These talks focus on sustainability and social responsibility. The 20 - 30 minute interviews introduce a range of topics from sustainable aviation fuel to calculating your carbon, choosing the right charity to understanding ESG, diversity & inclusion and building a CSR strategy.
What is Activism and does it work - Sustain Talks Michelle Furtado
In this weeks Sustain Talks Sam is joined by Michelle Furtado, Director of FuturEcoLogic and a climate activist. With so much media attention focused on climate activism, it seemed important to talk to an activist to fully understand the work that they do. Activists do of course talk to MPs and write letters but these are mostly ignored, to get headlines and keep the issues alive more direct action is often taken, we have all seen in the last few weeks activists gluing themselves to floors, splashing soup over paintings, and spraying jewellery shops with paint in an attempt to raise awareness of "Just Stop Oil". The media seem to focus on reacting to the shocking incidents and dismissing the activists rather than understanding some of the good work that is done by them - such as setting up climate emergency centres that help people get grants and educate them through workshops. Michelle reminds us that if we continue as business as normal the picture is bad, fires, floods, mass migration, loss of cities, loss of key farmland...but that Mad Max future isn't inevitable if action is taken. In fact, taking action on climate will produce jobs and make communities healthier in the long run... 00:50 - Who is Michelle Furtado? 02:00 - What activities do activists do behind the scenes that we don't see? 04:00 - Is letter writing better than the direct action activism we are seeing Just Stop Oil doing now? 07:30 - What would Michelle say to people who support what climate activists stand for but don't support activists direct action? 09:30 - Just Stop Oil researched whether the soup would damage the Van Gogh. 12:00 - The media tends to focus on and highlight the activities as being irresponsible, thus the beneficial work that activists accomplish isn't as extensively reported on. 14:40 - There is a lot of good work and innovation going on around climate change. 16:30 - Is the direct action activism that is happening currently working? 19:00 - We need to reduce emissions drastically. What will the world look like if we don't? 23:15 - Are we doing enough? What more should do we need to do? and who should be doing it?
Sustain Talks with Ed Gemmell, Leader of The Climate Party
There has been a great deal of uncertainty in British politics recently, and a victim of this has been environmental commitments with fracking, for example being in favour and then out again within days. As three-quarters of British voters are concerned about the effects of climate change we must ask ourselves if the recent poor polling results are at least in some part related to the lack of clarity on the Conservatives climate position. In this week’s Sustain Talks Sam talks to Ed Gemmell the leader of the climate party who wants to "get climate done". They talk about what the Climate Party stands for, and Ed’s views on what can be done both from a business and political standpoint to make a real difference. Also discussed is the significance of 2030 and why this date or preferably one beforehand should be what we are aiming for when setting net zero targets! Sam and Ed also debate COP26 and also COP27, which begins this weekend. Should King Charles, Prince William, and Rishi Sunak attend? 00:20 - Who is Ed Gemmell? 01:50 - A journey from army officer and lawyer to climate. 05:30 - How bad is the climate crisis? 10:25 - What should businesses do now? 13:50 - Change has to happen now. 16:30 - What have we achieved since COP26? 19:20 - Is Rishi Sunak going to deliver on environmental commitments? 22:00 - Is there any reason the Royals shouldn't attend COP27? 23:44 - What is Ed's views on trees in the UK? 26:20 - What are Ed's views on climate activism? 28:24 - What is next for the Climate Party.
Why Social Value Matters - Sustain Talks with Mark Shearer CEO of ActionFunder
At a time where the cost of living is soaring and Charities are struggling to survive I think it's imperative that we look closer to
support those in the communities around us. For this weeks Sustain Talks we invited Mark Shearer co-founder and CEO of ActionFunder to tell us more about how they match corporates who are wanting to deliver on their brand purpose with grass roots projects!
You may remember ActionFunder partnered with us a few weeks ago, for our webinar “The S in ESG - Why Social Value Matters”.
Often the smaller local charities get left behind. ActionFunder has enabled over £1 million of matchmaking corporate funds with over 330 grass roots projects. Mark tells us a bit about why he started ActionFunder, why now is a great time for companies to get involved with charities, the benefits seen and what the best way to do that is. We also discuss community washing and how to avoid falling foul of this!
