The Purpose Inc. podcast hosted by Michael Young is a conversation about corporate purpose and stakeholder capitalism. The world is changing. Not entirely for the better. There is a growing belief that businesses should better serve all stakeholders – customers, employees, communities, as well as shareholders. In other words, business should have a Purpose. We talk to business leaders, writers, thinkers, analysts and critics of the evolving role of corporations in creating good in society.
Purpose-Driven Investing with Stacey Kline of Otto Intelligence
Stacey Kline, CEO of Otto Intelligence, joins the podcast to discuss the future of purpose-focused finance. Noting the accelerating shift in aligning values with investment priorities, she unpacks how wealth advisors can employ ESG metrics and clients’ environmental and social impact preferences to inform investment strategies.
Chronicling the Role of Technology in Climate Action with Heather Clancy of GreenBiz Group
Heather Clancy, vice president and editorial director at GreenBiz Group, joins the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion about the role of technology in climate action. Heather discusses the need for an intersection of corporate sustainability with social justice and environmental justice; the role of technology in enabling corporate climate action, matched with skepticism that technology cannot deliver on its promises without corporate ethics and systemic social change; and the recognition by corporations that they can no longer speak in terms of aspirations and estimates regarding climate commitments.
Holding Management to Account with Andrew Behar of As You Sow
Andrew Behar, CEO of As You Sow, joins the podcast to discuss the power of using shareholder advocacy to drive change at large corporations. Andrew walks us through “a day in the life,” specifically May 25, 2022, when his team presented resolutions at five corporate annual meetings on issues ranging from climate change to racial justice; Andrew talks about the SEC’s new draft rule that addresses the ESG naming problem within mutual funds; and the paradox of employees unknowingly investing in companies that are destroying the Amazon through company retirement plans.
Talking numbers and the narrative with Michael Young of Actual Agency and Noah Miller of Calibrate Partners
In a special episode, host Michael Young, founder and CEO of Actual Agency, and Noah Miller, founder and CEO of Calibrate Partners, discuss changing expectations and heightened tension between corporations and stakeholders around ESG and sustainability. We discuss how ESG serves as a litmus test of leadership in 2022 and beyond, we highlight a few exemplars of corporate purpose, and examine what happens when there is a breakdown between the numbers and the narrative - including in the PR industry.
Discussing the State of Purpose in the C-Suite with Kwasi Mitchell of Deloitte
Kwasi Mitchell, Chief Purpose Officer of Deloitte, joins the podcast to discuss the findings from the company’s C-Suite Insight Report. Companies are integrating Purpose into their business strategies but less than 15% of companies are collecting data that lead to quantifiable metrics. We discuss the key insights of the report, how accountability mechanisms are falling into place, and ways companies have innovated to implement their Purpose strategies.
Talking carbon-negative solutions from algae with Elliot Roth of Spira and Balaji Ganapathy of TCS
Elliot Roth, Founder of Spira Inc, and Balaji Ganapathy, Chief Social Responsibility Officer of TCS, join the podcast to discuss how Spira is using algae to create new products that will improve the foods we eat and the products we use while sequestering carbon dioxide. Spira’s innovative solution earned Elliot recognition as winner of the TCS 2021 Pitch for Purpose, a competition designed to elevate social entrepreneurs and the solutions that will change the world.