Investors’ new toolkit to combat nature loss unveiled by Nature Action 100


Nature Action 100 has taken a significant step forward in the global effort to combat the urgent crisis of nature and biodiversity loss.

According to ESG News, the initiative, hailed as the first of its kind targeting investor engagement on this critical issue, has launched “Exploring Nature Impacts and Dependencies: A Field Guide to Eight Key Sectors.” Developed by the sustainability-focused nonprofit Ceres, the guide aims to arm investors with crucial insights and tools to effectively engage with companies over their environmental impact and dependencies.

Covering eight vital sectors—including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, chemicals, consumer goods retail, food, food and beverage retail, forestry and packaging, household and personal products, and metals and mining—the guide underlines the significant role these industries play in either contributing to or mitigating nature and biodiversity loss. With over 200 institutional investors participating, Nature Action 100 underscores these sectors as focal points for engagement, aiming to reverse the adverse effects on nature by 2030.

The guide offers a deep dive into the primary activities of each sector, highlighting their respective impacts and dependencies on nature. This initiative not only extends the dialogue on the private sector’s role in water-related environmental issues—as previously detailed in Ceres’ Global Assessment—but also broadens the scope to include a wider range of natural impacts and dependencies.

Meryl Richards, the program director of food and forests at Ceres, articulated the guide’s purpose: “We created the new field guide to serve as a valuable resource for investors as they deepen their engagements with companies to manage the escalating risks of nature and create long-term value.” She further emphasized the varied impacts across sectors and the actionable steps companies can undertake to mitigate these issues.

With the engagement phase with Nature Action 100 companies already underway, more than 200 investor participants, wielding over $28.6 trillion in assets under management or advice, have begun urging 100 leading market companies towards adopting measures aligned with the Nature Action 100 Investor Expectations of Companies. These measures aim to safeguard and rejuvenate nature and ecosystems urgently.

Additionally, Nature Action 100 plans to bolster these investor engagements by introducing an annual benchmark analysis of corporate progress towards meeting investor expectations, with specific indicators to be announced shortly.

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