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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

Apr 22, 2020

Published on Earth Day 2020, in this episode, the PRI's Director of Climate Change, Sagarika Chatterjee, and Jason Eis, Executive Director of Vivid Economics, discuss a pioneering piece of research from the PRI, Vivid Economics and Energy Transition Advisors: the Inevitable Policy Response to climate change.

They discuss what exactly the Inevitable Policy Response is; the potential impact on asset classes such as equities of not acting now on climate change; and what PRI signatories can do to integrate IPR thinking into their investments.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Read about the Inevitable Policy Response here

Please note this episode was recorded before the Covid-19 outbreak in Europe

Apr 16, 2020

Join the PRI's Chief Operating Officer, Graeme Griffiths, in this quarterly update episode of the PRI podcast.

 

Graeme is joined by the PRI's Director of Policy and Research, Will Martindale, and the PRI's Director of ESG and the SDGs, Shelagh Whitley. Together they run through the key updates from the organisation over the past three months.

 

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

COVID-19 practical bulletin

Short-term participation group

Long-term participation group

Investing with SDG outcomes, available until 24 April

EU taxonomy final report

EU consultation on renewed sustainable finance strategy

Legal Framework for Impact

UN-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

TCFD for private equity general partners

Corporate tax transparency

ESG and alpha in China

Passive investment survey results

PRI Awards

 

Apr 9, 2020

In this academic episode of the PRI podcast, Mikael Homanen, the PRI's Senior Specialist, Research, is joined by Caroline Flammer, Associate Professor and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Caroline and Mikael discuss how CSR can contribute to company competitiveness; why companies don't engage more extensively on CSR; and whether CSR can ever constrain competitiveness.

Find out about the research here.

Mar 30, 2020

Following the launch of the Investor Year of Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at Davos, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds, sat down with Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Together they discuss what AMR is, why it should be on everyone’s radar and critically, the role investors can play in making change happen.

This episode was recorded prior to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. While a separate matter to AMR, Covid-19 is another issue we must act now on. 

Mar 23, 2020

In the last episode in our series of modern slavery podcasts, the PRI's Head of Social Issues, Bettina Reinboth speaks with Anders Stromblad, Head of Alternative Investments and External Management at AP2.

There are currently 40.3 million people in modern slavery today.

To bring this number close to zero by 2030, and reach the Sustainable Development Goal target 8.7, we would need to reduce the number of individuals affected by 10,000 a day.   

The risks of modern slavery are increasing due to changes such as climate change, automation and migration, as they disrupt global labour markets and value chains.  

In this episode, Bettina and Anders discuss how AP2 is addressing modern slavery and human trafficking across its investments, and what private equity investors can do to tackle the issue.

Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?

Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: https://www.unpri.org/social-issues/a-blueprint-for-mobilizing-finance-against-slavery-and-trafficking/5156.article

 

Mar 17, 2020

Tax avoidance is a systemic issue for investors. It can not only have adverse impacts on the profitability and sustainability of investee companies, but it can also affect overall portfolio returns and overall macroeconomic conditions.

In this episode of the PRI podcast, join Vaishnavi Ravishankar of the PRI and Edward Mason of the Church Commissioners for England as they discuss how investors can work on promoting corporate tax responsibility.

Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?

Collaborative engagement on tax transparency: https://www.unpri.org/governance-issues/pri-collaborative-engagement-on-tax-transparency-outcomes-report/5541.article

Mar 9, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds is joined by Nigel Topping, the COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champion.

The UK will host COP26 in Glasgow in November against a backdrop of urgency; we need to reduce emissions by 50% within the next ten years to stand any chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. 2020 must be the year of action – and the 2020s the decade of action.

Fiona and Nigel discuss the critical role of non-state actors – in particular investors – in achieving this, and making COP26 a success.

Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?

Feb 28, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's Nabylah Abo Dehman is joined by Steven Heim, Managing Director, Boston Common Asset Management, and Annie Signorelli, Project Manager for Renewable Energy and Human Rights at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.  

It is crucial that the transition to a net-zero economy happens fast. But the transition must be both fair and inclusive for workers and communities. As such, renewable energy companies should be expected to create decent jobs and respect the rights of communities around their operations.

