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  • Let's Talk Sustainable Business Podcast

    The Let's Talk Sustainable Business' podcast series is aimed at people interested in how corporations can drive sustainable development by integrating sustainability into their overall business strategy and managing for positive impact. The series will feature conversations with experts and practitioners in the field of sustainability. The target audience includes corporate executives, consultants, academics and students as well as people in civil society with an interest to learn more about this complex subject. The series will cover the scope as laid out by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the principles of responsible business.  

05 May. 2021 | Comments (0)
Science a Key Component of Corporate Sustainability
For Gayle Schueller Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability officer at 3M, science has always been an important part of her life. In this episode she explains how through pandemic, loss of biodiversity and the climate crisis, the importance of applying scientific principles has drastically increased.

14 Apr. 2021 | Comments (0)
The Plastic Waste Challenge – BASF’s Business Response
In this episode Lars Kissau, SVP Global Strategic Business Development at BASF’s Petrochemical division explains the business thinking behind their commitment to scale up chemical recycling with the aim of becoming a significant source of recycled virgin plastic production.

01 Apr. 2021 | Comments (0)
Chemical Recycling – the Silver Bullet for our Plastic Waste Challenge?
Lars Kissau, SVP Global Strategic Business Development at BASF’s Petrochemical division joins The Conference Board’s Uwe Schulte in this latest episode of this podcast series. Lars and Uwe explore the pros and cons of converting mixed and possibly contaminated plastic waste back into original oil and then producing new virgin plastic materials from it.

17 Mar. 2021 | Comments (0)
How to Collaborate with Customers to Achieve Sustainability Goals and Company Growth
In this episode Daniel Schmid, Chief Sustainability Officer at SAP discusses with working together with customers to fulfill their purpose and sustainability ambitions.

03 Mar. 2021 | Comments (0)
From Business Unit Manager to Chief Sustainability Officer an Integration Journey
In this podcast Daniel Schmid discusses his journey from Business Unit Manager to becoming Chief Sustainability Officer at SAP. Having had profit and loss accountability in his prior roles helped to engage his company peers.  In order to get support from business partners, it is important to be able to listen and connect their business needs with SAP’s sustainability goals.

16 Dec. 2020 | Comments (0)
Sustainable Innovation – Features of a Successful Approach
In this episode, Scott Tew and Rasha Hasaneen from Trane Technologies, discuss their strategies for managing sustainable innovation. Starting with the setting of targets based on materiality analysis and scenario planning.

02 Dec. 2020 | Comments (0)
Sustainable Innovation – A Necessary Business Transformation?
Scott Tew and Rasha Hasaneen, the Heads of Sustainability and Innovation at Trane Technologies, join Uwe Schulte to discuss how and why they have embarked on the journey towards sustainable innovation.

30 Sep. 2020 | Comments (0)
Corporate Sustainability in Asia – where are we headed?
Kwon Ping Ho Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree evaluates the different aspects of sustainable development in Asia, emphasizing the need for a step change in corporate governance. He looks at the regional differences highlighting the need to fight corruption in the developing parts of Asia.

16 Sep. 2020 | Comments (0)
Sustainable Tourism – how can it be done?
Kwon Ping Ho Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree describes their sustainability journey and how the company is developing sustainable tourism solutions. Kwon Ping Ho explains why regenerative tourism is required and how Banyan Tree is taking environmental and social aspects into account, ensuring communities profit from tourism income whilst maintaining their cultural identity.

22 Jul. 2020 | Comments (0)
Natura – Sustainability Vision for 2030?
João Paulo Ferreira the CEO Latin America of Natura describes how the company is exploring different aspects of Natura’s 2030 sustainability vision. This podcast looks at how these ambitions are turned into activities and measurements of impact.

15 Jul. 2020 | Comments (0)
Natura – A Global Company with a Purpose
Joao Ferreira the CEO Latin America of Natura talks with Uwe Schulte Leader of The Conference Board’s Global Sustainability Centre about the roots of Natura’s “reasons to exist”.

08 Jul. 2020 | Comments (0)
Water, the New Oil – a sustainable business opportunity?
Emilio Tenuta Chief Sustainability Officer at Ecolab continues the conversation from Part I, on water scarcity. In this episode the focus lies on the business opportunities to be gained by contributing to the solution for this problem.

01 Jul. 2020 | Comments (0)
Water, the New Oil – What is happening?
Water scarcity is raising increased concerns, but is it only a risk in dry parts of the developing world? Emilio Tenuta Chief Sustainability Officer at Ecolab in discusses these concerns, explaining the reasons behind this rapidly growing problem, what it means for companies, and how to evaluate the business risk exposure.

24 Jun. 2020 | Comments (0)
The Future of Renewable Energy
Filip Engel, Vice President Sustainability at Øersted has a conversation with Uwe Schulte Leader of The Conference Board Global Sustainability Centre about how wind energy will specifically develop over the next decade.

17 Jun. 2020 | Comments (0)
Sustainable Business Transformation - The Ørsted Case
Filip Engel, Vice President Sustainability at Ørsted shares in this podcast how a Danish fossil fuel-based energy provider completely changed their business model and is now about to become a fully renewable energy company.

10 Jun. 2020 | Comments (0)
Human Rights in Supply Chains During and After the Covid-19 Crisis
Rosey Hurst, the Founder and Director of Impactt discusses with Uwe Schulte how the COVID-19 crisis is influencing human rights in Supply Chains.

03 Jun. 2020 | Comments (0)
Human Rights in Supply Chain - To Audit or not to Audit?
In this Podcast Rosey Hurst, Founder and Director of Impactt, gives a new perspective on Human rights in Supply Chain. Instead of trying to check certain human rights standards, the idea is to start from the workers perspective and try to achieve adequate pay, reliability of income and respect. This way the root causes of human rights abuses can be addressed and eliminated.

27 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – how relevant are they for businesses? Part II
Continuing from their conversation in the previous podcast of this series, Márcia Balisciano Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at RELX and Uwe Schulte explore what the UN SDGs offer corporations in terms of framework and opportunity. Márcia describes RELX’s approach in applying the SDGs to their sustainability activities. As a global digital information provider RELX have created a UN SDG Resource Center which they are now extending to insights about COVID-19.

20 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – What are they all about? Part I
Márcia Balisciano Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at RELX joins Uwe Schulte in a conversation exploring the origins of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The discussion covers its more widely accepted adoption and how the SDGs can become an important frame of reference for sustainability.

13 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
How to Address the ‘Wicked Problems’ of the World Today
Our conversation in this podcast looks at the aspects of responsibility, resilience, and regeneration, with John Elkington challenging managers to actively drive for what he calls ‘Green Swan’ scenarios. COVID-19 is an acute case of the ‘wicked problems’ described in his book and John is optimistic that in coming out of this crisis ‘Green Swan’ solutions will only gain more momentum in this arena.

06 May. 2020 | Comments (0)
A Brief History of Corporate Sustainability: A conversation with John Elkington
In this Podcast John Elkington founder of Volans explores the evolution of corporations from Environment Compliance Policies and Corporate Social Responsibility to the fight for positive impact today.

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