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A podcast about the business of sustainability. John Treadgold interviews business leaders in sustainability, impact investing and social enterprise who are re-defining economics and building companies as a force for good.

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A podcast about the business of sustainability. John Treadgold interviews business leaders in sustainability, impact investing and social enterprise who are re-defining economics and building companies as a force for good.

    Jacqueline Novogratz: Patient capital, impact businesses and finding your purpose

    Jacqueline Novogratz: Patient capital, impact businesses and finding your purpose

    Jacqueline Novogratz is leading a moral revolution. She left a successful career in banking in New York when she was 25 to head to Rwanda with hopes of launching a microfinance fund. It didn’t go quite as planned, but she persevered.

    Along the way she worked for the World Bank and for Unicef, she founded leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation, and then in 2001 she founded Acumen. A not for profit that invests patient capital in businesses that provide critical goods and services to people living in poverty.

    Acumen has invested $128 million of patient capital to build more than 130 social enterprises across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States. These companies have leveraged an additional $611 million of invested funds, and brought basic services like affordable education, health care, clean water, energy and sanitation to more than 308 million people. Now that’s impact.

    Jacqueline really is a force of nature, she has a heart of gold, but she also has a steely focus on how to get a deal across the line. And I feel I’ve found a kindred spirit in Jacqueline, we’re both translators, straddling the worlds of finance and social development, trying our best to tell the stories of hope in a world that’s looking more chaotic by the day.

    I really hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. There’s so many really valuable insights here, especially towards the end when Jacqueline offers advice on how we can all shift our careers to have more purpose.

    All the show notes are at www.johntreadgold.com
    Enjoy!

    • 54 min
    William Wu: An investor and a teacher of positive impact

    William Wu: An investor and a teacher of positive impact

    On the show today I have William Wu, he’s portfolio manager at Melior Investment Management, he teaches courses in sustainable investing at UNSW and he advises on boards of purpose-led businesses.

    Will and I have had some great conversations in the past, and it was a pleasure to take it further today. We discussed how you can have an impact when investing in public markets, how ESG is evolving and the changing ways investors can influence the companies that are playing a growing part in our society.

    Now Melior is only young and they’ve just completed their first impact report, so it was useful to understand how they’re starting out, where they hope to get to, and down the track we can check-in and get an update on progress.

    So let’s dive in.

    For all the show-notes and links you can go to my website at www.johntreadgold.com

    And, if you’d like to help spread the word about the show, please leave a review on itunes, it would be much appreciated.

    And someone else who’s helping spread the message is RIAA, that’s the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia. They have over 300 members managing more than $9 trillion in assets globally. They do great work and they’ve come on board to help support a series of upcoming episodes featuring the leading names in responsible investing.

    Head to www.ResponsibleInvestment.org to find out all about it.

    Enjoy

    • 32 min
    Michael O’Leary: Empowering investors to keep companies Accountable

    Michael O’Leary: Empowering investors to keep companies Accountable

    Michael O’Leary was part of the team that founded BainCapital’s DoubleImpact fund, he’s been flying the flag for the evolution of finance for many years, and he’s published a book it’s called Accountable: The rise of Citizen Capitalism.

    Michael’s book manages the difficult task of talking about the new world of capitalism without being preachy. He brings together the nature and stories of the world’s biggest companies, and ties them to the many ways both investors and consumers are becoming increasingly empowered to influence and drive change at these companies.

    You can find a link to his book in the show notes, at www.Johntreadgold.com and that’s where you’ll also find the whole back catalogue of previous episodes if you want to hear from more impact leaders.

    Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Sir Ronald Cohen: A new economic system through Impact-Weighted Accounts

    Sir Ronald Cohen: A new economic system through Impact-Weighted Accounts

    My guest this week is Sir Ronald Cohen. Ronnie has been a venture capitalist, private equity investor, and leader of the global impact investing revolution. He was co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners, And today, he’s the Chairman of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing (GSG) which followed the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force.

    He’s Chairman and co-Founder of The Portland Trust, co-founder of Social Finance UK, US, and Israel, and co-founder of Bridges Fund Management. Plus, he’s written a book, it’s called Impact: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change.

