Age of

extinction

Are investors ready to safeguard biodiversity?

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What is this research about?

"Biodiversity loss is an environmental catastrophe developing at a faster pace than climate change.” (IPBES, 2019)

 

Biodiversity is crucial for the health and functionality of all ecosystems and their “services”, however, it is lost at an unprecedented rate. The main drivers are humanity’s demand for food, water, and natural resources, with the IPBES reporting that 1 million animal and plant species face extinction. This surely should be on the radar of investors who shape global capital markets?

 

In 2019, RI found that over the next 5 years ‘systemic environmental factors’ are considered most likely to be material to asset owners’ investment decisions (even ahead of traditional financial factors). However, while the climate crisis is slowly becoming part of investor’s thinking globally, biodiversity loss has so far lacked scrutiny as a major risk.

This high-impact research project investigates if and how investors think about biodiversity loss, an insight which is crucial to answering the timely question: Are investors prepared to safeguard the ecosystems all life depends on?

 

Our partners

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The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 79 countries and territories across six continents.
IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of more than 15,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
Zoological Society of London is an international conservation charity whose vision is a world where wildlife thrives. They are working to achieve this, through science, field conservation around the world and engaging millions of people through their two Zoos, ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade. 
 

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