Breakout sessions

24 November 2016

During the second conference day conference participants attended several breakout sessions – please read about our list of breakout sessions.

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The programme of the Natural Capital conference is divided into three work streams: Knowledge, Integration and Finance. Take a moment to browse through the streams and learn more. 

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Title: Environmental and economic benefits by using salt water silt
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Monique van den Dungen (Groningen Seaports)
Description: Groningen Seaports manages and operates 2 ports and industrial sites in the north of the Netherlands on the edge of the Wadden Sea. It is and one of the most important wetlands in the world and therefor Unesco World Heritage. Dredging is essential and continuing needed to maintain the navigation in the ports. The removed silt that is not contaminated may require dispose at sea. The silt is a unique natural resource and essential for the ecosystem. However, in a particular part of the Waddensea, the Eems estuary, the water has become extremely turbid due to several activities in the past in and around the estuary. Academics advise to stop the disposal of silt in the sea as a contribution to clearer water. We determined the best options for beneficial use of silt as an alternative for disposal at sea. The beneficial use of salt silt for soil improvement of agricultural land is an innovation but at the same time the most challenging one: mainly the content of salt in the silt can be a problem. In general, farmers and water management departments are afraid of salt. We solved the salt problem. Some crops need extra salt for growing. In general, farmers add extra salt with the fertilizers on their land for higher crops. Especially with sugar beets and grass. What if the salt from the silt could replace the adding of extra salt? Then the silt is a very good soil improver because of the clay content and the high amount of natural minerals. It is a logical idea. Because the best agricultural lands of the world are the ancient polders made of silt. In 2015, we realised a pilot with the clean salt silt on the fields with sandy soils and the results up till now are very promising. We continue the project for upcoming 4 years (2016-2020) with research and tests. At the same time we are looking for partners to develop a business case. If the salt silt can be used as a sandy soil improver, it will be a great win for clearer water in the Waddensea and estuaries around the world. And healthier agriculture by using less fertilizer and water on sandy soils.
Learning Objectives: Can ports contribute to clearer water and improve the biodiversity? Can using dredged silt be an opportunity for a win win win. Economic, environment and biodiversity. In sea and on agricultural land? How to find out the potential economic and ecological values? How to develop the businesscase?
Title: Using ISO 37101 to re-couple social and ecological ecosystem services
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Geneviève Girod (ALTICIME)
Description: This work is a result of tasks performed through HERCULES project, 3 years ending European FP7 research program on cultural landscapes. The frame of DIS ISO 37101 draft standard on Sustainable development of communities — Management systems — Requirements with guidance for resilience and smartness was found useful to illustrate innovative measures on ecosystem services through each of the issues related to governance, education, innovation and creativity, health, culture and identity, living together, economy through sustainable production and consumption, place of living and working, safety and security, infrastructure, mobility, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Besides the ecological ecosystem services that can are covered by other tools, this approach proved to be very consistent with the recognition of cultural and identity services. On second step, the use of the ISO DIS 37101 standard offers a frame for compilation and prioritisation of policy options, through exploration of ten success factors: 1. Contextualization of the project 2. Taking into account the needs and expectations of stakeholders 3. Prioritization of issues associated with risks and opportunities 4. Leadership and involvement of elected representatives 5. Governance 6. Relational and human support 7. Operational inputs through 6 purposes identified (attractiveness, social cohesion, well-being, preservation of environment, resilience, responsible resource use) 8. Playful, participatory, and multiple approaches for stakeholders’ engagement 9. Accountability to local actors and restitution 10. Continuous improvement through experimentation and feedback A comprehensive approach to all ISO DIS 37101 questions, based on interviews with parts internal and external stakeholders, could be employed to assess risks and opportunities across the 12 issues figured above towards 6 purposes: Attractiveness, Social cohesion, Well-being, Preservation and improvement of environment, Resilience and Responsible resource use. The method can be used for company handling activities or providing services interacting with landscapes.
Learning Objectives: ISO standards are familiar to business organisations. Therefore, the use of ISO DIS 37101 standard allows integration of new ecosystem services concepts within a frame model that companies are currently ready to handle together with other management systems. First objective shall be to explore ecosystem services issues to manage biodiversity. Second objective shall be to introduce potential tools and methods to assess biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Title: Good Coffee for you and for nature
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Michel Scholte (True Price)
Timmo Terpstra (Peeze Coffee)
Description: How did Peeze Coffee use impact measurement and valuation of natural capital to assess the impact of coffee production on natural capital? And how did the Natural Capital protocol help them? There is not a single company that can operate without Natural Capital, like water, energy and natural resources. More and more companies would like to understand their impacts on and dependencies of natural capital. Internationally a protocol is developed to help companies with this challenge: the Natural Capital Protocol. What can small and medium size enterprises do with this protocol? What benefits does the protocol generate? Peeze Coffee was the first Dutch SME in the world that tested the protocol. What was their experience? How does impact measurement and valuation of natural capital help Peeze Coffee? This session shows participants the natural capital assessment that Peeze conducted together with True Price on the production of coffee. Participants get a clear understanding of the benefits and challenges of applying the Natural Capital Protocol in the context of an enterprise. In addition, they get to understand what the challenges are to produce a cup of coffee that is in balance with natural capital. Timmo Terpstra, Director of Peeze Coffee, shares first hand experience of his journey to produce sustainable coffee and Michel Scholte, Director of External Affairs of True Price, who will set out the technical details of the natural capital impact assessment, can explain how the Natural Capital Protocol can be applied by companies and SME's in particular.
Learning Objectives: Attendees: Understand what is inside the Natural Capital Protocol Understand how to apply the Natural Capital Protocol Understand the challenges of making coffee supply chain sustainable
Title: Investing in natural capital
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Jaap Petraeus (Royal Friesland Campina)
Description: To value dairy farmers in their efforts to increase biodiversity on their farms, it is required to measure the impact of farm management on biodiversity. This project is searching voor the effective key performance indicators on several factors of biodiversity: agro functional biodiversity such as greenhouse gases, uses of soil and land and also managing species and landscape. How can dairy farmers be encouraged to adjust their management to sustainable en future proof farming in relation to natural capital? Which methods are to be systematically applied? The project gives you an insight in the theoretical methodology en practical experiences of farmers.
Learning Objectives: The dairy industry is taking large responsibility to maintain the diversity of the Dutch landscape. Since many decades Dutch Dairy farmers managed their farms in balance with nature. Because of intensified farming, landscapes started to change. With the modern-day knowledge about mineral efficiency, soil expertise, species protection and all other factors that influence biodiversity on dairy farms, a biodiverse monitor is developed and will be applied in near future.
Title: Natural capital education for the next business generation
Presentation Format: Speed Pitch
Speakers: Eva Rood (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)
Simon Moolenaar (Commonland)
Description: Educating the next generation of business professionals Business is in need of a new perspective on their relationship with the ecosystems and landscapes (including the communities) they operate in. To effect real change in mindsets, it is essential to train the next generation of business leaders and business developers in such a way that business realizes its interdependency with ecosystems and landscapes. Broadening the perspective from natural resources to the landscape will help future business leaders to think and act in terms of multiple returns on investment: return of inspiration and hope and returns of social, natural and financial capital. To offer this type of education (“Bildung”) to the next generation of business professionals, a new kind of academy is required where students learn about business, ecosystems and landscapes in a holistic way, based on these 4 returns. The Academy for Business and Landscapes will equip the next generation of business leaders and business developers with the environmental and business management skills needed to take a system’s perspective, think and act in terms of 4 returns and take into account their direct and indirect impacts and dependencies on ecosystems and landscapes. Participating in the Academy will enable companies to 1. Attract dedicated and passionate people who - understand the importance of multiple returns on investment, including the return of natural capital; - know how to incorporate this into the strategic and operational decisions within their business 2. Position their company as a front-runner, a thought leader and implementer, in this upcoming field.
Learning Objectives: - The critical importance of natural capital for business ánd the critical importance of business involvement for the sustainment of natural capital - The importance of sound and applicable knowledge of how to set up a partnership for integrated landscape management, based on an innovative business model that takes into account a return on financial investment, return of social and ecological capital, and return of inspiration - The promising future of business development and strategy in this upcoming industry
Title: The power of transparency
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Roel Drost (Ernst & Young Accountants LLP)
Alexandros Moulopoulos (EY)
Description: We believe that external disclosure encourages companies to improve their management and performance on natural capital, based on constructive criticism of their stakeholders. At present, an instrument to assess and compare companies specifically at the extent to which they report transparently regarding natural capital, does not yet exist. Although the transparency benchmark does have several criteria embedded, these criteria do not yet have the depth and scope aligned to the Natural Capital Protocol. In our research, criteria were formulated in order to assess and benchmark Dutch and European companies on their transparency regarding natural capital. The criteria are based on existing methodologies like the Natural Capital Protocol and the Dutch Transparency Benchmark. Aim of this session is to share knowledge regarding these criteria and the final benchmark results which will provide insight in the level of transparency regarding natural capital. During our presentation we would like to give you a summary of these findings within 20 images (10 minutes), finishing with an Q&A session.
Learning Objectives: The learning objective is knowledge of the current status of the level of transparency on natural capital by large organizations (research group). The audience will gain knowledge about the natural capital criteria that have been developed by EY and experts and how these criteria could help them to better report and disclose relevant information on natural capital. Thereby we will also present the fit in the EU directive on Non-Financial Information of these natural capital criteria.
Title: Overcoming data barriers to effective natural capital assessment
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Annelisa Grigg (UNEP-WCMC)
Gemma Cranston (Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership)
Chris Earl (F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.)