    I’ve looked forward to this conversation for a long time. And right now, is a perfect moment to speak with Ronnie, partly because he’s published a book all about impact, but also, because of the revolutionary work he’s done in the contributing to the concept of Impact Weighted Accounts. It takes transparency to a new level and it has the potential to change the very foundations of accounting that we’ve depended on for decades.

    But we didn’t just talk about impact measurement, I wanted to know about the pivotal moments of Ronnie’s life when he left Egypt as a boy, to travel to England, and how that shaped his mindset. As well as his time at Oxford, Harvard, and the many stages of his career in finance.
    I got so much out of this one, and I hope you do too.

    Now for all the show-notes and links, jump onto my website at www.Johntreadgold.com

    And, you can leave us a review on iTunes, because that helps to spread the message of the show.

    And someone else who’s helping spread the message is RIAA, that’s the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia. They have over 300 members managing more than $9 trillion in assets globally, they’re the largest network of people and organisations engaged in responsible, ethical and impact investing across Australia and New Zealand. They do great work and they’ve come on board to help support a series of upcoming episodes featuring the leading names in responsible investing.

    Head to www.ResponsibleInvestment.org to find out more.

    Enjoy the show

    • 50 min
    Rachel Etherington: driving wealth towards sustainability for people and the planet

    Rachel Etherington: driving wealth towards sustainability for people and the planet

    Rachel Etherington is a committed advocate for sustainable investing, she understands impact, ESG and the SDGs, but she’s also enthusiastic. Rachel is a specialist financial advisor at Crestone, she helps her clients manage their wealth inline with their values, but that’s only half the story. She’s on the board of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, and she’s on the board of Future Super.

    Every time I speak with Rachel I come away a little bit wiser about the world of sustainability and finance, but more than that, I come away with a renewed sense of optimism. And today’s chat was no different. I really hope you enjoy it.

    For all the show-notes and links, jump onto my website at www.Johntreadgold.com

    And, you can leave us a review on iTunes, because that helps to spread the message of the show.

    And someone else who’s helping spread the message is RIAA, that’s the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia. They have over 300 members managing more than $9 trillion in assets globally, they’re the largest network of people and organisations engaged in responsible, ethical and impact investing across Australia and New Zealand. They do great work and they’ve come on board to help support a series of upcoming episodes featuring the leading names in responsible investing.

    Head to www.ResponsibleInvestment.org to find out all about it.

    Enjoy the show!

    • 42 min
    Michael Traill: Update on Social Impact Taskforce, and planning Capitalism 2.0

    Michael Traill: Update on Social Impact Taskforce, and planning Capitalism 2.0

    Michael Traill is one of the founding-heroes of impact investing in Australia. He led a pioneering finance deal in 2009 which bought out the assets of the struggling child-care company ABC Learning. He revived the business as Goodstart Early learning, which remains Australia’s biggest child-care centre group. And a foundational story of impact investing in Australia.

    Since then the sector has grown, and last year the Federal government setup a taskforce to make recommendations about what they can do to help nurture impact investing. And in their wisdom, they made Michael the chair.

    The taskforce published an interim report at the end of 2019 and final recommendations were due to be released in the middle 0f 2020. But covid-19 put a spanner in the works, and the report’s been delayed.
    So, with lots of my listeners eager to hear about progress, I thought now would be a great time to invite Michael onto the show.

    As usual all the show notes are on my website at www.Johntreadgold.com

    Enjoy

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

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Educational for this newbie!

I’m just learning about investments and this podcast has been really good for me. The depth of conversations, questions, relevance and different guests is really good. Thanks for all your work! Highly recommended.

Adam Miller2 ,

Fantastic podcast with great guests

John is really at the forefront of the sustainable investing and impact investing movement. He is someone that genuinally cares about how business can be used for good and he's trying to influence the movement with his own personal podcast vehicle.

The guests he gets on are phenomnal and unparalled.

Swiftwilly1986 ,

Informative. Interesting. Imaginative.

Always at the top of my list. Great guests whom I always learn something from. Always interesting, new and at the forefront of all things sustainable/ESG.

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