This podcast discusses why the issue of biodiversity is becoming more of a focus to companies around the world.
With so much focus on the SEC’s climate disclosure proposal in the US this year, climate has taken the attention of many preparers – and for good reason. However, another topic, natural resources and biodiversity, is coming to the forefront as governments and companies begin to understand the size of the problem, both in terms of its potential impact on business and the potential impact of business on biodiversity. The sustainability reporting standards that many companies will need to apply, such as the European Sustainability Reporting Standards and the International Sustainability Reporting Standards, include disclosure requirements on biodiversity.
This week, Heather Horn was joined by PwC National Office partner and Global sustainability topic team leader, Andreas Ohl, to kick off a new podcast miniseries, “Becoming nature positive.” This first episode illuminates the types of issues that the term “biodiversity” encompasses and previews the rest of the series.
In this episode, you’ll hear discussion of:
  • 2:10 - The drivers behind the increasing importance of biodiversity
  • 6:43 - Definitions and examples to illustrate the concepts of biodiversity and nature positivity
  • 16:22 - Why even companies outside of the agriculture industry should prioritize biodiversity
  • 24:34 - How the issues of biodiversity and climate change are related – and not related
  • 30:07 - Additional topics that will be covered in future episodes of this miniseries
Want to learn more? PwC recently commented on the revisions to the GRI biodiversity standard.
About our guest
Andreas Ohl is a partner in PwC's National Office focused on thought leadership, standard setting, and mergers and acquisitions under US GAAP and IFRS. In addition to his US responsibilities, he leads the sustainability topic team for the PwC global network. Andreas is chairman of the Business Valuation Standards Board at the International Valuation Standards Council, is a member of the working group that authored the AICPA's in-process R&D guide, and has served as a member of the FASB's Valuation Resource Group.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
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