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Follow the Principles for Responsible Investment to get an insight into the world of responsible investment, with investor perspectives and discussion on a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics.

Don't miss an episode - released most Mondays.

Oct 18, 2021

In this special episode of the PRI podcast, we shine the spotlight on COP26. 

Host Liz Barnes speaks with the PRI’s Sagarika Chatterjee, Director of Climate Change, and COP26 High-level Champions Finance Co-Lead.  

With just weeks to go until the highly-anticipated climate conference, they discuss the PRI’s policy expectations for key markets ahead of COP26, how to protect the world’s most vulnerable communities and the good news we’re expecting out of the conference.  

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Race to Zero Campaign: https://unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero-campaign

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

Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative: https://www.netzeroassetmanagers.org/ 

Inevitable Policy Response: https://www.unpri.org/inevitable-policy-response/what-is-the-inevitable-policy-response/4787.article

Find a transcript of the episode here: https://bit.ly/2XlVhAq

Oct 4, 2021

In this episode of the PRI podcast, PRI’s Director of Policy Margarita Pirovska interviews the co-author of the Legal Framework for Impact, David Rouch from Freshfields.

Find a transcript of this episode here: https://bit.ly/3B9WvgV

Sep 20, 2021

In the fourth episode of the PRI’s human rights podcast series, Nikolaj Pedersen speaks to biomedical researcher, health rights advocate, and Head of Policy at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Els Torreele and Peter Hughes, fund manager at AXA Investment Managers about COVID-19 vaccine ownership and distribution and what investors can do to promote fair and equal access.

As of July this year, more than 80% of vaccine doses globally had been given to individuals in high and upper-middle-income countries. Only 1% of people in low-income countries at the time had had at least one dose. 

The United Nations commissioner on human rights has stated that "affordable, non-discriminatory access to the vaccine is a human right" and because of the failure to provide fair and equal access to the vaccine the World Health Organisation has stated that the world "is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure".

The economic consequences are also grave with an estimated $9.2 trillion lost if governments fail to ensure that developing economies have access to COVID-19 vaccines

What is wrong with the current research and development system? Why does ownership of IP, know-how and technology matter? And what can investors do?

Listen to this episode as we explore these questions with our esteemed guests.

Find a trascript of this episode here: https://bit.ly/3CqbNhN

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Investors issue urgent call for “fair and equitable” global response to COVID-19: https://accesstomedicinefoundation.org/news/investors-issue-urgent-call-for-fair-and-equitable-global-response-to-covid-19

Study shows vaccine nationalism could cost rich countries US$4.5 trillion: https://iccwbo.org/media-wall/news-speeches/study-shows-vaccine-nationalism-could-cost-rich-countries-us4-5-trillion/

Campaigners warn that 9 out of 10 people in poor countries are set to miss out on COVID-19 vaccine next year: https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/campaigners-warn-9-out-10-people-poor-countries-are-set-miss-out-covid-19-vaccine

Sep 13, 2021

In this episode of the PRI podcast, PRI CEO Fiona Reynolds speaks with Jon Lukomink and James P. Hawley, co-authors of the recently published book, Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Investing That Matters.

They discuss how finance theory can be reframed to break down the barriers between capital markets and the real world, and the notion that we are in the third stage of corporate governance.

Find a transcript of this episode here: https://bit.ly/3Ef6Ry3 

Sep 6, 2021

In the seventh podcast of a series on the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative, Sixtine Dubost (PRI) speaks with Madeleine King (Legal & General Investment Management) and Elisabeth Rudman (DBRS Morningstar) about governance factors, how they affect the probability of default of an issuer or of a bond issue and why their relevance is increasing.

Find a transcript of this episode here:

https://bit.ly/3tmCwsm

Aug 31, 2021

Our guest speakers, Alex Cobham from Tax Justice Network and Ryan Gurule from the FACT Coalition will be sharing their insights on the global tax reforms and implications for investors.

 

Find a transcript of this episode here:

https://bit.ly/3yuxdrB

Aug 23, 2021

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI’s director of investment practices, Toby Belsom speaks with Alex van der Velden of Ownership Capital.

They discuss Alex’s journey to becoming a leader in the field of ESG integration in listed equity, his views on current practices and how they are evolving, and the challenges and opportunities that remain for investors looking to integrate ESG issues within their listed equity investments.

Find a transcript of this episode here: https://bit.ly/3Bgkuei 

Aug 9, 2021

Join Carol Jeppesen, Head of US, in this quarterly update episode of the PRI podcast. In this episode, Carol runs through key updates from the PRI.

Aug 2, 2021

Beneficiaries are increasingly interested in how their money is managed, and the demand for investors to take heed of this is growing.

Join the PRI’s Emmet McNamee and special guests Xander den Uyl, Trustee, ABP (and PRI board member), and Marion Maloney, Head of Responsible Investment, Environment Agency Pension Fund in this episode of the PRI podcast.

Xander and Marion discuss how they have gone about understanding the sustainability preferences of their pension scheme members and the changes in practices member feedback has led to. They discuss how to balance beneficiaries’ preferences with fiduciary duty, and how to approach the costs of undertaking beneficiary engagement.

Further resources:

Understanding and aligning with beneficiaries’ sustainability preferences: https://www.unpri.org/strategy-policy-and-strategic-asset-allocation/understanding-and-aligning-with-beneficiaries-sustainability-preferences/7497.article

Beneficiary survey template: https://www.unpri.org/download?ac=13335

Jul 26, 2021

In the third episode of the PRI’s human rights podcast series, the PRI’s Elena Espinoza speaks to two members of Grenfell United, a group of survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire, and Simon Whistler, real assets lead at the PRI. 

The Grenfell Tower fire occurred early in the morning of Wednesday 14 June 2017 in North Kensington, London. It spread quickly through the tower block’s 24 stories, taking the lives of 72 people and injuring many more.

After the disaster, it emerged that the cladding that was put on the tower during its refurbishment fuelled the fire.

As a result of mounting pressure from bereaved families, investors have been selling shares in Grenfell Tower cladding firm Kingspan.  

In this episode, Grenfell United speak about the ways in which they raised concerns before the fire and how they have engaged with investors who are tied to companies linked with the tragedy.

The PRI's Simon Whistler then reflects on Grenfell United’s testimony, outlining how investors can strengthen their due diligence processes and describing the lessons that investors internationally can learn.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Grenfell United

Investors sell of shares in Grenfell Tower insultation firm Kingspan

US judge allows lawsuit against Grenfell Tower cladding firm

Jul 13, 2021

Drawing on insights from 2021’s AGM season, this PRI podcast episode dives into the subject of achieving meaningful outcomes through investor stewardship, particularly in the context of climate action and decarbonisation. The guest speakers share both academic and practical insights on the stewardship tools and practices at investors’ disposal when considering climate action as a systemic issue and from a universal ownership perspective.

Jun 28, 2021

With only four months to go until COP26 in Glasgow, our last major opportunity to get back on track with the goals of the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C, investor action on climate has never been more critical.

In this podcast we will explore the steps Wellington Management are taking to help lead the charge, as one of the of the first asset management firms to make a net-zero carbon emissions pledge.

Jun 21, 2021

In the sixth podcast of a series on the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative, Sixtine Dubost (PRI) focusses with Barbara Cohen (Scope Ratings) and Shawn Keegan (Alliance Bernstein) on social factors, how they affect the probability of default of an issuer or of a bond issue and why their relevance is increasing.

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.
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