Business training course ‘Valuing nature and people to inform business decision-making’ launched

24 March 2022

A unique new online business course developed by the Capitals Coalition supported by We Value Nature has launched. 

The free course, ‘Valuing nature and people to inform business decision-making', comes in response to an increased demand from businesses and the finance sector for the knowledge and skills to apply natural capital assessments and a capitals approach. 

“As organisations around the world continue to recognise the benefits of identifying and measuring the value they receive from the capitals, they are also running up against a lack of qualified professionals to help them to deliver this work. Thanks to this new course, built from years of experience , organizations are better equipped with the knowledge to make more informed decisions that deliver value for nature and people while addressing our collective challenges of climate change, nature loss and rising inequity.” 

Mark Gough, CEO, Capitals Coalition  

“This new business training course brings together the resources and ideas the We Value Nature team has been working on for over three years. Combined with the knowledge and expertise of the Capitals Coalition, it will help businesses turn pledges and ambition for nature into action.”

Guy Duke, Project Director, We Value Nature 

Why take the course 

The course aims to increase the knowledge and skills needed to identify and measure the value that flows to organizations from nature, people and society. It introduces practical steps that individuals and companies can take now. The overall aim is to help businesses to better manage their risks and opportunities, enabling them to deliver an equitable, nature-positive and carbon-neutral future alongside delivering value to the organization.   

High-level speakers such as Net Positive World Movement founder and former Unilever CEO Paul Polman, Tyler Prize winner Gretchen Daily and business leaders from organizations such as OlamHolcimNovartisEostaLiv Up and Yorkshire Water will share their advice and experience to support you through the learning process. 

The training course is dynamic and features videos from leaders in the field, interactive exercises, quizzes, readings and discussion prompts. The course has been built on the internationally recognized Coursera platform in collaboration with consultancy Nature^Squared.  

The four modules are: 

  • Module 1 - The role of businesses in addressing the great challenges of nature loss, climate change and inequality
  • Module 2 - Better managing risks and opportunities by adopting a capitals approach
  • Module 3 - Getting started with a natural capital assessment: defining the objective and determining the appropriate scope
  • Module 4 - Measuring and valuing impacts and dependencies to integrate natural capital in decision making

This course is developed for individuals in the business and finance sector. However, it will be freely available to anyone interested in learning more about how a capitals approach can benefit nature, society and communities alongside the economy.  

Optional paid certificates of completion are available.  

Sign up for the course