Francis Condon (RobecoSam)
Rudi Daelmans (Desso)
Marie Morice (Natural Capital Finance Alliance)
Description: It is increasingly apparent that better measurement and management of natural capital to improve the sustainability and resilience of our economies and businesses is needed. A common thread throughout the initiatives developing at a national (e.g. Wealth Accounting and Valuating of Ecosystem Services – WAVES), corporate (e.g. Natural Capital Protocol), and landscape/seascape level are calls to address data challenges. Businesses piloting the Natural Capital Protocol are asking what data is needed and available for natural capital assessments, how to judge input data quality, how to deal with uncertainty that arises from poor or scarce data inputs, and how to make assessments more comparable and credible to stakeholders. Data is currently dispersed, of variable quality and incomplete. Failure to address the questions above could result in unreliable results and a focus on 'easier' to measure assets rather than dealing with the complexity of natural capital issues. Lack of ready access to robust data for decision making is currently a barrier to businesses who wish to manage their impacts and dependence on natural capital. There are many natural capital assessment tools available but there has been limited work to explore how the current data and data systems meet the needs of business to conduct such assessments, using these tools or primary methods. This breakout session will focus on the data challenges facing those undertaking and using natural capital assessments for business decisions exploring the needs for business in this space, • How is natural capital data being defined by different stakeholders? • What are the data needs for business with regards to natural capital? • What data and tools currently exist and how/where can they be accessed?
Learning Objectives: - Understanding of the data needs of business with regards to natural capital assessments - Understanding of the data and tools available to inform natural capital assessments drawing from experience from the Natural Capital Coalition pilot companies and national government level assessments - Understanding of the challenges, gaps and how to deal with uncertainty in the data available
Title: Insetting: A new approach for reconciling companies with their ecosystems
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Yves Barbin (Pierre Fabre)
Julie Reneau (Nestle Nespresso S.A.)
Description: The Insetting Platform Initiative is a collaborative action-oriented platform gathering organisations engaged in insetting their global environmental footprint internally. It was founded in December 2013 as a non-profit in Paris and members include Kering, Nespresso, AccorHotels, Chanel, L'Oréal, Nespresso, Plan Vivo, Ecocert, Althelia etc. To limit dangerous temperature rise below the 2C urgent action is required by the entire society. Businesses are facing a major challenge to transition towards a sustainable model operating in harmony with rather than against our natural ecosystem. The Platform envision Insetting as a way to bring such systemic change to climate action, from niche to mainstream, as projects are integrated within the supply chains and core business of companies, hence more legitimate, massive and perennial as they directly benefit companies, too. The Platform is also working on an Insetting Standard, to add value for businesses and their Insetting Program and Projects, allowing them to be certified under the Insetting Standard by third parties enhancing visibility and credibility to outside stakeholders such a regulators, consumer. It is a collaborative open platform, where companies, service providers, project developers (both local and international ones), academic partners and certification bodies can present their best practices, Insetting tools, methodologies and to participate in creating a movement around Insetting as well as leveraging socio-environmental innovations within companies. In this session, after a brief presentation by Nespresso, Pierre Fabre and Althelia Ecosphere companies will be asked to work on some of the challenges such as achieving scale which would require mobilising the financial sector as well as the link of insetting to tropical forest conservation and avoided deforestation (i.e. REDD+) which is critical to a safe carbon pathway and sustainable future for the planet.
Learning Objectives: In this session participants will: (1) learn about a holistic approach for reconciling companies with their ecosystems going beyond mitigation action in Scope 1 and 2 carbon and biodiversity footprint that has the potential to contribute to the next stage of capitalist development through the development of ecosystem services that are used to regenerate companies ecosystems (2) discuss and brainstorm on how such approach could lead to achieving the needed scale mobilising the financial sector beyond niche impact investment funds (3) as well as discuss how supply chain action and insetting can play a role in supporting tropical forest conservation.
Title: Natural Capital Expanded: Four Dimensions of Sustainability
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Max Sonnen (Ecomatters)
Klas Hallberg (AkzoNobel)
Caterina Camerani (AkzoNobel)
Lisa Damen (Ecomatters)
Description: Being the world leader in sustainability and ranked number one in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive year, AkzoNobel knows how to assess sustainability and how they can use it to increase value of society. Together with Ecomatters - a consultancy specialized in sustainability - they did a case study on value creation in multiple dimensions. They expanded their assessment to not only look at natural capital, but to also include financial, human and social capital. They believe that it's possible to shape the future by looking at society and the economy with a multi-dimensional perspective. The more you know about the impact of your company, the more you are able to identify possible improvements and, ultimately, increase business value. In this workshop, AkzoNobel and Ecomatters will share their new insights with you, based on their case study "4-Dimensional Profit and Loss Accounting of a Book". In this case study, existing methodologies were applied - based on the Natural Capital Protocol - and some additional methodologies were developed, based on the years of experience of AkzoNobel in sustainability assessments. During the workshop, we explore how the methodologies work by looking at the different capitals in small groups. The hands-on experience in the calculations will get you started to do your own assessment in no time. We will interpret and compare the results and look at possible applications. For example, we will look at opportunities to improve the performance of your company and on how to use this approach along a value chain through involving your suppliers and customers. What is the value of my product or organization? How do I calculate this value in monetary terms? How can I use this knowledge? Together we explore the answers to these questions, based on a case study performed by sustainability experts.
Learning Objectives: The way of thinking when assessing natural capital can also be applied to financial, human and social capital. Looking at various dimensions of sustainability is a new way of looking at society at large that provides additional insights and opportunities. The attendees will learn the added value of a 4-dimensional assessment and will get hands-on experience in the calculations, from production characteristics to monetized capital. The session will also show various applications of this new knowlegde and inspire the attendee to use it for improvements and to raise awareness among value chain partners.
Title: Valuing natural capital - Pros and cons for SMEs
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Andrea Peiffer (Global Nature Fund)
Description: SMEs have so far not been drivers for natural capital valuation. There are various reasons why SMEs hesitate to value and account its natural capital. Often they don´t see the direct benefit of such an assessment as they do not discover the natural capital context for their business as well as associated risks and opportunities. Furthermore, many SMEs have limited financial and personal resources and are deterred by the insufficient data availability. Nevertheless, there are companies which have started to apply a NCV. Based on the case study of an SME we will discuss how to conduct a natural capital assessment taking into account limited resources and lack of primary data. We will present the motivation of SMEs and the uses of assessment results. A focus will be on the question how the results fit into existing reporting and management schemes which SMEs might apply (e.g. EMAS). Powerful images and a short presentation will provide the participants with food for thoughts and will build the foundation for a subsequent discussion.
Learning Objectives: Based on a practical example of an SME typical barriers for the assessment of natural capital could be discussed and support the solution finding. Even though all businesses have diverse attributes and operate in different environments, there are common motivations and approaches that facilitate the assessment of natural capital impacts and dependencies. Arguments and incentives to motivate SME to use NCA for improved decision-making will be identified and compiled. Practice-oriented approaches will be discussed to build on existing resources and processes and find solutions that improve the available management schemes of SMEs.
Title: Measuring your Plastic Footprint
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Cath Schuttevaar (Plastic Soup Foundation)
Dorine Helmer (PwC)
Karen Maas (Impact Centre Erasmus (ICE))
Harmen Spek (Plastic Soup Foundation)
Description: Our oceans are increasingly polluted by plastic waste. Not only large pieces of plastic but also small particles (micro plastics) pollute our marine ecosystems and enter our food chain. Companies need to start taking their responsibility by analyzing and managing their plastic use and waste, to avoid leakage of plastics to the environment. The Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF), Impact Centre Erasmus (ICE) and PwC have developed a Plastic Footprint methodology. The Plastic Footprint methodology helps companies to (1) increase awareness of their plastic use, waste and recycling in their own company and in their supply chain, and (2) stimulates companies to improve their management performance.
In this interactive session we will present and explain the content of this new methodology. The results of the pilots undertaken in summer 2016 will be shown and discussed. Finally, together with the participants we will actually work with the Plastic Footprint. Participants will gain a better feeling of the power of this new methodology and gain insight in their companies’ position regarding plastics.
Learning Objectives: After this session you will have: - a clear understanding of plastic pollution and the role of companies in addressing the problem - insight in the Plastic Footprint methodology and how companies can benefit - an urge to discover how plastic is handled in your organisation
Title: Plant Based Plan(t)s
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Niko Koffeman (The Vegetarian Butcher)
Description: The Vegetarian Butcher, a concept by a 9th generation (organic) farmer ,Jaap Korteweg, and a member of the Dutch Senate, Niko Koffeman, developed together with scientists , butchers and topchefs new concepts to shorten the food chain: making meat directly from plants, without animals. According to a study of the University of Minnesota, existing cropland could feed 4 billion more in this way. The new meat analogues are indistinguishable from real meat, have the same texture, bite, taste, looks, feel and nutritional value. Recently we developed a new machine that could define the muscle structure of meat 1.000 x more precise than existing technoligies, in a very gentle and efficient process which need 70-90% less energy and can use 100% of the input. It's easy, it's natural, it's delicious. JWT Intelligence named the Vegetarian Butcher world's cheerleader in this cause. The company grew within 5 years from 1 shop in the Hague to 3.000 outlets in 14 countries. Founder is Dutch Entrepreneur of the Year and won various national awards on sustainability, best food introduction etc. Ambition is to be the world's biggest butcher within 10-15 years. Company is building his own plant based plant in the Netherlands, which is partly crowdfunded. Within 3 weeks the Bond program gained 2.5 mio Euro's to realize this plan. The CEO of Wageningen University called this public-private partnership ' disruptive innovation' , The Vegetarian Butcher is launching partner of the new technique. Now we have a working prototype, next step is to build a production environment in the new factory. Third step will be a scale back to the dimensions of a kitchen aid, which enables chefs and consumers to make their own fresh meat at home. A breakthrough in the way we feed the world!
Learning Objectives: 1.How to be a disruptive game changer with a worldwide impact in traditional food markets in a way which can have a very positive effect on biodiversity, the climate, animal welfare, food safety and food security 2.How to build public private partnerships with scientists, topchefs, retailers and the traditional suppliers you're challenging 3. How to reach a large audience and customer group with a limited budget with a brand new generation of products and just a small team.
