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Nature-Inclusive Governance: How to Onboard Nature as a Stakeholder

We cannot do business (nor live) on an empty planet. ๐™‰๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™—๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™จโ€™ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ, yet - perhaps due to its quiet nature - it's heard the least. How do you give a voice ๐ŸŽค to nature in your business?


Earlier this month, B Lab Benelux, the Earth Law Center and Nyenrode Business University released an excellent, free guide to help companies onboard nature as a stakeholder. Using practical examples of companies that have already incorporated nature as part of their governance structure, the toolkit lays out the four main, emerging models:


๐ŸŒฟ 1. Nature as an inspiration e.g. Willicroft

๐ŸŒณ 2. Nature as an advisor e.g. Corporate Regeneration

๐ŸŒŠ 3. Nature as a director e.g. Faith in Nature, Danone Belux

๐ŸฆŒ 4. Nature as a shareholder e.g. Patagonia, Tonyโ€™s Chocolonely


Next, the toolkit shares which steps to take to onboard nature and the jurisdiction-specific legal templates for the 4 different models (in progress).


Governance is a fundamental pillar of any corporate sustainability strategy. A nature inclusive governance structure helps your company to prioritize nature in its strategy development & decision making, meet (oncoming) nature-related reporting requirements and, most importantly preserve, protect and restore nature for all.


Photo: Ombu, by Remke van Zadelhoff

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