Doing Sustainability
In each episode, we discuss how corporate purpose, vision, and values guide your behaviors, actions, and mindsets, and how they drive ESG strategies and decisions. With the help of ESG-focused guests from around the globe we will explore the intersections and impact of corporate brands and ESG.
Embracing the Messiness of Sustainability with Alison Taylor
May 8, 2024 • 34 MIN
In this new installment of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Alison joins Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White to discuss the importance of considering the interaction between values, culture, and ethics in creating positive or negative feedback loops, as well as why she believes that companies should focus on solving problems within their own operations before making big promises about solving societal issues. Alison is clear on the need for a better conversation that focuses on the core issues and challenges of sustainability. She believes that companies should center their ethical efforts on treating human beings with dignity and respect, which she acknowledges may seem obvious but is often overlooked. Alison works at the intersection of corporate integrity, risk, and responsibility. She is a clinical professor at NYU Stern School of Business, where she teaches professional responsibility, sustainability, and leadership classes to undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA students. Alison is also Executive Director of Ethical Systems (which is part of NYU Stern School of Business) and is currently writing a book for HBR Press on how the landscape for business ethics is transforming. As well as working at NYU Stern School of Business, Alison holds Senior Advisor roles at BSR, Zai Lab, KKR, and Pictet Group, and is a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Good Governance 2023-24. She has contributed to Harvard Business Review, WSJ, Quartz, Reuters, Barron's, MIT Sloan, and Forbes, and is a renowned keynote speaker.
Understanding Human Decision-Making in Influencing Sustainable Actions with Randy Burns
April 24, 2024 • 38 MIN
Randy Burns believes in the importance of human decision-making when initiating sustainable actions. As Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer at O-I Glass, he is well-placed to understand leadership’s role in driving change, as well as the value of collaboration. In this installment of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Randy joins Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White to discuss the concept of sustainability as a value creator, how sustainability can relate to behavioral psychology, and the tendency to focus on "shiny objects" as solutions. Randy Burns is the Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer at O-I Glass, an innovative sustainable glass company. O-I Glass is made in over twenty years, and partners with the world’s leading food and beverage companies. Before working at O-I Glass (where he has been since 2017), Randy was a shareholder partner and associate with several law firms, including Edwards, Burns & Krider, and Baker Botts. He got his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School and also attended Stanford and the Executive Education
The Gather, Ask, Do Method of Communication with Susan McPherson
April 10, 2024 • 24 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White are joined by Susan McPherson, the Founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies. Join them as they explore how to build meaningful relationships, the intersection of communication and social impact, and supporting women-led startups. Susan also discusses her experiences in the marketing, public relations, and sustainability communication sectors. Susan is the Founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy firm focused on the intersection of brands and social impact. McPherson Strategies is women-owned and led, and provides storytelling, partnership creation, and visibility to corporations, NGOs, and social enterprises including The New Profit, Dell, Zoetis, Ford Motor Co., Nike, and The Women's Philanthropy Institute. Susan is the author of The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Relationships and speaks regularly at industry events including Massachusetts Conference for Women, BSR, DLD, Worth Women and Techonomy. She also received Forbes magazine’s 50 over 50—Impact 2021 award and Worth Media’s Worthy100 award.
The Sound Business Sense of ESG with Geoff Trotter
March 27, 2024 • 40 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White are joined by Geoff Trotter, the CEO of ESG Excel. Together they explore the concept of regenerative growth, the shift from a mono-capitalistic to a multi-capitalistic economic system, and the role of leadership in tackling climate disruption. Geoff also discusses the challenges of achieving long-term change and the importance of ESG disclosures in generating business and brand value. Geoff is the CEO of ESG Excel, a RegTech SaaS platform designed for companies in any industry to support their ESG measurement, monitoring, and reporting. ESG Excel also ensures compliance with relevant regulations. Furthermore, Geoff is the Co-Founder of Regenerative Business Live, a series of events hosted at the United Nations with a focus on driving UN Sustainable Development Goals. Also, in 2009, Geoff founded KMPact, an independent Management Support Organization that helps create impact and shared value through multi-platform stakeholder engagement and cross-functional organizational capacity building.
