12 November 2020

Nature-related Financial Risks gain Urgency in Emerging Markets

Financial institutions in Colombia, Peru and South Africa are beginning to tackle nature-related risks, exemplifying a trend across emerging markets Risks linked to nature loss are rising up the finance sector agenda across emerging markets. According to a recent Swiss Re report, 40 percent of South Africa is now classified as having fragile ecosystems. Zero…

5 November 2020

How the Dutch Central Bank is Leading on Nature-related Risks

The Dutch Central Bank and financial supervisor, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), is the first central bank to highlight biodiversity as a material financial risk In June, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) released a landmark study, ‘Indebted to nature’, which found that Dutch financial institutions alone have EUR 510 billion of exposure to biodiversity risks, like disruption…

15 April 2019

New Agriculture Sector Guide Launched To Help Financial Institutions Assess Natural Capital Risk

The agricultural sector is one of the sectors most exposed to environmental risk caused by climate change and human degradation of ecosystems. A new template that enables financial institutions to conduct natural capital credit risk assessment across different agricultural sectors and geographies, taking into account factors such as water availability, use and quality; soil health;…

19 February 2019

Counting the cost: ENCORE helps banks assess exposure to environmental degradation

When Madeleine Ronquest attended the Johannesburg launch of an innovative guide designed to help banks assess their exposure to environmental degradation, a quick look around the room proved it was no longer business as usual in the financial sector. “When I started out there weren’t any environmental or sustainability people in the banks, and (at the launch)…

16 January 2019

New Guide Launched In Zurich Empowers Banks To Assess Natural Capital Risk

A week before the World Economic Forum in Davos, where global financial leaders will discuss society’s most pressing issues, the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA) has launched the world’s first step-by-step guide to help financial institutions conduct a rapid natural capital risk assessment.  The Natural Capital Finance Alliance engaged with PwC to produce the guide.…

26 November 2018

Groundbreaking New Tool Enables Financial Institutions to see their Exposure to Natural Capital Risk

The world’s first comprehensive tool linking environmental change with its consequences for the economy has been launched by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA). The web-based tool, called ENCORE (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure), will help global banks, investors and insurance firms assess the risks that environmental degradation, such as the pollution of oceans…

23 April 2018

Connecting Finance and Natural Capital: Launch of a tool for financial institutions to assess their impact and dependence on the natural world

Launched today, in Hong Kong, ‘Connecting Finance and Natural Capital: A Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol’ is a tool for financial institutions to assess how their business is impacted by, and depends upon the natural world. The Natural Capital Protocol has created a globally recognized and standardized framework for business. This supplement to the Protocol, aims…

23 April 2018

Blog: UNEP FI’s Anders Nordheim discusses the role of Natural Capital – the quiet enabler supporting our society and economy

  According to the capitals framework, there are five types of capital that enable our society and economy. Human and social capital enable productive and organized societies. Manufactured capital enables production processes, and financial capital allows for trade and ownership. Enabling all these other capitals is natural capital – the stock or flow of energy…

9 November 2016

Contribute to the Natural Capital Protocol’s Finance Sector Supplement

The Natural Capital Finance Alliance is working alongside the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) and the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) to create the first draft of the Finance Sector Supplement (FSS). The FSS will serve as an introduction to natural capital issues and provide a framework for measuring and integrating natural capital…

1 November 2016

News from Global Roundtable 2016: New name for Natural Capital Declaration, and Finance Sector Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol announced

New name for Natural Capital Declaration The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD), the leading global finance-led initiative convened by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced at UNEP FI’s Global Roundtable in Dubai in October that its name is changing to the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA), with…