The ESG Agenda, a podcast from Brunswick Group, hosted by Partner Amelia Pan. Amelia is joined by industry leaders, innovators, and experts for a series of conversations that explore the ESG issues on the minds of business leaders and investors. Send us your feedback at BGPODCAST@brunswickgroup.com
Season 3 finale & a farewell from our host
To close Season 3 of The ESG Agenda, we look back at the highlights of the past year and say goodbye to our host, Amelia Pan.
For three seasons we have brought together experts from across the world to examine how the ESG ecosystem is evolving. ESG continues to shape board decisions across sectors and influence legislation globally. From investors role in the climate crisis, to the material implications of inclusion and diversity, we have unified a variety of perspectives to create a cohesive view of the changing landscape. You can look forward to Season 4 of The ESG Agenda in the Fall.
How do investors evaluate Board ESG performance? With Emily Chew, Morgan Stanley
Emily Chew, Global Head of Sustainability for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, gives practical recommendations for corporate directors to understand how ESG issues can pose risks to business and how boards can develop their companies’ corporate strategy in the era of sustainability disruption.
How AI is transforming ESG investing with Hendrik Bartel, Co-Founder and CEO of TruValue Labs
This week Hendrik Bartel, CEO and Co-Founder at TruValue Labs, reveals how AI and Big Data are shaping the way investors evaluate company ESG activities. Hendrik and host Amelia Pan examine the kinds of data that TruValue Labs collects, including the "outside-in" picture that excludes companies’ self-reported data in favour of external, objective data; and geo-locational data including weather, climate, and supplier information. Hendrik suggests the best way for companies to focus their sustainability communications is to understand the needs of their investors and deliver data in a searchable and consumable way.
Why ESG is a CFO concern, with Greg Fewer, Chief Financial and Sustainability Officer, Aldar Properties
Joining Amelia for this episode is Greg Fewer, Chief Financial and Sustainability officer at Aldar Properties in the UAE. Greg talks about why sustainability belongs in the management suite and how ESG helps attract new investors, lower borrowing costs and cut operating expenses. With the Gulf on the front line of climate change, Greg talks about how this Abu Dhabi-based real estate developer integrates ESG into development of more sustainable, climate-friendly real estate.
Understanding investor ESG expectations, a conversation with Fidelity
Jenn-Hui Tan, Global Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investing at Fidelity International highlights three ESG investment themes that his global team is focused on this year: 1) valuing natural ecosystems, 2) addressing inequality, and 3) focusing on access to digital technology. And with more than 50% world’s population in Asia, Jenn-Hui discusses why engaging with Asian companies is an under-looked piece of the global ESG puzzle.
Racism is a sustainability problem, with Jacqueline Taiwo, Principal and Associate GC Europe, TowerBrook, and Chair and Co-Founder of Black Women in Asset Management
Systemic racism leaves money on the table. That’s what Jacqueline Taiwo, Co-Founder of Black Women in Asset Management tells Amelia in this personal episode , which discusses the toll of being “the only”, the investment risk that racism poses to companies, and how closing the racial wealth gap could add trillions to US GDP.
Nuanced discussions on the future of finance
One of my favorite new podcasts of 2020. Host Amelia Pan uses her experience in both traditional and sustainable finance to set up and steer difficult conversations surrounding systemic financial sector risks in a way that is nuanced, open-minded, and easy to follow. The focus on environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) issues is timely and urgent, helping us navigate the systemic impacts of risks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and civil rights movements across the world.
Smarter for listening
Really sharp, informed discussions about what ESG actually means for businesses and their leaders.