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Biodiversity Impact Measurement for Impact Investors: by Impact Institute

Explore a groundbreaking initiative as Impact Institute introduces a pioneering biodiversity impact dataset. This unique dataset provides impact investors with the tools to measure the impact on biodiversity within their portfolios, paving the way for the development of an international standard for assessing biodiversity loss in the financial sector.

Innovative Collaboration: Impact Institute has developed a cutting-edge biodiversity impact dataset, offering impact investors a comprehensive tool for measuring the impact on biodiversity at the individual company level.

Actionable Insights: By combining global datasets with company-reported information, investors gain actionable insights into the biodiversity impact of their investment and lending activities. The dataset provides a detailed understanding of impact drivers and their position within the value chain.

Value Chain Transparency: Utilizing Impact Institute’s value chain model, the dataset goes beyond traditional measurements, offering company-specific data on upstream and downstream impacts without double counting. This transparency enables investors to engage with companies, refine sourcing strategies, and make informed supplier choices.

Monetary Valuation: The dataset includes a monetary valuation of impacts, facilitating comparison with other impact themes and financial metrics. Investors can now quantify the financial implications of biodiversity impact, contributing to more informed decision-making.

Geospatial Land Use Model: Investors gain a comprehensive understanding of the biodiversity pressures, including climate change, air pollution, water pollution, and land use.

Impact Institute and Cardano jointly develop a unique dataset to help investors measuring biodiversity impact

Impact Institute and Cardano have joined forces to launch a pioneering biodiversity impact dataset. The data allows financial institutions to measure the impact on biodiversity of individual companies in their portfolios, paving the way to the next steps in the development of an international standard for measuring biodiversity loss in the financial sector.

Impact Institute and Cardano’s Collaboration

Impact Institute and Cardano have joined forces to launch a pioneering biodiversity impact dataset. The data allows financial institutions to measure the impact on biodiversity of individual companies in their portfolios, paving the way to the next steps in the development of an international standard for measuring biodiversity loss in the financial sector.

GID: global impact database

“We are immensely proud of the successful launch of our groundbreaking dataset in partnership with Cardano. Together, we’re pioneering a new era of data-driven solutions for a more sustainable future”.

– Adrian De Groot Ruiz, CEO of Impact Institute

New insights into the biodiversity impact of companies.

By combining leading global datasets with company-reported information on their operations and production sites, the new biodiversity data allows investors to gain actionable insights into the biodiversity impact of their investment and lending activities. Using Impact Institute’s value chain model, the data provides not only a concrete understanding of what is driving such impact, but also a comprehensive picture of where it lies within the value chain (e.g., upstream or downstream), making it possible to identify who is responsible for it, engage with companies, and better define sourcing and supplier choices.

Priority areas

Banks

footprint assessments, sector deep dives, (double) materiality assessments, sustainable finance product development, impact and sustainability reporting

Impact investors

investment strategy and theory of change, impact due diligence, impact adjusted returns, portfolio impact insights, impact and sustainability reporting

Assets

ESG and impact-based asset allocation, fund and portfolio optimisation, (double) materiality assessments, impact and sustainability reporting

Insures

footprint assessments, (double) materiality assessments, insurance product development, impact and sustainability reporting

GID Biodiversity Asset data

GID Biodiversity Asset is a quantitative biodiversity impact database at company-level. Its underlying methodology, aligned with the TNFD LEAP approach and with the PBAF Standard, allows investors to identify biodiversity loss drivers and dive into specific portfolio constituencies to understand, report, and act on their negative biodiversity impact. The main features of the dataset include:

  • Company–specific value chain data, including upstream and downstream impacts without double counting
  • Monetary valuation of impacts, facilitating comparison with other impact themes and financial metrics
  • Geospatial land use model for 42 crops
  • Four main biodiversity pressures: climate change, air pollution, water pollution, land use

About Cardano

Founded in 2000, Cardano Group is a privately-owned investment management and advisory business with a focus on risk and sustainability. It is widely recognised as a market leader in the provision of specialised services to private-sector and collective pension schemes in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

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More information

Our GID Biodiversity data solution estimates biodiversity impact and provides actionable insights. Get in touch to find out more.
Biodiversity Knowledge for professionals: read the guide.
For further information about the Global Impact Database, please visit our GID page. We offer verified and robust data, estimating impacts for organisations, countries, and sectors worldwide.

Partnerships

We actively work with our clients and other partners to progress impact measurement across the financial sector. We are one of the co-founders of the Banking for Impact initiative, a coalition that came together to develop a harmonised quantitative approach to measuring impact, tailored to financial institutions.

The Netherlands Advisory Board on impact investing is an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to accelerate the growth and improve the effectiveness of the impact investing market.

The Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation is an academic think-tank at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam, that collaborates with leading sustainability experts in the financial sector.

Publications

  • External costs of animal sourced food in the EU

    Commissioned by Eurogroup for Animals, this study is on the externalities attributed to current value chains of EU production and…

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  • Scaling up the Beyond Chocolate initiative

    This paper reports the scalability and long-term risks and benefits of the Beyond Chocolate initiative, a programme seven members of…

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  • A Guide for Funders to Assess and Value Impact

    A guide for impact investors and philanthropists to assess and value the expected impact of organisations and/or projects. Version 1.0

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  • Integrated profit & loss assessment methodology

    This framework offers guidance and practical advice on how to put the principles of FIS into practice and focusses on…

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