How much do you know about corporate responsibility and sustainability?
This week, Andy Behar, the CEO of As You Sow, joins Kim Griego-Kiel to talk about the nonprofit organization’s role in shaking up the business world with its innovative environmental and social justice approach.
Listen in as Andy details the ins and outs of creating a more sustainable and equitable future for this and the years to come.
As You Sow’s vision and mission
The importance of climate action in the corporate resolution filings for 2023
The value of more companies incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion
As You Sow’s role in helping companies minimize the dangers of pesticides in our food system
What you should know about company transparency and accountability
Ways As You Sow is working to reduce plastic demand
Andy Behar is CEO of As You Sow, the nation’s leading non-profit practitioner of shareholder advocacy and engagement. With a 30-year track record of success, the organization advances values-aligned investing and uses shareholder power to compel companies to reduce material risk on issues including climate change; toxins in the food system; ocean plastics; diversity, equity, and inclusion; racial justice; and wage equity.
The traditional process for giving money to charity can leave people feeling skeptical, but when it comes to donating to charities for climate change, applying a “fund management” approach can be the solution that makes a difference.
In this episode, Jack Chellman, the head of strategy and communications at the Global Returns Project, joins Kimberly Griego-Kiel to talk about the company’s Global Returns Portfolio. Jack explains how this portfolio works as a diverse, effective, and scalable not-for-profit tool designed to regenerate the planet and protect the environment.
Types of charitable giving
Ways the Global Returns Project works to support climate change with not-for-profit organizations to curate investments (not for financial return)
The 3 UN Sustainable Development Goals this organization targets
Ways individual investors can get involved and the role of taxes when it comes to charitable giving
With a background in journalism and social advocacy, Jack Chellman transitioned to environmental work out of concern for issues of intersectional climate justice. A Marshall Scholar, Jack holds an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge. He also earned an MSc with distinction in Media, Power, and Public Affairs from Royal Holloway, University of London.
While we may not see the effects of climate change in our everyday lives, its impact on our environment is increasing across the globe.
In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel sheds light on vulnerability and adaptation as two key points of the UN’s 2022 Climate Change Report. This report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.
The vulnerability of our ecosystems, infrastructure, and energy systems
Impacting climate crisis through adaptation
The critical need to implement global sustainability practices for the global wellbeing
How you can use the UN’s report to start to take action with your investing
Hence, putting in measures to save our environment and allow the cycle to continue is extremely important for not only our own future, but also for the future of the generations to come.
In this episode, Kimberly Griego-Kiel sits down with Vicki Benjamin, co-founder and CEO of Karner Blue Capital. Vicki explains what her company does for nature and the environment and how they are utilizing data collection and their own ESG process to combat nature and biodiversity loss around the world.
The impact of the palm oil industry on nature, the environment, and the markets
The five drivers of nature and the impact of biodiversity loss
How Karner Blue is utilizing in-depth data collection practices to redefine ESG investing
A new ecosystem service that will value land based on its positive effects in the public markets
Vicki Benjamin is the co-founder and CEO of Karner Blue Capital, an SEC-registered investment adviser dedicated to investing in biodiversity protection, environmental stewardship, and animal welfare. Before establishing KBC, Vicki served as President, COO, and CFO for Calvert Investments, an industry leader in socially responsible investing. Vicki was a partner of a “Big 4” accounting firm for more than ten years before joining Calvert.
In October 2021, Kimberly Griego-Kiel took part in the ESG For Impact! conference in Colorado Springs.
During this two-day conference, Kim attended sessions focused on SRI investments, strategies, and concepts while connecting with like-minded professionals and industry leaders.
One of those leaders was Rex Raimond, the director of The Transformational Investing in Food Systems (TIFS) Initiative.
In the first part of the ESG for Impact! miniseries, Rex joins Kim to explain everything around investing in global food systems. They explore how food growth can impact our health and the environment and outline ways we can get into a new sustainable economy.
Kim and Rex discuss:
How food systems fit within the ESG arena
The destructiveness of the agricultural system
The financial component of growing food system operations
Rex Raimond has more than 20 years of experience developing strategies and building effective partnerships for sustainable and equitable food systems. He applies his partnership-building skills to help build a movement among concessional, impact, and commercial investors, companies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to increase investment in principles-aligned food system businesses that are economically viable and deliver sustainable impact. Rex has worked on many aspects of food and agricultural systems transformation, including sustainable finance, crop insurance, and agricultural policy, market incentives for soil health practices, sustainable supply chains, food safety, science and emerging technologies, sustainable landscape planning, and climate change.
Farmers are a lot like scientists. In fact, for farmers to be able to cultivate healthy food for people like us, they need to know a lot about the way they’re producing and growing that food.
How are farmers and ranchers working to bring us healthier meals while also enhancing sustainability efforts in agriculture?
Find out in this episode, as Erin Fitzgerald, the CEO of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers In Action (USFRA), sits down with Kimberly Griego-Kiel to continue the conversation on sustainable agriculture. Erin explains everything you need to know about USFRA and the firm’s role in creating solutions for economic and agricultural sustainability.
In this episode, you will learn:
USFRA’s vision and mission
How farmers and ranchers can reduce carbon emissions
From cow Fitbits to cover crops: Technological innovations for farms and ranches
Ways agriculture can contribute to America’s overall economic growth
Tune in today and learn how you, too, can support the sustainable agriculture movement!
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) David Bennell focuses on creating high-quality products, services, and programs that deliver real value and set the standard for safety, sustainability, and profitability.
In this episode, join Kimberly Griego-Kiel as she sits down with David to discuss his contribution to the Transformative Investment in Climate-Smart Soil Agriculture report and to highlight what you really need to know about agricultural investment.
In this episode, you will learn:
How much private capital is in the United States’ agricultural system
Why technological and financial innovation benefit the agriculture sector
The role of greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural production
Why resilience is so important in an agricultural environment
Listen in and find out why, at the end of the day, you are always investing in agriculture!
You’ve likely heard the term CSR (Corporate Sustainability Reporting) at least once. But do you really know what this type of reporting entails and why it’s so important?
Find out in this episode as Kimberly Griego-Kiel takes you along for an in-depth look at CSR. By outlining its benefits, challenges, solutions, and guidelines, Kim explains CSR’s role within corporations and reveals how it fits into the overall idea of sustainability.
In this episode, you will learn:
The history and purpose of Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR)
Challenges associated with CSR
The role of CSR in a firm’s profit and ESG metrics
Kim’s take on how to achieve good quality CSR
How millennials are shaping the future of sustainability
Listen in for your crash course on the ins and outs of CSR!