ESG Matters

ESG Matters

A weekly podcast that covers the range of topics within Environmental, Social, and Governance within ESG. The format is a 30 minute interview with leaders who promote, create, and manage ESG related activities.

Episodes

September 20, 2023 19 mins

In this episode I interview Tim Weiss, CEO of Optera. Weiss discusses the obstacles companies have to overcome when managing Scope 3 emissions, the impact of potential government regulations in the US on Scope 3, and the potential competitive advantage of companies that successfully manager Scope 3 emissions. 

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In this episode, Chris Peacock, Founder and CEO of Agcor discusses a range of topics. Peacock discusses how critical it is for the Agricultural economy be a part of the solution for a sustainable future, what are the barriers farmers face when adopting ESG practices and polices, and the impact of climate fintech will have over the next 5-10 years. 

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In this episode I interview Kim Dabbs,  Global VP of ESG and Social Innovation at Steelcase. Dabbs  discusses the career path into ESG, outlining the. value of ESG and Social Innovation programming and goals to stakeholders, and her organization, To Belonging. 


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In this episode, I interview Kate Gaertner, Founder of TripleWin Advisory. Gaertner  discusses what led to the founding of TripleWin Advisory, Circular Economy, and how small and medium sized companies can participate in ESG. 

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In this episode Matt Wallace,  Chief Technology Officer of Faction. Wallace discusses modern big data solutions can help ESG by providing the insights and information they need to identify and manage risks and opportunities, enhance transparency and accountability, improve decision-making, meet regulatory requirements, and improve reporting frameworks.

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Dr. Fitzgerald, discusses how he has been able to incorporate circularity principles into his work. Dr. Fitzgerald also provides insight into strategies other professionals looking to incorporate the circular economy can benefit from as well. 

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Dan Romito is a consulting partner at Pickering Energy Partners focused capital market strategies, messaging and pragmatic ESG implementation. Over the course of his career, Dan has advised several hundred private companies, public issuers, and asset managers on how to optimize capital deployment strategies, pursue quality pools of capital and employ ESG-related directives. 


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Eric Ross,  Chief Strategist of Cascend Securities discusses the potential impact of climate risks on companies. He also discusses climate risk data can help organizations make more informed strategic discussions.


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Katica Roy is a gender economist, former Global 500 executive, programmer, data scientist, and the CEO and founder of award-winning SaaS company, Pipeline Equity. Pipeline Equity works to eradicate intersectional gender inequity by making awareness actionable at the individual and corporate levels.  
Katica discusses the impact of gender inequity on all people, and how inequality is bad for business. 

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Justin Bean is an  impact-focused leader with global expertise working with organizations around the world, from Fortune 500s and governments to Silicon Valley startups, Bean brings a fresh, hopeful perspective to a world in crisis.

In his new book, What Could Go Right? Designing Our IdealFuture to Emerge from Continual Crises into a Thriving World, Bean argues that despite all the doom and gloom we hear about every day, ...

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Eddy Badrina is the CEO of Eden Green Technology, a vertical farming technology company that helps folks around the world sustainably grow large amounts of food using less land, water, and energy. Outside of his leadership position at Eden Green, he is a board member at Seed Effect, a micro-lending non-profit focused on fostering economic stability.  We discussed, the impact of climate change on farmland, and farming, and how we ve...

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Richard Blundell, is a Global Sustainability, and Innovation leader with over 40 years of executive management experience in the technology sector. Richard led the Cleantech Venture Services Group, the largest tech hub in Canada, comprised of 250 startups focused on Sustainability/ESG. Richard provides senior leadership to cleantech ventures dedicated to smart cities, bio-pesticide, e-waste recycling, water and wastewater treatment...

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I interview, William Szamosszegi, CEO &  Founder at Sazmining . William's goal is simple: Improve humanity’s relationship with both money and energy. He and his team at Sazmining provide an economic incentive to capture harmful emissions such as methane. Their hydroelectric hosting facilities sustainably power bitcoin mining rigs for use by retail investors. We discuss, clean energy as it relates to the production of crypt...

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I interview, Charles Ashwanden, Crux's Asset Management and ESG Lead.  Crux offers a managed data engineering service that helps organizations scale their most critical data delivery, operations, and transformation needs. Ashwanden discusses, ESG governance, data collection, the increasing scrunity of ESG data by regulators, and challenges on data usage.

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January 24, 2023 21 mins

In this episode, I interview Tony Calandro,  founder of Purposeful Strategies. Purposeful Strategies is a values-centric consultancy founded on the principle that business can be a force for good and that customers are more loyal to brands that are aligned with their values. Calandro discusses the backlash against corporate ESG practices, sometimes deemed "Woke Capitalism".  More specifically, its origins, how professiona...

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In this interview with Martial Combari, Director of Structured Finance at Metrus Energy, he discusses the trends in sustainable energy finance,  how sustainable finance differs from traditional finance, the challenges of financing sustainablity projects, and  how developing economies can meet the demands of sustainable finance and growing their economies. 

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 Ted Dhillon Co-Founder & CEO at FigBytes, discussed the need for ESG data insights that FigBytes solves, the  importance of data  for ESG action plans, water being the new Carbon, and predictions for ESG overall within the next 5-10 years. 

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Daniele Horton, Founder & CEO at Verdani Partner discusses,  what inspired the  creation of Verdani Partner, ways companies can leverage ESG consultants to get the best results, and the future of ESG in the US and abroad. 

More about Daniele Horton: 

Horton brings over 23 years of experience in corporate sustainability, real estate and project management to the management of Verdani Partners. As a licensed arc...

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In this episode, I interview Mandi McReynolds, Head of Global Environment, Social, and Governance at Workiva. Workiva’s mission is to power transparent reporting for a better world. We believe that consumers, employees, shareholders, and other stakeholders today expect more from business – more action, transparency, and disclosure of financial and non-financial information.  McReynolds is also the host of ESG Talk podcast to discus...

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In this episode I interview Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging at Headspace Health. Headspace Health is a leading provider of mental health and wellbeing solutions, touching the lives of over 100 million people in 190 countries. Through its flagship Headspace brand, they provide mindfulness tools for everyday life, including meditations, sleepcasts, mindful movement, and focus exercises. Verdeja-W...

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