Training & tools

WBCSD has developed a number of training material, tools and approaches to help companies better manage their ecosystem-related impacts and dependence.

Capacity building

Business Ecosystems Training (BET), developed by WBCSD with an Advisory Committee comprised of member companies, Regional Network partners, NGOs, academic institutions and UN organizations, expected delivery January 2012. This is the overarching training curriculum on ecosystems and biodiversity, which includes 4 modules covering the business case for looking at ecosystems, assessing impacts and dependencies, ecosystem valuation and mitigation.

Connecting the Dots, developed by WBCSD, 2009. This comprehensive PowerPoint pack outlines the nexus between business and ecosystems. It is structured in modules, which can be used independently or together. Delivering all modules is expected to take around 3.5 hours. The modules include:

  • Elevator speech: Getting hooked (10 minutes);
  • Definitions and concepts: Setting the scene (30 minutes);
  • Status and supply: Urgency for action (30 minutes);
  • Drivers and causes of change: Cause and effect (20 minutes);
  • Consequences of degradation: Impacts (30 minutes, if examples are incorporated);
  • Responses: Ways forward (90 minutes).

Available in English, the PPT includes some learning exercises. The Business Ecosystems Training (BET) in 2012 will ultimately replace this PPT pack.

"Buy, Sell, Trade!" game, developed by WBCSD and IUCN, 2008. This game is an interactive role-playing exercise that demonstrates the multiple benefits of preserving ecosystems for the services that they provide. Anyone can play the game, from all parts of society, from different positions, etc. It can be played between 2½ and 5 hours. Available in English, it contains trainer notes, handouts and a PPT presentation.

Tools & approaches

Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR), developed by World Resources Institute with WBCSD and the Meridian Institute, 2008. This methodology helps business managers develop strategies to manage business risks and opportunities arising from their company's dependence and impact on ecosystems. It has been used by over 300 companies and is a valuable first step to explore ecosystem services in strategic parts of the company (incl. product, process, supply chain, emerging markets, specific geographies). Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese and Japanese and has accompanying Dependence & Impact Assessment Tool (in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese)

Excel file and additional documents are available on http://www.wri.org/ecosystems/esr

The Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV), developed by WBCSD with fourteen member road testers and four partners: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Resources Institute (WRI), ERM (the main author of the Guide) and PwC, 2011. This framework for improving corporate decision-making through valuing ecosystem services is the first of its kind, catering directly for the needs of business. The Guide to CEV is a logical next step after the ESR, if ecosystem valuation is considered necessary to make a decision. Available in English, Spanish and Japanese (coming in Portuguese, French and Chinese) and has a set of on-line resources to navigate through related jargon and techniques, as well as road tester summaries and FAQ.

Ecosystem Services Experts Directory developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), with WBCSD, Earthwatch Institute and IUCN, 2009. This is an online, public directory containing hundreds of contacts allows journalists, business leaders and governments to locate and contact specialists in ecosystem services. 

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