Private equity firms can help make or break a business, but can they also drive the kind of change we need to build a sustainable or even regenerative economy? It’s a critical question because with the right financial support, emerging businesses and technologies can much more quickly address some of the most challenging issues of our time. Nelson Switzer is a Managing Partner at Climate Innovation Capital. His career has included advising and leading the sustainability, environmental, and corporate responsibility offices of some of the world’s most influential companies, including Nestlé, PwC, Centrica, and the Royal Bank of Canada. He is recognized as a pioneer in the fields of sustainability strategy, sustainable finance, and ESG, and as an expert in climate change, water, and pollution. In this “Best Of” episode, he shares how the investor class and capital markets unlock bold opportunities to course-correct our future and how all stakeholders can collaborate to mitigate climate risks to business and the planet.
Global Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future: Faith Taylor, Global Sustainability & ESG Officer at Kyndryl
In this unique moment in human history, the climate emergency is increasingly defining our lives. While artificial intelligence is unlocking potential positive impact on a scale never seen before. So what does the future hold for us and our children? How will technology help us show up more responsibly to people and the planet? And what does that look like in practical terms– so that our individual efforts compound in ways that will course correct our future? Faith Taylor is the Global Sustainability and ESG Officer at Kyndryl, the world’s largest provider of IT infrastructure services, with a goal of powering human progress through strong, purpose-driven practices that deliver value to employees, customers, stakeholders, and communities. In this episode, she explains how IT infrastructure and AI can address your sustainability ambitions in ways that will serve your business, and how the power of collaboration and its ripple effect can ensure we address the climate crisis for all of our futures.
A Sea Change for Industry-Wide Sustainability Goals: Adam Brennan, Group Director, Sustainability at Thai Union Group
Not every industry is contributing equally to the climate crisis we face. But all can share an equal responsibility in crafting a better tomorrow. One company that is making big strides to transform its industry– and encouraging others to join them– is Thai Union Group, a global seafood leader with ambitious growth goals and a dedication to scalable green policies and innovation. In this episode, Group Director of Sustainability Adam Brennan discusses concrete actions that are being taken to better protect our oceans and the food sources they make possible. And how together we can transform the seafood industry to ensure a sustainable future for its workers, the industry, and our future.
By now, almost everyone has realized that business is responsible for creating many of the challenges we face today, but also that business is uniquely positioned to solve them. The question is– How can business make a meaningful difference, but also in a sustained manner? How can you ensure the integrity of those actions and the impact they create? And how do you make sure that you do it in a way that is not only accelerated, but also scales to meet the challenges we face with equal force? Kate Williams is CEO of 1% for the Planet, a global movement, inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental nonprofit solutions through annual membership and everyday actions. In this episode, she shares how companies can build their reputations, strengthen their culture, and drive sales by supporting the future of our planet– and how you can become part of a fast growing movement of companies that together are a force multiplier for positive impact.
The Role of Business in “Conscious Capitalism”: Dr. Raj Sisodia, Author & distinguished professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey
Rethinking and re-engineering business is a constantly evolving process. Companies have been talking about and acting on the concept of business transformation for many years, but many have yet to achieve the full benefits. Dr. Raj Sisodia is Co-Founder of the global phenomenon “Conscious Capitalism”– an economic and political philosophy that believes businesses should operate ethically while they pursue profits. In this “Point of View” episode, he reveals what that process looks like, what progress we’re making, and how we can move even faster to generate the key critical business impact we need.
It’s hard to live in today’s world without seeing the tension between lives of luxury and so many people going without even basic human needs. It provokes questions of what is fair, right, and conscionable– and the role of business in creating this problem. It would be naive to assume that this tension could be simply resolved. But what if one could serve the other, so that luxury items provide for the basic needs of others creating a halo effect for the things people want and critical support for those going without. Stacey Boyd is the Founder & CEO of Olivela, an online luxury retail platform with a philanthropic business model that makes giving back part of every transaction. In this episode, she explains how what consumers want for themselves can drive impact at scale for others, and how today’s top luxury brands are showing up to answer new stakeholder expectations and drive business success through positive impact.
In this Best Of episode, we put Simon in the hot seat for a change. Goal 17 CEO Greg Mollner interviews Simon about how his personal and professional journey led him to rethink business as usual and create the new business paradigm he lays out in his book “Lead With We” to better serve humanity and the planet. Greg and Simon chatted about the collaborative strategies that every business leader can and should adopt to help solve today’s escalating challenges and unlock extraordinary growth.
In today’s business climate, authenticity and purpose take center stage. Few companies have so wholeheartedly embraced this concept – and set new standards for business responsibility in the process – as Patagonia. As one of the world’s leading environmentally-friendly clothing brands committed to teaching and training the next generation of environmental activists, the company is deeply committed to using business to activate solutions to the climate crisis. In this episode, Board Chair Charles Conn tells us how to find balance between being uncompromising in terms of your principles – while also not allowing perfection to get in the way of progress. He’ll explain why businesses should adopt an “imperfectionist” mindset to deliver on the promise of improving lives and nurturing our planet– while building thriving companies in the process.
Whether you’re on the front lines of the corporate world or behind the scenes in a lab, companies and organizations of all sizes have a role to play during a time of challenges and transition for business. For companies like Modern Meadow– that means solving for the most pressing enterprise challenges with new, innovative and sustainable solutions– and bringing them to market through expansive and meaningful partnerships. In this episode, Chief Executive Officer Catherine Roggero-Lovisi tells us how “biofabrication” can create materials and ingredients to transform industries and better serve the planet, and how biotechnology more broadly will unlock enormous marketplace opportunities through rapidly evolving and widely applicable innovation.
The challenge of addressing and healing trauma is no longer just contained to the medical world. Perhaps more so than ever before, we can now see the effects of trauma in every aspect of our daily lives. For businesses and the people who lead them, there is now a greater responsibility to step forward and help employees live more full and productive lives, by providing tools to help cope with obstacles big and small. Dr. James Gordon is a psychiatrist and director of the nonprofit Center for Mind-Body Medicine, as well as director of mind-body studies at Georgetown Medical School and Georgetown University, and world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. In this episode, he shares how each of us can emotionally navigate these very traumatic times and share that with our employees and across our companies so that businesses at large can foster healthy cultures and best serve our companies by best serving our people.