Are investors ready to safeguard biodiversity?
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?