GES Investment Services, the Stockholm-based SRI research company has allied with the World Resources Institute (WRI), to invite investors to develop an Ecosystem Change Pilot Index. The project was launched at a session on ecosystem change at the annual UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) conference this week in Seoul. Its aim is to consider which companies fail to make the connection between their bottom line and the health of ecosystems and which are best positioned to succeed as ecosystem services grow scarcer and new markets emerge. Cecilia Procopé Repinski, key account manager at GES, said: “An Ecosystem Change Index can be a resource that helps investors to identify potential risks to corporate performance due to operational disruptions, higher costs of input, new government regulations, changing consumer preferences, and reputation risks.” Procopé Repinski previously worked at the WRI in Washington DC, developing The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, supported by the UN, which is the largest assessment of the state of the world’s ecosystems.
by Hugh Wheelan