Sustainability is a rapidly evolving field, driven by billions of dollars in global investment. Join hosts Michael Torrance, Jonathan Hackett and David Sneyd in this podcast series, as we introduce you to the innovative minds and diverse perspectives that are pushing the boundaries in sustainability good practice. With topics ranging from climate change to sustainable finance and green bonds to human rights and responsible investing, we explore the world of corporate sustainability through interviews with corporate practitioners, investors, scholars and the NGO community.
What 20 Years of ESG Engagement Can Teach Us About the Future
BMO Global Asset Management’s Responsible Investing team celebrated there 20th year of investor engagement in 2020. In that time, corporate engagement on ESG issues has gone from niche to relatively mainstream, but there is still much work to do help companies align their bottom lines with positive ESG changes in their business.
Jonathan Hackett is joined by Vicki Bakhshi, a Director in BMO GAM’s Responsible Investing team, to discuss the sea change that has taken place during the last 20 years of investor engagement. Plus, Vicki discusses what the team believes the next ten years will bring as engagement on ESG topics broadens to more companies in more countries than ever before.
Bloomberg: Enhancing ESG Disclosure through Data-Driven Solutions
Bloomberg recently hosted its third annual Sustainable Finance Week with BMO as a presenting sponsor
for the second consecutive year. Bloomberg Sustainable Finance Week brings together corporations,
clients and thought leaders for a discussion on sustainable finance, focusing on ideas and innovations
that drive environmental and social improvement on a global scale. Bloomberg brings together a
number of sustainable finance solutions, offering data-driven insights to help investors integrate ESG
throughout the full investment process. This includes ESG solutions that combine and standardize
company-reported and third-party data, including ESG scoring, access to news and research and
analytics built specifically for investors.
BMO’s John Uhren is joined by Patricia Torres, Global Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions at
Bloomberg, in a discussion on its efforts to enhance ESG disclosure and transparency.
Preventing the Antimicrobial Resistance Health Crisis
November 18 marked the start of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020, which aims to bring attention to the ever-evolving public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) due to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics around the world.
Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, and James Anderson, Head of Corporate Government Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline, who leads the company’s advocacy on AMR, joins the podcast to discuss how antibiotic use in humans, livestock and plants is fueling AMR today. Plus, they provide an overview of engagement in this space to encourage responsible antibiotic use globally.
Canadian Energy & Innovation: Part 2
In the second episode of our two part series Canadian Energy and Innovation, Jonathan Hackett takes us through two case studies of companies that have found ways to innovate to directly address the problem of greenhouse gas. First he is joined by Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company that has developed a technology for Direct Air Capture of carbon dioxide. The later in the episode he speaks with Kevin Jabusch, President and CEO of Enhance Energy, about how his company uses the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line to create a business model around Carbon Mitigation and their plans for the future of this industry. Full transcript available at bmo.com/Sustainabilityleaders-podcast
Achieving Sustainability In The Food Production System
Around the world, livestock is responsible for more gas emissions than every car, airplane and train put together. What changes can be made to the food production system to support an ever-growing population while also mitigating impacts on our environment?
David Sneyd is joined by Jo Raven from FAIRR Initiative to discuss the progress that is already underway to create a more sustainable system, including the rise of alternative, plant-based proteins in the food supply chain.
Canadian Energy and Innovation: Part 1
The Canadian energy sector is a leading source of sustainable energy and innovation that will make Canada a leader in the decades to come. It is subject to some of the world’s highest environmental and social regulatory requirements, building on Canada’s strong governance approach to these topics. In order to meet international climate goals and raise standards of living, the energy sector requires innovation.
On today’s podcast, Michael Torrance speaks with three different guests to talk about innovation and leadership in the Canadian energy sector. First, Chris Slubicki, President and CEO of Modern Resources - a Western Canadian oil and gas producer, talks about how Canada is a global leader in sustainable energy and energy production. Then Ray Kwan, an Oil & Gas Analyst with BMO Capital Markets Equity Research, talks about the innovative process of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and how CCUS works. Finally, Jeff Pearson, the President of the Carbon Business Unit at Wolf Midstream - the company developing The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, talks about how Wolf Midstream has used the innovative process of CCUS in developing the Alberta Trunk Line project.