The report "Opportunities for UK Businesses That Value and/or Protect Nature's Services" was commissioned by the Valuing Nature Network for the Ecosystem Markets Task Force, and looks at the business opportunities arising from the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA); the UK assessment of the state of the UK's ecosystems, the services they provide, and the value of these services.
The modern age of environmentalism is about half a century old. During that time awareness has grown, our knowledge of the challenges has increased while important practical progress has been made, for example in reducing some kinds of pollution and in the establishment of protected areas. We are, however, still very far from reconciling the demands of people with what our planet can sustainably provide.
Yesterday's GDP figures reveal that we're back in recession. It's clear that urgent action is required to prevent our economy from slipping back even further - but this news comes on the back of a lack of leadership by the government on one of the few sectors of our economy that is actually expanding.
During the mid 1990s the idea of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was adopted as a new framework by a number of leading brands. A few companies wanted to do ‘the right thing’, others were driven to adopt social programmes through pressures from civil society and some saw business opportunities.
I have been working with three other former Directors of Friends of the Earth (Jonathon Porritt, Tom Burke and Charles Secrett), to assess the present case for new nuclear power stations in the UK. We captured our thoughts in a Note to the Prime Minister. The points we make in this document are backed up and substantiated through a series of briefings that we published during March, April and May 2012.