The five capitals

 

Natural Capital

Natural resources (energy and matter) and processes are needed to produce products and deliver services, including sinks that absorb, neutralise or recycle waste (such as forests), resources (some renewable, others not) and processes (such as climate regulation and the carbon cycle) that enable life to continue in a balanced way. All organisations rely on natural capital to some degree and have an environmental impact; consuming energy and creating waste. Organisations need to be aware of the limits in the use of the natural environment, and operate accordingly.