Nature is Capital

Nature is Capital

Nature is Capital

Nature is Capital

The first large-scale investment opportunity to protect nature, and your returns.

HSBC Global Asset Management and Pollination have partnered with the ambition to create the world’s largest dedicated natural capital asset management company.

HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management intends to establish a series of natural capital funds, investing in a diverse range of activities that preserve, protect and enhance nature over the long-term, and address climate change.

As the global economy shifts and the race to decarbonise assets, sectors and entire economies intensifies, there is growing demand for nature-based solutions to climate change that also diversify investment risk and offer attractive, long-term returns.

The simple truth is understood: failing to invest in the resilience of nature means failing to invest in the resilience of the economy. Nature is now the most fertile investment we have.

A partnership delivering scale and impact

The partnership between HSBC and Pollination aims to unlock natural capital investment opportunities at scale

The joint venture will leverage HSBC’s experience as the world’s best bank for sustainable finance¹ with Pollination’s deep, global expertise in natural capital, mainstreaming natural capital as an asset class.

Diversified investment themes

HSBC and Pollination aim to offer investors a wide exposure to global natural capital themes in both emerging and developed markets.

Investment themes will include:

  • Regenerative and sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Oceans, including sustainable fisheries, coastal restoration and blue carbon
  • Biodiversity and wildlife protection and restoration
  • Natural capital and real assets that generate carbon credits
Measurable Impact

Measurable, additional and long-term impact is a fundamental principle of the investment approach. Each investment opportunity will be evaluated against high environmental standards, and needs to demonstrate the potential to deliver positive environmental impacts over their lifetime.

The potential for natural capital value creation will be quantified at the start of each investment and positive impact targets across six impact areas will be developed. Progress against these targets will be monitored and reported, leveraging an industry leading, proprietary impact measurement tool.


1 Euromoney winner 2019 “World’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance”.

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Nature the most fundamental form of capital

26 August 2020 / WORDS BY Martijn Wilder AM

A new investment thematic – Natural Capital – is emerging.  Natural capital can help pension and sovereign wealth funds meet their need for mandated returns, and satisfy their requirements to do so in a way that is not only less harmful, but has the potential to restore the environment.

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