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Business and the Environment: In Conversation with Nature’s Banker, Pavan Sukhdev, President of WWF

For decades we have valued our businesses in terms of growth, and our governments and institutions not by the health of the planet, but by the ‘health’ of the economy. 

That accounting practice has all but eroded our primary resource base, leaving us with a deficit – socially, economically and politically.

Can we bend the curve? If so how? What is changing, what is working, what is needed?  Do the emerging insights and shifts show possibilities of how companies, investors and insurers can integrate nature in their decision-making? How can we reshape our business models and ultimately our economies?


With economics becoming the currency of policy, business has an integral role to demonstrate leadership, to work as a collective, and collaboratively.  The purpose and agenda of business has never been more important to the goals of an equitable and sustainable planet than it is today.


Pavan Sukhdev

President, WWF International

Pavan Sukhdev is a scientist by education, an international banker by training, and an environmental economist by passion. His interest and many years of work in sustainability and the invisible economics of nature led to his appointment to head the United Nations' "Green Economy Initiative" and to lead the G8+5 study TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity).

In his book 'Corporation 2020', which he wrote while he was the McCluskey Fellow at Yale University, he envisioned tomorrow's corporation as a producer of not just profits for shareholders, but value for all stakeholders, a creator of positive as against negative externalities. He describes four key changes in micro-policy and regulation which can rapidly transform today's corporation to deliver tomorrow's green and equitable "economy of permanence". As founder and CEO of his sustainability consulting firm, GIST Advisory, Pavan works with C-suite executives and senior government officials on transition techniques, with a particular emphasis on metrics, as we cannot manage what we do not measure. 

Pavan spends considerable time on his role as Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, promoting TEEB implementation and Green Economy transitions around the world. He has served on the boards of Conservation International (CI), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and on the TEEB Advisory Board.

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