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Impact driversA measurable quantity of a natural resource that is used as an input to production or a measurable non-product output of business activity

  • E.g., decibels and duration of noise, lumens and duration of light etc. at site of impact.
  • E.g., wetlands, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers or peatland necessary to provide ecosystem services. Could measure of areas of infrastructure necessary for use, such as bridges, dams etc.
  • E.g., volume of CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, HFCs, and PFCs, etc.
  • E.g., impact on species, ecosystems, habitats or genetic diversity.
  • E.g., area of aquaculture by type, area of seabed mining by type, etc.
  • E.g., volume of PM2.5, PM10, VOCs, NO, NO2, SO2, CO, etc.
  • E.g., volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild caught fish by species, number of wild-caught mammals by species, etc.
  • E.g., volume of waste matter discharges and retained in soil over a given period.
  • E.g., volume of waste by classification (hazardous, non-hazardous, radioactive…), by material constituents (lead, plastic…), or by disposal method (landfill, incineration, recycling…).
  • E.g., area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type, area of open cast mine by type, etc.
  • E.g., volume discharged to receiving water body of nutrients, (e.g. nitrates and phosphates) or other substances (e.g. heavy metals or chemicals).
  • E.g., the volume of groundwater consumed, the volume of surface water consumed, etc.

DependenciesA business reliance on or use of natural capital

  • A business dependence on biodiversity may materialize through some of the other dependencies above. Tick this box if you are interested in biodiversity specifically.
  • E.g., solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel, fossil fuel.
  • E.g., nature based recreation, tourism.
  • E.g., information from nature (such as for bio-mimicry).
  • E.g., wood fiber, genetic resources, metals, minerals, plant and animal materials.
  • E.g., human or animal food.
  • E.g., crop pest control, pollination.
  • E.g., flood attenuation, water quality regulation.
  • E.g., waste assimilation, noise and dust regulation.
  • E.g., Fresh water (ground, surface or rain) or sea water.
  • E.g., employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions that support company staff or operations.

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Valuation type The process of estimating the relative importance, worth, or usefulness of natural capital to people or to a business, in a particular context

Organizational focus The part or parts of the business to be assessed e.g., the company as a whole, a business unit, or a product, project, process, site, or incident

  • Assessment of a corporation or group, including all subsidiaries, business units, divisions, different geographies or markets, etc.
  • Assessment of a planned undertaking or initiative for a specific purpose. NOTE thisincludes assessments of sites, activities, processes, and incidents.
  • Assessment of particular goods and/or services, including the materials and services used to produce these products

Value chain boundary The part or parts of the business value chain to be included in a natural capital assessment

  • or cradle-to-gate: covers the activities of suppliers, including purchased energy
  • or gate-to-gate: covers activities over which the business has direct operational control Including majority-owned subsidiaries.
  • or gate-to-grave: covers activities linked to the purchase, use, reuse, recovery, recycling, and final disposal of the business’ products and services

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Impact drivers
Dependencies
The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) WRI, WBCSD and the Meridian Institute

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment e.g. pollination, crop pest control
  • Knowledge e.g. information from nature such as biomimicry
  • Nutrition e.g. human or animal food
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value e.g. employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions
  • Materials

"The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) is a structured methodology that helps managers proactively develop strategies to manage business risks and opportunities arising from their company's dependence and impact 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. The ESR analytical framework consists of 5 steps, and offers case examples and helpful suggestions for each step. It concludes by highlighting a number of resources managers can use when conducting an ESR, including a ""dependence and impact assessment"" spreadsheet, scientific reports, economic valuation approaches, and other issue-specific tools."

Applies to Step 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Soil pollutants
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Disturbances e.g. decibels and duration of noise/light
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Non- GHG emissions
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment e.g. pollination, crop pest control
  • Knowledge e.g. information from nature such as biomimicry
  • Nutrition e.g. human or animal food
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Well-being and spiritual/ethical value e.g. employee satisfaction and stress release, sacred sites and indigenous traditions
  • Materials
TSC Product Sustainability Toolkits The Sustainability Consortium is a multi-stakeholder organization with around 100 corporate, ngo, and academic members who contribute to tool develop

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment e.g. pollination, crop pest control
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Materials

"TSC Product Sustainability Toolkits are interactive tools that highlight environmental and social issues relevant to a product category, practices that can be used to drive improvement on those issues, and key performance indicators (KPIs) to track and measure performance against these issues. The Toolkits are science-based and stakeholder-informed, including input by companies, academics, civil society organizations, and government agencies. The objective of the Toolkits is to facilitate decision-making by retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers along the value chain, with an emphasis on impact and improving product sustainability."

Applies to Step 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Solid waste
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • GHG emissions
  • Marine ecosystem use e.g. area of aquaculture by type
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Regulation of biological environment e.g. pollination, crop pest control
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
  • Materials
Water Calculation Tool for the Textile Sector DNV GL and UNIDO

Impact drivers

  • Water use

Dependencies

  • Water

DNV GL and UNIDO have jointly developed a self-assessment tool to assist textile companies in evaluating the water footprint in manufacturing processes. This will help them make more informed decisions about how to manage water consumption in their supply chains. DNV GL and Unido offer this free available webbased Water Calculation Tool for the Textile Wet Processing Sector - going into depth of process units. The project consists in a water footprint self-assessment tool to assist small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to evaluate their water footprint in restricted stages of a product life cycle, specifically the so-called ‘cradle-to-gate’ assessment from agricultural production through processing and production up to the factory gate (i.e. before the product is transported to the consumer).