Building an Ecosystem of Regenerative Leadership with Karimah Hudda
March 13, 2024 • 30 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White are joined by the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Together, they explore the importance of purpose, action, and connection in creating a positive impact on people and the planet. Karimah also explores the idea of regenerative leadership and the need to integrate sustainability into business practices. Karimah has over twenty years of experience in the Fairtrade and corporate sustainability sectors. In 2023 she founded which advises organizations on scaling their environmental, social, and governance impact, and encourages leaders to scale up their positive impact on people and the planet. Before, Karimah was the Senior Director of Partnerships and Engagement at Nike, the Global Sustainability Lead and Associate Director of Mondelēz International, and Head of Asia at Fairtrade International.
Sustainability's Role in Business Strategy with Joe Rozza
February 28, 2024 • 32 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White are joined by Joe Rozza, Chief Sustainability Officer at Ryan Companies. Join them as they discuss net-zero carbon commitments, the future of sustainability, and its impact on market value and brand reputation. Joe also delves into the significance of sustainability reporting and why organizations without a net-zero commitment may face vulnerabilities in the market. Joe is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Ryan Companies, a national real estate development, design, construction, and management firm. His primary responsibilities include strategy development/management, public affairs, communications, reporting, innovation, governance, capability development, government relations, and business development. Joe has thirty years of experience in delivering “transformational sustainability performance” which includes reducing risk, increasing productivity, and giving organizations the edge. He was published in the Journal of Management and Sustainability in 2013, has given a TED Talk on ‘Industry’s Role in Solving Water’, and is a registered professional engineer.
Pushing the Boundaries of Sustainability in Sports and Entertainment with Kristen Fulmer
February 14, 2024 • 32 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White are joined by Kristen Fulmer, the Head of Sustainability for Oak View Group. They explore how sports and entertainment venues can illuminate important issues through sustainability, and discuss the need for personalized and relatable solutions for each community (debunking the misconception that it is always an added cost). Kristen also delves into the differing roles of leadership and grassroots efforts in driving change. Kristen is the Head of Sustainability for Oak View Group, the largest developers of sports and live entertainment venues in the world. Through her architecture, construction, and development expertise, Kristen mainstreams sustainability in sports and live entertainment and is dedicated to inspiring positive change. Kristen was the Founder and CEO of Recipric, an agency that integrates sustainability and wellbeing solutions into existing properties. In this role, she worked with teams such as the Chicago Red Stars and the Portland Sea Dogs on green initiatives. Kristen has been working in sustainability for over seven years.
Purpose-Driven Sustainability: A Framework for High-Performing Companies with Farrell Calabrese
January 31, 2024 • 45 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White are joined by Farrell Calabrese, the Purpose and Sustainability Director at Crowe. They delve into the importance of aligning personal values with the ethos of the organization, and the impact this has on society and the environment. They also highlight how sustainability relates to the longevity and viability of a business. Farrell has a career spanning over two decades in communications, design, innovation, and corporate sustainability. At Crowe, she is involved with strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and environmental impact strategies to drive meaningful change; she also chairs the Crowe Foundation. She attended Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, worked in a managerial capacity for Eastman Chemical Company, and served on the Board of Directors for Aether.
Practical Approaches to Sustainability with Joan Michelson
January 17, 2024 • 32 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White are joined by Joan Michelson, sustainability consultant and public speaker. Together they delve into the future of sustainability and the importance of ESG initiatives for long-term success. Joan also discusses her Electric Ladies podcast and the power of storytelling in motivating action. Joan has twenty years of experience in sustainability, having worked with Fortune 250 companies such as American Express and Chrysler. A member of the faculty at the esteemed Competent Boards, she leads ESG training programs for company boards and senior executives. She is also a dynamic public speaker and workshop leader on social impact, women-diversity, and energy. Joan further produces and hosts, Electric Ladies podcast, which focuses on energy and sustainability, and features interviews with groundbreaking women innovators and leaders.
