WWF’s Risk Filter tools - the Water Risk Filter and Biodiversity Risk Filter - enable companies and investors to assess and respond to nature-related risks to strengthen resilience
Understanding your nature-related risks is the first step towards taking meaningful action to reduce those risks and contribute to a more sustainable future.
With the WWF Risk Filter Suite, companies and financial institutions have easy and streamlined access to distinct and complementary tools the - Biodiversity Risk Filter and Water Risk Filter - enabling users to upload and manage their data in a central and secure online platform for performing their biodiversity and water risk assessments.
The WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter is designed to be used as a corporate and portfolio-level screening tool to identify biodiversity risks and prioritise corporate action on biodiversity
Understand industry-specific biodiversity impacts and dependencies
Explore a variety of current biodiversity risk maps and the tool’s methodology documentation
Assess physical and reputational biodiversity risks across your operations, supply chain or investments
Stay tuned for the Respond section to help prioritise corporate action to reduce your biodiversity risks and seize opportunities
The WWF Water Risk Filter is designed to be used as a corporate and portfolio-level screening tool to identify water risks and prioritise corporate action on water
Explore a variety of current and future water risk maps, country profiles information and the tool’s methodology documentation
Assess physical, regulatory and reputational water risks across your operations, supply chain and investments
Stay tuned for the Respond section to help prioritise corporate action to reduce your water risks and seize opportunities
The results from your biodiversity and water risk assessments can help better inform your business strategies, target setting and investment decisions – resulting in strengthening business resilience as well as contributing to a more sustainable future.
Register and create an account - only you have access to this account
Go to the Portfolio Manager to upload your data, save it and come back to edit it at any point
Go to the Assess module of each tool to analyse your biodiversity and water risks
WWF provides expert support to help you understand your risks and take action
Through the free online platform - the WWF Risk Filter Suite - companies and financial institutions have easy and streamlined access to two distinct and complementary WWF Risk Filter tools - the Biodiversity Risk Filter and Water Risk Filter. This enables users to upload and manage their data in a central and secure platform for seamlessly assessing their biodiversity- and water-related risk assessments.
The WWF Risk Filter tools are designed to be used as corporate and portfolio-level screening tools to help identify risks and prioritise corporate action for enhancing business resilience and contributing to a sustainable future.
The WWF Risk Filter tools are primarily aimed at companies and financial institutions who wish to understand, assess and respond to their biodiversity and water risks. Both tools include global datasets and allow assessments of any industry sector, so that users regardless of geographic location and industry can use the tool.
As the Biodiversity Risk Filter and Water Risk Filter are both spatially explicit screening and prioritisation tools, they are best suited for organizations with 1) location-specific data available and 2) a large portfolio of sites/assets to analyse (e.g., company operational sites and supplier sites). Therefore, these tools are primarily used by medium to large-size companies that have robust value chain information available for analysis. While the tool is suitable for use by financial institutions, the needed input data is often not available, representing a key barrier for using the tools.
To support financial institutions that want to assess a broad portfolio of companies, WWF published valuable guidance in the WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter Methodology Documentation on:
To read examples of how different organizations have previously used the WWF Risk Filter tools, please visit our Case Studies page.
WWF recommends using both the Biodiversity Risk Filter and Water Risk Filter as they are distinct but complementary tools.
The Biodiversity Risk Filter tool covers broad aspects of biodiversity (e.g., freshwater, marine, forest, grasslands, wetlands) and includes some specific indicators from the Water Risk Filter (e.g., water scarcity, water quality, fragmentation status of rivers). While the Biodiversity Risk Filter provides general high-level assessment of biodiversity-related risks, the Water Risk Filter provides a more in-depth assessment of water-related risks (including operational risk assessment, higher resolution datasets and scenario risk assessment). Therefore, the tools are intended to be complementary and offer unique features for assessing and responding to biodiversity and water-related risks.
As the two WWF Risk Filter tools are available through one central platform (the WWF Risk Filter Suite), you only need to enter your data once to automatically assess your risks in both tools – making it very easy to use both tools!
Check out all the latest user case studies on how companies and investors have used the WWF Risk Filter tools to assess and respond to nature-related risks
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While taking responsibility for the company's own water impact is an essential first step, water is a shared resource that needs to be managed collectively at the level of the river basin. This is something WWF and IKEA are tackling through a water stewardship collective action project in the Büyük Menderes river basin in Turkey. The commitment ranges from supporting textile factories to invest in cleaner production techniques, to restoring wetlands, improving soil and water management in cotton production, and influencing policy.
This case study describes water risk scenario assessments and how a company can use WWF's Water Risk Filter (WRF) tool to inform its water stewardship activities. It also explains how AstraZeneca integrated the outputs of a water risk scenario assessment, alongside other assessments from ERM Group, Inc. (ERM), into its internal processes designed to assess and respond to local physical climate-related risks facing some of its critical sites. The case study sets out some of the key lessons AstraZeneca learnt through this exercise.
Check out all latest WWF reports on #WaterRisk, #BiodiversityRisk, #Stewardship, #Finance
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This report presents a case study on how the WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter, with the support of the methodological guidance, can be applied to a representative investor portfolio of listed companies. The case study demonstrates how the WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter can add value to companies and financial institutions as a tool for risk hotspot identification and prioritizing areas for action. It also shows that the location-specific information needed for companies and financial institutions to assess biodiversity risk is indeed already available. There is no reason to leave biodiversity risks unaddressed. #BiodiversityRisks #Business&Biodiversity #ValueChain
The report sets out WWF’s approach for identifying, assessing and addressing biodiversity risks as well as the opportunities that come from conserving, sustainably using and restoring biodiversity. For many companies, much of their risk can lie within their value chain. There is a critical need for companies that advance value chain transparency and an understanding of the locations that pose the highest risks. #BiodiversityRisks #Business&Biodiversity #ValueChain
Climate change is predicted to drive various changes in hydrology that can translate into risks for river ecosystems and for those who manage rivers, such as for hydropower. Here we use the WWF Water Risk Filter (WRF) and geospatial analysis to screen hydropower projects, both existing (2488 dams) and projected (3700 dams), for a variety of risks at a global scale, focusing on biodiversity risks, hydrological risks (water scarcity and flooding), and how those hydrological risks may shift with climate change, based on three scenarios. #Hydropower #WaterRisk #ClimateChange #ScenarioAnalysis
Considering the role of Net Positie Water in water stewardship and solving the linked freshwater, biodiversity and climate crises, this report discuss the benefits, drawbacks and the role of net positive in stewardship, to finally close with a WWF summary recommendations about Net Positive in water programs. #NetPositive #WaterStewardship #Freshwater
Through our work with Open Supply Hub, this second report offers insights into a hydrogeography of hope for rivers tied to the apparel and textiles industry. We believe it will help companies and industry allies to begin to think about how we can better collaborate with each other and scale our solutions to tackle the significant challenges facing people and nature. #Appareal #WaterRisks #WaterOpportunities
Looking for high-resolution maps to communicate on #WaterRisk and #BiodiversityRisk on social media, in a new report or blog?
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Meet our passionate team behind the WWF Risk Filter Suite! Contact us to receive our tailored expert support to better understand your risks and take action
Global Water Stewardship Lead
Water Risk Filter Project Manager
Water Risk Filter Officer
Biodiversity Risk Filter Manager
Water Risk Filter Technical Project Manager
Global Lead Biodiversity Stewardship
Student Assistant Risk Analysis
Project Manager Biodiversity Stewardship
Director IGCMC, and his team at WWF-India
Junior Project Manager Water Stewardship
Senior Water Stewardship Manager