Published: 6 May 2022 at 12:14
The Global Sustainability Institute at ARU becomes a member of TNFD Forum
The Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has stepped up its work looking at how businesses incorporate the natural world in their decision-making by becoming a member of the TNFD Forum.
TNFD, or Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, is funded by the United Nations, national governments, and philanthropic foundations, and is working to develop a framework to help organisations understand nature-related risks and change their behaviour.
ARU is closely involved in this area through the work of Ian Trim, an ex-policy official and negotiator on the Paris Agreement, who is carrying out research in the Global Sustainability Institute through a Vice Chancellor PhD Studentship, in partnership with the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries and Swiss Re.
The loss of biodiversity threatens the health of ecosystems that provide fundamental services to the economy, including animal pollination of food crops, natural water treatment and fertile soil.
In its Global Risks Report 2020, the World Economic Forum ranked biodiversity loss as one of its top five global risks in terms of both likelihood and impact. The Swiss Re Institute recently calculated that 55% of global GDP is dependent on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
There is currently no agreed method to calculate these important risks. The Global Sustainability Institute, through the work of Ian Trim, is looking at how these risks should be taken into account across the finance sector, where investments and insurance are the backbone of economic growth and resilience.
Professor Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute at ARU, said: