Perspectives Towards a Sustainable Future

​​Perspectives Towards a Sustainable Future is a podcast series about what we are doing today to build a more sustainable world tomorrow. Each episode features a thought leader discussing an aspect of sustainability – its origin, evolution and relevance today – with Jason Mitchell, Co-Head of Responsible Investment at Man Group.

Domestic Climate Security: Preparing for the New Normal

This episode marks the first of several exploring aspects of climate security. While climate change is a threat multiplier in terms of global security, it represents a risk multiplier from a domestic perspective. But what kind of government response should we expect to the new normal? Learn how the UK Environment Agency is leveraging resilience, green infrastructure and international partnerships to provide long-term climate security.


Emma Howard Boyd - Chair of the UK Environment Agency

Emma Howard Boyd is Chair of the UK Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation. Emma serves on a number of boards and advisory committees including ShareAction, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Green Finance Institute.


This podcast was recorded on 21 Feb 2019.  Read disclaimer


Greening the World’s Second-Largest Economy

China’s top-down, state-led governance model requires a delicate balance between the environment and economic growth. But what happens when global growth slows? What does it portend for China’s role in international climate change policy now that the United States has untethered itself from the Paris Agreement? Learn about the political imperative behind climate change and how China is greening its financial system.


Professor Yao Wang - Director General of China’s International Institute of Green Finance

Professor Yao Wang is the Director General of China’s International Institute of Green Finance and the Director of the Research Center for Climate and Energy Finance. She’s also the Deputy Secretary General of the Green Finance Committee of the China Society of Finance and Banking. Professor Wang’s research focuses on the low-carbon economy, climate finance and green finance. She is the author of two books, Carbon Finance: Global Vision and Distribution in China and another titled, Climate Finance.


This podcast was recorded on 07 Dec 2018.  Read disclaimer


Maersk on how the International Shipping Industry Goes Carbon Neutral

The international shipping industry is essential to maintaining global trade flows. But global trade comes at a cost. Shipping may be the least environmentally damaging form of commercial transport, but it still accounts for almost 3% of global carbon emissions. Learn why climate change represents an important factor for the international shipping industry, and why Maersk is leading the industry with an ambitious commitment to go carbon neutral by 2050.


John Kornerup Bang - Head of Sustainability Strategy and Climate Strategy at Maersk

John Kornerup Bang is Head of Sustainability Strategy and Climate Strategy at Maersk. With 20 years of experience working on sustainable globalization, he drives the development of the overall direction and priorities on sustainability as well as work on solving larger systemic issues related to global logistics through combining commercial muscle with multi-stakeholder partnerships. For the past three years, John has served as advisor from Maersk to Ban Ki Moon’s High Level Advisory Group on sustainable transportation and its linkage to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


This podcast was recorded on 01 Feb 2019.  Read disclaimer


The Path Towards Best Managed, Best Governed

How can governance be traced across corporate, government and institutional investor perspectives? Why is it critical that the success of a corporate benefit not just its shareholders but also its employees? And how can markets reconcile short-term and long-term pressures? Listen to Lord Ian Livingston, Chairman of Man Group, who draws from his experiences as former CEO of BT Group and UK Minister of Trade and Investment on the nature of short termism and long termism, and why good governance is fundamental for any enterprise.


Lord Ian Livingston - Chairman of the Board of Man Group

Lord Ian Livingston serves as Chairman of the Board of Man Group since May 2016. He has over two decades of board level FTSE 100 experience, most recently as CEO of BT Group plc where he also served as CEO of BT Retail and as Group CFO. Prior to joining BT, he was CFO of Dixons Group plc. Lord Ian Livingston is a serving member of the House of Lords. From 2013 to 2015, he was Minister of State for Trade and Investment.


This podcast was recorded on 20 Aug 2018.  Read disclaimer


Making Japan Great Again Through Corporate Governance Reform

What’s the value of good governance? What’s a company’s commitment to ESG reporting and greater transparency worth? Learn the story behind Japan’s turn to corporate governance reform and how leaders like Dr Ryohei Yanagi are not only advocating for its wider adoption but also helping to define how we measure its success.


Dr Ryohei Yanagi - Visiting Professor at Tokyo University and Visiting Lecturer at Waseda University Graduate School of Accountancy

Dr Ryohei Yanagi is Visiting Professor at Tokyo University and Visiting Lecturer at Waseda University Graduate School of Accountancy, teaching and researching Corporate Governance, Financial Strategy and Investor Relations. He is also the CFO of Eisai, a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company with over 10,000 employees and a listing in the Topix 100. Yanagi-san is an advisor to the Japanese government and the Tokyo Stock Exchange on corporate disclosure and governance.