Title: Natural capital & crop selection for vegetarian and hybrid products
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Roline Broekema (Blonk Consultants)
Gert Jan Gombert (Vivera)
Description: The consumption of vegetable proteins is growing fast. The knowledge on environmental impact, technical adaptation and financial feasibility of potential vegetable proteins is fragmented and incomplete. Ten crops, with potential to serve as vegetable protein source in vegetarian- or hybrid products, have been analysed to aid optimal raw material selection. This has been done with the aim of developing an open-source map of opportunities, creating an overview and aiding organisations within the protein transition in sustainable selection of raw materials for the future. The analysis of vegetable proteins has been focussed on: - impact on natural capital, specifically biodiversity - technical developments required regarding cultivation and processing into raw materials - financial feasibility The map of opportunities will be the start of pilot project(s) focussing on the crops with the most potential to serve as sources of vegetable protein.
Learning Objectives: Take away is an approach on how to quantify the impact on natural capital, and specifically biodiversity, of crops and raw materials with a potential to serve as vegetable proteins in vegetarian and hybrid products. The open-source map of opportunities will provide an overview for chances, issues to be resolved and suggestions for initiatives focussing on further development. The aim is to support collaboration between organisations within the protein transition.
Title: EU B@B Platform: top 10 business and biodiversity lessons
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Lars Müller (EU B@B Platform)
Matt Rayment (ICF)
James Spurgeon (EU B@B Platform)
Guy Duke (EU B@B Platform)
Description: The EU B@B Platform has been very active over the last three years and engaged with more than 250 businesses across Europe on three distinct themes: natural capital accounting for businesses, pro-biodiversity innovation and innovative financing for business and biodiversity. The objective of this session is to present the top 10 business and biodiversity lessons identified by the Platform. These lessons will serve as basis for an active discussion on the future priorities of the Platform. All participants will be invited to share their views on the outputs generated, and lessons learned, by the Platform and on its future priorities. It will present a great opportunity to catch up on what has happened over the past three years and help shape the Platform’s agenda for the next three years. Participants will also have the chance to highlight to the European Commission what enabling actions businesses really need in order to fully integrate biodiversity and natural capital into their business models. The session will also explore the different modes of engagement with businesses and will present how it intends to actively work with the financial sector through a new EU Community of Practice on Finance@Biodibversity. The objective of the Platform is to build on its existing experience and evolve from a group of first movers in the area of business and biodiversity to a critical mass of businesses willing to act on biodiversity.
Learning Objectives: – Learn the top 10 business lessons identified by the EU B@B Platform over the last three years; – Better understand the outputs of the EU B@B Platform over the past three years; – Better understand the intention of the European Commission with this Platform; – Influence the future agenda of the EU B@B Platform and its format of engagement with members; – Challenges the current focus of the EU B@B Platform and influence its future scope.
Title: Smart focus on the resilience of the earth: practical tools
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Marcel Heskes (Squarewise)
Description: Platform BEE started a process in 2012 to support companies that wish to sustainably work with natural capital. These leader companies, called Natural Captains, are prepared to adapt their businesses or to come up with technological innovations that contribute to a positive impact on natural capital and have a positive impact on business as well. Natural Captains are guided by the Platform in prioritizing their ambitions, starting the acceleration processes, and sharing experiences and knowledge. The group exists of over 40 Captains today. One of the activities the Platform has undertaken is the development of a digital environment where the Natural Captains can connect: the NatCap app/website ( It has proven to inspire Captains, start collaboration with other Captains and NGOs, and share the latest insights on natural capital and business development. The NatCap builds upon new easy-to-grasp instruments that have been developed/improved by order of Platform BEE, such as: • a Quick Scan to identify key impacts, dependencies, risks and opportunities associated with your economic activities; • a digital entrance to easy capture geophysical databases on topics like soil degradation, water scarcity, and protected areas (GEM); • a 'nature points methodology’, supporting businesses in determining the natural value of areas and running ambitions; • a biodiversity footprinting methodology, giving businesses the opportunity to gain insights into their footprint, direct and indirect (supply chain); • a biodiversity Life Cycle Analysis tool (under development). These instruments are also available for companies that are not participating in the Natural Captains’ project. During the session, the NatCap and Quick Scan will be demonstrated in collaboration with Natural Captains; how they work and what they can do. The participants will then be invited by the moderator to discuss – based on a number of statements/ questions – the value of the tools, how they can work for them, etc.
Learning Objectives: We wish to create enthusiasm with the audience to copy the NatCap approach in other countries, uptake of tools for use by other parties, increase knowledge and awareness on how businesses can help realizing natural capital as well as business goals and minimize their negative impacts. Participants will get information on a successfully run approach, including the supporting instruments developed for business leaders. This will help participants in taking a (small) step forward in their work in any possible way. Apart from potential new users/ ambassadors of the approach, outputs comprise practical feedback of participants to the tools demonstrated.
Title: Measuring the biodiversity footprint of your business
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Wijnand Broer (CREM)
Wilbert van Rooij (Plansup)
Eric Arets (Wageningen Environmental Research)
Jaap Struijs (JSScience)
Description: Natural Captains are the frontrunners of the Dutch business society that aim to translate the concept of natural capital into concrete, visible actions. One of their key wishes is to understand how their business activities interact with natural capital. In order for their efforts to focus on any possible reduction of negative impacts, and/or to enhance or create positive effects. Upon comparison of a number of tools, Platform BEE therefore assigned in 2014 a project to to Plansup, Alterra and JSScience , to develop a methodology to calculate the biodiversity footprint of business activities using the GLOBIO model. The methodology was developed and tested by calculating the footprint for two company cases and one sectoral case. In July 2016, the same parties – strengthened by De Gemeynt and CREM – were assigned another project that is to build on the previous achievements. This project focuses on possible further developments of the methodology used, by applying the same for another ten business cases. The footprint is computed for the current business situation, and compared with one or more alternative situations such as by adoption of different mitigating measures that project to reduce negative impacts. The aim is to further harmonize the collection of the required business data to calculate the footprint and the presentation of results. This will strengthen the learning curve and deepen insights in the effectivity of biodiversity-friendly measures for specific business cases. The Fishbowl session wishes to share and discuss first results with the audience. First a presentation will be provided of the results per case and then the floor will be given to businesses participating in the project, in order to stir up a discussion on the use and relevance of project results, and explore ways to encourage other businesses to calculate their own biodiversity footprint.
Learning Objectives: The most important take-aways from this session are: • Knowledge of a scientifically sound and understandable methodology to calculate a company’s biodiversity footprint. • Inspiration from other companies: what are the benefits of calculating your business footprint? • Learning the views from other attendees about the use and relevance of footprint calculations during the debate.


Title: Playgrounds for Eco-innovation Wanted
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: KlaasJan Swager (Foreco Dalfsen BV)
Description: New high-tech wood products and diverse offerings from natural forests suffer from standardization and product certification. Innovation and product development are forced to reduce the variety of raw materials (and technology) due to regulations. One of the main reasons for these problems are lacking possibilities to start with new offerings based on new technology and design. There is a clear need to bridge the gap towards the market by finding applications in lesser regulated areas that can function as a “playground” for new materials. The building sector has a huge environmental impact and uses more than 50% of all materials extracted from the earth. Our natural environment can offer a great deal of these materials without drawing down stocks of Natural Capital. Poorly managed Natural Capital will become ecological, social and economic liability. On the other hand, well managed Natural Capital can provide several new opportunities for innovation and business development. This will provide new extra economic value to our natural environment and avoid low value and waste in our biobased industry. Market barriers such as product standards and regulations hinder the introduction of bio-based modified wood in the building industry. It is difficult to leverage innovation and design developments with launching customers and pilot projects. Lacking first applications will hinder the further development and introduction of eco-innovative products and technology. Playground applications of new materials literally offer a space to play with new materials that could be certified within the building industry. Breakthrough innovation often occurs in specialized firms based on experience en technological development. The specialization prevents the further short term uptake of new materials. Diversified firms operating or cooperating in various market segments offer new opportunities essential for demonstrating new material prior to market introduction in the highly regulated industries.
Learning Objectives: Market barriers caused by regulations for product standardization and certification hinder the market uptake for new technologies that support the management of Natural Capital. Technological and commercial applications in the building industry will be postponed through testing and certification. Specialized firms need room to play with their new materials and concepts to exhibit their innovations. Related less regulated industries and market segments can offer room to test new technical and commercial applications. Diversified firms and groups of companies are able to provide possibilities to leverage innovation by launching customers that support the potential market introduction in the building industry.
Title: Stop cutting down trees to plant trees!
Presentation Format: Speed Pitch
Speakers: Bert van Vuuren (Natural Plastics)
Description: Trees are vital to our ecosystem. According to some researches, the existence of thousands of species are inextricably linked to forests. In order to sustain the number of trees on the continent, 10 million trees are planted in northwest Europe every year. However, most newly planted trees (saplings) are supported in their first years by wooden tree stakes. This is ironic, since the production of these stakes obviously requires that trees are to be cut down. This threatens biodiversity and diminishes our natural capital. Additionally, the production cycle entails a significant amount of carbon emissions. To solve the tree planting paradox, Natural Plastics has developed an alternative tree planting system based on underground anchoring. It consists of four components, namely tree anchors, rope, drainage and watering sheet. All components are fully biodegradable, produced from residual waste from the food industry. It will compost after the tree has developed enough roots to stand on its own. Aside from being environmentally much more responsible, the total cost of life for the Keeper system (costs for purchasing, installation aftercare) is also substantially lower compared to tree stakes. The Keeper system has won several innovation awards, and is currently exported to several European countries including France, Belgium and Norway. Furthermore, the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs awarded Natural Plastics a Green Deal for the Keeper system. This means it has researched the Keeper system and concluded that it should become the norm for tree planting in the Netherlands. However, we at Natural Plastics feel that the roll-out in the public sector is not effective enough. We would like to have more initiative and input from (and cooperation with) private sector parties. Our ultimate goal: make Europe tree stake free!
Learning Objectives: Realization that the move to a different way of consumption and production is much easier than you think. Enthuse people and make them aware that their contribution is important.
Title: Aggregates industry versus biodiversity, both can win
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Leonie van der Voort (FODI, Federation of the Aggregate Industry)
Description: The Dutch aggregate industry has a demonstrable postive contribution to social causes such as river safety and realizing new nature: biodiversity. To give nature a measurable and comparable value, the industry has, together with other parties developed a natural points system. In addition, the industry has a developed the concept of Temporary Nature: profit for ecology and economy.
