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Natural Capital

Which knowledge networks are working… for the financial sector?

Knowledge networks can provide financial institutions with policy-oriented information and support concerning (the integration of) natural capital while also connecting them with one another. Natural Capital Declaration, UNEP-PRI, UNEP-PSI, Cop FINC, Natural Value Initiative, GIIN, IIRC, GRI, IRIS, SASB, A4S and IFAC are a few of such networks.

Natural Capital Declaration

The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) is a finance sector initiative, endorsed at CEO-level, to integrate natural capital considerations into loans, equity, fixed income and insurance products, as well as in accounting, disclosure and reporting frameworks.

More information on the NCD website.


The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision-making and ownership practices.

More information on the website of the Principles for Responsible Investment.


Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) is a global sustainability framework and initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), built on four core principles to mainstream the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the insurance industry.

More information the website of PSI.


The Community of Practice on Financial Institutes and Natural Capital is a Dutch network, set up by ASN Bank, and supports the integration of natural capital in financial institutions by increasing the recognition of both barriers and possibilities.

More information on the CoP FINC website (in Dutch).

Natural Value Initiative

The Natural Value Initiative supports financial institutions to integrate and evaluate biodiversity and ecosystem services in their investment activities, and stimulates the private sector to take natural capital into account more often.

More information on the website of the Natural Value Initiative.

Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.

For more information visit the websites of PRI and GIIN.

Accounting & Disclosure

Organisations like the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) are developing frameworks that look at how to balance financial reporting with the social and environmental impacts of business activities. They are supported by high-level initiatives such as the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) project, set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004. The IFAC Sustainable Value Investor Guidelines assist accountants with the taxation of projects and investments.

More information can be found on the websites of IIRC, GRI, IRIS, SASB, A4S and IFAC.