Sustainability Is About Creating A Better Future - Louise Stevens - Stevens.Earth
Louise joined Innocent Drinks when it was a start-up and stayed for 19 years, during which time the company grew to become multi-national. She was instrumental in successfully and sustainably growing the brand. She now shares her knowledge with other consumer brands, assisting them on their own journeys. To Louise sustainability is about creating a better future - making things better than they are today. We will not be able to effect positive change unless we all work together toward the same goal. It is obvious that every business must develop a carbon reduction strategy from now to 2030, breaking it down into manageable chunks. Begin by asking, "If it feels like the right thing to do, how do we do it?" Sustainability can be the golden ticket to saving your company money. Anyone can begin their own companies journey; consider what you want to be proud of. Vision – Plan – Crack-on But, in the end, reducing is by far the best option.
00:30 – How did Louise’s career start? 03:00 – Innocent Drink and sustainability 05:30 – The B-Corp process 07:00 – Louise’s thoughts on Greenwashing 10:17 – What does sustainability mean to Louise 12:12 – Can everyone make a difference? 13:00 – What should a business focus on? 15:20 – Talking about sustainable packaging. 18:54 – Circular economy 21:32 – The deposit return scheme 22:58 – Louise’s views on offsetting 27:24 - Is the vision for net zero too far away? 28:57 – Who are the stand-out companies?
Businesses MUST be the ones to make Sustainability Happen. - Jessie Frahm
Today I’m joined by Jessie Frahm. Jessie is a sustainability fanatic and founder of Planet One Point Five. Jessie's background in change management and marketing provides her with a unique perspective on business sustainability. Jessie, for example, sees this connection clearly:- Sustainability - Lean Process - Cost Savings. Sustainability is clearly the answer at a time when businesses large and small, with very different structures and inherent challenges, are all struggling to save money. Businesses must be the ones to make sustainability happen. Sustainability must be driven from the top down, and missions and goals must be in sync. The insights that Jessie shares in this Sustain Talks are pragmatic and useful – If you are a business, large or small this is a must-see.
00:34 – Introduction – Who is Jessie Frahm?
01:48 – What does sustainability mean to Jessie?
03:26 – What is the biggest challenge to businesses?
05:25 – How do you transform a business?
07:23 – What’s the first thing a business needs to do?
08:30 - Is it difficult? Can any business, do it?
09:40 – What are Jessie’s views on Net-Zero goals?
12:30 – If you want your business to thrive you need to take sustainability seriously.
14:19 – How do you communicate and get it right?
16:28 – Can we solve the climate crisis?
18:08 – One piece of advice for a business thinking about becoming more sustainability.
Discussing sustainable business, her book, and how to start making a difference - Katherine Ann Byam
Today I'm joined by Katherine Ann Byam MBA, best-selling author, activist, coach, consultant, and fellow podcast founder of “Where Ideas Launch”. Over the last couple of years, there has been a shift in what people want from their lives. More and more people are wanting jobs with meaning. Many people are starting to work for themselves not only giving them work/life flexibility but also ensuring that what they do matches their own moral compass. But it requires courage to take that risk; it's not always easy! Katherine gives us some great tips on how to make that first jump… stay focused, start making changes within your current role, find your voice and start helping organisations local to you! If you are looking for ideas on what to do, we talk about the trends in sustainable businesses such as amazing fashion items being created from recycling – such as hats from old umbrellas! And the growth of service-based sustainable businesses – that are helping other businesses become more sustainable. To continue learning from Katherine take a look at her Facebook group, “Women in Sustainable Business” which is a safe and supportive community for women working with a passion for purpose-driven careers –. She has also written a best-selling book – “Do What Matters”. Katherine believes there are so many ways that you can be more sustainable and do things differently. You can find out more about Katherine and get the book below. https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Matters-Transition-sustainability-transition/dp/1739644131/ https://www.katherineannbyam.com Instagram @Katherineannbyam Instagram @whereideaslaunch LinkedIn @katherinebyam