Event: Directing for Resilience: Using natural capital accounting in business

10th February 2017

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Directing for Resilience: Using natural capital accounting in business
Date: Friday 10 March 2017
Time: 8:00 - 10:30 (Breakfast available from 8.00, event start 8:30)
Venue: Conference Room, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS
Cost: Free (Register through the University of Edinburgh Business School.)

Join us for Directing for Resilience: Using natural capital accounting in business, a Business Breakfast with Ian Dickie, Director at Eftec in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Business School. This business breakfast is  for members & invited guests of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital.

All businesses, directly or indirectly, depend on and impact natural capital which means there is an urgent need for businesses to fully account for the impacts and dependencies across their operations and ensure they are protecting and enhancing the natural capital on which they rely.

This interactive event is designed to provide you with:

  • Results to inform business strategy through: maintaining assets, managing supply chain risk & understanding interactions with social capital.
  • An understanding of natural capital accounting tools and their purpose.
  • Opportunities to discuss the assets you depend and what internal information you can make better use of.
  • Next steps to improve the resilience of your business operations.
  • Networking opportunities with other business in Scotland interested in natural capital.
Outline programme:

08:00 - Breakfast & networking

08:30 - Welcome & Introduction

  • University of Edinburgh Business School / Scottish Forum on Natural Capital

08:40 - Using natural capital accounting in business

  •  Ian Dickie, Director, Eftec

09:10 - How to develop natural capital thinking in your business

  • Facilitated discussion 

10:00 - Networking

10:30 - Close

About the speaker

Ian Dickie, Director, Eftec

Ian is a Director at eftec, whom he joined in November 2007. He is also a Director of the Aldersgate Group, for whom he leads work on natural capital, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s in England and Wales (ICAEW) Sustainability Committee. At eftec he has directed Natural Capital accounting for the Duchy of Cornwall, London Borough of Barnet and John Lewis. He has managed over £1million worth of research for the Defra family, including natural capital risk assessment and investment cases for the 1st Natural Capital Committee. He is currently directing work to produce a UK urban natural capital account, including the value of urban green space for recreation and health. He was a technical author of the Natural Capital Protocol, and the lead technical writer of UNDP’s 2016 biodiversity finance initiative (BIOFIN) workbook. He has also managed studies on habitat banking and biodiversity finance for the European Commission and worked on forestry, wildlife trade and invasive species. Ian was previously head of economics for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, whom he joined in April 2000.


This is the second in our Directing for Resilience series. You can read the article from our first event, chaired by Norman Murray, by clicking here Directing for Resilience: How boards can create resilient business models.

Places at the event are limited, members of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital can register for places through the University of Edinburgh Business School. 

 Click here to find out about how your organisation can join the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital