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Follow the PRI to get an insight into the world of responsible investment, with investor perspectives and discussion on a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. For any queries or suggestions, please contact ben.pincombe@unpri.org

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Follow the PRI to get an insight into the world of responsible investment, with investor perspectives and discussion on a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. For any queries or suggestions, please contact ben.pincombe@unpri.org

    Australia’s fires – perspectives of Australian investors on the ground

    Australia’s fires – perspectives of Australian investors on the ground

    At the time of recording, Australia is experiencing unprecedented bush fires, with huge swathes of the country engulfed by flames.
    As of 20 January, twenty-eight people have died, close to 2,000 homes have been destroyed and a billion animals have been killed. Once again, the physical and economic threats of climate change are being brought to the fore.
    In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds speaks to Australians working in the responsible investment space who have their own experiences of the fire:
    Julian Poulter, Energy Transition Advisers Brynn O'Brien, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility Dan Gocher, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility Andrew Whiley, Climate Bonds Initiative They discuss how they were personally affected by the fires; and what the implications of climate crises are for investors.
    Act on climate now:
    Read The Inevitable Policy Response: bit.ly/2v88LkX
    Join Climate Action 100+: bit.ly/2sFkPcn

    • 32 min.
    Why disability inclusion in the workplace is an investor issue, with Ted Kennedy, Jr.

    Why disability inclusion in the workplace is an investor issue, with Ted Kennedy, Jr.

    In this episode, the PRI's CEO, Fiona Reynolds, speaks with our very special guest, Ted Kennedy, Jr.

    As a paediatric bone cancer survivor and amputee, Ted has been an active leader in the movement to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities. As well as a leading healthcare regulatory attorney, he is the chair of the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). He also advises employers on best practices and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, as well as lectures worldwide on healthcare policy and disability law.

    Ted is also involved with The Disability Equality Index, America's leading corporate benchmark tool for disability equality inclusion.

    Fiona and Ted discuss why disability inclusion in the workplace is an 'S' issue for investors, and why they should look at diversity from a strategic perspective.

    Want to join the PRI webinar on disability inclusion on 19 February? More information here: http://bit.ly/36DE8Sf 

    Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

    Disability Equality Index: http://bit.ly/36BT4jR 
    Joint investor statement: http://bit.ly/2QDxFkP 
    Accenture, 'Getting to equal': https://accntu.re/2QUY3Fy 

    • 24 min.
    What role can investors play in combatting modern slavery? A Human Rights Day special

    What role can investors play in combatting modern slavery? A Human Rights Day special

    In this episode of the PRI podcast, published on International Human Rights Day, the PRI’s Head of Social Issues is joined by Anne-Maree O’Connor, Head of Responsible Investment at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Anne-Maree is also a commissioner of the Liechtenstein Initiative, a partnership between the governments of Liechtenstein, Australia and the Netherlands, as well as Liechtenstein public-private sector actors and foundations, to put the financial sector at the heart of global efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking.
    In this episode, Bettina and Anne-Maree discuss the role investors can play in combatting modern slavery, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 8.7.
    As Anne-Maree notes, "Freedom from slavery is a fundamental human right and a financial system cannot be sustainable if it undermines these basic human rights that we all hold so dear." 
    Read the Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking here: unpri.org/blueprint-slavery-trafficking

    • 23 min.
    Forests and progress: building a sustainable Brazil

    Forests and progress: building a sustainable Brazil

    This episode we’re joined by André Guimarães of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, and the Brazilian Coalition of Climate, Forests and Agriculture.
    André speaks with the PRI’s Senior Specialist in Environmental Issues, Danielle Carreira, about the key sustainability matters facing Brazil today.
    They discuss issues including the factors driving the country’s deforestation, the Amazon fires and the Brazilian cattle sector. They also ask, how can the financial sector contribute to a more sustainable Brazil?

    • 18 min.
    Sustaining healthy oceans: eliminating the negative impacts of ghost gear

    Sustaining healthy oceans: eliminating the negative impacts of ghost gear

    Oceans generate half of the oxygen we breathe, supply us with food and provide livelihoods – in short, they play a critical social, environmental and economic role for us.  
    But our oceans are in danger. Plastic accumulating in them has become a global crisis and at current rates, plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050.
    Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear – or “ghost gear” – makes up 10% of the plastic pollution in oceans every year. And by weight, ghost gear accounts for 70% of all floating macro-plastic debris.
    So, how is ghost gear impacting our oceans? What are seafood companies doing to mitigate negative impacts of ghost gear? And what can investors do on this critical issue?
    Join the PRI’s Head of Environmental Issues, Gemma James, as she delves into the topic. Gemma is joined this episode by guests Rory Sullivan, Co-Founder and Director at Chronos Sustainability, and Lynn Kavanagh, Campaign Manager at World Animal Protection.
     
    Please see links below of projects discussed in the podcast:
    The PRI’s work on plastics: https://www.unpri.org/esg-issues/environmental-issues/plastics Global Ghost Gear Initiative: https://www.ghostgear.org/ Investor letter asking MSC to include ghost gear in its new certification standards: https://collaborate.unpri.org/group/786/stream   
     

    • 21 min.
    The PRI quarterly update ft. Lorenzo Saa, Chief Signatory Relations Officer

    The PRI quarterly update ft. Lorenzo Saa, Chief Signatory Relations Officer

    In this quarterly podcast special, the PRI’s Chief Signatory Relations Officer, Lorenzo Saa, gives a rundown of our key activities from the past quarter.
    Interested in the projects mentioned? Follow the links below for more information:
    PRI elections: https://www.unpri.org/pri/pri-governance/board-elections
    Signatory survey: https://www.unpri.org/pri/pri-governance/formal-consultations#signatory_survey
    Responsible investment starter guides: https://www.unpri.org/pri/an-introduction-to-responsible-investment
    The Inevitable Policy Response: https://www.unpri.org/esg-issues/environmental-issues/climate-change/inevitable-policy-response
    The PRI Awards: https://www.unpri.org/signatories/the-pri-awards/4189.article
    The PRI Leaders’ Group: https://www.unpri.org/signatories/showcasing-leadership/the-pri-leaders-group
    Amazon statement: https://www.unpri.org/amazon-fires
    The PRI Collaboration Platform: https://collaborate.unpri.org/
    The PRI blog: https://www.unpri.org/pri/pri-blog

    • 11 min.

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