We undertake assessments and develop tools to evaluate issues at a project, product, operational, supply chain and company level.

James Spurgeon, our lead consultant, has undertaken several hundred natural capital assessments in the UK and globally for businesses and governments, and many that integrate social capital too. Based on his experience, we typically develop simple but effective bespoke solutions for our clients, drawing upon the best elements of existing tools, guidelines and industry best practice.  

We have project experience with all ecosystems, but in particular: freshwater, coastal, marine, coral reefs, mangrove, forest, agriculture, desert, mountain, deep water and arctic habitats.

Recent and ongoing Sustain Value projects include: 

  • Applying the Natural Capital Protocol in relation to water issues at a site in the US for a major manufacturing company
  • Investigation into net impact approaches for the EU (links to natural capital accounting) and a confidential client (review and strategy in relation to Net Positive)
  • Valuation of environmental and social impacts in monetary terms for a FTSE 100 company Integrated Report
  • Investigated monetisation of environmental and social impacts for two other FTSE 100 companies
  • A main technical advisor and author of the Natural Capital Protocol - playing a lead role on scoping and valuation, and contributing to all parts of the main guide
  • Undertook a detailed natural capital assessment (deep dive) pilot study for Roche's operations in Switzerland to test and inform the Natural Capital Protocol
  • Undertook two water valuation projects for extractive companies - evaluating costs and benefits of alternative water sources (e.g. desalination & river abstraction) and better understanding water management costs and values at a major operational site 
  • Assessed the links between business, government and financial institution natural capital accounting applications, approaches and data requirements 
  • Developed a natural capital accounting for business decision framework to help companies decide what form of natural capital accounting is best for their business
  • Developing the ESE-ROVA (Environmental, Social and Economic - Risk, Opportunity and Valuation Assessment) tool to help companies demonstrate they are creating shared value and have a net positive impact to society
  • Developed numerous tools for companies to assess biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) risks, opportunities & values (i.e. accounting for natural capital and assessing shared value)
  • Undertook numerous Corporate Ecosystem Valuation studies for specific projects & products
  • Undertook a biodiversity offsetting and damage compensation study (IFC PS6 2012 compliant)
  • Provided corporate training and company policy advice on managing BES (IFC PS6 2012 compliant)
  • Customisation and delivery of Business Ecosystem Training (BET) as a one day course for the mining sector
  • Training WBCSD members on Corporate Ecosystem Valuation
  • Training IPIECA members on BES risk and opportunity assessments, and developing associated training materials
Prior to Sustain Value, James Spurgeon:
  • Developed many bespoke tools for companies to inform BES, water, carbon & sustainability decisions  
  • Undertook numerous biodiversity offset & valuation (compensation) assessments
  • Integrated BES assessments in several Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs)
  • Performed 100s of cost:benefit analyses for issues including climate change and renewables
  • Conducted many coral reef and protected area valuation and sustainable financing studies 
  • Developed guidelines and gave training on environmental valuation & environmental markets

For further specific examples of our work see our Case Studies, or contact us.

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"Your leadership was critical in making the Guide as powerful as it is.  Working with the road testers, your experience ensured that the framework really catered for business needs, which has made it the first-of-its-kind."  (Bjorn Stigson, President of WBCSD, at the time of publication of the Guide to CEV). 

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