Sustainability from the First Mile to the Last with Bonnie Nixon
January 3, 2024 • 43 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast: Gary Baker and Roxanne “Rocket” White are joined by Bonnie Nixon, ESG & Sustainability Director at Long Beach Container Terminal and long-time Environmental “Factivist”. Together they discuss the very important subjects of Supply Chain Sustainability and Bonnie dives into the phrase “from the first mile to the last mile”. Bonnie Nixon’s passion for renewables started in the late 70s/early 80s when she joined protests at Three Mile Island around the potential radiation leaks from a nuclear Power Plant. From there, her focus turned to the environment and researching sustainable improvements for our supply chains. Bonnie has worked on research and sustainability advisory services for her own business BonnEco for the past thirteen years. Today: Bonnie is responsible for keeping the Port of Long Beach as eco-friendly as possible. Listen to how her dedication and expertise are helping LBCT reach their Net Zero commitments, and get a glimpse into the discussion of Supply Chain Sustainability that everyone needs to hear. From discussing The Law of Unintended Consequences, the conversation also turns to Bonnie’s current PhD thesis looking at Modern Slavery in Complex Supply Chains, and how her first-hand experiences on the ground have inspired her to fight equally for human rights and environmental causes.
Integrating Sustainability for Global Impact with Laura Asiala
December 20, 2023 • 41 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Laura Asiala, Chief Sustainability Officer at WholeWorks, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to dive into the importance of integrating sustainability into every aspect of a company. They discuss how Whole Works helps clients cultivate business acumen, strategic agility, sustainability thinking, and leadership skills for long-term success. They further highlight the need for action, transparency, and accountability in creating a sustainable future, rather than just focusing on reporting and assessments. Laura is a trailblazer in sustainability, leveraging nearly three decades of experience at Dow Corning Corporation to drive transformative change. Her journey through various leadership roles culminated in directing corporate communications and championing corporate citizenship, shaping sustainable initiatives that intertwined business strategy with environmental responsibility. Transitioning to PYXERA Global and later the Council of the Great Lakes Region, Laura's impact expanded globally. Her roles as a Senior Vice President at PYXERA and as Senior Director for Business Engagement, alongside editing the Great Lakes Economic Forum, amplified regional dialogues on social, economic, and environmental fronts. Beyond her professional prowess, Laura's commitment extends to board memberships, volunteer roles, and advisory positions, resonating with her dedication to community development, women's leadership, and impactful global dialogues. She embodies a blend of leadership, sustainability, and community stewardship, shaping change that transcends boundaries and inspires multifaceted impact.
Transparency and Sustainability in Fashion with Jeanine Ballone
December 6, 2023 • 32 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Jeanine Ballone, Chief Sustainability Officer at Fashion 4 Development - World Collective, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to dive into sustainable fashion. They explore the importance of promoting transparency and traceability in the fashion world, the power of the younger generation to drive change, and the future of the fashion industry. With over 35 years of experience in the fashion industry, Jeanine stands out as a results-driven fashion executive and innovator. She has developed vast expertise in global sourcing, product development, technology innovation, production, and business analysis. In addition to her professional achievements, Jeanine is the President and Founder of the Zero to Hero Foundation and serves as the Sustainability Editor at Page Magazine. She also holds a multitude of volunteer advisory and mentor roles at Women4Empowerment, Threads for Freedom, Save the Children and many more.
Why ESG Leadership Is Key to Value Creation with Noah Miller
November 22, 2023 • 37 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Noah Miller, Founder and Chief Advisory Officer at Rho Impact, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to shed light on the role of ESG leadership in meeting stakeholder expectations, delivering real business value, and driving meaningful change. Noah is also the Founder and Managing Director at Calibrate Partners, an ESG Subject Matter Expert and Advisor at the Corporate Finance Institute, and Lead ESG Consultant of Regennabis ESG Accelerator Program and ESG Excel. He also currently volunteers in the following roles: Board Member at Vermont Business for Social Responsibility and ESG Advisory Committee Member at the Green Building Initiative.
How Conscious Capitalism Elevates Business Purpose and Sustainability with Kent Gregoire
October 18, 2023 • 56 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Kent Gregoire, Founder and CEO of Symphony Advantage, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to uncover the magic behind conscious capitalism. Learn how business purpose, values, and stakeholder capitalism can drive sustainable actions and create a caring culture within organizations. For more than three decades, Kent has been an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, and angel investor. As one of only seven globally certified conscious capitalism consultants, his expertise is truly remarkable. Recently, Kent added another feather to his portfolio by co-founding Stakeholder Business, a pioneering agency within the conscious capitalism movement.
