The biodiversity series continues, bringing the CFO's vantage point to the topics of nature and biodiversity, focusing on how they drive business value.
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.
This week, Heather Horn was joined by Tom Beagent, a partner in PwC’s Global Sustainability and Climate Change practice, and PwC National Office partner and Global sustainability topic team leader Andreas Ohl. They bring the vantage point of the CFO to bear on the topics of nature and biodiversity and highlight the drivers of sustainable business value embedded in these topics.
In this episode, you’ll hear discussion of:
  • 2:28 - Perspectives from conversations with CFOs on biodiversity and nature
  • 6:53 - Defining nature and the interconnected relationships among the economy, the value chain of business, and nature
  • 17:47 - Identifying nature- and biodiversity-related risks – and opportunities – in your company’s operations
  • 19:28 - How market prices charged for using natural resources today may be well below the ultimate cost to the global economy
  • 25:13 - The differences between “Net Positive” nature and biodiversity initiatives and “Net Zero” climate policies
  • 34:26 - Investors’ interest in natural resources and biodiversity, and the metrics companies can use to disclose their dependencies on nature
  • 46:56 - Where companies should start in contemplating risks and opportunities in this space
Interested in more background on the main issues related to nature and biodiversity? Listen to our previous podcast in this series, and check out PwC’s global nature hub here.
About our guests
Tom Beagent is a partner in PwC UK’s Global Sustainability and Climate Change practice, specializing in integrating natural and social capital analysis into decision making for sustainable growth. With over 20 years’ experience delivering sustainable business projects, he also co-developed PwC’s Total Impact Measurement and Management methodologies (TIMM), which allows organizations to measure and value the social, environmental, economic, and fiscal impacts resulting from their operations, as well as their extended value chains.
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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