HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management, Lombard Odier and Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, are the three founding partners of the Natural Capital Investment Alliance (‘The Alliance’), established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales under his Sustainable Markets Initiative.
The Alliance aims to accelerate the development of Natural Capital as an investment theme and to engage the USD 120 trillion investment management industry and mobilise this private capital efficiently and effectively for Natural Capital opportunities.
As the world continues to tackle the twin climate and biodiversity crises, there is growing interest in investing in harnessing and preserving Natural Capital as a solution to reducing emissions, restoring biodiversity, and boosting sustainable economic growth and job creation. However, despite the fact that half of global GDP depends on Natural Capital, there are currently only a limited number of initiatives to promote Nature as an investment opportunity. To seize the scale of this opportunity, a finance-led approach is needed to integrate Natural Capital as an investment theme across different asset classes, as well as improved investor-centric descriptions of Natural Capital investment opportunities. That is the purpose of this newly formed Alliance.
The three founding partners - HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management, Lombard Odier and Mirova - are established pioneers in Natural Capital investing that have launched or developed specific vehicles or strategies for investments in Natural Capital.
HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management, a joint venture between HSBC Global Asset Management and specialist climate change advisory and investment firm Pollination, is establishing a series of Natural Capital funds, directly investing in the preservation, protection and enhancement of nature. Lombard Odier launched a first-of-its-kind global equities investment strategy for Natural Capital last year, directly inspired by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and developed in partnership with the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, established under his Sustainable Markets Initiative. Mirova has established a Natural Capital platform proposing strategies in the field of land restoration, blue economy and forest protection with more than 30 experts.
The Alliance aims to attract members from the finance community to create scale, and synergistic bridges between mainstream asset owners and asset managers, underpinned by the following goals:
To mobilise USD 10 billion towards Natural Capital themes across asset classes by 2022.
To serve as a central hub for global corporations and financial institutions seeking to scale-up their investments into Natural Capital, in support of biodiversity restoration, including through Carbon Offsets.
To share investment knowledge and expertise to help mainstream the Natural Capital investment theme and demonstrate scalability of appropriate vehicles and the multiple opportunities across asset classes.
Speaking at the One Planet Summit, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said: “The interdependence between human health and planetary health has never been more clear. For so many of the problems we face, Nature, with the benefit of billions of years of evolution, has already provided us with the solutions. But time is fast running out and we are rapidly wiping out, through mass extinctions, many of Nature’s unique treasure trove of species from which we can develop innovative and sustainable products for the future. As we urgently seek to rescue the situation, we must now look to invest in Natural Capital as the engine of our economy.”
“It is also why I have created a Natural Capital Investment Alliance to help us arrive at a common language on Natural Capital Investment so that we can start putting money to work and improve the flow of capital.”
Christof Kutscher, Executive Chairman of HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management said: “We recognise nature is capital. Over the century, we have depleted nature creating possibly our biggest challenge to date. It is high time to take action at an unprecedented speed and scale. Investing in nature is a major investment opportunity, and the one action we must urgently take to protect our future.”
Hubert Keller, Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Group said: “The investment industry seeks returns as its primary objective and today some of the most convincing opportunities for growth and returns come from a transition to a more sustainable economic model that both harnesses and preserves Nature. At Lombard Odier, we develop solutions that allow mainstream investors to position capital to benefit from this untapped investment opportunity. We are proud to be founding members of this important Alliance, inspired by His Royal Highness’ vision, and to contribute to mobilising capital at a scale commensurate with the opportunity and challenges.”
Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova said: “Natural capital protection and restoration represent a global challenge but also a real opportunity. By joining forces with pioneering financial partners under the leadership of HRH The Prince of Wales, Mirova’s ambition is to continue the growth of the Natural Capital investment thematic and support the development of a nature positive economy. By mobilizing more investors, including pension funds and insurance companies, significant financial assets can be deployed to support those businesses able to generate both attractive returns and tangible environmental and social impacts. Through this approach, the Sustainable Development Goals can be within reach.”