Demystifying Materiality: Hardwiring biodiversity and ecosystem services into finance

Published March 2012

Demystifying Materiality: Hardwiring biodiversity and ecosystem services into finance

The CEO Briefing “Demystifying Materiality: Hardwiring biodiversity and ecosystem services into finance” is underpinned by the belief that biodiversity and ecosystems are crucial for understanding how natural capital can affect financial institutions, both in a positive and negative way. This publication features the findings from a survey among 48 UNEP FI and PRI members how they perceive the financial sector is exposed to biodiversity and ecosystem services, and how they embed biodiversity aspects in financial products and services. This publication clearly shows that the world is waking up to a 21st century type of banking, whereby environmental challenges – including loss of biodiversity and ecosystem degradation – go beyond reputation. The Briefing concludes with recommendations how this issue can be further hardwired into finance. Versions: English French German Japanese Spanish Portuguese
Senior executives’ commentary
Press release in Spanish

Published: 2012 | by: UNEP FI

Demystifying Materiality: Hardwiring biodiversity and ecosystem services into finance (1.2 MB | 20 pages)