BNP AM

The sustainable investor for a changing world

Biodiversity and economic activity are closely interlinked: Ecosystem services ranging from pollination to flood protection underpin much of the global economy. Hence, any threats to biodiversity – and to nature as a whole – jeopardise our prosperity. It is estimated that nature loss could undermine half of the USD 44 trillion global GDP.[1]

Nature-positive action can help turn the tide, result in billions of dollars of business opportunities and create millions of jobs. Inaction, on the other hand, can lead to various systemic risks: Damaged and destabilised ecosystems would result in drought, famine, disease, and the inevitable mass migrations and conflict that accompany these unexpected, but predictable, disasters.

We believe it is time for us as individuals, but also as businesses, investors, governments and communities to act.

In our new white paper, Sustainable by nature: our biodiversity roadmap, we set out these areas for accelerated action:

  • ESG integration: We are working with industry to enhance the quality and availability of biodiversity data / we are incorporating biodiversity risks and opportunities into our approach to ESG integration / we are working on a pilot tool to measure biodiversity
  • Stewardship: We are addressing biodiversity governance, risk management, and responsible lobbying / we are engaging with the highest impact industries on deforestation and water / we are playing an active role on public policy related to biodiversity and investments
  • Responsible business conduct: We are enhancing the biodiversity aspects of our policies in periodic reviews
  • Forward-looking perspective: We are working to boost the understanding of biodiversity
    issues in the investment community / we are providing thought leadership on the role the investment community can play in safeguarding biodiversity
  • Sustainable + range: We are offering solutions targeted at solving biodiversity challenges
  • Corporate social responsibility: We are raising awareness of biodiversity issues through employee engagement and education initiatives.

We believe this action plan helps address the need in our industry for new tools and new approaches based on quality data, and standardised metrics & reporting to tackle the serious threats to biodiversity and the myriad of opportunities that solving the challenges can provide.

READ Sustainable by nature: our biodiversity roadmap



[1] Source: 5 reasons why biodiversity matters to health and the economy | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

Any views expressed here are those of the author as of the date of publication, are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may take different investment decisions for different clients. This document does not constitute investment advice. The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay. Past performance is no guarantee for future returns. Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions). Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.

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