This podcast was recorded on 04 Jul 2018.  Read disclaimer


Sustainable Investing for The Real (Centuries) Long-term

What does sustainable investment mean to the world’s largest academic endowment fund? Learn how Harvard’s endowment fund, which supports 40% of the university’s research, educational programs and financial aid, has emerged as a leader among endowment funds in applying sustainable and responsible investment principles.


Michael Cappucci - Senior Vice President at Harvard Management Company

Michael Cappucci is Senior Vice President at Harvard Management Company where he manages HMC’s sustainable investment program. He’s also serves on the PRI’s Hedge Fund and Private Equity Advisory Committees. Harvard Management Company manages Harvard University’s endowment. At $37.1 billion, it’s the largest academic endowment in the world. Contributions from the Harvard endowment over more than four decades have enabled industry-leading financial aid programs, ground-breaking discoveries in scientific research, and hundreds of professorships across a wide range of academic fields.


This podcast was recorded on 13 Jun 2018.  Read disclaimer


A Theory of Change Starting With Savers

How are pension savers reshaping investor sand corporate responses to climate risk disclosure and gender diversity? Who speaks for them and agitates on their behalf for change? Who has their back? Learn how ShareAction’s approach to investor activism – galvanizing individual saver interests to ultimately influencing policy outcomes – creates a fairer, more responsible financial system.


Catherine Howarth - CEO of ShareAction

Catherine Howarth is the Chief Executive Officer of ShareAction. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She serves on Her Majesty’s Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce, and was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust. Catherine was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.

Bethan Livesey- Head of Policy at ShareAction

Bethan Livesey is Head of Policy and leads ShareAction’s policy engagement and research work aimed at developing ShareAction’s thought leadership role in the responsible investment debate. She previously worked as a litigator in the City of London.


This podcast was recorded on 19 Jun 2018.  Read disclaimer


Politics of the (EU) environment

How do you go about jump starting an energy transition that has to balance ambitious environmental objectives with labour stability? Learn how Germany is working towards this in a plan to phase out coal by 2030, how the EU Parliament is redefining what sustainable finance really means and why environmental politics is ultimately about people.


Reinhard Buetikofer - Member of the European Parliament

Reinhard Buetikofer is Co-Chair of the European Green Party and Member of the European Parliament. He sits on the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China, a member of the Delegation to the United States and a substitute member of the ASEAN Delegation. Before getting elected to the European Parliament in 2009, he was the co-chair of the German Green Party Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen.


This podcast was recorded on 04 Sep 2018.  Read disclaimer


Reframing The Responsible Investment Norm

Investors have traditionally been left out of the dialogue between states, NGOs, civil society and corporations on social and environmental issues. Learn how that’s changing as international investor initiatives, like the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), are coalescing investor interests to replicate the success of the Paris Agreement in other dimensions, such as labour rights and economic inequality.


Fiona Reynolds - CEO of the UN-supported Principles of Responsible Investment

Fiona Reynolds is CEO of the UN-supported Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI). She has more than 20 years' experience in the pension sector, working in particular within the Australian superannuation sector where she played an active role in advocating pension policy change. Prior to the PRI, Fiona spent seven years as CEO of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST). Fiona serves on a number of boards, including the UN Global Compact, the Council of the International Integrated Reporting Council and the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at the University of Oxford. Recently, Fiona was named as one of the 2018 The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence.


This podcast was recorded on 01 Jun 2018.  Read disclaimer


2018 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

Listen to an inside account of the 2018 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, from judges’ commentary to a final interview with the winning team from Singapore Management University. Learn how the winning idea – the ASEAN Storm Resilience Fund – not only helps farming communities in Southeast Asian countries to withstand extreme weather events but accomplishes this through grassroots-led microfinancing and an innovative feature to development impact bonds.


ASEAN Storm Resilience Fund - Winners of 2018 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

The winning team, ASEAN Storm Resilience Fund, of the 2018 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge is represented by Maoying He, Teng Kai Loh and Felicia Shaw from Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.


This podcast was recorded on 13 Apr 2018.  Read disclaimer


How Are NGOs Addressing Human Rights in Conflict Areas?

Investors often play up the merits of active engagement with companies. But how does that work with sovereign nations, specifically with conflict-affected regions that generally fall on investors’ exclusion lists? Harriet Lamb explains how the role of NGOs like International Alert are working to provide guidance to sectors like extractive industries who involved in conflict affected regions. She also provides suggestions for how investors can work with NGOs – much as they have in climate change policy – as a means towards conflict resolution.


