As chief executives show growing concern about climate and natural resource scarcity risks, discussion on a resource revolution and resource efficient business models are focusing the attention to emerging opportunities. Global business opportunities in natural resources (including energy, forestry, agriculture and food, water and metals) could be a potential market in the range of US$2–6 trillion by 2050.
Leading corporations are experimenting with carbon footprinting, water footprinting and other accounting tools to take stock of their impact and dependence on basic services that nature provides them with. Sport lifestyle company PUMA has published an Environmental Profit and Loss Account, summarising environmental impacts through its operations and supply chain at a value of €uros 145 million. Exploring solutions to reduce its impacts, mining giant Rio Tinto has committed itself to Net Positive Impact. Innovating in product design, Sony has introduced a “Road to Zero” environmental plan with the long-term goal of achieving a zero environmental footprint by 2050. These and other examples of Natural Capital business innovation will be explored in this one day seminar, providing participants with an introduction to start their journey.