Sustainability: The Business Growth Engine of the 21st Century with Pratik Raval
October 4, 2023 • 41 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Pratik Raval, Partner and Head of Sustainable Business Strategy and Transformation at Tata Consultancy Services, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to unveil the role of sustainability as a key driver for business growth and transformation. With an expansive network across the globe, Pratik stands as a distinguished leader with over two decades of expertise in ESG and Sustainability. In 2022, the Consulting Report honored him among the Top 25 Global Leaders in Sustainability, while CEO Magazine acknowledged his influential perspective, ranking him among the Top 20 Global Sustainability Thought Leaders.
Navigating ESG Impact Measurement with Sienna Jackson
September 20, 2023 • 40 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Sienna Jackson, CEO and Founder of Zoran Creative Strategy, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share her insights on cause culture, impact measurement, and diversity. They also discuss the importance of trust, storytelling, and finding common ground to address societal issues. Sienna Jackson stands out as a distinguished ESG and Social Impact consultant and producer operating out of Los Angeles. With over thirteen years of expertise, she has left an indelible mark on the realms of film and television music, social ventures, nonprofit initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and growing startups.
From Words to Action: Your Guide to ESG Implementation with Rachel Hutchisson
September 6, 2023 • 31 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Rachel Hutchisson, former Vice President of Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share her philosophy of "good is for everyone," the key steps for companies on their ESG journey, and how Blackbaud plays a crucial role in enabling nonprofits to fulfill their missions successfully. Rachel stands as a distinguished executive in the realms of social impact and philanthropy, having earned praise for developing and expanding social responsibility initiatives, reinforcing stakeholder engagement, and enhancing brand reputation. Until recently, Rachel was the Vice President of Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud, a company she started working for in 1997. Some of her awards include the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Next Gen (2022), the Riley Institute Diversity Fellow (2014), and the Influential Women in Business Rising Star Award (2009).
What the Future Holds for ESG Regulations and Standards with Tim Mohin
August 23, 2023 • 35 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Tim Mohin, Partner and Director of Boston Consulting Group, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to explore the future of ESG disclosure regulations and standards. They dive into topics like the current state of ESG, the challenges of implementing sustainable practices, why some companies have dropped out of sustainability discussions, and the proliferation of the Chief Sustainability Officer role. Tim Mohin is a globally recognized ESG executive with over twenty years of experience developing strategies to embed sustainability into business operations for Fortune 500 companies. He is one of LinkedIn's 2022 Top Voices in the Green Economy, consistently recognized in the top twenty corporate social responsibility influence leaders. Before his current role at BCG, Tim was the Chief Executive Officer of ESG Advisor, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Persefoni, and the Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative. Tim is also the author of Changing Business from the Inside Out.
Best Practices for Integrating ESG Data in Capital Markets with Richard Peterson
August 9, 2023 • 41 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Richard Peterson, Head of ESG Enterprise Solution Strategy for Capital Markets at FIS, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss the best practices regarding integrating ESG data, metrics, and analytics into the capital markets. FIS is passionate about helping businesses and communities thrive by advancing the way the world pays, banks, and invests. Richard was the Chief of Staff to the CEO at Virtus Partners before FIS acquired it. Before that, Richard was the Director at Moody's Analytics and the Associate Vice President of Moody's Investors Service.
Unraveling Third-Party Sustainability Risks with Anne Nai-tien Huang
July 26, 2023 • 32 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Anne Nai-tien Huang, Head of ESG at Dun & Bradstreet, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to take a closer look at third-party sustainability risk and understand the link between supply chains and sustainability. Anne Nai-tien Huang is a certified ESG investor with a deep passion for sustainability. Before Dun & Bradstreet, she was the Global ESG Product and Sales Lead for Sustainability & Innovation Services at Bureau Veritas Group. Anne has also served in sustainability roles at several other companies, including Institute for Sustainable Communities and EcoVadis.
The Interconnectedness of Sustainable Development with Richard Burge
July 12, 2023 • 43 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Richard Burge, Chief Executive Officer of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss all about the validation of ESG claims and the risk of liability. Richard Burge is an adviser on international affairs, sustainability, trade regulation, and facilitation. He is also a Founding Partner of ESG Validation and has held top management and governance positions in private, public, and civil society organizations. Currently, Richard is a Trustee at the Verification Research Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), Chair of the Global Health Assurance Partnership, Advisory Council Member of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance, and a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of World Traders.
