Why Natural Resources Insights Matter for Business Strategy

Strategy Briefing

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Apr 2019

Business operations are increasingly paying attention to environmental indicators impacting the supply chains and manufacturing process as well as consumer demands when taking strategic decisions. This report identifies eight key natural resources themes that are expected to stay relevant in the long-term, and are important for understanding operational and environmental risks. These include water risks, climate change, and commodity price volatility.

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Why Natural Resources Insights Matter for Business Strategy

Key FINDINGS

Competition for scarce resources

The supply and demand of natural resources present risks in the form of potential disruption to supply chains, falling brand loyalty and increased competition for finite resources, leading to commodity price hikes. On the other hand, sustainable business models can reduce costs, preserve and protect the planet’s endangered resources, and build on a brand’s reputation.

Monitoring commodity prices

The fluctuation in commodity prices has important business implications as it can impact profit margins. Natural resources commodity price forecasts help to make budget allowances.

Consumer demand for sustainability

Consumers are increasingly leaning towards green brands, in line with the New Consumerism,    which sees consumers reassessing their priorities, with conscious consumption increasingly replacing conspicuous consumption.

Due diligence and marketing strategy

Before expanding in an existing market or entering a new one, it is necessary to know the availability of resources to avoid additional costs arising from resource constraints.

Understand change

This Strategy Briefing identifies eight key natural resources themes that are expected to stay relevant in the long-term, and are important for understanding operational and environmental risks. These include water risks, climate change, and commodity price volatility.

Case studies

Many companies have already adjusted their models to become more sustainable, and the case studies provide examples of how they have done so. Businesses that are prepared for these shifts will be best-placed for long-term success.

Introduction

Scope
Key findings
Natural resources: global facts
Natural resources: 8 key themes
Why natural resources are important for consumer goods companies

Natural Resources Answer Critical Business Questions

Passport natural resources answers questions on market potential
How can we size opportunities based on environmental indicators?
Passport natural resources answers supply chain questions
What are the potential risks in the supply chain?
Passport natural resources answers CSR questions
What kind of CSR programmes should our company adopt?

Adapting to Natural Resources Change: Case Studies

Natural resources: 8 key themes
Global water risks case study: innovation in laundry detergents
The circular economy case study: initiatives for home and garden
Green energy boom case study: investing in renewable energy
Resource security case study: global warming raises cocoa prices
Commodity price volatility case study: energy price
Climate change case study: the electric car revolution
Pollution case study: innovation in anti-pollution products
Waste case study: textile waste in the UK

Conclusion

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