22 Jun '12, 9pm

How businesses are banking on natural capital

How businesses are banking on natural capital

As I travel around Rio de Janeiro as part of the Rio+20 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, the term “natural capital” is ever-present; this alone is a sign of progress. Quite simply, natural capital is the limited stock of natural resources left on Earth that we vitally depend on for our prosperity, security, health and cultural traditions. And while it’s easy to understand the value in the natural capital we consume directly — such as food, animal protein and water — much of the ‘dividend’ that society receives from natural capital remains economically invisible. Often overlooked are nature’s renewable ecosystem services such as pollination and water purification— this is common ground we can all agree on here at Rio. Preserving renewable natural capital is not a fringe issue for environmentalists. Just ask the 86 CEOs who have agreed to develop natural capital a...

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