This Learning Lab will help financial institutions and professionals address and acknowledge business impacts and reliance on biodiversity in order to help manage and prevent biodiversity-related risks, while creating exposure to new business opportunities. Panelists will be speaking on the topic for 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A period from the audience.
Reasons to attend
Discover global strategies used by investment professionals to promote the conservation of biodiversity.
Learn about tools, initiatives and frameworks used by Karner Blue Capital and other firms to promote environmental stewardship.
Familiarize yourself with how to address biodiversity risks and opportunities within your ESG and financial analysis.
Professionals from all sectors, with an interest in the topic
About the Speakers
We will have three panelists, one of which is Vicki Benjamin, a pioneer in the biodiversity investment world. Vicky is a co-founder of Karner Blue Capital a socially responsible investment firm building innovative investment strategies dedicated to protecting the planet’s biodiversity, fostering environmental stewardship and improving animal welfare around the globe. Prior to co-founding Karner Blue Capital in 2018, she led Calvert Investments, one of the largest responsible investment companies in the United States, first as chief operating officer, then as President and acted as a Senior Partner at KPMG International. We will be announcing our other speakers on our new LinkedIn page in the coming weeks so make sure you follow us.
Be part of the Economics Behind Biodiversity Series — Pricing Biodiversity Loss Impacts!
According to the United Nations, biodiversity is the backbone of the world’s economy. Businesses must acknowledge their impact and dependency on biological diversity and ecosystem services. Achieving the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity provides opportunities for businesses, and in doing so, better positions them to exploit those opportunities and avoid risks.
SUSTAINABILITY TOPIC AGGREGATOR
Ecosystem services that are the backbone to our global economy delivered by biodiversity such as crop pollination, water purification, flood protection and carbon sequestration, are essential to human life. Large portions of the world's terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic habitats have been destroyed or degraded by humans. According to the WWF, 75% of the Earth’s ice-free land surface has already been significantly altered, most of the oceans are polluted, and more than 85% of the area of wetlands has been lost, leading to 1 million species are being threatened with extinction over the coming decades. These dramatic changes are driven by a plethora of issues including land-use change, over-exploitation of natural resources, pollution, invasive alien species and climate change. Despite international efforts to conserve and sustainably use natural resources, biodiversity loss is happening at a detrimental rate. Action to halt and subsequently reverse biodiversity loss needs to be scaled up fast.
The Sustainability Ecosystem fosters constructive interactions and strengthens multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration in Montreal and beyond. The group creates opportunities to meet and exchange information, experiences, and ideas for collaboration.