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The Sustainable Finance Podcast

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  • Investing in Companies with Sustainable Business Advantages
    Investing in Companies with Sustainable Business Advantages
    Paul Ellis | Karina Funk, The Brown Advisory Recorded: May 15 2019 30 mins
    Karina Funk has been co-managing the Brown Advisory Large Cap Sustainable Growth portfolio since joining the firm in 2009. This is a concentrated portfolio of sustainable growth companies that will thrive in a resource-constrained world. She and her co-manager, David Powell, use three criteria to generate portfolio alpha through their active management approach.
  • Ep 44: Growing Impact Investing and Reducing Greenwashing
    Ep 44: Growing Impact Investing and Reducing Greenwashing
    Paul Ellis | Gil Crawford, CEO of MicroVest Recorded: May 12 2019 35 mins
    Impact investing is growing fast but greenwashing is increasing due to lack of regulatory oversight. Crawford brings his 25 years of experience in micro finance and the capital markets to this discussion of the World Bank’s newly launched operating principles designed to reduce greenwashing in the impact investing landscape.
  • EP. 43: S&P Dow Jones Indices Launches New ESG Indices
    EP. 43: S&P Dow Jones Indices Launches New ESG Indices
    Paul Ellis | Mona Naqvi, Senior Director and Global ESG Spokesperson for S&P Dow Jones Indices Recorded: Apr 30 2019 29 mins
    Mona Naqvi discusses her group’s launch of the S&P 500 ESG Index, the basis for a UBS Asset Management ETF that's now available. She also discusses the creation of numerous ESG indices and her ongoing work with Japan’s government pension investment fund (GPIF), the world’s largest, to systematically reduce exposure to high carbon companies through the S&P Carbon Efficient Indices.
  • Climate Risk 2019: Global Capital Markets and Public Policy Options
    Climate Risk 2019: Global Capital Markets and Public Policy Options
    Paul Ellis, Lisa Woll, Jeff Gitterman, Claudine Schneider, Francis Condon Recorded: Apr 16 2019 60 mins
    During the past 40 years Climate Science has accurately predicted rising sea levels, more rapid temperature rise at the poles and hurricanes and typhoons occuring at higher latitudes.

    From 1998 to 2017 the global economic cost of climate-related disasters skyrocketed 151% over the previous 20 year period to $2.25 trillion.

    Join our expert panelists for a discussion about future climate risk assessment options for companies, investors, financial advisors and policymakers.

    Panellists
    Jeff Gitterman, Co-founding Partner, Gitterman Wealth Management
    Lisa Woll, CEO, US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
    Claudine Schneider, Founding President & former U.S. Congresswoman, Solar Alliance
    Francis Condon, Executive Director - Sustainable & Impact Investing, UBS Asset Management

    Moderated by Paul Ellis
  • How to Bridge the Generational Divide and Transition Your Sustainable Practice
    How to Bridge the Generational Divide and Transition Your Sustainable Practice
    Paul Ellis | Randy Kaufman, EMM Wealth | David Aaron, EMM Wealth | Glen Macdonald, Bronfman Rothschild Recorded: Apr 11 2019 59 mins
    Experts from EMM Wealth and Bronfman Rothschild discuss their approaches to sustainable and impact investment integration for multiple-generation, high net worth clients. Advisors and investors will learn:

    How wealth advisors and foundations are using ESG risk and impact measurements to optimize portfolio strategies and participate in growth opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

    How the divide between multi-generational investors can be bridged through ESG and Impact investing.

    How sustainable and impact investing is changing the way strategic philanthropy integrates with overall portfolio strategy.


    Panelists:
    Randy Kaufman, Senior Vice President at EMM Wealth
    David Aaron, Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer at EMM Wealth
    Glen Macdonald, Bronfman Rothschild Managing Director, Impact Investing Advisor
  • Ep. 38: Achieving SDG #9 - $3 Trillion US Sustainable Infrastructure Upgrades
    Ep. 38: Achieving SDG #9 - $3 Trillion US Sustainable Infrastructure Upgrades
    Paul Ellis | Hazel Henderson Recorded: Mar 19 2019 33 mins
    Where does capital need to be deployed in the US to build resilient infrastructure, foster innovation, and promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization? Henderson, the founder and President of Ethical Markets Media, explains how her Green Transition Scoreboard tracks the requirements for funding.
  • Episode 42: How Nuveen Is Addressing the Responsible Investing Taxonomy Problem
    Episode 42: How Nuveen Is Addressing the Responsible Investing Taxonomy Problem
    Paul Ellis | Amy O'Brien Recorded: Mar 19 2019 27 mins
    How do advisors and asset managers integrate portfolio strategies, shareholder activism and other investor motivations? O’Brien describes Nuveen’s rigorous, platform-wide approach.
  • Ep. 40: Adding Trillions to the Economy from Educational Opportunities for Women
    Ep. 40: Adding Trillions to the Economy from Educational Opportunities for Women
    Paul Ellis | Joe Keefe Recorded: Mar 19 2019 29 mins
    Joe Keefe, President, Pax World Funds, shows how integrating global social and environmental policies that support better education for women and girls can potentially add trillions of dollars to economic growth.
  • Ep. 39: Opportunities for Women Advisors: The Invest in Women Conference 2019
    Ep. 39: Opportunities for Women Advisors: The Invest in Women Conference 2019
    Paul Ellis | Dorothy Hinchcliff Recorded: Mar 19 2019 32 mins
    Hinchcliff explains how the Conference, now in its 5th year, helps women in finance develop partnerships with investors as stewards of family wealth. Keynote speakers span the generations of activist women leaders who are addressing the most pressing financial and social issues.
  • Ep 37: ESG Metrics and Shareholder Advocacy for Value Creation
    Ep 37: ESG Metrics and Shareholder Advocacy for Value Creation
    Paul Ellis | Matthew Blume Recorded: Mar 16 2019 29 mins
    Matthew Blume, portfolio manager and head of ESG research at Appleseed Capital, sees shareholder advocacy as an opportunity to influence the integration of ESG metrics into the long term value creation of companies owned in the Appleseed Fund (APPLX), for which his firm is the adviser. His efforts are part of the reason why APPLX ended 2018 with performance in the top 5% of it's Morningstar World Allocation category for one, three and ten years.

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