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Revolutionising investments: S&P Global's nature and biodiversity risk assessment

In a dynamic shift towards addressing environmental challenges, S&P Global's Sustainable1 has unveiled a groundbreaking approach to environmental investment. With a heightened focus on nature and biodiversity risks in the business world and a surge in global efforts to combat these challenges, momentum is building towards the evaluation of such risks within investment portfolios.

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Renowned for its market intelligence and benchmarks, S&P Global has consistently spearheaded sustainability endeavours. Sustainable1, their subsidiary dedicated to ESG and sustainability, supports businesses and investors in aligning strategies with worldwide sustainability objectives.

The newly launched Nature & Biodiversity Risk portfolio assessment is positioned to revolutionise the investment landscape. Leveraging the freshly introduced Nature & Biodiversity Risk dataset, companies and investors can efficiently appraise, navigate, and mitigate nature-related risks. Remarkably comprehensive, this dataset spans over 17,000 companies and 1.6 million assets, incorporating metrics like The Ecosystem Footprint.

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The standout feature, The Ecosystem Footprint, offers insights by measuring land area, assessing ecosystem degradation, and understanding ecosystem significance. Empowering investors with profound insights into a company's engagement and dependence on nature, this metric is a game-changer.

This focus on nature and biodiversity enjoys global support. The adoption of the Global Biodiversity Framework at the COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference in December 2022 established a precedent for halting biodiversity loss, protecting natural ecosystems, and enhancing biodiversity-centred financing.

Sustainable1 expressed that their innovative service empowers financial institutions to understand and explore the effects of nature on their portfolios, in alignment with the principles of the Global Biodiversity Framework and echoing the approach of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).

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At DGB Group, our values are represented by our commitment to nature. Our dedication to accessibility and transparency underscores our mission. We invite businesses, investors, and individuals who share our passion for nature conservation to join us in making a tangible impact. Through our initiatives, stakeholders have the remarkable opportunity to drive ecosystem restoration, champion biodiversity preservation, and stand united against the challenges of environmental crises.

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