How sustainability can prevail during times of geopolitical uncertainty

In this episode of the Sustainability Matters podcast, Bruno Sarda and Matthew Bell examine how CSOs can maintain sustainability as a key priority in a changing geopolitical environment.

In a changing geopolitical environment, how can organizations stay true to their sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals? In this episode of Sustainability Matters, Bruno is joined by Matthew Bell (Matt), EY Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) Leader. Together, they explore the megatrends that will likely impact businesses over the next ten years, and the potential challenges businesses may face as they navigate the choppy waters of economic downturns, global conflict and forced regulations.

In particular, Bruno and Matt discuss the evolving role of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), and the responsibility for CSOs to look beyond short-term objectives and lead the C-suite in staying true to sustainability ambitions. 

As more businesses begin to explore how environmental impact goes hand in hand with impact on people, how can they look beyond nonfinancial disclosures to drive organizational change? Additionally, how can businesses not only adhere to compliance standards, but go beyond to embrace sustainability and ESG throughout their corporate culture? 

Matt and Bruno discuss the practical steps that businesses can take, and some of the ongoing CCaSS initiatives that can help clients achieve their sustainability goals. Finally, Matt also shares his thoughts for people looking to make sustainability a career and how everyone, regardless of their job role, can contribute.

Key takeaways:

  • CSOs and sustainability professionals are beginning to look beyond immediate performance to steer organizations on a long-term path to sustainability.
  • Organizations should focus on the social dimension of sustainability, corporate impact on society and the environment delivers corporate value.
  • Nonfinancial reporting is expected to achieve the same level of importance as financial reporting, which means that every area of the business should embed sustainability into their agenda.
  • Global downturns, conflicts and financial crises are unlikely to interrupt ESG initiatives and can potentially accelerate them as organizations look at new business models and alternative energy sources.

For your convenience, full text transcript of this podcast is also available. Read the transcript.

Presenters

Bruno Sarda
Principal, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP
Matthew Bell
EY UK&I Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader

Podcast

Season 4, Episode 6

Duration 25m 41s

In this series

Series overview
(Event List - Manual)

Why businesses are measuring social factors as part of their ESG performance

In this episode, Bruno is joined by Emily Bayley of WEF, Ebony Thomas of Bank of America and EY senior manager Lucy Godshall to discuss how organizations are focusing on and measuring social factors within ESG.
Podcast

Season 4, Episode 5

Duration
21m 11s

Presenters

Bruno Sarda

Principal, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP

How carbon offsetting could be part of a net zero ambition

In this episode of the Sustainability Matters podcast, Bruno Sarda speaks to Jennifer Leitsch and Cynthia Curtis about the challenges and opportunities of achieving net zero.
Podcast

Season 4, Episode 4

Duration
26m 19s

Presenters

Bruno Sarda

Principal, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP

How the Sustainability Matters podcast is looking ahead in 2022

The Sustainability Matters podcast welcomes its new host, Bruno Sarda, highlighting the issues that will likely inform ESG matters in the coming year and outlining his vision for the series.
Podcast

Season 4, Episode 3

Duration
22m 58s

Presenters

Bruno Sarda

Principal, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP

How businesses can turn COP26 outcomes into future actions

In this episode of the Sustainability Matters podcast, Steve Varley – EY Global Vice Chair of Sustainability – discusses the impact, outcomes and importance of actioning key COP26 takeaways.
Podcast

Season 4, Episode 2

Duration
28m 28s

Presenters

Steve Varley

EY Global Senior Advisor

How redefining the circular economy could reshape a sustainable planet

Chris Hagler welcomes Antonis Mavropoulos and Mark Weick to discuss how a circular economy may lead to a more sustainable planet.
Podcast

Season 4, Episode 1

Duration
34m 45s

Presenters

Mark Weick

Managing Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP

How to use products and packaging to advance the circular economy

This episode discusses how product design and manufacturing can advance the circular economy by reducing the impacts of consumer products.
Podcast

Season 3, Episode 4

Duration
38m 05s

Presenters

Mark Weick

Managing Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP

How to engage employees for ESG goals

In this episode of Sustainability Matters podcast, WeSpire Founder Susan Hunt Stevens shares best practices in achieving a company’s ESG goals.
Podcast

Season 3, Episode 3

Duration
39m 20s

Presenters

EY Global

Ernst & Young Global Ltd.

How companies are inspiring change through climate commitments

In this episode of Sustainability Matters podcast, EY market leaders and Chris Hagler discuss how businesses slow down the climate crisis.
Podcast

Season 3, Episode 2

Duration
35m 33s

Presenters

Stephen J. Auton-Smith

Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC, Senior Managing Director