Sustainability conference:


Net Impact Approaches: Bringing the strands together

Wednesday 24th May 2017

15 Hatfields, Central London, SE1 8DJ



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This one day event explored the following highly inter-related topics:

  • Net Positive Net Gain 
  • No Net Loss / Net Zero
  • Integrated Profit & Loss Accounts / Total Contribution
  • Environmental & Social Profit & Loss Accounts
  • Creating Shared Value
  • Impact Investing
  • Integrated Reporting

What are the synergies and how can efforts be scaled up?

We are delighted to report a successful inaugral conference that brought together over 100 delegates from the diverse communities involved in the rapidly evolving field of net impact (evaluating the positive and negative effects of business in relation to sustainability). As highlighted by a recent EU report on Net Impact, net impact has strong and growing links with most natural capital accounting approaches as well as with many other sustainability concepts such as social capital accounting, integrated reporting, SDGs, impact investing, circular economy and green infrastructure.

Many have worked on the topic for a number of years, and in some cases, decades – in particular in relation to carbon and biodiversity. However, attention is now being targeted at other issues such as water, waste, energy, pollution, jobs, skills and wellbeing. At the same time, focus is extending from projects and products to company and value chain levels; with some beginnng to adopt a multiple ‘integrated’ approach too, rather than just focusing on single issues.  

The conference provided a unique and timely opportunity for anyone involved in the topic to hear from over 20 thought-leaders on the subject, as well as to meet and learn from many other experts. It offered an ideal platform for the multiple players, including businesses, governments, financial institutions, investors, NGOs, academics and consultants, to openly discuss and explore the extensive synergies, challenges and opportunities posed by the topic. 

Key conference objectives included to:

  • Consider the vision for Net Impact approaches.
  • Explore and develop the business case for action. 
  • Share best practice, particularly in relation to measuring and comparing impacts (i.e. metrics, techniques and tools). 
  • Establish what is required, and by whom, to overcome challenges and scale up action.
It was aimed at anyone (e.g. practitioners, decision-makers and investment community) interested in: 
  • Quantifying and valuing environmental & social impacts in a business context.
  • Improved decision-making around products, projects/sites/operations etc.
  • Integrated reporting, including integrated/environmental/social profit and loss accounts.
  • Measuring and creating shared value.
  • Impact investment - quantification and valuation of impacts
  • Benefits associated with the circular economy, green infrastructure, green economy etc.
  • Quantifying & valuing progress towards the SDGs. 

Sessions were of mixed format covering:

  • Key concepts and initiatives and how they inter-relate.
  • Methodologies and challenges around measuring net impact at different organisational levels (e.g. products, projects, company level) and for different environmental and social issues.
  • Dealing with issues such as insetting/offsetting, double counting, attribution, additionality, aggregation and monetary valuation.
  • Making the business case, addressing barriers and mainstreaming the topic.

Speakers/panel guests included  

  • ASN Bank (represented by CREM)
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme
  • ClimateCare
  • Consciam
  • CREM
  • Defra (UK Gov) (Unfortunately now unable to attend due to the election - replacement being sought)
  • Forum for the Future
  • IIRC
  • IUCN
  • Kering
  • LafargeHolcim
  • Little Blue Research
  • Natural Capital Coalition
  • Nestlé 
  • PwC
  • Social Value International/UK
  • Social Stock Exchange
  • Sustain Value
  • The Crown Estate 
The conference was organised by Sustain Value and Consciam, and will be a net positive event, working in collaboration with ClimateCare.
Documents on Net Impact you may find of interest:
Sustain Value's Sustainability Briefing Note 1.   December 2016.
Final report by Sustain Value for 2106 EU B@B Natural Capital Accounting Workstream.

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