NVI Toolkit

The Natural Value Initiative (NVI) has developed a toolkit to enable the finance sector to:

  • • Evaluate how well the food, beverage and tobacco (FBT) sectors are managing biodiversity and ecosystem services risks and opportunities; and
  • • Engage with FBT companies to reduce their risk exposure through the responsible management and harvesting of natural resources.

The toolkit consists of the following:

  • • The Ecosystem Services Benchmark:  The ESB has been developed to enable institutional investors to better understand the risks and opportunities associated with the impacts and dependencies of the companies in which they invest in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • • The Ecosystem Services Benchmark Guidance Document: This document describes the Ecosystem Services Benchmark (ESB), its content, application, strengths and weaknesses.
  • • The Ecosystem Services Benchmark V1: A template of the benchmark in Microsoft Excel.
  • • Linking shareholder and natural value: A report from our pilot study of the tool.
  • • A briefing document for the food, beverage and tobacco sectors on biodiversity and ecosystem services:  A document outlining the business case for managing dependence and impacts on ecosystem services focusing on the food, beverage and tobacco sectors.

The NVI provides this toolkit free of charge, but request that you acknowledge the source should you use it for commercial or non-commercial purposes.  For the latter, we request that you obtain permission from the Natural Value Initiative at info@naturalvalueinitiative.org.

The NVI has adapted the Ecosystem Services Benchmark for application to the pharmaceutical sector and the extractive sector.  The extractive industry methodology can be found in the publication “Tread lightly – biodiversity and ecosystem services risk and opportunity management in the extractive sector” listed on the publications section of this website.