Nabylah, Steven and Annie discuss, among other issues:

  • The main human rights risks associated with renewable energy companies
  • How investors can play a role in ensuring that renewable energy companies can integrate human rights due diligence into their operations
  • Recommendations for investors to ensure both climate and renewable energy investments respect human rights  
  • What implications the risks associated with renewable energy companies can have on the transition to a low-carbon economy

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode? Find out more: 

Renewable Energy and Human Rights Benchmark Methodology: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/renewable-energy-human-rights-benchmark-methodology

The Equator Principles: https://equator-principles.com/

Renewable energy investor briefing: Managing risks & responsibilities for impacts on local communities https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/renewable-energy-investor-briefing-managing-risks-responsibilities-for-impacts-on-local-communities

Fast and fair renewable energy: A practical guide for investors https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/fast-fair-renewable-energy-a-practical-guide-for-investors

First People Worldwide and University of Colorado questionnaire: https://www.colorado.edu/program/fpw/sites/default/files/attached-files/fpic_due_diligence_questionnaire-2.pdf

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples.html

UN Global Compact business reference guide on UN declaration: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/library/541

RE 100: http://there100.org/

 

 

Feb 3, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the second in our series on modern slavery, the PRI’s Head of Social Issues, Bettina Reinboth, speaks with Mark Eckstein. Mark is Director of Environmental and Social Responsibility at CDC Group. He was a commissioner of the Liechtenstein Initiative, a partnership between the governments of Liechtenstein, Australia and the Netherlands, as well as Liechtenstein public-private sector actors and foundations, to put the financial sector at the heart of global efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking.  

Bettina and Mark discuss how to move the Liechtenstein Initiative recommendations forwards from a DFI perspective.

Interested in the projects mentioned in this episode? Find out more:

Jan 30, 2020

In this quarterly update podcast, the PRI’s Chief Signatory Relations Officer, Lorenzo Saa, is joined by the PRI’s Director of Stewardship, Paul Chandler. Together, they give a rundown of our key activities from the past quarter.

Interested in the projects mentioned? Follow the links below for more information.

Inevitable Policy Response: https://www.unpri.org/inevitable-policy-response/forecast-policy-scenario-equity-markets-impacts/5191.article

Climate Action 100+: http://www.climateaction100.org/

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance: https://www.unepfi.org/net-zero-alliance/

Active ownership 2.0: https://www.unpri.org/investor-tools/stewardship

Active ownership 2.0 consultation: https://collaborate.unpri.org/group/2236/stream

ESG in credit risk and ratings: https://www.unpri.org/investor-tools/fixed-income/credit-ratings

A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: https://www.unpri.org/social-issues/a-blueprint-for-mobilizing-finance-against-slavery-and-trafficking/5156.article

SDGs: https://www.unpri.org/sdgs

EU taxonomy: https://www.unpri.org/sustainable-markets/eu-sustainable-finance-taxonomy

Reporting Framework consultation: https://unpri.org/2020-reporting-review

SEC letter, open until 31 January: https://collaborate.unpri.org/group/2206/stream

Get involved with events: https://www.unpri.org/events

Jan 20, 2020

At the time of recording, Australia is experiencing unprecedented bush fires, with huge swathes of the country engulfed by flames.

As of 20 January, twenty-eight people have died, close to 2,000 homes have been destroyed and a billion animals have been killed. Once again, the physical and economic threats of climate change are being brought to the fore.

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds speaks to Australians working in the responsible investment space who have their own experiences of the fire:

  • Julian Poulter, Energy Transition Advisers
  • Brynn O'Brien, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
  • Dan Gocher, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
  • Andrew Whiley, Climate Bonds Initiative

They discuss how they were personally affected by the fires; and what the implications of climate crises are for investors.

Act on climate now:

Read The Inevitable Policy Response: bit.ly/2v88LkX

Join Climate Action 100+: bit.ly/2sFkPcn

Jan 15, 2020

In this episode, the PRI's CEO, Fiona Reynolds, speaks with our very special guest, Ted Kennedy, Jr.

As a paediatric bone cancer survivor and amputee, Ted has been an active leader in the movement to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities. As well as a leading healthcare regulatory attorney, he is the chair of the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). He also advises employers on best practices and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, as well as lectures worldwide on healthcare policy and disability law.

Ted is also involved with The Disability Equality Index, America's leading corporate benchmark tool for disability equality inclusion.

Fiona and Ted discuss why disability inclusion in the workplace is an 'S' issue for investors, and why they should look at diversity from a strategic perspective.

Want to join the PRI webinar on disability inclusion on 19 February? More information here: http://bit.ly/36DE8Sf 

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Disability Equality Index: http://bit.ly/36BT4jR 
Joint investor statement: http://bit.ly/2QDxFkP 
Accenture, 'Getting to equal': https://accntu.re/2QUY3Fy 

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