Call for commitment: sign accord to integrate natural capital in business
Platform Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy calls upon businesses to sign the The Hague Business Accord in which they agree to take action to incorporate natural capital into their decision making. This declaration will be presented on November 24th at the international conference Natural Capital | Let's Talk Business in The Hague. Registration is now open.
Every business impacts and depends on natural capital to some degree. For example, business has a need for water in production processes, or for other resources such as plants, soils and energy. Business thus plays an important role in bringing the use of natural capital within planetary boundaries.
Over the past five years, the Platform BEE participants - including NGOs, business and scientists - have pioneered the field of natural capital in the Netherlands. Pilot projects have successfully demonstrated that business can flourish without degradation of natural capital. Moreover, several tools have been developed to help companies identify, measure and value impacts and dependencies on natural capital.
This accord builds on those existing tools and initiatives by providing companies with a clear ambition and approach.
Specifically, the signatories commit to applying the Natural Capital Protocol. This standardized framework helps companies to help generate trusted, credible and actionable information that can inform decision-making in a way that is beneficial to business, society and the environment.
Do you wish to add your support to the declaration? Please contact Eveline Trines, firstname.lastname@example.org
Platform BEE is an initiative of environmental network IUCN NL and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Free entry for all conference participants
A complete and inspiring programme with internationally famous keynote speakers and entrepreneurs who will share their experiences with you during breakout sessions. Of course, such a valuable programme comes at a price. However, we have good news for you! Thanks to extra funding and our sponsors, we can now offer the entry tickets to the conference for free. Get your ticket here before they are gone.
By popular request: a more compact programme
Entrepreneurs wish to spend their time efficiently. Various participants have therefore requested to integrate the programme for Friday morning into Thursday’s programme. We will be happy to fulfill this request. Please find the revised programme here.
Participants who have already registered will receive a personal message about this.
Already 35 break-out sessions confirmed
How can dairy farmers be encouraged to adjust their management to sustainable and future proof farming? In what way does the Helpdesk Natural Capital stimulate companies to set the first step of their natural capital journey? And what is the influence of investors on biodiversity and natural capital?
These are just a few examples of the many break-out sessions that will take place on the second conference day, which focuses on examples of businesses and initiatives working in Natural Capital. Many of these sessions are submitted and led by leading companies like FrieslandCampina, PwC or ASN Bank. The sessions are meant to inspire entrepreneurs to learn from each other’s experiences and explore the potential of cooperation.
Finding innovative ways of integrating green concerns into agricultural and infrastructural land use, embedding circular economy considerations in investment decisions and discovering big sustainable investment opportunities are among the topics tackled. The sessions are divided into the themes Knowledge & Tools, Innovation and Financing & Investing.
Sarah Cornell explores planetary boundaries
‘Bringing more clarity on the extent to which our economic system is inbedded into the real environmental world, into nature on which we depend.’ That is, shortly summarised, the mission of Sarah Cornell, the coordinator of the Planetary Boundaries Research Initiative at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
On the opening day of the conference, Sarah Cornell will be one of the keynote speakers. She is a well-known scientist, and contributed to the Assessment Reports of the International Panel on Climate Change as well as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Her links with the business sector are strong, and she is a regular speaker and expert advisor on sustainability issues in industry and policy forums.
The planetary boundaries concept presents a set of nine boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Crossing these boundaries could generate abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. Respecting the boundaries reduces the risks to human society of crossing these thresholds. Since the framework was first introduced in 2009, researchers from around the world have been working to advance the concept. Sarah Cornell is one of them.
The Hague Business Accord
The accord will be presented on November 24 at the international conference Natural Capital | Let's Talk Business in The Hague. Click here to view the declaration.