Learning Objectives: Construction materials are essential for the economy. Production of construction materials such as the aggregates sand and gravel can be excellently combined with the realisation of social goals such as flood protection and realization of natural areas: biodiversity 1. How can ecology and economy go hand in hand? 2. How can the created nature be valued in a consistent manner?
Title: Yes, it is possible to make managing natural capital mainstream!
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Description: When it comes to sustainability, we know what problems we face and how to fix them. Why do we then struggle so much to counter the megatrends outlined in the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs)? Business knows that sustainability only works when it is at the core of day-to-day business. Still, we all struggle to integrate a complex concept like natural capital (SDG 14) in every decision we make. Why? PwC's answer is that we must support the decision making process with data driven integrated management information. We must facilitate decision makers by presenting such integrated information in one balanced overview. We have therefore developed an integrated dashboard that eliminates the existing financial bias in decision making.
Learning Objectives: -Why do companies currently largely fail to integrate natural capital into their day-to-day decision making? -PwC's solution to this issue: how to integrate information to make better-informed decisions?
Title: Otto Group's sustainability management based on quantified sustainability impacts
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Daniel Hußmann (Otto Group )
Moritz Dr. Nill (Systain Consulting)
Christina Schampel (Systain Consulting)
Description: The Otto Group is one of the largest online retailers in the world. With around 50,000 employees and 12 billion euros turnover it is present in more than 30 countries with major companies like OTTO, bonprix, Hermes, Crate + Barrel, About You. The sustainability management of the Otto Group was awarded the CSR Award of the German Federal Government (“CSR-Preis der Bundesregierung”) in 2014. The decisive factor was the impACT methodology that allows for the environmental and social assessment of activities along the entire value chain and thus creates the basis for a fact-based decision-making for implementation of CR measures. Accordingly, the Otto Group currently translates the results from impACT into hands-on sustainability action within its core business activities and is shaping its sustainability strategy “post 2020”. Up today, the evaluation and controlling of the effectiveness of sustainability measures to reduce business impacts on environment and society are still challenging. Key questions for companies that base their sustainability management on impact assessments will be discussed - the Otto Group and its sustainability consultancy Systain will share their experiences and insights. The breakout session starts with an introduction of the impACT methodology and results. During the workshop, key challenges to an organization dealing with quantified environmental and social impacts are discussed and possible solutions will be developed. The following leading questions will be discussed in the working groups: - How can impacts (e.g. on biodiversity) be measured? How are the results relevant for sustainability action? - How can positive impacts arising from sustainability actions of a company be quantified? How can a company deal with data gaps and insufficient knowledge about impacts? - How can sustainability aspects be incorporated into day-to-day business decisions? Which incentive systems, knowledge bases and tools are needed for e.g. purchasing department, sales, product development?
Learning Objectives: 1. Generating robust knowledge about environmental and social impacts by business activities, even for supply chain and use phase evaluations is feasible. 2. Companies can and should assess their impacts to environment and society as this affects their core business. 3. Learning from sustainability leaders' experience like Otto Group shows that quantification helps to - focus on sustainability topics that matter most - focus on measures that substantially reduce impacts while fostering business value - effectively control sustainability management activities - set the right incentives to incorporate sustainability effects into day-to-day business decisions.
Title: The challenges of integrating biodiversity into natural capital assessments
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Thomas Maddox (Fauna and Flora International)
Katharine Bolt (RSPB)
Bianca Nijhof (Arcadis)
Description: Adequately addressing biodiversity impacts and dependencies in a natural capital assessment is notoriously difficult, with a plethora of methods available but no single approach able to encompass all requirements. The complexities involved are one confounding factor. Most products and services that originate from the natural world and benefit human society are the result of innumerable interactions and interdependencies that scientists are only just beginning to understand but are generally far beyond the capacity of a feasible natural capital assessment. Unmeasurable values are another confounding factor. Some are just too great to attach rational, economic values. Others are afforded intrinsic values over and above those that might be calculated as direct utility values. And a general misunderstanding of the relationship between biodiversity and natural capital exacerbates the situation. The result is that few natural capital assessments include satisfactory coverage of a company’s impacts and dependencies on biodiversity. NGOs complain that key impacts are unaddressed. Companies complain positive measures go unrecognised. Financiers complain they cannot assess biodiversity-related risks from existing accounts. This session will start with a discussion on the relationship between natural capital and biodiversity before hearing examples from organisations that have attempted natural capital assessments and faced specific challenges around the integration of biodiversity as well as a proposal for a slightly different approach to the problem. The discussion will focus on identifying the key obstacles to including adequate coverage of biodiversity in a natural capital assessment, potential solutions and what companies need from academic and environmental partners to help address these challenges.
Learning Objectives: - Better understanding of the relationship between biodiversity and natural capital - Appreciation of why it is so challenging to incorporate into natural capital assessments - An understanding of other perspectives of the issue - Suggested solutions on how to improve the situation - Specific requirements of the academic/NGO sector to help address these challenges
Title: Linking carbon credits to flood prevention; a new concept
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Els Otterman (Green Rhine Corridor)
Description: Work has now started to develop a financial instrument that links carbon sequestration to river restoration and flood prevention. River restoration improves natural water retention which will help to prevent floods and store carbon at the same time. The aim is to develop a system for selling carbon credits from 'our own backyard' (the Rhine catchment area) and financially link it to other ecosystem functions such as flood prevention. By linking the various ecosystem services more sources of funding will become available to implement river restoration. For businesses, it will provide an opportunity to invest in the ecology of their surroundings. Platform BEE distinguishes three course of action for businesses: 1. Make your commodity chain sustainable /ecological; 2. Make your own business sustainable /ecological; 3. Invest in the ecology of your surroundings. Taking the third route has not been easy for companies as direct incentives were often missing and actions were mostly beyond a company’s day-to-day business practice and expertise. By developing and selling Rhine carbon credits, we aim to provide businesses with an incentive to invest in their own surroundings. The presentation aims at finding: A. partners for developing the financial instrument; B. organisations expressing a strong interest in buying carbon credits once they become available; C. funding sources to develop this new and innovative instrument.
Learning Objectives: 1) River restoration improves natural water retention which will help to prevent floods and store carbon at the same time. 2) The development of an instrument for Rhine carbon credits, will provide businesses with an incentive to invest in their own surroundings.
Title: Sharing experiences with Biodiversity No Net Loss
Presentation Format: Speed Pitch
Speakers: Hans Van Gossum (Arcadis)
Description: Pressure is increasing from governments, financial institutions and civil society for businesses to take responsibility for their impacts on biodiversity. From a corporate perspective, this equates to considerable regulatory, financial and reputational risk. In relation to this, businesses increasingly are making efforts in the sites in which they operate in mitigating their impacts on biodiversity by setting targets to achieve Biodiversity No Net Loss (NNL). To achieve this businesses are guided through a set of prioritised steps to avoid negative impact on biodiversity as far as possible. The mitigation hierarchy is the framework for this, first focusing on avoidance, minimisation and restoration of detrimental impacts to biodiversity and, lastly, offsetting of unavoidable impacts. In this session, we will share insights and discuss on how to approach a complex issue such as biodiversity and make it operational in the context of No Net Loss. Next we will touch upon how to design for a robust Biodiversity No Net Loss. Finally, we will also share and discuss how Biodiversity No Net Loss can become a business solution.
Learning Objectives: • How to approach the complex theme biodiversity is in the context of No Net Loss • How to design for a robust Biodiversity No Net Loss • Learn that biodiversity from the perspective of nature-based solutions can be a business driver
Title: All On Board!!!! Involve your entire organization in Natural Capital
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: David Thelen (Arcadis)
Gwenn van der Schee (Arcadis)
Description: Natural capital is gaining ground in the global sustainability arena. Companies are exploring and assessing their Natural Capital, identifying related risks and opportunities for their business and investigate how they can incorporate Natural Capital in day-to-day operations and decisions. Nevertheless we are still at the beginning of this process. Within organizations the ‘ambassadors’ of Natural Capital (e.g. the CSR responsible) struggle to connect to their colleagues and other departments to demonstrate the added value of Natural Capital for the long term business strategy. This breakout session aims to provide you with the pieces of the puzzle to communicate and demonstrate what Natural Capital means for the different departments in a company (marketing, operations, purchasing, CSR, finance, sales, etc.) and at different levels (work floor, board level, management, etc.) In a step-by-step active approach, and as a joint effort you’ll translate natural capital to the different target audiences within your organization. This helps you to engage your colleagues and take Natural Capital a step further within your organization. We will use examples of how other organizations managed their internal process and we will discuss tools that may help you. Let’s bring all on board and move forward!
Learning Objectives: • How to engage internal stakeholders by showing the added value of Natural Capital – Communicate and convince! • What can I learn from others that encountered the same challenges? – Show! • What can I do to take Natural Capital one step further within my company – Act!
Title: Natural Capital and its distinctive products on the market
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Irene van de Voort (Maatschap Van de Voort)
Description: As a farmer I work as natural as possible. I call it “natural sustainability”. It is in contrary with “technical sustainability” where efficiency is leading. I give many samples of choices I made for “natural sustainability” on my farm and my cheese house, and making use of natural capital. It improves the quality (taste) of my product. Only the starter in my cheese is not natural, and I do not even have to label it. It is “Clean Labelling” To bring a product on the market as authentic and natural, it should have protection, because all industrial products try to look natural. The European Organic logo and European logo voor Geograpical Indication are very useful for more natural products made with natural capital. I give examples where the authorities can help to do better controls, to help producers to protect their products and avoid misuse of these logo´s. Food-authenticy should be the an issue in awareness of authorities, next to food-safety and food-security. The “technical sustainability” is always improving its technologies and efficiency, to make good food for lower prices. The consumer who wants to choose among technical sustainability (low price) and natural sustainability (high quality, high price) should be fully informed with complete labelling, to make a good choice. Clean labelling is not helping, labelling should be complete. Complete labelling and European Logo´s are helping the consumer to buy natural products, making use of natural capital, and to pay more for quality.
