The study, "Natural Capital at Risk: The Top 100 Externalities of Business”
was commissioned by the TEEB for Business Coalition
to identify the world’s largest natural capital risks and opportunities for business and their investors. The report, authored by Trucost
, quantifies environmental externalities such as damages from climate change, pollution, land conversion and depletion of natural resources, across business sectors and at a regional level. It demonstrates that the profits of high impact business sectors would be wiped out if the costs of environmental damage and unsustainable natural resource use are accounted for. This report highlights the urgent need for businesses to manage natural capital assets and reduce liabilities. Businesses and investors can take account of natural capital impacts in decision making to manage risk and gain competitive advantage.