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ESG Insider is a podcast from S&P Global that takes you inside the environmental, social & governance issues shaping the business world today. In each episode, co-hosts Lindsey Hall and Esther Whieldon interview ESG experts, leveraging S&P Global data to shine a light on the sustainability opportunities and risks that business leaders and investors need to know about. Lindsey Hall is head of ESG Thought Leadership at S&P Global Sutainable1 and Esther Whieldon is a Senior Writer on the team.

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ESG Insider is a podcast from S&P Global that takes you inside the environmental, social & governance issues shaping the business world today. In each episode, co-hosts Lindsey Hall and Esther Whieldon interview ESG experts, leveraging S&P Global data to shine a light on the sustainability opportunities and risks that business leaders and investors need to know about. Lindsey Hall is head of ESG Thought Leadership at S&P Global Sutainable1 and Esther Whieldon is a Senior Writer on the team.

    How discussions of stakeholder capitalism have evolved at Davos

    How discussions of stakeholder capitalism have evolved at Davos

    The annual Davos summit just ended, and one of the topics of discussion at this World Economic Forum event was stakeholder capitalism.
    In simple terms, stakeholder capitalism is the idea that companies are responsible to a wide range of stakeholders, including their customers, employees, suppliers and communities, as well as their shareholders. A few years ago, this was a big topic at Davos as the World Economic Forum helped develop a set of “Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics” to offer companies universal, comparable disclosures focused on people, planet, prosperity and governance. 
    In this episode of the ESG Insider podcast, we look at how discussions of stakeholder capitalism are evolving.  
    "It's not going away — if anything, our community of companies committed to this is growing," says Emily Bayley, the World Economic Forum's project lead for ESG. "We're starting to see companies not just talking and making commitments, but actually putting steps forward into action." 
    In the episode we also speak to Suz Mac Cormac, a partner at law firm Morrison Foerster, where she co-chairs the ESG, Social Enterprise + Impact Investing and Energy practices. “Stakeholder capitalism is here to stay,” Suz tells us.  
    We'd love to hear from you. To give us feedback on this episode or share ideas for future episodes, please contact hosts Lindsey Hall (lindsey.hall@spglobal.com) and Esther Whieldon (esther.whieldon@spglobal.com).  
    Copyright ©2023 by S&P Global  
    DISCLAIMER   
    By accessing this Podcast, I acknowledge that S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in this Podcast. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice. Unless specifically stated otherwise, S&P GLOBAL does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service, or organization presented or mentioned in this Podcast, and information from this Podcast should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. The third party materials or content of any third party site referenced in this Podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of S&P GLOBAL. S&P GLOBAL assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the content contained in third party materials or on third party sites referenced in this Podcast or the compliance with applicable laws of such materials and/or links referenced herein. Moreover, S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty that this Podcast, or the server that makes it available, is free of viruses, worms, or other elements or codes that manifest contaminating or destructive properties.  
    S&P GLOBAL EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

    • 23 min
    How the price tag on US climate-related disasters hit $165 billion in 2022

    How the price tag on US climate-related disasters hit $165 billion in 2022

    In 2022, the world experienced major climate-related disasters ranging from flooding and hurricanes to drought and extreme heatwaves. Moreover, 2022 was the sixth-warmest year on record, according to scientists at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. 
    NOAA just issued its annual report on climate trends in the U.S. for 2022, which includes a review of the major climate-driven weather events that each cost at least $1 billion. NOAA reported 18 separate billion-dollar weather events that collectively cost more than $165 billion — the third-highest tally since 1980 — and resulted in hundreds of deaths.  
    To learn more about NOAA's findings and the high price of climate-related disasters, in this episode of the ESG Insider podcast we talk with scientists from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI. They are Karin Gleason, NCEI's chief of climate monitoring, and Adam Smith, an applied climatologist at NCEI. 
    "Much of the world operates on a 20th-century infrastructure and economy, but now we're living in a 21st-century climate. And so the inefficiencies of those two realities are becoming more clear as we move into the future," Adam tells us. 
    "We have our work cut out for us to better mitigate against future damages that we know will continue," he says. 
    We'd love to hear from you. To give us feedback on this episode or share ideas for future episodes, please contact hosts Lindsey Hall (lindsey.hall@spglobal.com) and Esther Whieldon (esther.whieldon@spglobal.com).   
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    Copyright ©2023 by S&P Global   
    DISCLAIMER    
    By accessing this Podcast, I acknowledge that S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in this Podcast. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice. Unless specifically stated otherwise, S&P GLOBAL does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service, or organization presented or mentioned in this Podcast, and information from this Podcast should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. The third party materials or content of any third party site referenced in this Podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of S&P GLOBAL. S&P GLOBAL assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the content contained in third party materials or on third party sites referenced in this Podcast or the compliance with applicable laws of such materials and/or links referenced herein. Moreover, S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty that this Podcast, or the server that makes it available, is free of viruses, worms, or other elements or codes that manifest contaminating or destructive properties.
    S&P GLOBAL EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

