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The EY Sustainability Matters podcast

Mar 14, 2023

In the second of our series-of-three Sustainability Matters podcasts dealing with environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures worldwide, our host Bruno Sarda focuses on biodiversity and the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). He is joined by two members of the Taskforce: Marine de Bazelaire, Group Advisor on Natural Capital, HSBC, and Alexis Gazzo, Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services in France at EY & Associés

The discussion begins with the urgent need to tackle the loss of biodiversity that threatens global economy. The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which came out of the recent UN Biodiversity Conference, COP 15, aims to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030. As businesses and their stakeholders start to recognize biodiversity as a business priority, and begin to consider their impact and reliance on nature, there will be an increasing need for transparent natural capital disclosures to help achieve these global biodiversity targets. This is where the TNFD comes in.

Marine discusses the importance of addressing nature-related issues and halting nature loss to achieve a net-zero future. She also highlights how financial institutions are becoming more engaged piloting the TNFD beta framework and gives a fascinating insight into how HSBC is preparing for future nature-based disclosures.

Alexis talks about the TNFD and how it is seeking to address the challenges facing biodiversity, including how companies can begin to prepare for reporting. He discusses practical steps to take, and how EY teams can help companies identify areas of exposure to biodiversity-related risks.

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