Learning Objectives: To distinguish “natural sustainability” and “technical sustainability”. To understand natural sustainability makes use of natural capital. To understand that products with natural capital needs protection on the market with “complete labelling” and European logo´s for organic and Geographical Indication.
Title: Measuring and preserving biodiversity in the food chain
Presentation Format: Speed Pitch
Speakers: Gijs Kuneman (CLM and Cool Farm Alliance )
Description: The food chain’s impact on biodiversity occurs primarily at farm level. Food companies and supermarkets do want to help maintain biodiversity, but they often have thousands of farmers as suppliers. And these farmers often have very little knowledge of plant and animal species on and around their farm. How can companies measure the impact in their supply chain, and offer solutions for improvements? The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) may be an important help. The CFT is an initiative of a group of companies, among them Unilever, Heineken, Tesco, Marks&Spencer and PepsiCo. The tool allows for a farmer to estimate the diversity of life on the farm via a set of simple questions. And thus provides insight for improvement. CLM, as an affiliate member of the Cool Farm Alliance and builder of biodiversity tool, presents current behind-the-scenes activities of food companies including the opportunities the CFT offers. For more life on the farm.
Learning Objectives: - Working on biodiversity in the food chain is very complicated due to the complexity of the chain and the fact that it involves tens of thousands of farmers. - Measuring biodiversity should therefore be made practical. A pragmatic proxy is better than an elaborate index. - Food companies and supermarkets are joining forces, and their thinking is converging, resulting in practical tools and approaches.
Title: Ecomunitypark; a unique ecological work environment
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: D.E. Goeree (Ecomunitypark)
Description: At Ecomunitypark B.V. we intend to set an example for creating a balance between economy and ecology which is beneficial for the community operating on or with Ecomunitypark. In our journey of developing this new way of doing business we have learned valuable lessons of which we feel the need to share with you. Why? Because it contains the key for businesses to truly integrate nature in their company in a practical and effective way. The project's aim is to bring together companies and educational institutions involved in production, distribution, services, education/research and consultancy. The idea is to create synergy among them in a sustainable setting. There is also scope for other companies which, for instance, apply Cradle2Cradle as their philosophy. A community of companies will evolve at the park, characterised by mutual encouragement and support in the process of continuous innovation. A central building will promote interaction between the companies. This so-called EcomunityCenter will have a restaurant, a meeting and conference room an office units for small, innovative businesses. Whenever possible the restaurant will use its own vegetables, fruit and herbs from the 3,000 m2 garden, which is located at the heart of Ecomunitypark. Students from all northern educational institutions will work on projects and researchprogrammes at Ecomunitypark concerning sustainable innovation and biobased economy. These projects come from companies that are located or linked to Ecomunitypark. Beyond the natural landscape, Ecomunitypark will provide a landscaped work environment, which has a unique character. This means that the business units are incorporated in a green, natural environment. The buildings' premises form an integrated part of the overall landscape. At least 55% of the terrain will be landscaped with trees, plants and water. Ecomunitypark BV will sustainably manage and maintain the site in association with employment schemes and care institutions.
Learning Objectives: Ecomunitypark promotes an inspiring and new concept of successful collaboration between different companies, educational institutions ànd biodiversity on a natural landscape. The concept is developed to inspire entrepreneurs, start-ups and students and helps to speed the process of innovation in an effective way. The session will show examples of this successful collaboration between businesses and students by different innovations that have been developed and created new employment opportunities in the region. Also examples are given about how nature and biodiversity on business parks can create an added value on not only your business model but also on the health of employees.
Title: Platforms naturally!
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: George Wurpel (MSG Sustainable Strategies)
Ruud Schulte (EBN)
Han Lindeboom (Wageningen University)
Guido Schild (North Sea Foundation)
Lex de Groot (ENGIE E&P Netherlands)
Description: ENGIE E&P Netherlands and EBN will present their ideas on the role that offshore business can play in nature conservation and restoration in the North Sea, using the pilot “Platforms naturally!” as a concrete case. A plan is being developed to repurpose two offshore platforms at the end of their economic life. The goal is to learn how alternative use of these platforms can enhance biodiversity and strengthen the ecosystem. The North Sea Foundation (Dutch NGO) and Prof. Dr. Han Lindeboom (Marine Ecologist, Wageningen University) will reflect on the ideas presented by ENGIE. The session facilitator is MSG Sustainable Strategies. A business vision: ENGIE aims to be an integral part of the energy transition towards a sustainable society. Economy and ecology should prevail together. This means: leaving our surroundings in a better state than we found them. A government vision: As the Dutch national oil and gas company, EBN wants to play a proactive part in the Dutch energy transition. We collaborate with all E&P companies active in the Netherlands and stimulate them to positively contribute to sustainability and natural capital. A vision from the scientific community: 150 years ago the North Sea looked completely different: 20,000 square kilometres were covered with oyster banks and large fish were plentiful. Due to overfishing this all disappeared. How can we reuse redundant platforms to get back some of this old glory? Artificial hard substrates can help to restore some of the lost North Sea fauna features. An NGO vision: The North Sea Foundation is satisfied with the current situation in which all offshore infrastructure has to be removed after its lifespan, but is open to discuss alternative approaches on a case-by-case basis, provided that certain conditions are met.
Learning Objectives: The installation, presence and removal of offshore installations offers an opportunity for nature conservation and restoration. There are different views on what is beneficial for the North Sea environment. A pilot project with abandoned platforms offers the opportunity to learn by doing.
Title: Creating product market combinations based on NCA
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Martin de Jong (Vodafone)
Frits Klaver (KPMG)
Micheal Koech (Safaricom)
Description: The value of Natural Capital Accounting does not lie in operational efficiency. Nor in investment decisions. It’s not about preserving nature. And certainly not about transparency towards stakeholders. The real value of NCA lies on understanding the effect of an organisation on society. It starts with the understanding that organisations create shared value. The outcomes of NCA enable shared value and are therefore strategically and commercially relevant. For Vodafone, NCA has created the knowledge and understanding which industries are the most promising business wise. Which product market combinations (PMC) and when? And for Vodafone’s subsidiary Safaricom in Kenya, NCA has shown that more shared value is created than financial value. But how to bring these insights to decision makers? How to engage with product management for the current products and services? How to enable product development? How to steer on optimizing natural capital which can be created through the products of Vodafone and Safaricom? And how to engage with the decision making unit of our (business) customers? During this session we will discuss those topics. We will share our experiences based on KPMGs True Value method. We invite everyone who recognises these questions to share their experiences.
Learning Objectives: - To broaden your vision around NCA and the possibilities of NCA - Understand more of the decision making aspects around NCA in business and how to integrate this in your business - Create awareness on why to use NCA
Title: Building with benefits for nature?
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Jan Willem Burgmans (Heijmans)
Description: The A12 motorway runs through the nature reserve the Veluwe. In the interests of safety and traffic flow a broadening of this path is necessary. Rijkswaterstaat from the beginning acknowledges that this expansion potentially can be harmful for nature. The contractor is asked to design and realise the road widening in a way to minimize the adverse effects on nature. Heijmans wanted to do even better. We introduces new elements in the design and methods of realization in a way that biodiversity benefits from de project in total. This was achieved by including nature in every decision from the start of the project. This has yielded surprising and innovative solutions. Without major additional costs natural functions are linked to regular elements of the highway. In addition, the verges are always considered natural and connect seamlessly to surrounding nature. The heath verges of the A12 have become an important link between isolated lying moorlands. Examples of innovative solutions: - Traffic Portals are customized in a way they can function as a passage across the highway for the very rare and vulnerable pine marten population - We designed a new type of fence which is not passable by pine martens - some old sewer pipes under the road are left untouched so dozens of bats can live on in this place - a continuous corridor of heathland is created by continuing heathland verges across the viaducts Heijmans will be monitoring the functionality and effectiveness of the measures taken for a period of 16 years. We will learn a lot of these results and it surely brings us lots of new ideas.
Learning Objectives: Each project can contribute to increase biodiversity. To do this successfully you should: - consider the project in relation to its (natural) environment - be aware of the existing biodiversity - integrate the impact on biodiversity in every decision from the start of the project The key-factors for succes will be: - creativity - believe in the strength of nature - the combination of the knowledge of ecologist en engineers with mutual respect - acceptation of some level of clutter By thinking and working in this way, we can create a society where man and nature live in better harmony with one another.
Title: How to connect valuation outcome to recognized product value propositions?
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Trevor Brown (Royal DSM N.V.)
Manas Sahoo (Royal DSM N.V.)
Description: Capturing previously unmentioned social and ecological value of products aims to increase transparency towards a more complete holistic impact analysis. Through a carefully designed approach a quantification of value takes place, resulting in an absolute monetary amount. Exposure to key decision makers on the product is triggered, for instance by being linked to the overall product value proposition in the eyes of stakeholders such as business, NGO, government or consumer. It appears that this translation of value remains a struggle. The existing pilot study concerned the product OatWell®, which is an active ingredient derived from oatmeal that helps lower cholesterol levels and control blood glucose. Environmental costs and benefits were quantified along with a complimentary social capital study linked with DSM’s People+ program. Results show that the positive environmental and social effects are substantially higher than the environmental costs associated with OatWell®’s value chain. Producing OatWell® incurs environmental costs, mainly in water, energy and land use. An expected social and economic benefit is achieved through the reduction of cardiovascular diseases, a specific health benefit of OatWell®. Additional positive economic values were calculated in the People+ areas of Working Conditions (safety and health, as well as remuneration); and Community Development (local employment, local sourcing, and education). In the wider agricultural context of crop plantation, oat plants as part of crop rotation system result in a potential reduction of use of herbicides, increased erosion control and prevention of ground water depletion. Ultimately, also creating an impact on biodiversity. Without getting lost in the details of calculation assumptions and methodology, an easily understandable yet concrete bridge is needed on how to incorporate the outcome into a product value proposition towards a diverse group of stakeholders. From their view points, are there business & communication models that more readily incorporate such expanded value propositions more easily than others?
Learning Objectives: First and foremost, a more comprehensive awareness of such translation challenges will encourage participants to keep in mind the goal and target audience when conducting a sustainability valuation. Both attendees as well as the presenting team should learn how to effectively integrate sustainability valuation results adequately and recognizable into product value propositions towards a vast array of important stakeholders. While both environmental and social benefits can be captured in a sustainability valuation, potentially distinctive approaches towards value propositions might become apparent.
