New Zealand Pilot of the Ecosystems Services Review: Case studies & insights

27 Aug 2015
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SBC

The health of our ecosystem underpins all aspects of New Zealand's export economy. The SBC works with businesses to help them understand their dependencies and impacts on ecosystems and how this affects their business strategy and resource use.

The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) provides an effective scoping tool to help companies assess and manage business risks and opportunities arising from their dependence on ecosystems and the associated impacts of this. First developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in 2008, the ESR is now being used by hundreds of companies globally

The Ecosystem Services Review pilot programme was led by the Sustainable Business Council in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Landcare Research. Each company assessed the ecological impact of an aspect of their business activity and have produced a case study on their findings and outcomes.


ESR Case Study – Insights from Landcare Research

Landcare Research have presented insights on all five case studies.

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ESR Case Study – Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd

A Māori owned seafood company, reviewed its production of wild Paua in the marine environment.

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ESR Case Study – Archeus

A natural products company, reviewed its supply chain, conservation activities and land acquisition and management practices.

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ESR Case Study – Contact Energy

A national energy company, reviewed its operating easement for hydropower activities on the Clutha River from Lake Hawea to downstream of the Roxburgh Dam.

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ESR Case Study – Fonterra

New Zealand's largest dairy co-operative, reviewed strawberry yoghurt produced at the Fonterra Brands Takinini factory.

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ESR Case Study – URS

An engineering consultancy, reviewed the services it offers to water customers in Auckland.

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