The Capitals Hubs are formed by communities of practitioners that develop and scale the capitals approach within specific regional or national contexts or within industries or sectors.
They connect leaders and leading initiatives to ensure that the right people are collaborating across the system, and provide a space for geographic, sector or context-specific challenges, opportunities and solutions to be explored between stakeholders.
The work of the Hubs is fed back to the Capitals Coalition and informs our work areas, priorities and strategy. Capitals Hubs evolve organically, often by building on existing networks, and are supported remotely by the Coalition.
Increase awareness, collaboration and uptake among business, finance, government, civil society, science and accounting & standards.
Share and support the application and learning of approaches, tools and techniques.
Strengthen the Protocols and other capitals tools.
Lead Organization: Business Council for Sustainable Development in Australia
“Our objective is to localize the global work on natural capital accounting into Australian business decision making processes. We also plan to build an understanding and capacity for Australian policymakers to utilize the Natural Capital Protocol as the bridge to the establishment of a National Environmental – Economic Framework in Australia.”For more information please contact: Andrew Petersen.
Lead organization: Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS).
“The Brazilian Hub intends to collaborate in order to strengthen the natural capital agenda in Brazil, leveraging the importance of addressing risks, dependencies and the opportunities of improving business relations with nature for mutual benefit. The joint activities are intended to contribute to the overarching objective to stimulate business to invest in knowing how its operations connects to the several aspects of nature, such as ecosystem services, biodiversity and natural resources through the international framework, the Natural Capital Protocol. By better understanding its connections, business can advance into mainstreaming natural capital in its strategies and decision-making processes. Using natural capital assessments and valuation as tools business can mitigate operational and production risks at the same time that increases socio-environmental conditions in the regions where it operates.”For more information please contact Henrique Luz Santos.
Lead organization: Capitals Hub Canada
Capitals Hub Canada is the Canadian Hub of the international Capitals Coalition network. Our aim is to improve decision making by mainstreaming the inclusion of capitals thinking in Canada and the use of non-financial capitals across sectors, harmonizing the many different approaches to do this work and bringing them to scale quickly in Canada by facilitating collaboration that enables more informed decisions that conserve and enhance natural, social, and human capital.
Planned events: Creating a formal web presence for the Hub in Canada to provide a landing spot for new members or interested stakeholders and developing a series of papers to make the protocols more tangible and applicable for Canadian audiences, with emphasis on key sectors (e.g., finance, government, academia, SMEs, corporate, Indigenous communities.).
For more information please contact David Steurman.
Lead Organizations: CECODES said:
“Our objective for the Colombian platform is to partner with businesses, and especially financial institutions, to grow commitment for the integration of natural capital considerations into reporting, accounting, and decision-making”.For more information please contact: Dr. Santiago Madriñan de la Torre.
Lead organization: IMS Luxembourg
Through the platform, we want to bring the topics of nature’s and people’s value under the spotlight through various projects and actions, mainly aimed at businesses in Luxembourg. This goal will be achieved through online training, working groups, conferences with experts, events, meetings with CEOs, publications (guides, articles), etc. Our three watchwords are awareness-raising, commitment, action. The platform will play a key role in sharing experiences, resources and ideas as well as in connecting actors committed to the movement.
Planned events: Participation in awareness-raising events throughout the first half of 2022. Thematic workshops are in development to decipher the landscape of existing tools and initiatives to help companies take action on biodiversity, highlight inspiring practice and share knowledge.
Lead organizations: MESD & WWF
The mission of the network is to promote the consideration and integration of natural capital in the decision-making processes and actions of all development actors in all sectors.
The network aims to facilitate meetings, exchanges and sharing of good practices and lessons among stakeholders and support the identification of ways to improve decision-making in natural resource management, biodiversity/natural habitats, and territory, and improving living conditions, poverty reduction through the accounting and valuation of natural capital values.
The development of this hub is linked to the first National Natural Capital Forum in 2021, where the Coalition was involved through the IFC’ Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) phase 2 tourism deep dive. Future hub activities will involve organising a second iteration of this forum, aiming for more impact and results leading to a transformation or change in the policies, training on how to integrate natural capital in the process of decision-making and monthly sessions enabling systematic sharing of information and opportunities.
Lead Organization: Mexican Alliance for Business and Biodiversity (AMEBIN).
“The Hub is being built with the help of the Mexican Alliance for Business and Biodiversity (AMEBIN) as the follow up of the process made during 2020 to train Mexican agrobusinesses with the capitals thinking approach, which is a new topic for the national context.
The objective that the Platform will achieve will be to identify, contact, and document existing projects that are already being executed in the country by the private sector with the aim of applying sustainable agriculture activities, specifically with the use of land. Also, they plan on mapping, contacting, and documenting financial and technological solutions that are already available in the country and that respond to the national context.
We believe these starting activities are important to get to know the current state (and actors) of the advances, challenges, and objectives faced by the private sector in the implementation of their plans and objectives related to sustainable agriculture in the country.” For more information please contact Daniel Sanchez y Sanchez or Alejandra Bolde.
Lead Organization: MVO Nederland
“Our objective is to, together with companies and entrepreneurs, work towards the new economy. We pursue a shared goal of a healthy, future-proof economy in which positive financial results go hand in hand with care for people and planet. Our mission is to inspire, connect and accelerate companies and organizations towards climate neutral, circular and inclusive business. With our network of over 2000 companies – SMEs as well as large enterprises – we strive for maximum impact, on a national as was as an international level.
We strongly believe in the concept of ‘true value’, whereby externalities are internalized. In ‘the new economy’, dependencies, impacts and risks on natural, social and human capital are fully taken into account in business decisions and transparent disclosure.
As a regional hub we work with front running companies, business coalitions and stakeholder to apply Natural and the Social & Human Capital Protocols to specific industries. Our focus areas are agriculture, food, construction and the chemical sector.” For more information please contact: Rene Koop.
Lead organization: Scottish Forum on Natural Capital
“The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital is an initiative which brings together public, private and voluntary sector organizations in order to protect and rebuild Scotland’s natural capital.
Through our work, we strive to enable businesses and policymakers gain a better understanding of how we rely on – and impact on – our natural capital. By making these connections visible, the protection and enhancement of Scotland’s natural wealth becomes a viable option for decision makers, providing a range of benefits for the whole society.
As a Hub, the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital offers a range of support for Scottish businesses who want to understand their relationship with natural capital, including a range of events and workshops throughout and tailored advice through their ‘Ask and Expert Service'”.
South African Hub
Lead organizations: The Endangered Wildlife Trust
“We aim to promote the Capitals Coalition through dissemination with South African corporates. We also would like to participate in global event and collaborate with the Coalition on the development of new biodiversity tools.”For more information please contact: Constant Hoogstad.
Lead organization: Ecoacsa Reserva de Biodiversidad S.L. said:
“Natural Capital Factory is the Spanish Natural Capital Regional Platform. The platform will convene the Spanish community around natural capital approaches, with the aim of ensuring that nature is being included in the decision making of organizations. The platform offers ongoing and specialized training on news, developments and markets trends related to business management of natural capital, and promotes analysis, dialogue and the Spanish representation before the global movement on natural capital”.
Previous events: Natural Capital Summit in June 2018, Workshop for the Biodiversity Supplement in 2018, workshop at the Spanish Environment National Summit in 2017, a ‘Connecting Finance and Natural Capital’ pilot study in 2018.
Events planned: A webinar and capacity building programmeFor More information please contact: David Alvarez
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