What can we do to build a more sustainable world? Each episode features a thought leader discussing an aspect of sustainability - its origin, evolution and relevance today - with Jason Mitchell, Co-Head of Responsible Investment at Man Group.
Prof. Simon Levin, Princeton University, on Ecological Early Warning Systems
Why is a multi-disciplinary approach key to addressing biodiversity loss? Listen to Jason Mitchell discuss with Professor Simon Levin, Princeton University, about what’s at stake in the effort to preserve biodiversity loss; how his work has expanded into the sociological, political economy and policy space; and why a common language — a grammar for economic reasoning — is vital for bringing together different disciplines to understand nature.
Professor Simon Levin is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and the Director of the Center for BioComplexity in the High Meadows Environmental Institute. His research examines the structure and functioning of ecosystems, the dynamics of disease, and the coupling of ecological and socioeconomic systems. Simon is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a Foreign Member of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, and the Istituto Lombardo. He has over 500 publications and is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity and the Princeton Guide to Ecology. Simon’s awards include: the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Ecological Society of America’s MacArthur and Eminent Ecologist Awards, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the National Medal of Science.
Sara Woodroffe, UK Financial Conduct Authority, on the FCA’s Sustainability Disclosure Requirements Framework
How is the FCA’s SDR framework a powerful example of second mover
advantage? Listen to Jason Mitchell discuss with Sara Woodroffe, Manager of the
FCA’s ESG Policy & Advisory Team, about what the FCA’s new SDR framework
means for investors, how it aims to provide anti-greenwashing protections per
its mandate of consumer protection, and why a sustainable finance investment
labelling regime could well be the antidote to one purely focused on disclosure.
Chris Stark, Climate Change Committee CEO, on Reassessing UK Global Climate Leadership
What is the outlook for UK climate policy in 2024? Listen to Jason
Mitchell discuss with Chris Stark, CEO of the Climate Change Committee, about
how the implications of COP28 could reshape the UK’s global climate leadership;
what the Climate Change Committee is doing to advise the UK government on its
climate action and adaptation strategy; and why it’s vital we find more
powerful ways to drive the net zero transmission into the real economy into the
next carbon budget.
Chris Stark is Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee, and
previously Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government
where he led the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions reduction and
the energy system transition. The Climate Change Committee, which was
established under the UK’s Climate Change Act in 2008, is an independent,
statutory body sponsored by the Department for Energy Security and NetZero that
advises both the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and on
progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of
Dr. Tom Gosling, London Business School, on Whether Investors Can Save the Planet
To what degree can investors control climate outcomes? Listen to Jason Mitchell discuss with Dr. Tom Gosling, London Business School, why investors may need to rethink their net zero commitments; what universal ownership theory represents in the context of climate change; and how engagement at different levels plays a fundamental role in terms of investor influence.
Dr. Tom Gosling is an Executive Fellow in the Department of Finance at the London Business School and an Executive Fellow at the European Corporate Governance Institute where he contributes to the evidence-based practice of responsible business by connecting academic research, public policy, and corporate action. His projects at LBS have included a collaboration with PwC on whether and how executive pay should be linked to ESG targets and a collaboration with The Investor Forum on What does stakeholder capitalism mean for investors? Tom is also on the ESG Advisory Committee at the Financial Conduct Authority and on the Advisory Panel of the Financial Reporting Council.
Andrew Strait, Ada Lovelace Institute, on a Typology of AI Risks
Listen to Jason Mitchell discuss with Andrew Strait, Ada Lovelace Institute, about how to think through the typology of AI harms, what to make of the different national and supranational efforts to regulate AI, and why the development of strong AI governance systems is in everyone’s interest.
Andrew Strait is an Associate Director at the Ada Lovelace Institute where he is responsible for Ada’s work addressing emerging technology and industry practice. He’s spent the last decade working at the intersection of technology, law and society. Prior to joining Ada, he was an Ethics & Policy Researcher at DeepMind, where he managed internal AI ethics initiatives and oversaw the company’s network of external partnerships. Previously, Andrew worked as a Legal Operations Specialist at Google where he developed and implemented platform moderation policies on areas such as data protection, hate speech, terrorist content and child safety.
Dr. Esther Wandel, German Federal Ministry of Finance, on Driving Transition Finance into the Real Economy
How are national policymakers driving transition finance into the real economy? Listen to Jason Mitchell discuss with Dr. Esther Wandel, German Federal Ministry of Finance, how the German Federal Ministry of Finance is evolving its Sustainable Finance Strategy and what ‘harmonisation’ holds for sustainable regulations and standards.
Dr. Esther Wandel is head of division for Investment Funds and Sustainable Finance at the German Federal Ministry of Finance. She focuses on the international, European and national Agenda on sustainable finance and asset management topics. Esther led the financial services team of the Permanent Representation of Germany in Brussels for two years where she led and coordinated work on financial services during the German EU presidency. She worked for the European Commission for seven years as well as Financial Conduct Authority in London for three years.
Jason brings a new and refreshing perspective on creating a sustainable future, though in-depth conversations with leading figures on some of the most challenging issues in this space.
Great podcast with great discussions on thought provoking topics.
A great resource touching on many of the important topics that will drive company performance over the coming decades.
Wide ranging and very informative series.