Understand, assess and respond to your biodiversity risks for enhancing resilience
Corporate and portfolio-level screening tool to help companies and investors to prioritise action on what and where it matters the most to address biodiversity risks for enhancing business resilience and contributing to a sustainable future
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The WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter is a free online tool that enables companies and financial institutions to Inform, Explore, Assess, and Respond to biodiversity risks
To learn more about the tool’s modules and how biodiversity loss can result in business risk, please read below and latest WWF report
Coming soon - Mitigate your biodiversity risks and enhance resilience
It is the variety of plants, animals and ecosystems that support the flow of vital ecosystem services on which we depend: to feed and clothe us, to provide us with clean water and air, to give us resilience to disasters and climate change, and to give us natural spaces to live in and enjoy.
For far too long, ecosystem services have been largely taken for granted and considered free and infinite.
Economic value generation dependent on biodiversity
Wildlife populations decline since 1970
Face extinction due to human activity
The relationship between business and biodiversity is informed by dependencies and impacts:
Dependency on biodiversity
Decline of ecosystem services can create physical risk to businesses that depend on them
Impact on biodiversity
Negative impacts on biodiversity can create regulatory, reputational, and other risks for business
Get an overview of the impacts and dependency weightings for all industries or investigate specific industries’ impacts and dependencies in the INFORM module. Please note that the Biodiversity Risk Filter only takes into account DIRECT impacts and dependencies of each industry sector.
Next to understanding business's dependencies and impacts it is important to assess the state of biodiversity health at the specific location. It includes:
• diversity and intactness of ecosystems,
• diversity and abundance of species and genes, and
• provision of ecosystem services
The WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter assesses the state of biodiversity-related issues and pressures that may impact them using 33 different indicators. Explore the spatial distribution of all indicators in the EXPLORE module
For more information, see the tool’s Biodiversity Risk Filter Methodology in Data & Methods
Currently, the WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter tool assesses two types of biodiversity-related business risk: Physical and Reputational
WWF will be incorporating biodiversity-related regulatory risks in the future.
These risks may be or become material from an environmental, social or financial perspective (e.g., operational cost increase, loss in revenue, loss of brand value), which can ultimately negatively impacts investors’ financial investments.
A company’s operations and value chain may face physical risk if
A company’s operations and value chain may face regulatory risk if
A company may face reputational risk if stakeholders and local communities perceive that it does not conduct business in a sustainable and responsible fashion with respect to biodiversity.
A company’s reputational risks are linked to its operational performance and certain pre-conditions in the land- and seascapes that can make reputational risk more likely to manifest (e.g., media scrutiny, conflict, protected areas).
We at WWF are happy to partner with companies and financial institutions willing to engage in market transformation. If you are interested to work with us, please get in touch.
Yes, the WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter Team can provide support, ranging from advice on the use of the tool to more tailored expert support for partners.
By partnering with WWF, we can support your organization in better understanding your biodiversity risks, provide guidance for your biodiversity stewardship strategy and targets, and help you implement on-the-ground actions. If you are interested in our tailored expert support, please get in touch.
For basic support, please make sure to first check our tutorial. If you still need help, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter is a free online tool aimed to help companies assess and respond to biodiversity-related risks and opportunities across their operations, value chain and investments.
It is designed to be used as a corporate and portfolio-level screening tool to help prioritize action on what and where it matters the most to address your biodiversity risks and opportunities for enhancing business resilience and contributing to a sustainable future.
With its unique ability to combine state-of-the-art biodiversity data with industry-level information, the tool should be used to better understand biodiversity context across the value chain. By then embedding biodiversity into corporate strategies and targets, organizations will be able to build resilience for their business and investments as well as the land, river and seascapes in which they operate and depend on.
With its full launch in January 2023, the WWF Biodiversity Risk Filter can be used by companies and investors worldwide and from a broad range of industries - including food and beverage, textile, retail, mining, manufacturing and finance.
To read examples of how companies and investors use the WWF Risk Filter Suite, please visit our Case Studies page.
To assess your biodiversity risks and opportunities, you will need to register and create an account. Once you created an account, you will be able to access the Assess module of the tool to upload your data, save it and come back to it at any point - only you have access to this account.
However, you do not need to create an account to access the Inform and Explore modules of the tool, which contain an array of biodiversity risk maps and resources to help you get started.
Please note that the Respond module is currently under development. Once live, only registered users with an account will be able to access the Respond module to receive corporate-level recommendations based on their unique biodiversity risks.
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