    • 21 min
    How asset managers are moving to end commodity-driven deforestation

    How asset managers are moving to end commodity-driven deforestation

    In late December 2022, nearly 200 countries at the U.N. biodiversity conference known as COP15 reached a landmark agreement for protecting and restoring nature by 2030. Deforestation was a big topic of conversation at COP15 given the importance of forests for both biodiversity and climate change.  
    In this episode of ESG Insider, we look at how some asset managers are addressing one of the largest drivers of forest loss, commodity-driven deforestation, which includes the clearing of forests for farming and mining.  
    We speak with Jan Erik Saugestad, who is the CEO of Storebrand Asset Management, Norway's largest private asset manager. And we talk with Lauren Compere, Managing Director and Head of Stewardship and Engagement at Boston Common Asset Management.  
    To learn more about COP15, listen to our episode here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/on-the-ground-at-cop15-how-business-is-getting-to-grips-with-biodiversity  
    Read S&P Global Sustainable1's research, "Biodiversity is still a blind spot for most companies around the world," here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/insights/biodiversity-is-still-a-blind-spot-for-most-companies-around-the-world 
    We'd love to hear from you. To give us feedback on this episode or share ideas for future episodes, please contact hosts Lindsey Hall (lindsey.hall@spglobal.com) and Esther Whieldon (esther.whieldon@spglobal.com).  
     Photo source: Getty Images  
     Copyright ©2023 by S&P Global  
     DISCLAIMER   
     By accessing this Podcast, I acknowledge that S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in this Podcast. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice. Unless specifically stated otherwise, S&P GLOBAL does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service, or organization presented or mentioned in this Podcast, and information from this Podcast should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. The third party materials or content of any third party site referenced in this Podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of S&P GLOBAL. S&P GLOBAL assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the content contained in third party materials or on third party sites referenced in this Podcast or the compliance with applicable laws of such materials and/or links referenced herein. Moreover, S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty that this Podcast, or the server that makes it available, is free of viruses, worms, or other elements or codes that manifest contaminating or destructive properties.  
    S&P GLOBAL EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

    • 27 min
    Setting the stage for sustainability in 2023

    Setting the stage for sustainability in 2023

    In this episode of ESG Insider, we’re looking ahead to sustainability themes that will drive 2023 by revisiting our most popular episodes and some of our favorite interviews from the past year.   
    We’ll hear from one of the world’s largest banks; the Chair of the Network for Greening the Financial System, or NGFS; the Co-Chair of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, or TNFD; some of the scientists behind reports by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPPC; and more. To listen to full versions of the interviews highlighted in this episode, see the following links: 
    Listen to our April 2022 episode with Karen Fang, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at Bank of America, here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/why-bank-of-america-says-scope-3-emissions-biggest-challenge-for-banks  
    Hear our March 2022 episode with Victoria Gaytan, Vice President at BlackRock Investment Stewardship, here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/behind-the-scenes-with-blackrock-how-the-world-s-largest-asset-manager-is-engaging-with-companies  
    Listen to our February 2022 episode featuring Katie Schmitz Eulitt, in her role as Director of Investor Relationships at the Value Reporting Foundation, which subsequently consolidated with the IFRS, here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/how-to-keep-pace-with-the-fast-changing-landscape-for-esg-regulation-standards  
    Check out our April 2022 episode featuring IPCC report contributing author John Bistline: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/path-to-net-zero-for-energy-systems-complicated-but-feasible-ipcc-finds  
    You can hear our March 2022 episode featuring Dr. Edward Carr, who was a lead author of the IPCC report on climate resilient development pathways, here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/ipcc-climate-report-warns-transformational-change-is-no-longer-optional  
    Listen to our December 2022 episode featuring Investor Leadership Network CEO Amy Hepburn at our first-ever ESG Insider Live event here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/live-the-year-the-human-component-of-nature-and-climate-comes-to-the-fore  
    Listen to our full August 2022 episode featuring NGFS Chair Ravi Menon here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/how-central-banks-help-combat-climate-change-an-interview-with-ngfs-chair-ravi-menon  
    You can hear our December 2022 episode featuring COP15 Executive Secretary and TNFD Co-Chair Elizabeth Mrema here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/cop15-preview-what-will-make-un-s-big-biodiversity-conference-a-success  
    Hear the full November 2022 episode featuring Capitals Coalition CEO Mark Gough here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/at-cop27-how-to-make-progress-in-the-face-of-uncertainty  
    We'd love to hear from you. To give us feedback on this episode or share ideas for future episodes, please contact hosts Lindsey Hall (lindsey.hall@spglobal.com) and Esther Whieldon (esther.whieldon@spglobal.com).  
    Photo source: Getty Images  
    Copyright ©2023 by S&P Global  
    DISCLAIMER   
    By accessing this Podcast, I acknowledge that S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in this Podcast. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice. Unless specifically stated otherwise, S&P GLOBAL does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service, or organization presented or mentioned in this Podcast, and information from this Podcast should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. The third party materials or content of any third party site referenced in this Podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of S&P GLOBAL. S&P

