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Episode 176: Investors dive into water risks, IKEA's low-carbon shipping manifest

In this episode, Ceres director of investor engagement Monika Frayman chats about why the investment community is scrutinizing corporate water strategy. Plus, IKEA's Angela Hultberg ponders the company's early experiences with electric vehicles and last-mile delivery.

Week in Review

Tune in around 7:15 for commentary on this week's stories.

  1. As more developing nations reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home
  2. Why the U.S.-China trade war is leaving firms vulnerable to soy risk
  3. Detroit, Montreal and Lisbon see seamless connections, data as key to ditching solo cars


Investors are diving into water risk discussions (21:30)

Depending on whose data you use, an estimated 75 percent of multinational organizations acknowledge that they face real risks when it comes to the fresh water resources they need to run their operations — not just in terms of its availability but also quality. Monika Freyman, director of investment engagement, water, at non-profit Ceres, chats about why the investment community is wading into this debate and what issues are defining the conversation.

It's official: Britain vows to halt emissions by 2050 (30:28)

What the United Kingdom thinks about America's Green New Deal vision. Why the country could be the first G7 nation to officially mandate zero emissions. And how British businesses are getting involved — or not. GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower compares notes, hopes and fears with BusinessGreen Editor in Chief James Murray. 

The changing politics of climate change (38:18)

"This whole agenda is in the process of becoming incredibly political," observes sustainability pioneer John Elkington, co-founder and chief pollinator at consulting firm Volans, during a talk this week in London. Tune in for thoughts from Elkington and GreenBiz's Joel Makower about what the corporate world can learn from Extinction Rebellion and why ground-up activism from employees will be decisive in shaping policies that fight the effects of climate change.

IKEA pieces together a sustainable delivery approach (43:45)

"This is about us as IKEA stepping outside of our comfort zone," notes Angela Hultberg, head of sustainability mobility for retailer IKEA, during our webcast this week on reducing emissions related to e-commerce. "The problem with being around for a very long time is you are very comfortable with doing things in a certain way." In this segment, Hultberg reflects on how IKEA is shifting to accommodate shipments to urban customers that are buying items online, and what it has learned so far about its experiments with EVs.

* All music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "Try Anything Once," "Keeping Stuff Together," "Southside," "More On That Later" and "As I Was Saying."

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