Harriet Lamb CBE - CEO of International Alert

Harriet Lamb CBE is the CEO of peacebuilding charity International Alert. Before joining Alert, Harriet was CEO of Fairtrade International from 2012–2015 and Executive Director of the UK-based Fairtrade Foundation from 2001–2012. At the World Development Movement (now Global Justice Now), she campaigned for the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Sales, against export credits for arms sales to repressive regimes. Her awards include a CBE in the New Year Honours List 2006, Credit Suisse Business Woman of the Year and Cosmopolitan Eco-Queen.


This podcast was recorded on 22 May 2018.  Read disclaimer


Why Better Functioning Carbon Markets Are Vital for Climate Change Policy

Despite its early troubles, Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) has to be recognized as the most ambitious effort to apply market-based pricing to carbon emissions. Now, more than 10 years after the launch of EU-ETS, Europe is reinforcing the integrity of its carbon market alongside the emergence of other regional carbon markets like that in China. Mark Lewis discusses how he believes these efforts will ultimately create a more material carbon price and what it means for the fossil fuel industry and its consumers in the future.


Mark Lewis - Head of Research and a Managing Director at the Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark Lewis is Head of Research and a Managing Director at the Carbon Tracker Initiative. For the last 15 years, Mark’s research has focused on the overlap between energy and climate change. Since May 2016 he has been a member of the UK Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Previously, he was Managing Director and Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays (2015-18), Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux (2014-15), and Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Research at Deutsche Bank, where he worked for 14 years until 2013.


This podcast was recorded on 17 May 2018.  Read disclaimer


Climate Change Showdown: Church Commissioners for England vs. ExxonMobil

Do you ever find yourself imagining that the forces behind Big Oil are unstoppable, that little can be done to counter climate change? Edward Mason describes why the Church Commissioners for England, who took on Exxon in a multi-year effort to improve its climate change transparency and disclosure policies, should change that view. Learn how the Commissioners built on their early engagement successes with companies like BP and Royal Dutch Shell to help them coalesce international investor interests to ultimately confront Exxon.


Edward Mason - Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England

Edward Mason is Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England, ensuring that they implement their ethical and responsible investment commitments. He took up his position in August 2014 having previously served for five years as Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG), advising the Commissioners and other national investing bodies of the church on ethical investment. Prior to working at the Church of England, Edward served for 15 years as a British diplomat, leaving in 2005 to help establish the diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat. He holds a degree in History from Oxford University.


This podcast was recorded on 02 Mar 2018.  Read disclaimer


Just Transition: a Framework for Workers and the Environment

Nick Robins discusses why frameworks like the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) are so important to ensuring the progress of sustainable development. Nick also explains why the Just Transition – an effort that combines the climate objectives with growth in green jobs formation – is critical to tackling the issue of economic inequality.


Professor Nick Robins - Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the Grantham Research Institute

Professor Nick Robins joined the Grantham Research Institute in February 2018 as Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance. Nick is also co-director of UN Environment’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. As co-director of the UNEP Inquiry since 2014, Nick has led country activities in Brazil, the EU, India, Italy and the UK, as well as thematic work focused on investors, insurance and green banking. He also helped to launch the Sustainable Insurance Forum for supervisors and the international network of Financial Centres for Sustainability. Before joining UNEP, he was Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC. Prior to HSBC, Nick was head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) funds at Henderson Global Investors. Nick has also worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development, the European Commission and the Business Council for Sustainable Development.


This podcast was recorded on 16 Feb 2018.  Read disclaimer


What is the Social Value of Cryptocurrencies?

Are Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple the digital currencies of the future? Or are they just another asset bubble like the 17th century Dutch tulip mania? Professor Campbell R. Harvey explains why economists often underestimate the capabilities of cryptocurrencies as well as their underlying Blockchain technology. He also describes why Blockchain will transform not only the fundamental security of our transactions but also help accelerate emerging countries to modernize and digitize their economies.


Professor Campbell R. Harvey - Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Professor Campbell R. Harvey, a leading financial economist, has been an Investment Strategy Advisor to Man Group since 2005 and has contributed to a variety of research produced by the firm. He is a Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served as Editor of The Journal of Finance from 2006 to 2012 and as the 2016 President of the American Finance Association. A distinguished academic, Professor Harvey received the 2016 and 2015 Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Award for the Best Article from The Journal of Portfolio Management for his research on differentiating luck from skill.


This podcast was recorded on 07 Mar 2018.  Read disclaimer


The Role That Education Will Play in Tackling Climate Change

Charles Donovan explains why it is critical for universities to develop postgraduate programmes that formally address the financial challenges and investment opportunities of climate change. Does the establishment of Imperial College’s Climate Finance Centre represent greater private sector job opportunities in climate finance and strategy? What kind of curriculum can students expect to study towards a MSc or PhD, and what kind of climate finance research is Imperial producing?


