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Jun 1, 2021

What does investing with an outcomes approach mean and what does it entail? In this podcast, PRI CEO Fiona Reynolds and William Burckart, President and COO of TIIP discuss the role of data and measurement to support investment decision-making.

May 24, 2021

PRI’s Jasper Cox speaks with Joanna Woods and Susan Burns about how climate change affects sovereign bonds through both physical risk and transition risk, and how investors can measure this.

May 18, 2021

Market practitioners discuss the reasons why, despite lagging compared to other fixed income sub-asset classes, investors in securitised products are sharpening their focus on ESG consideration. From regional differences between the US and European markets to the emerging of new ESG-labelled products, the podcast explores the drivers behind growing interest as well as the challenges that investors encounter as they begin to incorporate more systematically ESG factors in the evaluations of this sophisticated asset class.

May 4, 2021

In this episode of the PRI’s human rights podcast series, the PRI’s Nabylah Abo Dehman speaks to Jennifer Bates, an Amazon worker who played a key role in organising the union drive in Bessemer, Alabama and Corey Klemmer, Director of Engagement at Domini Impact Investments.  

In this episode, Ms Bates reflects on her experiences of working for Amazon, the recent union drive and the result of the vote. In the second part of the podcast, Ms Klemmer shares her reaction to Ms Bates’ testimony, the allegations of union-busting at Amazon and describes how investors can engage with Amazon on current practices.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Ohman and Folksam letter to Amazon

CWC Statement for Investors on the Union Election At Amazon’s Facility in Bessemer, AL

Union Files NLRB Election Objections

NBC New Report on Amazon Union Avoidance

 

All expressions of opinion of Ms. Klemmer reflect her judgement as of the date of this podcast and are subject to change. They do not constitute any form of investment advice. Domini Impact Investments does not guarantee its accuracy and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. None of her comments should be considered a recommendation concerning the merits of any noted company, or an offer of sale or solicitation of an offer to buy shares of any such company.

Apr 19, 2021

In this episode of the PRI podcast, our real assets lead, Simon Whistler, talks to Rick Alsop from WSP about climate risks and opportunities for real assets investors.

Mar 31, 2021

In this podcast, the PRI’s Chloe Horne speaks with Susheela Peres da Costa, Head of Advisory at Regnan and Jake Barnett, Director of Sustainable Investment Services at Wespath about the PRI’s recently published paper – Making Voting Count - on how principle-based voting on shareholder resolutions can contribute to clear, effective and accountable stewardship.

Mar 16, 2021

In this podcast, the PRI’s Carmen Nuzzo speaks with Farah Imrana Hussain who is Senior Financial Officer and works on Financial Products & Client Solutions at the World Bank Treasury.

They discuss how sovereign bondholder engagement with debt management offices (DMOs) is evolving as a result of fixed income investor increasing focus on ESG topics.

Mar 9, 2021

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI’s Felix Soellner, Senior Analyst and lead author in the PRI's SAM guides speaks with Moya Yip of the Local Government Superannuation Scheme.

They discuss the crucial role asset owners have with their investment managers and how LGS has integrated ESG considerations in both their manager selection and ongoing monitoring practices. Moya also discusses LGS’s approach to active ownership through strong external investment manager partnerships.

Mar 1, 2021

In the fifth podcast of a series on the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative, PRI's Sixtine Dubost speaks with with Judy Wesalo Temel from Fiera Capital and Patrick Welch from KBRA about environmental factors and how they affect the probability of default of an issuer or a bond issue and why their relevance is increasing 

Feb 23, 2021

This podcast highlights the global investor perspective on the US re-joining the Paris Agreement.  It covers priorities for the Paris Agreement and for net zero investor action. 

The podcast features:

  • A new PRI/LSEG COP26 investor guide.
  • Caisse des Dépôts’s net zero commitment
  • London Stock Exchange Group’s recent net zero announcement.
Jan 25, 2021
In this podcast, the PRI's Carmen Nuzzo speaks with Claudia Gollmeier, Senior Investment Officer, Managing Director, Singapore, Colchester Global Investors and Chair of the PRI's Sovereign Debt Advisory Committee and Kristian Hartelius, Head of Quantitative Strategies, AP2, and member of the advisory committee.
 
They discuss how ESG factors feature in risk assessment and the role of sovereign bondholders’ engagement.
Jan 18, 2021

In this episode, the PRI’s Rebecca Chapman speaks with Michiel De Smet, Finance Initiative Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. They discuss the findings from a report released last year by the Foundation called ‘Financing the Circular Economy’, including the relevance of the Circular Economy for investors and how investors can support a transition to a more circular future.   

