Natural Capital Protocol

Expertise Level
Resource Type
Guidance and Frameworks
Inputs Needed
An organization's specific information
Outputs Provided
A better understanding of how an organization's actions impact the economy and the natural world
Developer or Source
Natural Capital Coalition

The Natural Capital Protocol is an internationally standardized, decision making framework that enables organizations to identify, measure and value their direct and indirect impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The Protocol is applicable within any business sector, to organizations of all sizes and in all operational geographies. The Protocol Framework covers four stages, “Why”, “What”, “How” and “What Next”. These Stages are further broken down into nine Steps, which contain specific questions to be answered when integrating natural capital into organizational processes. Although set out in a linear way, the Protocol is iterative and allows users to adjust and adapt their approach as they progress through the framework.