Delivering on nature

Turning nature risk into nature positive opportunity

More than half of global GDP is dependent on nature and its related services, such as clean water, crop pollination and flood protection. With nature depletion due to cause economic losses of up to 225 billion dollars by 2030, it is critical for companies who rely on nature and water in their value chains to have a clear understanding of their nature-related risks and opportunities.

Companies across diverse sectors are working with ERM to factor nature into their corporate strategies and take rapid action towards a nature positive future. Our unique combination of capabilities enables us to partner with clients from nature-related strategy development through to implementation.

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Managing nature risk and opportunity

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Nature-related regulations and disclosure frameworks are driving corporate action and affecting market access requirements globally. To manage nature risk and opportunity, companies need to understand the emerging policy and market landscape, local operating environments and stakeholder expectations.

How we help clients deliver on nature

Nature strategy and disclosure

In response to emerging science, regulations, market competition and investor or stakeholder pressures, companies need to develop credible, inclusive and transparent nature-related strategies. We help clients to assess their nature impacts and dependencies, risks and opportunities and set baselines measuring the current state of nature. This enables clients to define targets, commitments and actions based on appropriate metrics, in line with the latest disclosure requirements.

Water management

Water scarcity, quality, and control are becoming significant challenges due to climate change and rising demand. ERM helps clients to define enterprise water strategies, through true cost of water evaluation, risk assessment, target setting and identification of investment opportunities. We implement water stewardship down to basin level and inform finance-grade disclosures to C-suite. Underpinning this work, we deliver comprehensive regulatory compliance programs for fresh, storm and wastewater.

Natural climate solutions

Companies with ambitious climate and nature goals are financing natural climate solutions to mitigate and remove greenhouse gas emissions. Our climate and nature experts offer a holistic approach to natural climate solutions throughout all stages of the carbon credit lifecycle. From due diligence through to project development, including feasibility, design, and implementation, we aim to enhance carbon credit integrity and beyond-carbon benefits, such as positive impacts to biodiversity and communities.

Our partnerships

Our ecosystem of partnerships helps strengthen the scale and reach of our nature capabilities. This includes the NatureTech Alliance, where we are combining the strengths of ERM’s advisory expertise with the digital technology of Salesforce, and the data acquisition capabilities of Planet Labs and NatureMetrics.

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Our expertise

ERM offers tools and approaches to help companies create and implement robust nature roadmaps. We have 600+ nature and water specialists worldwide, supported by thousands of sustainability professionals, who understand how to turn financial data and scientific insights into business action. Our expertise includes:

  • Deep industry strategy and technical knowledge spanning biodiversity, water, decarbonization, social performance, supply chain and risk management.
  • Use of nature modelling and frameworks to understand risk, nature positive opportunity, market potential and operationalization.
  • Dedicated change management teams experienced in nature-focused transformational change, plus specialists in program governance, analytics, data and technology to support companies’ change journeys.

Our nature and water experts

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Interested in our nature-related services? Please get in touch to see how we can help.