Title: Spatial Adaptation, Just Do It!
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Léon Dielen (Heijmans)
Description: What keepes you awake at night about climate proof design of the urban areas? Why is it so difficult to practice spational adaptation? What conditions do you need to realise a climate proof city, district or house? These are the questions that are dealt with in this session. Our message is, Just Do It! In the city deal private and public organizations work together on the task of spatial adaptation. The deal is a program for four years and contains seven thematic subjects including Nature based solutions, climate proof development and multi-layer safety. The result of the deal is an elaboration of concrete projects in the field of governance, financing constructions and innovation.
Learning Objectives: After attending you will be able to sleep again! You will see simple solutions of spatial adaptation and you will learn about the advantages of collaboration between public and private partners. You will be convinced that public/private co-operation has major advantages.
Title: Impact of a company on Natural Capital.
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Rudi Daelmans (Desso)
Description: A lot of companies have sustainability targets. Natural Capital is not a topic that stands on its own but all companies influence Natural Capital. It is interlinked with many other topics: carbon footprint, bio based economy, circular economy, cradle to cradle, etc. In this Pecha Kucha, we will show you how Natural Capital connects the dots and how existing targets are linked with it. Key questions during the Pecha Kucha are: how can impact on NC be measured and what are the key impact factors? Which the methodology priorities can be set and targets can be evaluated. Summarized the take aways are: 1: Insight in how sustainability strategies can be evaluated by checking the impact on Natural Capital. 2: See how Natural Capital can act as umbrella strategy 3: Every company has an impact on Natural Capital 4: That bio based doesn't need to be the answer to all of our climate change question
Learning Objectives: There is a way to calculate the change of impact on NC from strategic decisions. In order to be true sustainable this exersize needs to be done. Everything you do has an impact on NC and every company has to take it's responsibility. Biobased is not always the best to choose. This session will provide a aha effect where companies are shown that everything you do is connected to NC and that NC is (or should be) an integral part of your sustainability strategy since many topics also impact NC (Carbon management, biobased input, recycling etc)
Title: Learning from nature; creating a regenerative and successfull business
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Geanne van Arkel (Interface)
Description: A company depends on its suppliers and what the planet provides in terms of resources, employees and other requirements for business. The Earth’s capacity in terms of resources is limited. As early as 1987, the Brundtland Report already pointed out the necessity of sustainable development, ergo sustainable entrepreneurship. If a company is aware of the limits of growth, it can begin to ascertain the inspiring possibilities of sustainability. More courageous companies even chose to provide a restorative contribution to the environment and society. The mind-set of these entrepreneurs is simple; sustainability is not a problem; it is an opportunity to begin looking beyond the walls of their own organization. Sustainability will subsequently offer a platform for creating growth and multiple values including profit. The secret lies in gaining insight that goes beyond financial metrics. Insight into the effects of products or services based on life-cycle analysis stimulates the innovative strengths of an organization and could lead to effective collaboration in the production chain. In turn, this can result in cross-sectoral innovative inclusive and circular business models. In short, full product transparency, including both Natural and Social Capital, generates transformative strength and leads to sustainable innovation and system change. It has been proven within the Interface organization that embedding Natural Capital through this type of radical transparency works. During the nineties, the company embraced the systemic thinking of The Natural Step and Biomimicry - learning from nature – to formulate an ambitious goal and to map a path to realize this goal. Interface, founded by Ray Anderson, is considered an impressive example in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship by experts from all over the world. In addition, Interface has been recognised by the Globescan Sustainability Leadership for 19 years in a row.
Learning Objectives: Ecology and Economy can go hand in hand, sustainability is the smartest business strategy, It all starts with ambition; from restorative to regenerative. Cross-sectoral approach is required to redesign commerce; co-innovate. In this session there will be a lively discussion on how to embed Natural Capital in your business. You will learn how to engage collegues, suppliers, clients and other stakeholders in the business chain by learning from nature and by creating a new way of thinking for succesfull business.
Title: Economic valuation of land use can stimulate natural biodiversity
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Birgitta Kramer (Vitens)
Gijs Kuneman (CLM and Cool Farm Alliance)
Raymond Gennissen (ASR)
Description: In current economic practice agricultural land is worth more than nature because of its potential to produce direct marketable goods. Agriculture mainly focuses on intensive farming and a monoculture use of land. The values of soils, biodiversity, nature and landscape for producing drinking water, for pollination of crops, for recreation are disregarded in financial valuation. This is the classic dilemma of ecosystem services: the costs and benefits of sustainable land use are separated in time and beneficiaries. The costs of sustainable land-use are incurred immediately while the benefits can only be reaped much later. To add to this problem; these benefits are mostly received by others, not the investor in the actual measures. If we want to have a business case for biodiversity we need to re-value the value of land-use. To secure the future economic value of land, we need to stimulate sustainable use of the soils and biodiversity from today on. This is in the interest of owners of land and users of land’s ecosystem services like farming or drinkingwater.
Learning Objectives: Attendees will gain insight in current challenges and opportunities for the agricultural sector to preserve biodiversity and drinkingwater quality. We will present and discuss potential economic solutions to stimulate more sustainable practices. Attendees can contribute to the discussion and solutions in the workshop.
Title: Saving forest, a stepping-stone to a low carbon economy
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Anna Lehman (Ecosphere Capital Partners LLP)
Marjolein Demmers (De Groene Zaak)
Description: The scientific evidence is clear on the vital role that tropical forests and other land use sectors must play if global carbon emissions are to be kept within a budget associated with not more than 2C warming. According to the IPCC, the land use sector accounts for roughly a quarter of net anthropogenic GHG emissions mainly from deforestation, soil and nutrient management and livestock but could move from a net source of emissions to a net sink by 2050 if the right actions are taken now, delivering significant additional ecosystem & community benefits in tandem. By contrast, the energy sector is the largest anthropogenic contributor to global GHG emissions, with emissions typically occurring in every supply chain around the world. A transition away from an energy mix dominated by fossil-fuels is underway but it is unlikely to move at the pace necessary to avoid breaching near-term carbon budget limits. With the right strategy and near term actions, removing carbon from the atmosphere through restoring and conserving tropical forests could help stabilise and then reduce CO2 concentration during the time needed for an orderly transition away from fossil fuels. By investing now in projects and programmes that preserve the valuable carbon stored in the biomass of tropical forests fossil-fuel companies, energy users and investors can bring about the momentum needed to ensure that this vital eco-commodity is scaled up as necessary to impact net-emissions globally. Carbon mitigation through land use projects are among the most cost-effective mitigation options of any sector, as well as one with the most material volume potential in the near-term. Companies can demonstrate to investors, customers and other key stakeholders how they are managing their long-term climate-related risks by aligning their business strategy with a climate safe net-emissions pathway whilst also achieving other Sustainable Development Goals.
Learning Objectives: This session will be hosted by the Groene Zaak that brings together frontrunner companies in the Netherlands working on innovative solutions to transform our current economic order to a sustainable and circular one the fastest possible. The session will aim to make participants/companies to: 1. Re-think the role of tropical forest management in relation to safe carbon budgets & the 'carbon bubble'. 2. Explore different models to align business strategy with lower net-emissions pathways, which is critical for a sustainable future. 3. Learn from successful sectoral and cross-sector coalitions to increase impact and lower risks through collaboration.
Title: Natural burial increases biodiversity and sustainable management of natural areas
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Rene Poll (Natuurbegraven Nederland)
Description: In the final decade of the last century, functions and values like nature, recreation and cultural history became increasingly separated. Our starting point is an integrated approach to achieve sustainable solutions. A precondition for long-term sustainable use and management is to generate income on the basis of quality. Natural burial as a binding factor Increasing the quality of the natural environment and expanding activities within it has often been seen as a contradiction in terms. The concept of natural burial was conceived ten years ago. It merges values like nature, biodiversity, people and perception. We have developed the concept further, placing people at the centre, but with nature at the forefront. This relieves families of many concerns: eternal peace for the deceased, unlimited grave rights, no maintenance. But above all, the natural environment must not be adversely affected, but rather enhanced. That means using biodegradable materials for coffins and clothing, no gravestones, no candles, etc. Only a wooden plaque and flowers. A fund guarantees the natural management of the burial ground for at least 100 years. Our partner the Dutch organisation Natuurmonumenten (nature conservation) will manage the nature reserve with the graves after the natural burials have taken place. Safeguarding biodiversity After a nature study, we draw up a design and management plan, specifying the ambitions for natural development based on society’s goals for nature. We safeguard these ambitions by monitoring the processes and protocols in the development and operational management of the burial sites. A code of conduct and a checklist for activities at the natural burial ground apply to both the design protocol, which serves as a working framework for the design, and the protocol for natural burial.This enables us to monitor, evaluate and adjust natural quality and protection.Since the opening of the Heidepol site, biodiversity has increased by 23%.
Learning Objectives: Involve various disciplines to better focus the concept and consult with stakeholders to gain an insight into the various interests involved Invest in good, specialised partners to support you in the maze of rules, laws and restrictions. In discussions with authorities, keep the spirit of the law in mind and share this approach with your partners.
Title: Creating and applying insight of business dependence
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Erika Monteiro (Wolfs Company)
Description: During this session, we will discuss three projects that dealt with impacts and dependencies from businesses on natural capital. Using these examples, we will illustrate the steps of assessing the importance of natural capital on business operations, designing strategies to incorporate natural capital into business operations and evaluating the cost-efficiency of these strategies. We will start with the general picture of how businesses themselves see their dependency on natural capital, based on the results of a Business Survey we conducted in Bonaire. Then, we will present how we conducted similar steps to the Natural Capital protocol for a salmon aquaculture company in Chile. The project was a collaboration between the company, an NGO, a financial institution, a university and our own research company. In this part, we will illustrate how identifying impacts and dependencies lead to the development of business strategies for companies to address the risks and seize the opportunities that ecosystem change presents. Finally, we will demonstrate how one of these strategies can be quantified, thereby creating insight in the risks and opportunities for business operations. This will be illustrated through the example of an extended cost-benefit analysis of the implementation of a voluntary blue carbon scheme and aquaculture stewardship council certification, conducted on a shrimp farm in Indonesia. Wolfs Company will present the session. We will seek the participation of some of the parties involved in these projects to share their experiences during the Q&A.
