The biodiversity challenge: How can investors make a difference?

The biodiversity challenge:
How can investors make a difference?

On 20th June 2023, investors gathered in London for a roundtable on the theme of biodiversity. Recent years have seen sustainability and climate change placed atop the priority list for many institutions, but biodiversity loss has not been a key consideration for many of them in practical terms. The key question: what should investors be doing now? The group was joined by a selection of guest speakers from pensions, consultancy and asset management.

The biodiversity challenge: How can investors make a difference?


Speaker Robert Gardner, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Rebalance Earth, a firm whose mission is to create high-integrity nature credits that protect and grow biodiversity, capture carbon and generate prosperity for the communities that preserve nature, gave an overview of the work they are doing to preserve and restore biodiversity.

Speaker Flora Gaber, Head of ESG Analysis at AP7, part of the Swedish public pension agency, sat down with bfinance’s Martha Brindle to discuss her organisation’s ESG journey so far and its participation as a member of the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, a group that is developing a science-based framework that will enable companies and financial institutions to integrate nature into decision making.

Panelists Sarita Gosrani, Director of ESG and Responsible Investment at bfinance, Amelia Tan, Head of Responsible Investment Strategy at LGIM and Anne-Laurence Roucher, Deputy CEO, Head of Private Equity and Natural Capital, Mirova, sat down to discuss recent progress in integrating biodiversity considerations into investment portfolios.

The biodiversity challenge: How can investors make a difference?


Awareness of the need to battle climate change and become more sustainable has never been more prevalent and with that comes the responsibility to combat biodiversity loss. The seminar revealed that, in economic terms, US$44 trillion of global aggregated GDP (almost half) is either “moderately” or “highly” dependent on nature and US$ 13 trillion is “highly dependent”, according to an often-cited 2020 report from the World Economic Forum. Yet biodiversity still largely goes unnoticed, perhaps because “the health of the planet is not on anyone’s balance sheet and profit and loss”, one presenter suggested during the briefing.

Within this niche, complex area, data is still very much limited and strategies and implementation methods are still being developed, as are regulations. But positive steps are being taken and the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has been working tirelessly to develop a framework that market participants can abide by. In the seminar, we had the pleasure of hearing Flora Gaber, Head of ESG Analysis at AP7, one of the two asset owners involved in the TNFD’s beta pilot phase, recall her experience and highlight some of the opportunities in the space.

We hope that this overview helps investors gain a broader understanding of biodiversity as a topic and offers food for thought when it comes to implementing practices and strategies to support the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. More broadly, we encourage investors to conduct routine re-evaluation of their internal policies and guidelines, as well as challenging their managers’ policies, so we can tackle this challenge at an industry level and drive positive change.

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