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As the global investment community grapples with net-zero commitments and pledges made at COP26, natural capital should rise to the top of the agenda, argues Schroders global head of sustainability solutions, Sarah Bratton Hughes
The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors – representing $1trn in managed assets – calls on members to map biodiversity impact across portfolios.
Deforestation, timberland, forestry
Sustainable Fitch director David McNeil says offsets can help 'counteract some of the drivers of deforestation and provide incentives for local long-term management'.
The Canadian Pension has entered the voluntary market at an important stage in its development and wants to invest in decades long carbon-capture projects.
Timber, forest
As the likes of Nuveen, HSBC and CPP Investments have aligned themselves to make long-term ‘natural capital’ investments, the required offset markets have grown in number too.
The multi-strategy firm has hired the co-founders of Blue Oceans Partners to create 'systemic impact and competitive returns'.
The firm says it signed the pledge because action is needed through policy and business to better mitigate global biodiversity risks.
The two firms, which have previously collaborated on a water investment vehicle, have received A$500,000 to explore the business case for a new fund.
Environmental stakeholders are accustomed to thinking about natural benefits such as pollination as a ‘service’ – investors will need to do the same to grasp the natural capital opportunity.
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