Biodiversity and its Materiality for Investors
Biodiversity loss is among the top global risks to society according to the World Economic Forum. In what scientists call the Anthropocene – the age of mankind – the planet is facing its sixth mass extinction, this time caused by humans. Humans have destroyed or degraded vast areas of the world’s ecosystems. Natural forests and wetlands declined by 35% over the last few decades, and 60% of vertebrate populations have disappeared. Over 30% of corals are now at risk from bleaching and we are likely to lose all of them by the end of the century. These striking developments are driven by land-use change, over-exploitation of natural resources, pollution and climate change. Even the COVID-19 pandemic had its origins in illegal wildlife trade and habitat destruction, which brought an animal disease into contact with humans. The likelihood of pan-demics will increase as the loss of biodiversity continues. There is an urgent need for action by investors.
This Issue's Highlights
- Editorial: Biodiversity and its materiality for investors Jan Amrit Poser discusses what the Paris Agreement implies for investors
- Biodiversity as an integral component of ESG analysis: Nico Frey explains the integration of biodiversity into the investment process
- Cocoa and cobalt: Sasja Beslik discusses how we address several environmental and social issues associated with the extraction and processing of cobalt and cocoa.
- Equity investing and natural capital: An interview with Yohann Terry on natural capital
- Sustainability rating reviews of issuers related to biodiversity in the 1st Quarter 2021
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