Applies to Step 01, 02, 03, 05, 07, 08

Impact drivers

  • Water use

Dependencies

  • Water
Water Footprint Assessment Manual: Setting the Global Standard Water Footprint Network

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants

Dependencies

  • Water
  • Regulation of waste and emissions

The Global Water Footprint Assessment Standard is the internationally accepted methodology for conducting a Water Footprint Assessment (WFA). WFA provides comparable quantification of water consumption and pollution and robust analytics that can be used to understand water dependencies in direct operations and supply chains, for products, facilities and companies and at different geographic scales. The standard can be used to: - Calculate the green, blue and grey water footprint of water used for industry, agriculture and domestic water supply; - Conduct a water footprint sustainability assessment which includes criteria for understanding the environmental sustainability, resource efficiency and social equity of water use, for both consumption and pollution; and - Use the results of the water footprint accounting and sustainability assessment to identify and prioritise the most strategic actions to be taken in local, regional, national and global scales, individually and collectively.

Applies to Step 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants

Dependencies

  • Water
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
Water Footprint Assessment Tool Water Footprint Network

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Regulation of waste and emissions

The Water Footprint Assessment Tool shows where a water footprint is located, calculates how large it is and determines if it is sustainable. By giving easy access to robust scientific data on global water use, the tool can answer a variety of questions for a wide range of users. In addition to calculating the water footprint for facilities and agricultural supply chains, the tool assesses the sustainability of a crop, product, supply chain or facility, which indicates whether the water footprint exceeds efficiency benchmarks or is in an unsustainable river basin. Results are presented in a variety of formats, either as scarcity or pollution 'hotspots’ on a map, or as comparable statistics in charts and tables. The information is compiled so that users can develop a strategic action plan by identifying priority places to work and the most effective approach to take to reduce the footprint.

Applies to Step 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
Water Risk Monetizer Trucost and Ecolab

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • Impact on biodiversity

Dependencies

  • Water

The Water Risk Monetizer offers comprehensive risk metrics to help businesses understand the impact of water scarcity and water quality to their business and quantify those risks in financial terms. The tool leverages best-in-class local water basin datasets (such as the WRI’s Aqueduct data) coupled with natural and financial capital valuations to monetize business water risks. The result is science-based, actionable information that can be used to help businesses make smarter, more informed decisions about managing water risks. Businesses are able to quantify risk for the organization as a whole or at an individual facility level and prioritize risk management actions, such as basin or site level projects, based on the business and environmental case for action. The tool, originally launched in 2014 and regularly updated since, has been developed with a multi-stakeholder advisory panel and is aligned with industry best practices in water stewardship and corporate reporting.

Applies to Step 07, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • Impact on biodiversity

Dependencies

  • Water
WaterStat Database Water Footprint Network

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Regulation of waste and emissions

Water footprint statistics have many uses – in Water Footprint Assessment studies, awareness raising and research projects, to inform public policies or company business strategies. Because the water footprint statistics have been formulated using the same methodology – the Global Water Footprint Standard – they are comparable and can be used to tell the complex story of water. WaterStat is the world’s most comprehensive water footprint database. WaterStat currently includes six datasets: 1) Product water footprint statistics; 2) Monthly blue water footprint (30×30 grid scale); 3) National water footprint statistics; 4) International virtual water flow statistics; 5) Water scarcity statistics; 6) Water pollution level statistics. All data included in WaterStat comes from peer-reviewed research. Additional water data will be added as they become available.

Applies to Step 05

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Regulation of waste and emissions
WaterWorld King's College London (applications, data, models), AmbioTEK (software, data, models)

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Water
  • Materials

WaterWorld is a fully distributed, process-based hydrological model that utilises remotely sensed and globally available datasets to support hydrological analysis and decision-making across the globe. It is a policy-support system (PSS) enabling application and scenario analysis by users with little technical or hydrological capacity. It can simulate the current hydrological baseline and the impacts of scenarios for land use or climate change as well as a range of policy interventions for agriculture, land and water management, mining and oil & gas as well as changes in population and demography. The model can be applied at scales from local through global using pre-loaded spatial data for anywhere in the world. Local scale applications are at 1ha resolution, national scale applications are 1km resolution and continental to global applications 10km resolution. It is widely used in ecosystem service assessment and water risk analysis

Applies to Step 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Terrestrial ecosystem use e.g. area of agriculture by type, area of forest plantation by type
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • Impact on biodiversity
  • Other resource use e.g. volume of minerals extracted, volume of wild fish caught by species

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Experience e.g. nature-based recreation, tourism
  • Water
  • Materials
WWF-DEG Water Risk Filter WWF-DEG

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • Impact on biodiversity

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Biodiversity

The Water Risk Filter is WWF’s leading, online tool that can assess, analyse, value and guide responses to water risk. It is the only water risk tool to assess both basin and operational water risk and uses nearly 30 annually-updated, peer reviewed data layers to do so. It is also the only water risk tool that offers actions (over 125 and counting) to adapt to water and climate risks, the only tool to guide users towards appropriate valuation tools, and the only tool to offer high resolution data for over 12 million km2. Online since 2012, the Water Risk Filter has been used as a trusted source of water risk data by thousands of users to evaluate hundreds of thousands of sites.

Applies to Step 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09

Impact drivers

  • Water use
  • Water pollutants
  • Fresh water ecosystem use e.g. wetlands, ponds, rivers
  • Impact on biodiversity

Dependencies

  • Regulation of physical environment e.g. flood attenuation, water quality regulation
  • Water
  • Biodiversity