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GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 256: More reflections from GreenBiz 21, Bill Gates' climate crusade

Highlights from plenary sessions on leadership, inspiring youth, the future of ESG disclosure and how corporate culture impact diversity, equity and inclusion.


Week in Review

Stories discussed this week (2:40).


GreenBiz 21 highlights (12:20)

Enjoy more highlights from the rich keynote program at last week's GreenBiz 21 event

  • Kimberly Lewis, former senior vice president for the U.S. Green Building Council and an evangelist for JEDI issues (that’s justice, equity, diversity and inclusion), talks about why advancing equity should start with a serious examination of corporate culture.
  • Paul Polman, Unilever CEO and co-founder and chairman of Imagine, an organization concerned with helping leaders mobilize collectively on climate action, speaks on the new face of leadership.
  • Martina Cheung, president of S&P Global Market Intelligence, chats about the changing world of disclosure and why it will be a few years before there’s one framework.
  • Brower Youth Award winner Diego Arreola Fernández shares his passion for inspiring confidence in youth activists, who he calls earth protectors.

Why companies must invest in communities (25:05)

Corporate investments in individual communities traditionally have been the realm of philanthropy or volunteer programs, but sustainability professionals are responsible for helping define these resources. John Davies, vice president and senior analyst with GreenBiz Group, drops by to discuss a related GreenBiz 21 breakout session with Debra Vernon, senior director of corporate responsibility for Tyson; and Hardmon Williams, vice president of AT&T Believes and Community Engagement for AT&T. 

Toward a 'sustainable private sector' (34:30)

Is it time for a White House Office of Sustainable Finance and Business, as described in this recent GreenBiz article? Lisa Woll, CEO of U.S. SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, makes the case.

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "I'm Going for a Coffee," "Thinking It Over," "Introducing the Pre-roll," "Here's the Thing," "Knowing the Truth" and "Waiting for the Moment That Never Comes"

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