Learning Objectives: Motivate companies to assess their impact and dependency on natural capital, by demonstrating that doing this assessment in a structured manner helps to clearly identify the risks and opportunities for business operations derived from ecosystem change. Assessing the importance of natural capital for business operations is a relatively unexplored territory. By sharing our practical experiences in doing these assessments, we will make the process more tangible for participants and demonstrate how the insights from such assessment can be incorporated into business operations.
Title: Habitatbanking in The Netherlands
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Steven de Bie (De Gemeynt)
Hans Warmenhoven (De Gemeynt)
Mark van den Hoven (Axxia)
Reinoud Kleijberg (Arcadis)
Description: Habitatbanking is a way to realize (voluntary) compensation of impact on biodiversity, and boils down to the creation of biodiversity, preferably ahead of any demand, which enables the issue of ‘credits’ which subsequently can be traded and bought by parties that want to compensate for their negative impact on biodiversity. In a common study, Arcadis, De Gemeynt and Axxia are investigating how a system of habitatbanking can be implemented in the Netherlands. One of the preliminary conclusions is that the combining of biodiversity credits with other kinds of credits, like carbon, contributes to a well-functioning system. Attendees will gain more insight in the possibilities and in the practical hurdles of habitatbanking, combined with other credit-generating values, as a way to reduce their impact on biodiversity and contribute to the reduction of biodiversity loss. During this moving workshop attendees will also be asked to contribute to the discussion on habitatbanking and how it should be set up to best meet the requirements and expectations of the relevant stakeholders.
Learning Objectives: Attendees wil gain more insight in the possibilities and in the practical hurdles of habitatbanking as a way to reduce their impact on biodiversity and contribute to the reduction of biodiversity loss. Attendees will also contribute to the discussion on habitatbanking and how it should be set up to best meet the requirements and expectations of the relevant stakeholders.
Title: One objective, 4 Platforms: B&B in EU, Netherlands, India, Germany
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Wijnand Broer (CREM)
Arnab Deb (CII/India Business & Biodiversity Initiative)
Pravir Deshmukh (CII/India Business & Biodiversity Initiative)
Carolin Boßmeyer ('Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative)
Lars Müller (EU B@B Platform)
Description: This workshop offers the opportunity to learn from the years of experience of the German Biodiversity in Good Company initiative, the EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform, Platform BEE and the India Business & Biodiversity Initiative. After a 10-minute pitch of each of the 4 platforms on the key to success of involving and working with companies on Biodiversity and Natural capital, the audience is invited to discuss different approaches and strategies building on each other’s expertise. Not just focussing on the question how to successfully involve business (table 1) and stakeholders/coalitions needed (table 2), but also on the business model for B&B platforms (table 3): can B&B Platforms survive without government funding and what is needed for this? Each table will have a discussion leader and a reporter. Key take-aways from this session will be: 1. Insights in successful strategies of the 4 Platforms and other participants: How to successfully involve business? 2. Insights in what cooperation and stakeholders are needed to realise these successful strategies. 3. Insight in models of cooperation and funding to ensure continuity of the B&B Platforms. A session for companies, business associations, B&B initiatives, government and NGOs. To share, discuss and cooperate!
Learning Objectives: The 2 most important points to take away are: - How to successfully engage with business on biodiversity and natural capital? - How to create succesfull and durable modes of cooperation? With this knowledge attendees will be able to create new coalitions around Business & Biodiversity / Natural capital.
Title: Sustainable area management being rewarded
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Steven de Bie (De Gemeynt)
Daan Wensing (IDH)
Description: Supplying food, fuel & fiber for nine billion people, without depleting the earth’s natural resources, is a critical challenge in the years ahead. Increasingly, farmers, extractive industries, energy companies, tourism facilities and expanding populations have competing claims on scarce land and water resources. Balancing the claims and interests of all stakeholders - companies, governments, civil society organizations and others - is key to sustainable land and water management. It is for this reason that there is quite some interest for sustainable area management today. It contributes to the restoration, conservation and sustainable use of natural capital. This fishbowl will share practical approaches on sustainable landscape management. A specific focus is placed on the approach of the Verified Conservation Areas register (VCA). The VCA provides a standardized and auditable approach for - voluntarily - sustainable land use and enhancement of natural capital in accordance with the VCA standard. This standard focuses not only on nature, but also on other areas where economic use can go hand in hand with enhancing the natural environment. Each area can be included in the VCA Register, on the condition that the management is focused on restoration, conservation and sustainable use of natural capital. There will be an announcement of a CoP VCA that is currently being set up. In addition, the floor will be given to the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) of IDH. This landscape program works together with business, government and civil society to safeguard social values, and to contribute to economic development while minimizing environmental harm. The program addresses: deforestation, livelihoods, water management and toxic loading. After two short presentations on VCA and ISLA, there will be room for discussion on how the approaches are perceived, can be improved and be adopted by the market as a valid and common instrument.
Learning Objectives: - Knowledge of sustainable area management approaches - Understand how VCA and ISLA can be relevant for the attendees: it is often perceived that the focus of an area should be on nature to be recognized for sustainable management, though economic activities may well take place in areas under sustainable management approaches explained.
Title: Helpdesk Natural Capital: are you being served?
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Gwenn van der Schee (Arcadis)
Marianne van Keep (Verstegen Spices & Sauces BV)
Description: The Natural Capital Helpdesk is one of the prominent initiatives of Platform BEE, launched in the spring of 2013. By November 2016, it is expected to have moved forward around 150 companies. This presentation will explain the common threads that run through the enquiries, supported by examples of Helpdesk clients. Natural Captain Verstegen Spices & Sauces – that started its natural capital journey with a visit to the Helpdesk – will be present to share its question, output and learning curve. CREM, Arcadis and Nyenrode have run the Helpdesk for the past years and will facilitate the session. The purpose of the presentation is to show the practice of a Helpdesk, to discuss its usefulness, and to learn how output of the Helpdesk queries can encourage other companies to take up the challenge to start their natural capital journey. Thereupon, there will be room for Q&A's.
Learning Objectives: - The relevance of a Helpdesk Natural Capital: it is a tool that can move forward many companies, encourage them to set the first step of their natural capital journey. - The kind of questions submitted with the Helpdesk and the resulting output may inspire attendees for their own natural capital journey.
Title: Starting to report on your natural capital
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Mardi McBrien (Climate Disclosure Standards Board )
Description: Stakeholders are increasingly calling for enhanced disclosures on natural capital-related corporate performance, prospects and strategies, but companies are struggling to disclose material, decision useful information to investors, business partners, NGOs, clients, and others. Communicating in a meaningful way about a business’ impacts, dependencies related to natural capital is challenging, but there are many opportunities. Integrating this into the mainstream annual and sustainability reports helps to provide decision-useful environmental information, enhancing the efficient allocation of capital and contributing to more sustainable environmental systems. Two separate developments that aim to tackle the complexities and challenges associated with the disclosure on natural capital have been merged for this moving workshop. First, CDSB will introduce the principles and requirements of its Framework for reporting on natural capital, which seeks to enhance information provided to investors, and facilitate the disclosure of decision useful information, promoting efficient, competitive capital formation. Second, CREM and Arcadis will present a pilot project that involves the assessment of 5-6 sustainability reports of Dutch companies, due to take place in the coming months. This practical pilot – which is open for signing up – will provide a baseline on how companies are currently reporting on their environmental performance in relation to natural capital, to understand how gaps can be addressed, and to propose first improvements. Key questions that will be addressed during the moving workshop include: - How can principal risks and material environmental matters, related to constraints and/or reduction of available natural capital, be translated into detailed strategies and plan? And how can this be communicated to a mainstream audience? - What are the characteristics of decision-useful natural capital information? - How to inspire companies to improve reporting on their natural capital performance? The session is to be facilitated by CDSB, Arcadis and CREM.
Learning Objectives: - Creating awareness/ insights in what an attendee can do to upgrade ‘reporting on its environmental performance’ to ‘reporting on its natural capital performance’. - Introducing companies to characteristics that make natural capital information fit for investor decision-making through the use the CDSB Framework.


Title: Impact-driven storytelling for Natural Capital sector development
Presentation Format: Speed Pitch
Speakers: John van Duursen (Field Reporter )
Jasper van der Ent (Field Reporter)
Description: This pitch offers a brief insight into the opportunity of data-driven storytelling as a fast, fun and powerful way to 1) bring impact to life, 2) engage your stakeholders, 3) share best practices, 4) raise funds. This Speed Pitch will show you what is possible with data-driven storytelling. It will explain what it can offer for project managers, funders, businesses and policy-makers and it will show how it works in practice. Unlock the story behind the data. Keep your stakeholders engaged by showing the impact of your projects. Deploy scripts to the field, capture stories, enrich with data and show them to those who matter to you. The smart way to visualise, control and communicate your impact. - Authentic communication, consistently told. Field Reporter allows teams, projects and people to showcase their impact without the need for advanced editing skills or expensive production agencies. - Capture stories from anybody. Anywhere. Our remote storyboarding technology allows clients to deploy specific scripts for structured and tailor-made storytelling. Say goodbye to long and windy emails and forms. - Show, don’t tell. Engage your stakeholders simply by showing the impact of your work. Whether it is about inspiring examples, lessons learned or impact reporting, Field Reporter has you covered. - Enrich your story with data. Advanced tagging and form integration means you can add that all-important data to your stories. Search the story database, pick best examples and showcase your impact!
