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Episode 178 | October 3, 2022

Six Steps Banks Can Take to Reduce Climate Risk of Derivatives

Jim Scott, Senior Advisor for Financial Institutions Engagement, Ceres Accelerator for Capital Markets Blair Bateson, Director, Company Network at Ceres

The total derivative notional outstanding for U.S. banks is close to $200 trillion and the top 5 largest banks control ~95% of this systemically important market. However, to date, the climate risk implications of this market have been unexplored. My guests today are experts in climate risk management for financial institutions and the co-authors of […]

Episode 154 | April 18, 2022

Schroders on Seeing ESG Through a US Lens

Marina Severinovsky, Head of Sustainability, North America at Schroders

It’s time to progress the ESG conversation with US investors, according to Marina Severinovsky, the Head of Sustainability, North America at Schroders. Severinovsky is on the program today with an important message for our listeners – policy, regulation, corporate action, and investor interest are all aligning to support the expansion of ESG in the US. […]

Episode 145 | February 20, 2022

Arabesque’s New ESG Book Makes Company ESG Data Accessible & Comparable

Georg Kell, Chairman of the Board at Arabesque, Founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact

2,000 large global public companies with $100 trillion of assets under management are committed to meeting net-zero emissions targets agreed to at COP 26. But, a lack of corporate disclosure and ESG data consistency is limiting the amount of assets deployed to sustainable business activities, like managing climate risk for example. Arabesque, a global provider […]

Episode 136 | December 19, 2021

MSCI Goes Deep on Carbon Budget Analysis

Bruce Kahn, Executive Director and Climate Solutions Specialist at MSCI

MSCI has just come out with its new Climate Search and ESG Rating Tool that gives investors and advisors access to data on two of the most important climate issues: temperature rise and decarbonization targets. Bruce Kahn is Executive Director and Climate Solutions Specialist at MSCI and teaches Sustainable Finance at Columbia University. Kahn joins […]

Episode 108 | January 11, 2021

ISS ESG’s New Indexes Raise the Bar on Diversity & Governance

Viola Lutz, Associate Director & Head of Investor Consulting at ISS ESG

Lutz describes the new US Diversity Index, the first of its kind for US companies and directors that includes ethnicity along with gender. We also discuss the launch of the Governance QualityScore (GQS) Index family, designed to help investors identify large and mid-cap companies with strong board structure and shareholder rights as well as those […]

Episode 103 | November 23, 2020

What’s Ahead for ESG Research and Analytics?

Iyassu Essayas, Director of ESG Research at Parnassus

According to Essayas, the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing number of storms, fires, and other environmental disasters have affected every aspect of ESG analytics across all sectors of the economy. What will this mean over the next few years? Join us for this discussion as Essays explains that ESG metrics will be more dynamic, with […]

Episode 82 | May 11, 2020

Trucost Analyzes S&P Global’s Climate Risk

Rochele J. March, Manager, ESG innovation and Analytics at Trucost, part of S&P Global

Trucost is the sustainability analytics division of S&P. In 2019 March and her team did the first analysis of S&P Global using TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) metrics to look at S&P Global’s physical and transition risks related to climate change. March discusses the findings.

Episode 71 | March 18, 2020

Climate Change a Risk to All Stages of the Corporate Value Chain

Elliott Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Chief Economist Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations

Harris explains how 40 years of scientific data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows the potential for Climate Risk to all stages of the business value chain, across all countries and economic sectors.

Episode 70 | February 12, 2020

How To Scale Your Cleantech Startup Faster

Kristin Barbato, Founder & CEO, Build Edison; Co-Founder, Dynamo Energy Hub

Barbato talks about Build Edison, her consulting company that de-risks and grows innovative technologies into revenue generating businesses, and Dynamo Energy Hub, a unique networking platform for clean techs, energy industry leaders, investors, and policymakers created to connect key stakeholders in the clean energy space.

Episode 66 | December 15, 2019

Impax approaching $20B AUM in Low Carbon Economy Investments

David Richardson, Executive Director of Business Development at Impax Asset Management

After two decades and with almost $20 billion in AUM, Impax’s investment thesis is driven by cost reductions in renewable energy technologies and government commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by the UK and the EU, as well as by “We Are Still In” member states, cities, and companies in the US.

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