    • 20 min
    On the ground at COP15: How business is getting to grips with biodiversity

    On the ground at COP15: How business is getting to grips with biodiversity

    The U.N. biodiversity conference known as COP15 ended earlier this week with a landmark agreement for nature, the Global Biodiversity Framework.   
    In this episode of ESG Insider, we unpack the big takeaways from the conference through several on-the-ground interviews in Montreal. We speak to Laurence Pessez, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at the big French bank BNP Paribas. We sit down with Simon Zadek, Executive Director of NatureFinance, a nonprofit focused on advancing the place of nature in decision-making across financial and capital markets. We talk to Linda Krueger, Director of Biodiversity and Infrastructure Policy at The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit. And we hear from Tim Christophersen, Vice President for Climate Action at global technology company Salesforce.  
    The business community has arrived at "the social tipping point of understanding that we cannot continue to just extract natural capital from Planet Earth without giving back," Tim tells us. And that realization is occurring "not only in the sustainability teams of companies, but in boardrooms with CEOs, with chief finance officers," Tim says. "We've never seen so much business interest in this topic."
    We'd love to hear from you. To give us feedback on this episode or share ideas for future episodes, please contact hosts Lindsey Hall (lindsey.hall@spglobal.com) and Esther Whieldon (esther.whieldon@spglobal.com). 
    Copyright © 2022 by S&P Global 
    DISCLAIMER 
    By accessing this Podcast, I acknowledge that S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in this Podcast. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice. Unless specifically stated otherwise, S&P GLOBAL does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service, or organization presented or mentioned in this Podcast, and information from this Podcast should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. The third party materials or content of any third party site referenced in this Podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of S&P GLOBAL. S&P GLOBAL assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the content contained in third party materials or on third party sites referenced in this Podcast or the compliance with applicable laws of such materials and/or links referenced herein. Moreover, S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty that this Podcast, or the server that makes it available, is free of viruses, worms, or other elements or codes that manifest contaminating or destructive properties. 
    S&P GLOBAL EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST. 

    • 31 min
    What recycling minerals could mean for biodiversity, energy transition goals

    What recycling minerals could mean for biodiversity, energy transition goals

    Mining exploration around the world is picking up as companies seek new deposits of elements like lithium and copper to support the energy transition. Research by S&P Global Sustainable1 finds there is overlap between existing mines and exploration sites and some of the world’s most important areas for biodiversity.  
    In this episode of the ESG Insider podcast, we explore what the mining industry is doing to reduce its impact on nature and local communities — including by recycling minerals. 
    To understand the industry perspective on this topic, we talk with Rohitesh Dhawan, President and CEO of the International Council on Mining and Metals. ICMM is an industry group that aims to enhance the contribution of mining and metals to sustainable development. It works with 26 of the largest mining companies in the world that collectively represent about a third of the global metals and mining industry.   
    To understand what kind of investments are being made in recycling critical minerals, we speak to Brian Menell, Chairman and CEO of private mining investment and operating company TechMet. Brian founded TechMet in 2017 to invest in metals needed for clean energy technologies as well as battery recycling.  
    And to learn more about the circular economy, we talk with Raquel Dominguez, who is the Circular Economy Policy Advocate at Earthworks. That's an environmental group that aims to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while also promoting sustainable solutions such as critical minerals recycling.   
    Read S&P Global Sustainable1's report titled "Rocks and hard places: The complicated nexus of energy transition minerals and biodiversity" here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/insights/featured/special-editorial/rocks-and-hard-places-the-complicated-nexus-of-energy-transition-minerals-and-biodiversity    
    Listen to our preview of what to expect at COP15, the big UN biodiversity conference taking place in Montreal, Canada, in December, here: https://www.spglobal.com/esg/podcasts/cop15-preview-what-will-make-un-s-big-biodiversity-conference-a-success 
    We'd love to hear from you. To give us feedback on this episode or share ideas for future episodes, please contact hosts Lindsey Hall (lindsey.hall@spglobal.com) and Esther Whieldon (esther.whieldon@spglobal.com).  
     Photo source: Getty Images  
     Copyright © 2022 by S&P Global  
     DISCLAIMER   
     By accessing this Podcast, I acknowledge that S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in this Podcast. The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice. Unless specifically stated otherwise, S&P GLOBAL does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service, or organization presented or mentioned in this Podcast, and information from this Podcast should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. The third party materials or content of any third party site referenced in this Podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of S&P GLOBAL. S&P GLOBAL assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the content contained in third party materials or on third party sites referenced in this Podcast or the compliance with applicable laws of such materials and/or links referenced herein. Moreover, S&P GLOBAL makes no warranty that this Podcast, or the server that makes it available, is free of viruses, worms, or other elements or codes that manifest contaminating or destructive properties.  
    S&P GLOBAL EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSE

    • 42 min

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