Our biodiversity system is deteriorating at an alarming rate and its loss is causing damage to the natural world, society, and global economy.
The World Economic Forum estimates that more than half of global GDP – around $44trn – depends on high-functioning biodiversity. As such, biodiversity loss is increasingly recognised as a systemic risk. Understanding how biodiversity risks might impact long-term portfolio returns and how to best manage them is just a part of the equation. We believe investors should also consider how to contribute positively to good social and environmental outcomes. Asset managers cannot address the environmental crisis alone, but they have a role to play in protecting livelihoods through how they engage with companies and direct clients’ capital. We believe there are four critical elements required for asset managers to meet the biodiversity challenge.
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