Introduction to Natural Capital - Understanding Risks and Opportunities

23 September 2014, São Paulo

The workshop introduced the concept of natural capital, its relevance for financial institutions and the rationale behind integrating natural capital considerations into valuation and risk management in the Brazilian context. The audience was given a deeper understanding of ecosystem services and impacts beyond environmental issues that are aligned to dependencies on natural capital inputs. Risks and opportunities for the financial sector, stemming from such dependencies, were also discussed. The relevance of natural capital integration was presented from both a financial institution’s perspective (Banorte) and from a credit rating agency’s perspective (S&P). The workshop concluded with a panel discussion on business cases for incorporating natural capital into investment decisions.