How businesses measure their impact on nature

Summary

Little Blue Research undertook interviews and a gap analysis to contribute to the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s paper on ‘How businesses measure their impact on nature’.

Client description

Capitals

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

7,000 sustainability alumni

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NATURAL

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Client need

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) required qualitative research support to produce a paper on methods to measure natural capital. CISL also wanted support in identifying any gaps in data and providing recommendations on how businesses can address these gaps.

The challenge

Mapping the coverage of nature based topics including carbon, water, soil and biodiversity in various disclosure based frameworks.

Identifying data gaps for specific natural capital impacts and recommendations on where to use proxy data.

The results

Final report including:
o Survey of sustainability professionals.
o Data gap analysis across biodiversity, soil, water and carbon impacts.
o Metric requirements and recommendations.

Interviews with different standard setters.

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