How do companies manage their natural capital?

Many companies are dependent on what nature has to offer — either directly or indirectly, inside the Netherlands or in the production chain. They are supported in this by the Biodiversity, Ecosystems & Economics Platform. ImpactReporters does the external communications for this platform, focussing on the results achieved by companies and their best practices, which in turn offer inspiration to other companies. But we also look at the failures, the setbacks and the lessons learned. Because that’s how you book progress. The platform is a joint initiative by nature and environmental organisation IUCN NL and corporate employers’ federation VNO / NCW.

Biodiversity

Flowserve in Hengelo is developing a fish-friendly pump for polder pumping stations. Testa is launching a retail site for Omega 3- capsules made from farmed algae rather than fish oil. Brewer Bavaria is working together with local farmers in managing groundwater. The Port of Amsterdam has included biodiversity in its list of aims geared to making it one of Europe’s most sustainable ports by 2020.

Natural capital

These are just a few examples of companies with an eye for biodiversity. Or what’s now known as managing their natural capital. And they’re doing this in their own interests. Because the global reduction in biodiversity is a major threat to the corporate sector. But there are also myriad opportunities.

More and more companies are integrating the sustainable use of natural resources into their business operations. These not only include major, internationally operating companies but also small and medium-sized enterprises; agro- and food companies as well as the chemicals and construction sectors, among others.