20 October 2011, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm | Washington, D.C.
Venue: L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington D.C. 20024 The Natural Value Initiative (NVI) – a collaboration between UNEP Finance Initiative, Dutch social investment NGO VBDO and international environmental group Fauna & Flora International – invites you to come to the launch of a benchmark of the management of biodiversity and ecosystem services within 30 companies in the mining and energy sectors. It repeats and updates a similar analysis conducted in 2005. The meeting is intended both for investors as well as companies that operate in these sectors. It will present the findings of the report, outlining the significance of this issue for the extractive industry, the status of integration at present and what companies and investors can do to better integrate it in their operations and decision-making. The event will explore the findings of the report and provide perspectives on the materiality of biodiversity and ecosystem services for the extractive industry with speakers from the extractive sector, investment community and environmental NGOs. The extractive sector faces increasingly material risks from biodiversity issues with some companies taking a clear lead over others in addressing these risks. Companies that manage this issue proactively, and those that invest in them, are likely to realise competitive advantage in the future linked to better management of reputational, operational and financing risks.
biodiversity [at] unepfi.org