Report 558
Realising nature’s value in UK business
(2015)
McNab, D., Davies, J., Eves, C., Rowcroft, P. & Dunscombe, R.
This report explores how UK businesses consider the value of natural capital in their decision-making. In particular, it documents the findings of an investigation into the motivations of business with regards to natural capital, including relevant factors such as their ways of working, institutional barriers encountered, informational and data needs and opportunities for realising nature’s value and the sustainable use of natural capital.
 

Introduction

The UK’s natural capital is under pressure (UK National Ecosystem Assessment 2011a). The private sector owns and manages the majority of natural capital in the UK; for example over two thirds of land in England is privately owned (Natural Capital Committee, 2015). Therefore better management of natural capital by businesses is critical.

This report explores how UK businesses consider the value of natural capital in their decision-making.  In particular, it documents the findings of an investigation into the motivations of business with regards to natural capital, including relevant factors such as their ways of working, institutional barriers encountered, informational and data needs and opportunities for realising nature’s value and the sustainable use of natural capital.

 
 
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ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: McNab, D., Davies, J., Eves, C., Rowcroft, P. & Dunscombe, R., (2015), Realising nature’s value in UK business, JNCC Report 558, ISSN 0963 8091