What is it?

ENCORE (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure) is a business assessment tool which helps business users to better understand how environmental changes might impact their business and the wider economy. It focuses on the goods and services provided by nature and helps the user understand how their business potentially impacts and depends on nature, as well as potential risks to business continuity.

Who is behind it?

ENCORE was developed by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance in partnership with UNEP-WCMC and was financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the MAVA Foundation

Who is it for?

Multi-sector including:

  • Consumer products
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial processes
  • ICT
  • Raw materials
  • Property and Real Estate
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities

How do I use it?

Enter your sector, sub-industry and specific process and the tool will derive a list of impacts and dependencies. Within the dependencies tab, there are subcategories defining the related ecosystem services and assets.

The Impacts tab lists impact drivers and assets. Within the impact drivers, material impacts are listed and rated which helps businesses understand what is material to their business process. ENCORE also provides factsheets for additional information and possible actions to take.

There is also a global mapping tool which provides different data layers which display hotspots where biodiversity is under pressure.

User Feedback

It’s a great place to start but some businesses may not be represented. It can also be difficult to reconcile some of the impacts and dependencies.

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