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Natural capital research for Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Little Blue Research’s Dr. Stephanie Hime supported the development of a series of four papers looking at the relationship between business and natural capital in collaboration with Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Topics included the risks & opportunities of managing natural resources, natural capital measurement, metrics, and the role of government.

Client description



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Client need

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and the Natural Capital Leaders Platform required technical and research support to:
o Produce a report on the risks and opportunities from managing natural resources and understand the commercial measures needing input from natural capital indicators.
o Understand the challenges of identifying environmental metrics for corporate use.
o Produce a paper on methods to measure natural capital, also identifying data gaps and recommendations on how businesses can address these gaps.
o Identify progress on the inclusion of natural capital within government across 30 countries, supporting the Natural Capital Coalition’s Government Dialogue on Enabling Natural Capital Approaches.

The challenge

Research to better understand commercial decisions impacted by natural resource concerns.

Providing actions for businesses to identify environmental metrics and improve their impact measurement.

The results

Operationalising natural capital: Managing opportunities and risks from natural resources.

The Commercial Logic to measuring Natural Capital.

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