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

‘Financing the Circular Economy’, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2020) https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/finance

RI’s work on Plastics: https://www.unpri.org/sustainability-issues/environmental-social-and-governance-issues/environmental-issues/plastics

Dec 14, 2020

In this episode PRI’s CEO, Fiona Reynolds, speaks with Eric Usher, Head of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). They discuss its newest initiative, the Principles for Responsible Banking. Just over one year on from its launch, they explore why it was developed, what the initiative has achieved so far and ambitions for the future. 

Dec 7, 2020

In the fourth podcast of a series on the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative, Carmen Nuzzo (Head of Fixed Income, PRI) speaks to Naresh Aggarwal (Associate Director, Policy and Technical, The Association of Corporate Treasurers) and Rhys Petheram (Fund Manager, Fixed Income, Jupiter Asset Management), bringing the corporate and asset manager perspectives on ESG credit relevant data disclosure and engagement.

Nov 30, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI’s Simon Whistler talks to Rick Walters from GRESB. They talk about the state of play of ESG data and performance in infrastructure, how better ESG data can drive stronger long-term thinking and performance, and explore whether too much of a focus on data can distract from the real world elements of infrastructure investing.

Nov 23, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI’s Nikolaj Halkjaer Pedersen engages in a dynamic human rights focused conversation with Chris Newton, Executive Director of Responsible Investment at IFM Investors and

Akiko Sato, Human Rights Lawyer and Japan Programme Coordinator at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

The podcast begins by grounding an investor’s understanding of human rights through analysing what human rights are, where they exist in relation to fiduciary duty and how they can be integrated into ESG considerations. It then explores the ways in which human rights are regulated across different geographies, how human rights considerations can be incorporated across asset classes and the importance of investor responsibility to enable and provide access to remedy. It concludes with the guests expressing their hopes and desires for the future of human rights in institutional investment.

Read the PRI's flagship paper, Why and how investors should act on human rights

Nov 16, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds speaks with Dr Bronwyn King AO, Founder, Director and CEO of Tobacco-Free Portfolios. They discuss the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge, the progress the initiative has made since its launch, the impact of COVID-19, links between human rights and tobacco, big issues on the horizon and more.

Oct 26, 2020

In this podcast, the PRI's Nathan Fabian introduces the new EU Platform on Sustainable Finance, explains the Platform’s purpose, activities and what signatories can expect in the months and years ahead.

Oct 19, 2020

We need a decisive decade of action on climate change, incorporating a sustainable recovery from COVID-19 and actions towards net zero by 2050.

A leading group of asset owners, the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance has committed to aligning their portfolios with net zero by 2050, and published how they will get there – through a draft target-setting protocol.

This podcast seeks to assist asset owners, asset managers and their service providers to:

  • understand the objectives of the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance
  • understand the draft target-setting protocol including key features and implications

Join the PRI's Sagarika Chatterjee and Swiss Re's Claudia Bolli as they discuss just that.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Find out about the draft target-setting protocol

Oct 14, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI’s Nabylah Abo Dehman speaks with Sam Hepher from the Living Wage Foundation and ShareAction’s Rachel Hargreaves.

They discuss the investor toolkit for the living wage recently launched in collaboration between their two organisations, why the living wage matters, and the practical steps investors can take to further this agenda.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Living wage investor toolkit

Sep 21, 2020

Understanding how climate risk could play out is of central importance to investors’ response to the climate challenge. A key approach is the use of scenario analysis to test the resilience of the portfolio to a number of future states. This can further be developed for financial analysis. This podcast seeks to assist asset owners, asset managers and their service providers to:

  • Understand that an end point ambition requires a scenario pathway to be of use in financial analysis.
  • Understand the scenario pathway architecture (i.e. key variables, metrics, attributes and drivers) determine the financial impact of any scenario.
  • Understand how climate scenarios can then be used in risk analysis of their own portfolios and engagement with companies following the Paris Agreement and the IPCC SR1.5°C study.
  • Understand how scenarios can then become base case forecasts to begin to inform actual business and portfolio planning and decisions using business level metrics such as production, CapEx and emissions, which leads to action.

Join Sagarika Chatterjee, Director of Climate Change, PRI and COP26 Champions – Finance Lead, and Mark Fulton, Head of Research, CarbonTracker and advisor to the PRI on The Inevitable Policy Response for the discussion. 

Sep 14, 2020

In this third podcast of a series on the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative, Carmen Nuzzo (PRI), Andrew Steel (Fitch Ratings) and Wayne Seaton (Sustainalytics) bring the producers’ perspective to the difference between ESG in credit ratings and ESG evaluations.

Sep 7, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI’s Nabylah Abo Dehman speaks with Naeem Badat, director at Differential Capital.

They discuss unsecured lending practices in South Africa and the devastating impacts these latter are having on consumers and the broader society. They discuss the state of the industry, the profile of both consumers and lenders and the scale of the issue.

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