Learning Objectives: 1) The possibilities that data-driven storytelling can offer for project managers, funders, policy-makers. 2) Why it is important to not make the same mistake as done with voluntairy sustainability standards and/of emission rights and 3) How it works in practice
Title: Financial Institutions driving the transition towards a Green Economy
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Anne-Marie Bor (AMBOR creatie)
Bart Vollaard (NewForesight)
Jorim Schraven (FMO)
Description: As investors in business, the financial sector is in a unique position to become the driving force in moving entire markets towards sustainability. By incorporating natural capital in its decision-making, the financial sector can push for inclusion of natural capital in all business operations. 15 Banks, insurers, private equity and a pension fund shared on their role, ambition and activities in a Community of Practice ( FINC). In a workshop with NewForesight the CoP Financial Institutions & Natural Capital explored next steps in its market transformation process. Inspired by the sustainable market transformation processes in the cacao and coffee sector, NewForesight explores the transformation perspective for the financial sector How to create awareness with farmers and other investees on soil fertility, and how to determine risks in a future looking way? Dealing with this type of daily investing practice the Dutch development bank FMO will share its search for ways to integrate nature’s risk and dependencies in their investment decisions. In this session we will clarify the market transformation process for the financial sector, exploring necessary next steps to take together to integrate natural capital risks and dependencies on our way to a Green Economy.
Learning Objectives: 1) Insight in the financial sector transformation process to inclusion of natural capital in their decision-making processes. 1) Insight in the financial sector transformation process to include natural capital in their decision-making processes. 2) Inspiration and ideas on how to ignite the transformation process, and a recognition of one's role and next steps in this.
Title: Setting a biodiversity target as a bank
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Piet Sprengers (ASN Bank)
Description: Financial institutions have a big impact on biodiversity. The ASN Bank wants to do what is necessary to keep biodiversity resilient. We want to set a long term goal to have no net negative impact on the biodiversity. We measure our impact with help of CREM en PRé Sustainability. The results of the calculation are used as starting point for our long term goal, as well as input for the different strategies to reach this goal. We use an open source approach, because we want to help the financial sector to gain more insight into their impact on biodiversity. The long term goal, results of the measurements, strategies and the process will be explained in this session.
Learning Objectives: 1. What the financial sector can do to to improve biodiversity. 2. How do you go about measuring your impact on biodiversity as a financial institution. 3. What does the ASN Bank do to improve the impact of its investments on biodiversity 4. The importance of setting a long term goal for awareness and as a source of inspiration for other financial institutions.
Title: The influence of investors on the biodiversity and natural capital
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Rens van Tilburg (Sustainable Finance Lab Utrecht University)
Karen Maas (ICE)
Tineke Lambooy (Nyenrode Business University)
Description: As shown by the global Financial Stability Board Task force on Climate Disclosure (Bloomberg) and the work stream on sustainable finance, and specifically ecological risks, within the G20, the interest in the financial sector, in the impact of companies on natural capital, is rapidly increasing. Also, the informal Ecofin on April 22 concluded that climate risks for the financial sector needs to be adequately monitored. These developments in the financial sector can accelerate the development of methodologies to account for natural capital and the implementation of them. Insight into the role of the financial sector as an external feedback loop (Maas and Vermeulen 2016) can help to identify opportunities for supporting government policies (“flankerend beleid”) to increase the effects of the EU Directive, and to improve the related guidelines and formats. This research investigates the influence of asset- and fund managers on the biodiversity and natural capital performance of companies and the role reporting by companies can play in the decision-making processes of these asset managers and fund managers. We specifically discuss how the EU directive 2014/95 on mandatory non-financial reporting can be helpful for the specific needs of financial institutions by setting more uniform guidelines that helps comparability of companies’ impacts and dependencies on BNC (versus information differentiation).
Learning Objectives: You will gain new insights on the interaction between investors and companies with regard to natural capital perfoamce and accounting.
Title: Finance for One Planet: natural capital collaboration
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Anne-Marie Bor (AMBOR creatie / CoP FINC)
Marie Morice (Natural Capital Finance Alliance)
Liesel van Ast (UNEP FI)
Description: The Dutch Community of Practice Financial Institutions and Natural Capital just published their results in ‘Finance for One Planet’ ( To stay within the planetary boundaries, sharing of practice with 15 FIs during the last three years has learned that far reaching collaboration is needed. Collaboration with scientific organisations to set science based goals. Collaboration with NGO’s to know more about ecosystems and their services at threat. With companies and governments, the investees, about their footprint and possibilities to transform and deliver data. But also about collaboration between FIs to blend finance opportunities into packages and bonds with beneficial risk-return profiles and to develop and share methodologies, such as the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (former NCD) which is developing its Advancing Environmental Risk Management (AERM) project. • The AERM project aims to enable the systematic integration of ecosystem-related risks in financial institutions’ risk assessment methods and decision-making tools. • Its overarching objective is to provide financial risk managers with enough robust and testable data (and models) to appropriately quantify the risks of ecosystem deterioration on the value of the investments they manage • More specific objectives of the project are: o Translating the existing ecosystem science into predictive indicators and models of future ecosystem vulnerability o Collecting historical data series of the ecosystem inputs and services to identify and qualify natural capital risks o Developing methodologies to assess economic risks from ecosystem risks o Developing methodologies/tools to assess the impacts of natural capital risks on financial risks (credit, market) In the workshop we will focus on the ecosystems perspective and share the need and opportunities for collaboration. Which tools are already in use, and which collaboration, actions, methodologies and data are needed to stay within the planetary boundaries.
Learning Objectives: 1. Insights into target setting for Financial Institutions starting with an ecosystems perspective. 2. Need and opportunities for collaboration on methodologies, data and blended finance.
Title: Integrating Natural capital in investment policies – challenges and opportunities
Presentation Format: Moving Workshop
Speakers: Torsten Klimpel (OroVerde - The Tropical Forest Foundation)
Damian Pilka (GLS Bank)
Andrea Peiffer (Global Nature Fund)
Description: The expansion of commercial agriculture and timber plantations destroyed more than 50 million hectares of tropical forest from 2000-2012. This has dire consequences for biodiversity, climate change, and the rights and livelihoods of local people. The market for conservation related investments has grown in recent years. These investments try to combine positive impacts on natural capital and society with financial returns. The socially and ecologically orientated GLS Bank from Germany focusses on cultural, social and ecological projects which try to tackle challenges like the increasing deforestation and biodiversity loss. GLS Bank will introduce you into the challenges of setting up an effective investment policy to identify conservation projects that have a positive impact on natural capital. From a regulatory perspective, the launching of funds open to the public is a particular challenge. To discuss challenges and opportunities as well as concrete solutions for the integration of natural capital in investment policies, the non-profit organizations OroVerde and Global Nature Fund will share their results of an analysis of conservation investments and their impacts on natural capital and local communities. On the basis of the presented challenges the participants are required to discuss critical questions like crucial aspects for risk reduction, balancing of different stakeholder expectations and challenges in the assessment and monitoring of social and ecological impacts in small groups to jointly develop solutions.
Learning Objectives: The attendees will learn about the opportunities and challenges of investments in natural capital. To reduce investment risks and to benefit from sustainable projects, investment decisions have to include natural capital in an effective way. This represents a big challenge for financial institutes because of the diversity of projects and interactions of ecosystem services. Knowledge of diverse stakeholders and collaborations could be a crucial aspect for successful conservation investments. Furthermore, to overcome weaknesses of actual investments improvements have to be made in the assessment and monitoring of impacts on natural capital.
Title: How ING assesses and manages impacts to Natural Capital
Presentation Format: PechaKucha
Speakers: Davide Parisse (ING bank)
Description: When financing projects where IFC PS 6 applies, we implement the mitigation hierarchy of: avoidance, minimization and rehabilitation/restoration and offset. This reduces, as far as possible, the impacts that a project has on biodiversity. Typically, we follow the effective application of this performance standard with the additional steps required to deliver No Net Loss or a Net Positive Impact to Biodiversity. When necessary we work together with specialized consultants to manage biodiversity offset that is designed and implemented to achieve measurable conservation outcomes. We then control these outcomes by checking the expected monitoring results as ‘no net loss’ and preferably a ‘net gain of biodiversity’ if critical habitats are affected.
Learning Objectives: gain knowledge on how a big international bank like ING does sustainable business whenever and wherever it can. Banks are not always perceived as sustainable, whereas Dutch banks, and more in particular ING has a very good track records worldwide.
Title: Matching Institutional Investor Preferences with Green Growth Market Opportunities
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Steven van Weede (Enclude Capital Advisory Solutions)
Alexandra Korijn (Enclude Capital Advisory Solutions)
Description: Enclude just concluded the Missing Link study: Connecting international capital markets with sustainable landscape investments to demonstrate that small- to medium-scale integrated land use projects in developing countries and emerging markets can be aggregated and made investor ready for large scale (> EUR 100 million) capital deployment. Four cases studies are highlighted in more detail. There are some great examples already of large vehicles with commercially attractive terms that are attracting institutional capital, while the underlying investments are small scale and embody the concepts of landscape finance. Those examples seem to be most present in private equity and fixed income (e.g. green bonds), although we are also starting to see products that have elements of both those asset classes and products in other asset classes. At the same time, there are still barriers that hamper further capital deployment in the space. For instance, the way that those products/ vehicles are presented and communicated to institutional investors often proves a barrier, as the language and concepts are unfamiliar to them. Also, the structures are often highly innovative, which institutional investors aren't as comfortable with. The goal of this session is to discuss both the opportunities and barriers for further capital deployment in landscape finance at scale for institutional investors using the highlighted case studies.
Learning Objectives: Investors will be informed on existing opportunities in landscape finance. Non-investors will better understand investors' preferences that need to be met in order to attract institutional investors.
Title: Terms & conditions of capital needed to deliver green growth
Presentation Format: Fishbowl
Speakers: Steven van Weede (Enclude Capital Advisory Solutions)
Cora van Oosten (WUR - CDI)
Description: This session will clarify some of the key issues to consider and come up with an annotated terms sheet higlighting key characteristics to determine the financing needs of investees (i.e. global vs regional, sector approach vs multi-sector, debt vs equity). The discussion draws from Enclude Capital Advisory Services' experience and specific findings of the study that Enclude carried out for Platform BEE and RVO: Missing Link: Connecting international capital markets with sustainable landscape investments.
Learning Objectives: Insight in terms and conditions that are needed for landscape investments to ensure business and impact objectives are met.