The LSEG Sustainable Growth Podcast tackles important issues which intersect sustainability and finance, hosted by Jane Goodland, LSEG’s Group Head of Sustainability. We talk about some of the biggest issues of our time – from climate transition and investment, green infrastructure to greenwashing, natural capital, carbon markets, financial inclusion, equality and inclusion and more! We hear from leading experts from Microsoft, ISSB, IIGCC, Blackrock, IFAD, Women's World Banking, Climate Impact Partners, Planet Tracker, First Abu Dhabi Bank – and many more.
David Atkin: Reimagining responsible investment, unveiling PRI's evolution
David Atkin, CEO of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), joins us this episode to discuss how PRI has evolved its strategic plans and received so much support from the investor community since its launch in 2006. As well as delving into PRI’s three-year strategic plan, David also talks about their key focus areas for the long term, the role of PRI today, and how they have approached the tensions created by the introduction of regulation in the ESG space.
Nick Robins: What do we mean by a ‘just’ climate transition?
How can we mobilise finance in support of a just transition? In this episode, Nick Robins, Professor in Practice of Sustainable Finance at London School of Economics discusses what a just climate transition looks like, the importance of putting people at the heart of transition plans and why this has recently become a priority. Nick also explores examples of innovative financial approaches in raising capital that align with climate transition including the formation of Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs).
Nature’s tipping point: recommendations for a greener future
The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), a global initiative delivering a risk management and disclosure framework for nature-related risks, was launched in 2021 and delivered its final recommendations in November 2023. How did the TNFD publish their recommendations so swiftly, and how do they plan to scale its adoption? In this episode, Tony Goldner, Executive Director at TNFD answers these questions as well as explaining why they are at Davos this week, and their goals for 2024 and beyond.
The COP episode
In this episode we hear from LSEG's COP 28 delegation David Harris, Head of Sustainable Finance Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships and Adrian Rimmer, Director Sustainable Finance Capital Markets. They get into the latest COP agreement and the transition away from fossil fuels, how the conference has increased its focus on private companies and the finance sector, and what this means for Exchanges across the world. David also shares the recent launch of The Net-Zero Data Public Utility project (NZDPU) and its impact on climate reporting. Find out more: https://nzdpu.com/home
Harvesting hope: tackling poverty and hunger
With 45% of the global population living in rural areas in developing countries, how can more capital be targeted to tackle poverty and food insecurity in these communities? The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which is issuing bonds on the London Stock Exchange Sustainable Bond Market, is an international financial institution with this goal in mind. In this episode, Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD, discusses how they decide where to invest, how they measure impact, and which projects they are funding. Alvaro also explains the link between small-scale rural agriculture in developing countries and global capital markets, and why poverty is often concentrated in rural areas.
Banking gone green: The UAE's commitment to net zero
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) was the first bank in the GCC to commit to net zero, trailblazing sustainability in the region. In this episode, Sarah Pirzada Usmani, Managing Director, Head of Loan Capital Markets & Sustainable Finance at FAB discusses how they began to focus on sustainable finance, how their ESG strategy has evolved and how this shift has changed their relationships with their clients. Sarah also delves into the UAE’s recent actions following their 2021 pledge to reach Net Zero by 2050.
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It is amazing to see how these data driven discussions are helping to improve environmental, social, and governance initiatives across local companies with a global reach! The Podcast really helped me understand the proactive positive changes coming directly from corporations as these reports become more standardized. It is incredible to see the importance and positive response given from investors! Thank you!!