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The sustainability podcast

By Credit Suisse

About the series

Sustainability talk is everywhere. It’s trendy but it’s also overwhelmingly complex. If you want to make a change, it’s difficult to know: what does it take to make a real impact? Every month, Lasting Values looks to answer a different aspect of this question by taking a widely held view and challenging it with data and (sometimes counter-intuitive) arguments. 

Episode 18: What's the solution for plastic pollution?

Shocking ocean plastic statistics in the headlines, plastic bottles floating in rivers, shopping bags in the street – we’ve all witnessed plastic pollution in one form or another. But while plastic pollution is a global problem, plastic itself is a useful and effective material. So how bad are plastics for the environment and how can we reduce their impact?

Episode 17: Minerals: The foundation of the energy transition

To reach net zero emissions by 2050, the world needs cleaner energy and greener transport. But the construction of solar plants, wind farms and electric vehicles requires more minerals than the equivalent fossil fuel-based technologies. Do we have enough critical minerals and how can they be mined in a sustainable way?

Episode 16: Fintech for a financially inclusive world

Globally, 1.4 billion adults do not have access to banking services. They live in a cash-only world where they cannot save for their future, take out loans or buy insurance. We speak with Accion and StepChange, two non-profit organizations doing their part to educate people about financial services and create a more financially inclusive world for all.

Episode 15: Climate tech in focus #3

When it comes to achieving climate goals, innovations in areas such as electricity production are crucial. But other sectors with significant emissions should not be overlooked. Agriculture, for example. Experts explain how cultivated meat, treeless wood and fertilizer replacement can help contribute to combatting climate change.

Episode 14: Climate tech in focus #2

In the first part of this special climate series, we looked at emerging technologies for climate mitigation. In the second part, we explore some lesser-known climate adaptation innovations that could help communities adjust to the current and expected effects of climate change.

Episode 13: Climate tech in focus #1

When we talk about the energy transition, we tend to think of solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles. But what about emerging technologies? In this three-part podcast series, we discuss innovations – probably unbeknown to most – that could make a really big difference in addressing climate change.

Episode 12: Will the IRA jumpstart climate action?

The Inflation Reduction Act is the most ambitious legislative action the US has ever taken on addressing climate change. We discuss Credit Suisse’s new report, “A tipping point in climate action”, which estimates that total federal climate spending under the Act may be double the headline figure.

Episode 11: Rethinking business as a force for good

Paul Polman, ex-CEO of Unilever, thinks it’s time for business to step up when it comes to climate change and inequality. Anna-Lisa Miller from Ownership Works says that employee ownership drives superior company performance and generates greater economic opportunity for workers. We discuss new, practical ideas helping business transition to a “net positive” future.

Episode 10: Is biodiversity lost in the climate debate?

On the path to net zero, carbon credits are a critical instrument in a broad toolkit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some say carbon credits should, first, go to nature-based solutions to protect biodiversity before investing in industrial carbon reductions or removals. Our experts discuss the opportunities – and complexities – within carbon markets.

Episode 9: Can renewables really power the world?

The International Energy Agency’s pathway to a net zero future requires almost 90% of global electricity generation in 2050 to come from renewable sources. Industry experts discuss whether it’s possible for renewables to displace fossil fuels in the energy mix, how soon and at what cost.

Episode 8: Is there an incentive for women to be financially savvy?

Financial literacy and the gender wealth gap are two sides of the same coin. We discuss the business case for financial institutions to promote the financial inclusion of women. Join our talk with women whose work is helping to #ChangeTheGame.

Episode 7: Women vs. unequal pay: What’s the score?

We talk to some amazing women from the sports and finance sectors to hear what they are doing to level the playing field when it comes to pay parity, and how, collectively, women and men can #ChangeTheGame.

Episode 6: Was COVID-19 a game-changer for EdTech?

COVID-19 propelled the future of learning by five to ten years. We look at the post-pandemic challenges and opportunities in Education Technology, what’s driving new innovative solutions, and how education supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Episode 5: How can a sustainable diet help the environment?

Can consumers make a significant environmental impact by changing their eating habits; what should their new habits look like; and what’s the data behind the claims?  Tune in to find out.

Episode 4: Can tech help make our food system more sustainable?

With food-price inflation and disruption across global commodity markets, we look at the role of technology and innovation in helping to maintain a more stable, sustainable food system for the ever-growing global population. 

Episode 3: Do shareholders hold the key to more sustainable companies?

How can companies be persuaded to step up when it comes to sustainability? We look at the role of constructive shareholder dialogue versus more activist tactics, and whether the methods really work to change a company for the better.

Episode 2: How can you make the fashion industry truly sustainable?

The fashion industry is an important source of jobs and economic activity, but is notorious for take-make waste, and is associated with sweatshops and poor working conditions in low-income countries. We look at what it takes to make a real impact in the sustainable fashion universe.

Episode 1: Is sustainable investing a fairy tale?

Tariq Fancy, the former CIO for sustainable investing at BlackRock, claimed that ESG funds are mainly making money for Wall Street and doing little for the social and environmental causes that they are supposed to support. But, demand for these funds is soaring and investors are increasingly aware of the power they have to make impact with their wealth. So, what’s the real deal?