that have traditionally been 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends beginning with socks.
HP Earth Insights delivers near-real-time analytics and serves as an early warning system for conservation efforts enabling proactive responses to environmental threats. It is already yielding new information that indicates a decline in a significant percentage of species monitored by Conservation International.
Leaders for Nature
Leaders for Nature is the IUCN NL business engagement network of twenty multinationals and major Dutch enterprises working together on greening the economy.
Transparency of Natural and Social Capital Coalition
A multi-stakeholder platform including leading Dutch businesses set up to speed the transition to a sustainable economy by collaborating in a safe learning environment to improve transparency on social and natural capital.
REDD+ Business Initiative
The REDD+ Business Initiative boosts private-sector demand for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (REDD+) through collaboration between companies, government and civil society organizations. REDD+ is promoted to strengthen corporate climate strategies and the greening of value chains.
Environmental Profit and Loss Accounting
An E P &L is a pioneering natural capital accounting and reporting system that places a monetary value on the environmental impacts that result from a business's activities not only within its own operations but along the entire supply chain.
Reducing Kimberly-Clark's Forest Fiber Footprint
Kimberly-Clark will transition 50% of wood fiber sources from natural forests to alternate fiber sources by 2025.
Protecting Natural Infrastructure through e-waste Stewardship
Lockheed Martin is alleviating potential damage to ecosystems and other natural infrastructure by reducing water land and air pollution resulting from the disposition of electronic waste (e-waste).
The Amazon's Juma Reserve & the Sustainable Development of Fairfield by Marriott Hotels in Brazil
In 2012 Marriott International committed to invest $500000 to sustain the preservation of the Juma Reserve and to grow its presence in Brazil in a sustainable way. In total Marriott has contributed more than $2million USD to Juma since 2008.
Sets an Internal Price on Carbon, Charges an Internal Carbon Fee
Microsoft is quantifying the carbon impact of its operations and driving responsible business decisions around energy use and air travel by setting an internal price on carbon measuring its emissions and charging a carbon fee to the teams responsible for those emissions.
Protecting Two-Thirds of Plant Species With 17% of Earth's Land
Using Information Technology to identify ways to conserve the greatest number of plant species possible by protecting small landmasses.
MICROSOFT Tackles Ecosystem Modeling through Big Data
A team of researchers at Microsoft Research is focused on building a giant computer model that could dramatically enhance our understanding of the environment and lead to policy decisions that better support conservation and biodiversity.
Natural Capital Coalition
Natural Capital Protocol
The Natural Capital Coalition (formerly TEEB for Business Coalition) and the International Finance Corporation are partnering on a project to develop a harmonized protocol for valuing natural capital in business and investor decision-making to enable better measurement management reporting and disclosure.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Wool Certified for Good Grazing and Grasslands Practices
Through partnering with producers and the wool industry at large, The Nature Conservancy aims to develop and apply grazing standards for sheep ranchers in order to improve the condition of grassland and freshwater ecosystems in the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile, and enhance the welfare of the people that depend from them.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Chile Water Fund: Santiago-Valparaiso Green Corridor Initiative
Using state-of-the-art science, the Santiago-Valparaiso Green Corridor Initiative will identify and conserve critical areas for water flow, filtration and storage. It will also create a Water Fund to promote a market-based solution for sustainable financing so that conserved areas remain conserved forever.
The Malua Biobank is an innovative 80000-acre tropical forest conservation finance project in Sabah Malaysia to generate revenue through the sale of eco products.
Measuring Supply Chain Impacts on Land Use and Biodiversity
In 2013 Patagonia partnered with UC Santa Barbara's Bren School to assess the impacts of land use on biodiversity of four Patagonia products. By measuring the impact that our supply chains have on biodiversity in different regions of the world Patagonia and other companies can make more informed decisions that lead to reduced impact.
Barley Extension Program in Rajastan
SABMiller valued the environmental externalities associated with procuring malting barley in Rajasthan India to evaluate the effectiveness of its program to teach sustainable agriculture techniques to farmers in the region.
Water Treatment Using Manmade Wetlands
The Water Treatment plant of Petroleum Development Oman Nimr a joint venture with The Shell Petroleum Company Ltd and the Government of Oman uses 360 hectares of reeds in Oman to naturally treat 100000 m3 of oily water per day.
EROVA Natural Capital Group
The EROVA Natural Capital Group supports companies in using and adapting EROVA a flexible natural capital accounting decision-support tool and facilitates the sharing of EROVA tool updates and experience gained amongst its members.
TD Forests Working to Conserve North American Ecosystems
TD Forests aims to grow urban forests and help protect critical forest ecosystems; and to encourage the responsible use of sustainably produced forest products and includes a goal to reduce the amount of paper used at the bank.
UNEP & Partners
The Natural Capital Declaration
The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) is a global finance-led and CEO-endorsed initiative to provide practical guidance to banks investors and insurance firms on how to mainstream the integration of natural capital considerations in credit risk analysis across asset classes and financial products and in their accounting and reporting frameworks. Financial institutions are invited to endorse the NCD and help lead on developing the roadmap to a green economy.
100% Certified Sustainably-Sourced Palm Oil
Unilever has committed to purchasing 100% of its palm oil from traceable and certified sustainable sources by 2020.
Corporate Ecosystem Valuation of a Sanitation System in Normandy
Veolia Water and environmental consultancy Ecowhat conducted studied the external environmental and social benefits of a water treatment facility in Normandy France.
Using the Ecosystems Services Review to Avoid Deforestation in Brazilian Beef Production
Walmart Brazil is proactively working toward new solutions to scale up sustainable cattle ranching in Brazil.
Applying Natural Capital Management to Building Construction
Webcor utilized the Climate Earth Natural Capital Management System to assess the natural capital costs required in building a 10-story building to serve as the new headquarters for the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC).
Driving Sustainability for Additional Value with Ecosystem Services
Weyerhaeuser has committed to measure and report annually against a comprehensive set of indicators to quantify 18 ecosystem services provided by its forestlands.
Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project (FRESP)
The Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project brought ranchers state and federal agencies researchers and NGOs together from 2005 to 2011 to design a Payment for Environmental Services program for water management services on ranchlands as a means to protect key water sources beyond regulations. The pilot program evolved into the Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services (NE-PES) Program administered by the South Florida Water Management District an agency of the state of Florida.
Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Futures
Develop and test a broadly applicable forest carbon methodology for quantifying the carbon benefits of reduced impact logging. This methodology builds on existing forest certification efforts.
Catalyzing Adoption of Natural Capital Principles in India
YES BANK is mainstreaming the concept of natural capital in India through a two-pronged approach: creating knowledge and spreading awareness.