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Corporate Ecosystem Services Review Overview. Definitions. Ecosystem. A dynamic complex of plant, animal, and micro-organism communities and the non-living environment interacting as a functional unit. The variability among living organisms Within species & populations Between species

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Definitions
Definitions

Ecosystem

  • A dynamic complex of plant, animal, and micro-organism communities and the non-living environment interacting as a functional unit

  • The variability among living organisms

    • Within species & populations

    • Between species

    • Between ecosystems

Biodiversity

Ecosystem services

  • The benefits society and business obtain from ecosystems

  • The “goods and services of nature”


Types of ecosystem services
Types of ecosystem services

Provisioning

Goods or products produced by ecosystems

Regulating

Natural processes regulated by ecosystems

Cultural

Non-material benefits obtained from ecosystems

Supporting

Functions that maintain all other services


The business case for action on ecosystems
The business case for action on ecosystems

Businesses impact on ecosystems and ecosystem services

Ecosystem change creates business risks and opportunities

Businesses rely and depend on ecosystems and ecosystem services


Corporate ecosystem services review esr
Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR)

  • Structured method to develop strategies to manage risks and opportunities arising from dependence and impact on ecosystems

  • WRI/ WBCSD/ Meridian Institute

  • Approx. 300 cies using tool since March ‘08 launch

  • Available in 6 languages


Making the case the esr s value add
Making the case: the ESR’s value add

  • Impacts and dependencies

  • New considerations –regulating services

  • New perspective – unites economic & environmental

  • Framework for considering tradeoffs

  • Solutions – regulatory and markets

  • Scientific consensus


Forming an esr team key members
Forming an ESR team – key members

  • Environment and sustainability

  • Corporate strategy/research

  • Production/service team

  • Finance

  • External relations

  • Foundation (if related to core business)

  • External experts

    • Ecosystem services

    • Strategic consultants


5 steps in the esr
5 Steps in the ESR

5. Develop strategies

4. Identify business risks and opportunities

3. Analyze trends in priority services

2. Identify priority ecosystem services

1. Select the scope


Step 1 select the scope
Step 1: Select the scope

1. Select the scope


Considerations when selecting the scope
Considerations when selecting the scope

1. Which stage of the value chain?

Suppliers

Company

Customers

2. Who and where specifically?

  • Which supplier(s)?

  • In which geographic market(s)?

  • Which customer(s)?

  • In which geographic market(s)?

  • What aspect of the company?

    • Business unit

    • Product line

    • Facility

    • Project

    • Landholdings

3. Is it strategic, timely, and supported?


Step 2 identify priority ecosystem services
Step 2: Identify priority ecosystem services

2. Identify priority ecosystem services

1. Select the scope



Step 2 evaluating dependence
Step 2: Evaluating dependence

Low dependence

No

Yes

High dependence

No

Yes

Medium dependence

1. Does this ecosystem service serve as an input or does it enable / enhance conditions for successful company performance?

2. Does this ecosystem service have cost-effective substitutes?


Step 2 evaluating impact
Step 2: Evaluating impact

Low impact

No

Yes

Negative

Positive

Medium impact

No

Yes

High impact

Does the company affect the quantity or quality of this ecosystem service?

Is the company’s impact positive or negative?

Does the company’s impact limit or enhance the ability of others to benefit from this ecosystem service?



Step 3 analyze trends in priority services
Step 3: Analyze trends in priority services

3. Analyze trends in priority services

2. Identify priority ecosystem services

1. Select the scope


Step 3 trends analysis framework
Step 3: Trends analysis framework

Condition and trends in ecosystem service

Activities

of others

Company activities

Direct drivers

Indirect drivers


Step 4 identify business risks and opportunities
Step 4: Identify business risks and opportunities

4. Identify business risks and opportunities

3. Analyze trends in priority services

2. Identify priority ecosystem services

1. Select the scope

Steps in the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review


Step 4 risks and opportunities
Step 4: Risks and opportunities

Not exhaustive

Type

Risk

Opportunity

  • Increased scarcity or cost of inputs

  • Reduced quality of inputs

  • Reduced output or productivity

  • Disruption to business operations

  • Increased resource use efficiency

  • Low-impact industrial/manufacturing processes

Operational

  • Extraction moratoria

  • Lower quotas

  • Fines, user fees

  • Permit or license suspension /denial

  • Lawsuits

Regulatory and legal

  • Formal license to expand operations

  • New products to meet new regulation

  • Opportunity to shape government policy

  • Damage to brand or image

  • Challenge to “license to operate”

Reputational

  • Improved or differentiated brand

  • New products or services

  • Markets for certified products

  • Markets for ecosystem services

  • Changes in customer preferences

Market and product

  • Increased investment by progressive lenders and socially responsible investment funds

Financing

  • Higher cost of capital

  • More rigorous lending requirements



Step 5 develop strategies
Step 5: Develop strategies

5. Develop strategies

4. Identify business risks and opportunities

3. Analyze trends in priority services

2. Identify priority ecosystem services

1. Select the scope


Categories of strategies
Categories of strategies

Sector or stake-holder engagement

Policy-maker engagement

Internal changes

  • Industry peer collaboration

  • Cross-sector collaboration

  • NGO collaboration

  • Transactions with stakeholders

  • Etc.

  • Operations

  • Product strategy

  • Market strategy

  • Procurement strategy

  • Land management

  • Etc.

  • Tax incentives

  • Subsidy reforms

  • Protected areas

  • Zoning

  • Etc.


Applications of the esr
Applications of the ESR

  • Frame ongoing initiatives in an ecosystem services perspective

  • Build and leverage employee knowledge

  • Use the process for other purposes

  • Carry out a gap analysis

  • Embed ecosystem services into Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)

  • Improve plants and land management

  • Incorporate into product development

  • Analyze supply chains


Esr benefits users told us it helped them
ESR benefits – users told us it helped them…

  • Provide insights on ecosystem issues

  • Highlight (potential) risks and opportunities

  • Put ecosystems higher on corporate agenda / give added urgency to action on ecosystems

  • Shape ecosystem management plans / integrate ES into corporate planning

  • Strengthen existing approaches to environmental impact assessment

  • Demonstrate leadership in corporate sustainability

  • Communicate ecosystem issues internally and externally

  • Engage non-business stakeholders / improve relationships


Next steps ecosystem services for corporate decision making
Next steps: Ecosystem services for corporate decision-making

  • EIA

  • LCA

  • SME

  • Financial Risk

WRI main page on ESR material: http://www.wri.org/ecosystems/esr

WBCSD’s Ecosystem Valuation Initiative, see:www.wbcsd.org/web/evi.htm


Any suggestions, comments, questions? Write to

ecosystems@wbcsd.org or sozment@wri.org


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