Data is the biggest barrier to making investments that support biodiversity, with 70% of 222 surveyed investors putting it above being unable to value natural capital and lacking internal expertise, a new study by RI and Credit Suisse has found.
Unearthing Investor Action on Biodiversity, conducted in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, the Zoological Society of London and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, takes an in-depth look at how, and to what extent, investors are addressing biodiversity - a topic that has shot up the financial agenda over the last 18 months.
Findings were based on feedback from 327 asset owners and managers from 35 countries. Some investors did not answer all questions in the survey.
Of the 327 investors, 257 said they were very concerned about biodiversity loss, and 174 said they are currently addressing the topic in their portfolio to some extent - mostly by seeking to reduce the negative impacts of investments through shareholder engagement and exclusions.