Iceberg Data Lab and I Care & Consult selected to provide first of its kind biodiversity impact measurement tool for investors
AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management (“BNPP AM”), Sycomore Asset Management and Mirova (an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers) are pleased to announce that they have selected the consortium comprised of Iceberg Data Lab and I Care & Consult as the research provider to develop a tool to allow investors to measure how their investments impact biodiversity. This selection was the final step of a structured, highly competitive tender process initiated by a Call for Expression of Interest (“CEI”), early this year.
“This tender process has been a collaborative experience and we thank all the bidders for their huge involvement. Bringing together the data modelling skills of Iceberg Data Lab with the deep expertise on biodiversity and methodology build-up of I Care & Consult, their innovative approach have convinced us unanimously. We are eager to report to our stakeholders on the biodiversity impacts of our portfolios and progressively integrate them into our assessment and investment processes” say Julien Foll of AXA IM, Robert-Alexandre Poujade of BNPP AM, Sarah Maillard of Mirova and Jean-Guillaume Péladan of Sycomore AM.
Iceberg Data Lab and I Care & Consult have joined forces to expand the Corporate Biodiversity Footprint, metric quantifying the impact on biodiversity of corporate across their activities. The tool being expanded will help investors to integrate impacts to nature and biodiversity into their risk assessments and research. In addition, the transparency of the selected approach will positively contribute to the required convergence towards more standard and comparable metrics. This should serve as an important catalyst for private-sector action, with ripple effects throughout our economies.
Strong investor demand for solutions to address nature loss
The CEI was supported by an Investor Statement on the need for biodiversity impact metrics1, which gathered more than thirty signatures from leading institutional investors around the world, representing over €6 trillion in assets under management. The Statement demonstrates that there is currently an unmet demand for quality research to assist investors in responding to the biodiversity crisis.
The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is underway at an unprecedented pace, according to the IPBES2 (Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, 2019). The population sizes of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have seen an alarming average drop of 68% since 1970, as recently assessed by the WWF (Living Planet Report 2020). The World Economic Forum calculates that this crisis threatens half of global GDP, whereas positive pathways are estimated to bring $10 trillion in business value and create 395 million jobs. For the first time in the World Economic Forum survey’s 10 year outlook, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are all environmental, including major biodiversity loss (Global Risks Report 2020). Biodiversity loss threatens the achievement of 80% of Sustainable Development Goals sub-targets related to poverty, hunger, health, water, cities, climate, oceans and land (IPBES, 2019).
The investors recognize that much more needs to be done to promote corporate transparency on nature-related dependencies and impacts. Also, many challenges remain to capture nature’s complexity into manageable metrics and to integrate the latest science into investment decision making. Therefore, AXA IM, BNPP AM, Mirova and Sycomore AM will continue to collaborate with key actors and initiatives in the biodiversity field such as CDC Biodiversité and its Global Biodiversity Score, BFFI3, UNEP WCMC4, OP2B5, UNEP FI6 and TNFD7.
 Public Statement by Investors on the Need for Biodiversity Impact Measures
 Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
 Biodiversity Footprint Financial Institutions
 UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre
 One Planet Business for Biodiversity
 United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
 Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures
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AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Mirova, and Sycomore Asset Management strongly believe that preserving the planet’s biodiversity is an urgent priority. Together, they have launched a call for expressions of interest (CEI) for a partner to develop and implement an innovative tool to measure the impact of investments on biodiversity. The goal of the CEI is to find a player capable, on a large scale, of measuring companies’ biodiversity impact.
2020 and 2021 are pivotal years for taking action to protect nature and biodiversity. There are several key events coming up over the next few months. Among them: the New York UN summit on Biodiversity in September 2020, the World Conservation Congress organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to be held in Marseille in January 2021, the COP15 on Biodiversity in China in, as well as and the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, both rescheduled in 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for many. It is at last time for everyone to consider the effects and benefits of nature-based solutions on our planet and global population. Whilst we sometimes live in a world where words speak louder than actions, it is a great privilege to present results and alternative solutions at work in our 2019 Impact Report on Natural Capital Investing.