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Now that ESG (environment, social, governance) criteria are uncovering sound, long-term investments, private equity, family offices and pension funds are looking even farther afield for more such opportunities.  This new biomimicry asset class is the focus of Ethical Markets research in our Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance™, jointly developed with our partner company Biomimicry 3.8 and its founder Janine Benyus.  All this new science must now be cranked into financial models along with the new accounting standards of IRRC and SASB which analyze companies performance based on their use or misuse of the six basic forms of capital: finance, intellectual, built, human, social and natural assets.

Hazel Henderson is President of Ethical Markets Media® (USA and Brazil), a Certified B Corporation, author of many books and a former science-policy advisor to the US National Science Foundation, National Academy of Engineering and the Office of Technology Assessment.  She has many honorary degrees and created the Green Transition Scoreboard® and co-created with Calvert Group the now rebranded Ethical Markets Quality of Life Indicators. She was inducted into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Hall of Fame in 2013.