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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.

Sep 1, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, Gail Whiteman, Professor of Sustainability, University of Exeter & Founder, Arctic Basecamp speaks with Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the PRI’s CEO, Fiona Reynolds. They discuss WBCSD and the PRI’s new collaboration created to redesign engagement between corporates and investors and to drive sustainability outcomes and value creation. The podcast explores the rationale behind this critical and unique collaboration and what it aims to achieve. 

Aug 24, 2020

In this PRI podcast, the PRI’s Paul Chandler talks to Fredrick Alexander and Jennifer Warden of The Shareholder Commons – a new organisation set up to encourage a re-think of how our investment system functions.

They discuss The Shareholder Commons’ history and approach, introduce the concept of universal ownership and discuss its implications for stewardship.

Aug 10, 2020

Hand washing and access to clean water play an essential role in preventing the transmission of COVID-19.

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI’s Gemma James is joined by Marc Robert, Partner and COO, Water Asset Management, Chair of Board for WaterAid America, and Maher Abdullah Al - CEO and Head of Business, Fakir Fashion. They discuss the importance of water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) during COVID-19 for businesses based in developing countries, as well as the role investors can play.

Aug 3, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the head of the PRI's infrastructure workstream, Simon Whistler, speaks to Stanley Kwong from Aviva Investors’ real assets business about how they integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their investment process.

Jul 20, 2020

The connection between investors and policymakers is not working as it should if the recovery from COVID-19 is to be sustainable and inclusive with concrete reforms. This podcast explores the role investors have in elevating climate and human rights as part of the COVID-19 recovery, and how they can work with policy makers to achieve on key goals.

Futher resources:

Sustainable and inclusive: COVID-19 recovery and reform

Jul 13, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, and the second to feature A Legal Framework for Impact, the PRI’s Oliva Mooney hosts Martin Jonasson, General Counsel of AP2, and Elodie Feller, Investment Lead at United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).

They discuss what investing for sustainability impact means and why it is important. They also dig deeper with specific examples of investor approaches to managing for impact, how it goes beyond niche impact investing, the evolution in EU benchmarks, and balancing the appropriate level of returns and real-world impact.

Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?
A Legal Framework for Impact

A Legal Framework for Impact: in conversation with David Blood, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management

Jul 6, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI policy team discusses the latest policy developments in the EU, US, China and internationally, such as:

  • the green recovery,
  • the EU Taxonomy,
  • the June 2020 Department of Labor bulletin,
  • and aligning international finance policy dialogue with the Paris Agreement.
Jun 29, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's Director of Climate Change, Sagarika Chatterjee, speaks with Julian Poulter of Energy Transition Advisors. They discuss the Inevitable Policy Response (IPR), research from the PRI, Vivid Economics and Energy Transition Advisors, through an asset owner lens.

They discuss how IPR can help the PRI's asset owner signatories to act on climate risk, and the actions asset owners can take today to use IPR.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?
The Inevitable Policy Response

Jun 23, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI’s head of corporate governance, Athanasia Karananou speaks with Sacha Sadan of Legal and General Investment Management.

They discuss the AGM season and other governance topics, including the role of investors, through the lens of COVID-19. They discuss whether boards have risen to the challenge presented by the pandemic, which capital allocation decisions are acceptable, and the increased expectations around tax fairness and lobbying practices during the current crisis.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Jun 15, 2020

In this second podcast of a series on the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative, the PRI’s Head of Fixed Income Carmen Nuzzo discusses with Alessia Falsarone from PineBridge Investments and Mike Wilkins from S&P Global Ratings the difference between ESG in credit ratings and ESG evaluations.

Interested in the resources from this episode?

Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative 

May 28, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's Tom Barron and Nicole Martens are joined by special guests, David Geral, Head of Banking and Financial Services Regulation, Bowmans, and Sibonelo Mdluli, Senior Associate, also at Bowmans. 

In this podcast they discuss the recent report completed by Bowmans, commissioned by PRI, on acting in concert and collaborative shareholder engagement. They highlight the importance of collaborative engagement in South Africa, provide an overview of the contents of the report, and challenge the view that there is a significant legal barrier to collaborative engagement in South Africa.

Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?

Acting in concert and collaborative shareholder engagement in South Africa

May 20, 2020

Recorded during the global COVID-19 pandemic, in this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO, Fiona Reynolds, speaks to Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

 

They discuss the role investors can play to support the health and safety of workers during this time; how investors can mitigate negative impacts on workers in the gig economy; and how we can ensure the rights of women and vulnerable groups are considered during the crisis. 

 

Want more investor resources on COVID-19?

Visit our COVID-19 landing page

May 11, 2020

Join the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds for this episode of the PRI podcast as she speaks with special guest, David Blood, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management.

Along with The Generation Foundation and UNEP FI, the PRI recently launched the project A Legal Framework for Impact, which aims to make the consideration of sustainability impact in investor decision making a core part of investment activity within the decade.

In this episode, Fiona and David discuss the crucial role of investors in considering the real-world impacts of their investments.

Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?

A Legal Framework for Impact

May 4, 2020

Join the PRI's Head of Fixed Income Carmen Nuzzo for the first podcast of a series on ESG in credit, risk and ratings.

 

In this episode, Carmen is joined by Yasmina Serghini of Moody’s Investors Service and William Vaughan of Brandywine Global.

 

They discuss:

  • The ESG factors traditionally factored into credit risk analysis
  • The importance of credit-relevant time horizons
  • The implications of the COVID-19 crisis for credit risk analysis through the ESG lens
  • The benefits of joining the PRI’s Credit, Risk and Ratings Initiative  

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative

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