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Sustainable Views

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Confused about sustainability? You’re not alone. Environmental, social and governance factors, or ESG, are increasingly a headache for business, finance and world leaders alike. Now even policymakers are creating rules to govern this space. It’s hard to keep up and make sense of it all. So let us help you by sharing some of the most interesting views shaping this space. Join your host, Silvia Pavoni, as she talks to the people living and breathing sustainability – and a few critics too. (We can’t promise this will be a completely jargon-free space, but we shall try!)

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Sustainable Views: Lessons from a whistleblower
Sustainable Views: Lessons from a whistleblower
If you work in sustainability, you'll already be familiar with Desiree Fixler.If you're new to this area, Desiree is the whistleblower who instigated multiple investigations into the ESG credentials of DWS, the asset manager part of Deutsche Bank. At one point, the German police got involved too. The company’s shares dived; its CEO stepped down. This is arguably the biggest sustainable finance scandal to date.Desiree, who used to be DWS’s global sustainability officer, accused her former employer of greenwashing. In September this year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission concluded she was right. It fined the asset manager a whopping $19mn for ESG misstatements - the SEC's largest ever ESG fine.In this new episode of Sustainable Views, Desiree talks to Silvia Pavoni, your host, about how sustainable finance should change to actually be sustainable – and avoid misleading investors. She also shares her views on regulators’ role in this area (she’s not a fan of the EU’s sustainable finance disclosure rules, which she says are a “train wreck”); and calls on companies to build solid ESG expertise internally, rather than outsourcing the work – and the responsibility – to consultants.Desiree also gives advice on how to tackle greenwashing within companies, and how to deal with life as a whistleblower.-Links:Some reading on the EU’s disclosure rules: sustainable finance regulation, here: about other ESG reporting proposals, here:…and here: you can register to receive our daily newsletter: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Sustainable Views: Should you offset your carbon emissions?
Sustainable Views: Should you offset your carbon emissions?
They are meant to help us transition to a greener economy but carbon offsets, and the markets where they are traded, are fraught with controversy.The quality of carbon credits is under scrutiny, as is their use by companies, which may purchase them in lieu of real action towards net zero. Consultancy McKinsey estimates that this space will be worth as much as $50bn by 2030.Used judiciously, carbon offsetting can channel funds towards activities that help prevent or remove CO2 emissions from the atmosphere. Used cynically, the practice risks becoming a sophisticated form of greenwashing. Which way is this market heading? We have some answers. Listen to Silvia Pavoni, your host, as she talks to Marie Kemplay, one of her colleagues who has recently written about the controversy surrounding carbon markets. You’ll also hear from Gilles Dufrasne at Carbon Market Watch, an expert in this field with some strong views.-Links:Marie’s article on the voluntary carbon markets: interesting article on carbon offsets:, for the geekiest among you, here is a report on how to evaluate carbon market products in financial accounting: more of our Sustainable Views content, register here for a free trial: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Sustainable Views: Turning fashion into a sustainable business
Sustainable Views: Turning fashion into a sustainable business
From the environmental impact of certain materials to the huge waste problems caused by discarded clothing, the fashion industry is problematic. Even more so if social factors are taken into account – after construction, fashion is the world’s second biggest driver of modern slavery, according ot the Global Slavery Index. Women represent over three quarters of people involved in abuses.Yet sustainability claims are increasingly popular with fashion brands. In this episode, Silvia talks to author and campaigner Orsola de Castro, the co-founder of Fashion Revolution and one of the best-known voices calling for greater accountability in this space. Orsola argues that clothing labels should provide environmental and social impact information to consumers. She discusses upcycling, greenwashing and our favourite subject – regulation.-Links to Sustainable Views’ coverage of the fashion industry: is Fashion Revolution’s ‘Good Clothes, Fair Pay’ campaign:,workers%20are%20paid%20living%20wages.And here is the link to Orsola’s book, Loved Clothes Last: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.