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The Commercial Logic to Measuring Natural Capital

The launch of the Natural Capital Protocol has led businesses to become more aware of their impacts and dependencies upon the natural environment. However, a need has been identified to link to commercial drivers to these impacts and dependencies across businesses. Simple metrics and key performance indicators that relate these two could be a next step to embedding natural capital into business operations and strategies. This working paper sets out the outcomes of a small piece of qualitative research. It explores the use of different metrics for standard business processes by sustainability professionals and their relationship to natural capital measures.

The Commercial Logic to Measuring Natural Capital report, by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, reflects qualitative research focusing on the use of different metrics for standard business processes by sustainability professionals and the challenges they face in working to link current commercial metrics to changes in the status of natural capital.

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