Investors Begin the Push for Natural Capital Transparency

As reported by the New York Times Exxon Mobil recently agreed to inform investors of the risks carbon emission limits would have on their business. This agreement comes in response to a resolution submitted by a group of shareholders from the corporate responsibility advocacy group, “As You Sow.” This is part of a growing trend of shareholder groups urging companies to be more transparent...

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Natural Capital: Finding the Benefits in a Sea of Risk

As I previously discussed in my introduction to Natural Capital, the natural capital dependencies of your business can create risk across a variety of areas, including: Financing: Increased lending requirements for firms with unstable flows of natural capital Regulatory: Fines or lawsuits from degradation of shared natural capital Customer: Customers switching to products with less natural...

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The What and Why of Natural Capital

In your first week of Econ 101 you were probably introduced to the idea of capital. To a firm, capital represents the physical equipment or inputs that are used in the production of a good or service; basically capital is what you use to run your business. Traditionally, economics has separated this type of capital from natural resources primarily because natural resources were always...

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