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Webinar: The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review and How Companies Are Using It

Join this free and open webinar to hear about the main functionalities of the Corporate Ecosystems Services Review (ESR), including how to assess your dependence and impacts, how to identify your priority ecosystem services, and explore risks and opportunities linked to these.

WBCSD member companies Akzo Nobel, BC Hydro, Mondi and Syngenta will share their experience using the tool and explain what value it brought them.

When: 9:00 CET and 16:00 CET

09:00 CET session speakers:

  • Eva Zabey, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Christina Hillforth, Global Service Manager-Sustainability & Operations, Akzo Nobel
  • Peter Gardiner, Natural Resources Manager, Mondi

16:00 CET session speakers:

  • Eva Zabey, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Head Public Policy & Partnerships, Syngenta
  • Scott Harrison, Senior Environmental Specialist, BC Hydro

More ESR information: http://www.wri.org/ecosystems/esr
More webinar information: go to http://www.wbcsd.org/web/WBCSD_ESR_Invitation.pdf or email zabey@wbcsd.org

About the Corporate Ecosystems Services Review

Companies depend on and impact the services that healthy ecosystems provide such as freshwater, wood, water purification, carbon sequestration, pollination and natural hazard protection. Degradation of these “ecosystem services”, therefore, can pose a number of risks to corporate performance, as well as create new business opportunities.

Unfortunately, many companies often fail to make the connection between the health of the ecosystems and the business bottom line. The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) is designed to address this need. It is a structured methodology that helps managers develop strategies to manage their risks and opportunities arising from their company’s dependence and impacts on ecosystems.

It is a tool for strategy development, not just for environmental assessment. Businesses can either conduct an Ecosystem Services Review as a stand-alone process or integrate it into their existing environmental management systems. In both cases, the methodology can complement and augment the environmental due diligence tools companies already use.

Since its launch in March 2008, an estimated 300 corporations have used the ESR. It was developed by the World Resources Institute along with WBCSD and the Meridian Institute, and five corporate pilot testers.

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