Charles Donovan - Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School

Charles Donovan is Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School and Principal Teaching Fellow in the Department of Management. In his corporate career, he was most recently Head of Structuring and Valuation for Alternative Energy at BP, where he managed a team responsible for the analysis and financing of large renewable energy projects. He was part of the strategy team that launched the alternative energy division in 2005, with a commitment from BP to spend US$ 8 billion over 10 years, and participated in a number of strategic acquisitions.


This podcast was recorded on 08 Jan 2018.  Read disclaimer


Economic Inequality: the Defining Issue of our Time

David Wood describes the evolution of responsible investment – its approaches and institutions like the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment – over the last decade. Wood also explains why the need for a framework to economic inequality is essential in understanding the systemic risks it represents for society at large. How have the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals dimensionalised inequality, enabling a better understanding for investors? How can we reconcile the rise of populism in the United States with the policies under the Trump administration that would appear to exacerbate economic inequality?


David Wood - Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School

David Wood is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and the Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School. Current projects range from work with pension fund trustees on responsible investment policies, mission investment by foundation endowments, research on the changing nature of the supply for and capacity to receive capital for community investment in the US, and a global survey of the relationship between public policy and impact investment. Recent work includes the Handbook on Responsible Investment Across Asset Classes (Boston College, 2007).


This podcast was recorded on 21 Dec 2017.  Read disclaimer


The Case for Going Tobacco-free

Dr Rachel Melsom describes why investor engagement with the tobacco industry, relative for instance to the fossil fuel industry, is futile because of its negative health and social repercussions. She also explains why international policy momentum – the WHO Tobacco Convention, the UN Global Compact Statement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – provide a framework to understand the broader socio-economic implications of tobacco, and the momentum behind recent investor announcements to go tobacco-free.


Dr Rachel Melsom - Director of Tobacco Free Portfolios for the UK and Europe,

Dr Rachel Melsom is Director of Tobacco Free Portfolios for the UK and Europe, and a practicing Doctor. Tobacco Free Portfolios focuses on the medical and societal cost of continued investment in the Tobacco Industry, addressing the effect of the product and the wider cost of smoking to society, encouraging Tobacco Free Investment. Rachel also works part time in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DoME) at Worthing Hospital in Sussex.


This podcast was recorded on 14 Dec 2017.  Read disclaimer


The Case for Natural Capital Accounting

Ece Ozdemiroglu explains why current accounting methodologies like Gross Domestic Product (GDP) used to measure economic and financial performance misrepresent the underlining value of our natural resources, from fisheries and forests to mineral deposits and water resources. How will natural capital accounting help us to more sustainably manage our resources over the long-term?


Ece Ozdemiroglu - Founding Director of eftec

Ece Ozdemiroglu is the Founding Director of eftec. She is also a member of the Climate Change Committee Adaptation Sub Committee and the Natural Capital Initiative. She specialises in interpreting economic value evidence for natural capital, ecosystem services, cultural heritage, charitable sector and value of information. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy and has co-edited or co-authored 11 books.


This podcast was recorded on 08 Dec 2017.  Read disclaimer


The Challenge of Accounting for Rights and Ethics

Professor Ken McPhail discusses why rights – human, political, social, labour or environmental – have historically been so difficult to define, and why the S (Social) in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) analysis provides an opportunity to better develop accounting practices for assessing the costs of rights to society, investors and corporates. How do we begin to quantify what human rights risks pose for society and investors? Can there ever be a path towards an international-recognised ethical accounting standard? How is technology changing our conception of human rights to now include the loss of privacy?


Professor Ken McPhail - Vice Dean for Social Responsibility within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester

Professor Ken McPhail is Vice Dean for Social Responsibility within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. Professor McPhail oversees the strategic development and implementation of the University’s distinctive social responsibility agenda. In addition, Professor McPhail also sits on the University’s Social Responsibility Governance Group which is chaired by the Vice Chancellor and Principle. Professor McPhail's work is focused on various aspects of accounting ethics and corporate accountability.


This podcast was recorded on 11 Nov 2017.  Read disclaimer


Corporate Governance Reform in South Korea

Professor Mike Cho describes why South Korean corporates have historically underperformed their global peers on corporate governance metrics, and why the new administration under President Moon promises to usher in a spate of reforms in this area. What will this mean for family-run Korean conglomerates, otherwise known as chaebols? How is South Korea adopting national governance models towards the launch of their own Stewardship Code?


Professor Myeong Hyeon Cho - Professor of Strategy at Korea University Business School

Professor Myeong Hyeon (Mike) Cho is a professor of strategy at Korea University Business School and also serves as the President of Korea Corporate Governance Service. Professor Cho has worked as a member at various government committees such as the National Economic Advisory Committee and Financial Service Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Korea University, he worked as an assistant professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.


This podcast was recorded on 24 Oct 2017.  Read disclaimer


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