The Global Challenge

The Need for Change

1

Critical ecosystems

are dangerously close to collapse
2

Financial markets

are failing to translate the true value of nature into valuation models
3

Urgent need

for rapid integration of natural capital valuations into financial risk management in capital markets

Time is Running Out

  • The degradation (if not outright collapse) of many ecological resources will happen within most financial professionals’ lifetimes.
  • Planet Tracker creates reports and analyses to raise awareness of ‘values-at-risk’ to the financial community.
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Big Bets & Ecotastrophes

  • Planet Tracker’s initial focus is on the ‘Big Bets’, global industry sectors defined by significant investment flows and revenues in the context of the planetary boundaries that are most threatened.
  • This assessment identifies key areas of highest return for Planet Tracker’s work and would include regional and global industry sectors such as agri-business, plastics and textiles.
  • We are also examining ‘Ecotastrophe’ scenarios, areas where, though financial flows may be relatively small, the ecological resource risks are large.
  • Planet Tracker has a ‘duty of care’ to address these potential ecological resource fault lines, irrespective of their immediate financial significance.
  • Planet Tracker focuses on a subset of supply chains and issues including for example land use and food system topics such as soft commodities (beef, soybeans), wild-catch fisheries and aquaculture. Our research focuses on how changes in ecosystem values – such as soil degradation, deforestation and variability in extreme weather – impact real versus projected returns on equity and sovereign investments related to these industries.