A podcast about the business of sustainability. John Treadgold interviews business leaders in sustainability, ESG and impact investing who are re-defining economics and building companies as a force for good.
Ben Krasnostein & Jodi York: Impact benchmarks & investing in climate-solutions at Kilara Capital
We’re moving from theory to practice with Ben Krasnostein and Dr Jodi York from Kilara Capital.
They’re an impact investing powerhouse and today, we’re digging into the models and frameworks they employ, but more importantly, how their impact approach can help to both drive-down greenhouse gas emissions, while also boosting financial returns.
Ben is founder and managing director of the investment management firm, Kilara Capital. He was born and bred in Melbourne, and after a stint in legal practice he found himself drawn towards business, investing and doing deals. He opened the doors to Kilara in 2017.
And Dr Jodi York is Chief Impact Officer, she joined the team in 2020. She’s originally from San Francisco and she found herself in Melbourne via a stint in New Zealand.
These two are the ideal guests for this, the third episode in my podcast series exploring the current inflection point that’s seeing impact measurement and management frameworks harmonise and consolidate and for investors that means it’s now easier than ever to use impact principles when allocating capital.
Kilara has recently published its inaugural impact report, and we’ll dig into the very progressive models they used to compare their impact performance to a global baseline. As well as the impact hurdle that commits the firm to reduce C02e emissions by 15%, with a hit to the firm’s carry if they don’t achieve it.
This was a really great conversation, packed full of practical insights about leading impact practice in Australia.
And to go even deeper on the topic: this episode will be part of my IMM Special Report that’s coming soon, so sign up to my mailing list at www.Johntreadgold.com, so you don’t miss it.
A quick disclaimer, nothing in this podcast is financial advice. Please do seek your own professional advice before making investment decisions.
Sarah Gelfand: Measuring impact investment performance with BlueMark
In today’s episode we’ve got Sarah Gelfand on the show, she’s Managing Director of BlueMark, an impact verification business that was spun-out of consulting firm Tideline.
She works with the world’s leading impact investors, to verify their impact results across both their management practices and their impact performance. And most recently she authored a report called ‘Raising the Bar’, which attempts to improve the quality of impact reports, which is vital, as there’s more being published than ever.
Sarah has her finger on the pulse of leading practice in impact measurement and management. Her clients are some of the world’s leading impact players, and as a consultant she gets to ‘look under the hood’ of all sorts of investors that are all at different stages of their impact journey.
She offers lots of great insights in this conversation, helping us understand how various impact frameworks fit together, the importance of being guided by a central strategy, as well as her hopes for the emergence of more reliable impact data to help us move beyond rhetoric and to drive better impact performance.
This was the second episode in my series of discussions exploring the current state of Impact Measurement and Management, and how the harmonisation of leading frameworks represents a powerful inflection point.
I’ll pull all of the key insights together into a special report that will be released in due time.
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Dean Hand: Impact Investing at an Inflection Point, The evolution of the GIIN
We talk a lot about impact investing on this show, and while we tend to focus on the deals and the companies, we often gloss over the more challenging process of impact measurement and management.
Right now is an important time to explore these issues, because the structures of impact investing are at an inflection point. The market has realised the importance of using consistent systems, and the frameworks are starting to consolidate, they’re harmonising.
Today we have Dean Hand on the show to help us explore impact measurement and management, she’s Chief Research Officer at the GIIN (the Global Impact Investment Network), and she’s had long experience with impact reporting, both at the GIIN, which is a pivotal player in developing these impact measurement and management systems.
In this episode Dean explains both the origins and the utility of the leading frameworks that the GIIN manages. But we also explore the broader alphabet soup of frameworks, standards and principles that are out there.
And, on this important topic, I want to take the research further. So I’m going to take the insights from this episode with Dean, and from the next few episodes with other leading practitioners, and pull it all together into a special report.
It’ll have input from global leaders in the space, with case-studies highlighting leading practice in the market.
It should be out soon, but if you don’t want to miss it sign up for my newsletter, and you’ll get it in your inbox as soon as it’s released.
You can sign-up on my website at www.johntreadgold.com and of course that’s where you’ll find all the show notes from the podcast, and all my other various writings and work.
Rosemary Addis: A new government, a new business, and why criticism of ESG is healthy
If there’s one person you want to speak to, to get the lowdown on everything impact investing in Australia as well as round the world, it’s Rosemary Addis.
She’s been a guest on the show before, and it’s great to have her back to talk about everything from Australia’s new government, the growing pains facing ESG investing, how impact will integrate with the global disclosure rules, as well as her new venture, Mondiale Impact.
Rosemary has been pivotal to the development of sustainable finance, she co-founded Impact Investing Australia, she’s our representative on the G8’s Social Impact Taskforce, and she has her ear to the ground on the trends and innovations in this rapidly developing world of impact finance.
For all the show notes jump on to my website at www.johntreadgold.com
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Cory Ames interviews John Treadgold: building a social enterprise and the impact of podcasting
This episode is a little different, because Cory Ames interviews me.
Cory hails from San Antonio in Texas, he hosts the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation podcast, and when he invited me back onto his show, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share it with you all. To offer a different perspective on my work, my ideas, and how the Good Future podcast has evolved.
You’ll hear a lot more of my voice in this episode than usual, but I did try to turn the questions back to Cory, to dig into the social enterprise sector in the US and understand the opportunities and challenges he’s seeing to drive positive change, through business and innovation.
Now this is a different format for me, so please do let me know what you think. I’m always open to feedback, so feel free to send me an email, all the details are on my website at www.johntreadgold.com.
I’m really eager to hear from you all, you can also reach out to me on my personal LinkedIn page, as well as the Good Future Instagram account.
Reece Proudfoot: The WWF approach to impact investment and regeneration
This week, I’m speaking to Reece Proudfoot, he’s Head of Innovation & Impact Investment at WWF Australia.
That’s right, the charity with the Panda as it’s logo, that’s worked hard for decades on conservation and saving animal habitats. They’re going beyond their projects in the field and they’re also investing in systems change by supporting high-impact enterprises.
And that’s what we’re all about here on the Good Future podcast, I’m your host John Treadgold, and I’m asking the big questions about the business of sustainability, the new economy, and how your spending and investment decisions can have an impact.
Reece found his way to WWF as a campaigner, but he knew all too well the challenge of raising awareness as the world has grown noisier, as well as raising money when people have so many worthy causes in front of them.
Like all good startup founders, he made a pivot, and helped launch Panda Labs, WWF’s impact accelerator program. Since them they’ve seeded and grown enterprises like OpenSC, a supply chain platform that tracks food sources on the blockchain.
And more recently, the business ImpactIO, which brings people together around a central challenge, and then links project leaders, with both supporters and investors.
Their most recent Challenge is called Innovate to Regenerate and it’s a partnership with Damon Gameau who has released a new short film, all about bringing people together to Regenerate Australia.
Now I’m sure you’d hear Reece talk about it, so let’s get into it.
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Alright here’s my conversation, with Reece Proudfoot, here we go!
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