Connecting ESG Performance with Corporate Profitability with Brian Mace
June 28, 2023 • 37 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Brian Mace, Managing Director at KPMG US, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss the interplay between corporate brand core beliefs and ESG strategies. They delve into the challenges and opportunities of incorporating ESG factors into corporate decision-making and performance management, as well as the potential for ESG reporting to evolve beyond past-oriented metrics. Brian Mace is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) focused on transforming how finance engages business. Before KPMG, Brian worked at AC Lordi Consulting and was an Associate at Berenfeld, Spritzer, Shechter & Sheer.
Integrating ESG into Business Strategies for Sustainable Growth with Ellen Williams
June 14, 2023 • 38 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Ellen Williams, Director, Advisory & ESG Services at Orion Global Solutions, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share her insight on the importance of sustainability in organizations. They touch on the role of technology, leadership engagement, and its impact on younger generations. As the Director of Advisory & ESG Services, Ellen spearheads the strategic growth and development of services and programs at Orion. With a rich technologist and business consultant background, she leverages her years of experience to bridge the gap between business processes and technology, ensuring alignment and optimal outcomes. In addition to her role at Orion Global Solutions, Ellen is the Leader of the Strategic Growth Group at the Forbes Business Development Council. Before his present positions, Ellen was a member of Innovation Women and a Continuing Education Instructor at Hofstra University. She used her experience to develop and present curriculum for CRM and marketing automation courses focusing on business analytics to research and create detailed buyer personas, develop viable business goals, and structure needs analysis for intelligent technology purchase and implementation decisions.
ESG Integration and Thematic Investment for a Low-Carbon Future with Gabriel Thoumi
May 31, 2023 • 43 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gabriel Thoumi, CEO of Responsible Alpha, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share his expertise on ESG integration and thematic investment research to help businesses transition to a low-carbon and equitable future. Gabriel Thoumi is a highly skilled investment research manager, financial risk manager, and chartered financial analyst, boasting a wealth of experience spanning over fifteen years. His expertise lies in effectively incorporating scientific and ESG data into financial models, allowing for the accurate determination of pricing signals and the development of asset allocation strategies. In addition to his pivotal role at Responsible Alpha, Gabriel serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. Before his current positions, Gabriel dedicated nearly a decade to public service, utilizing his scientific and investment technical acumen to assist investors, lenders, exchanges, rating agencies, and companies in fostering sustainable and equitable investment strategies.
Fostering the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders with Pranjal Mathur
May 17, 2023 • 43 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Pranjal Mathur, Climate Risk and Strategy Analyst at KPMG UK joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to delve into the role UNITE 2030 plays in assembling and fostering the next generations of ESG leaders, as well as the importance of corporate brand core beliefs and ESG practices in creating a sustainable future. Pranjal is a passionate and motivated individual with a keen interest in Environmental Management, Sustainable Finance, and the intersection of Technology and Policy. As part of his position at KPMG, he holds various responsibilities, including project delivery for diverse clients in different sectors, focusing on climate-related subjects. Additionally, Pranjal serves as the Youth Ambassador for UNITE 2030, a global platform that empowers young individuals to make a positive impact and drive global change by the year 2030. Before KPMG, he was an ESG Analyst at Eight Versa and Head Of Research at The Green Enterprise Institute.
Connecting the Dots: ESG, Corporate Brand, and Long-Term Value with Mary Adams
May 3, 2023 • 40 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Mary Adams, Co-founder and ESG Expert of Insights7, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to delve into the interplay between corporate brands, beliefs, and ESG, emphasize the need for businesses to connect financial, operational, and sustainability information to create long-term value, as well as touch on the challenges of integrated reporting and the need for new ESG metrics to achieve innovation and value creation. Mary is an ESG expert, helping business leaders deliver sustainable corporate value through ESG optimization. She specializes in intangible capital, the multi-capital model, integrated thinking, and integrated management. Mary co-authored Intangible Capital: Putting Knowledge to Work in the 21st Century 0rganization. She is also the Executive Director at Exit Planning Exchange and the Co-founder of Integrated Reporting U.S. Community. Before that, Mary was the Founder of Smarter-Companies, Assistant Vice President of Citicorp Leverage Capital, and Co-founder of Trek Consulting.
Creating a Sustainable Future: Prioritizing Ecological Welfare, Human Wellness, and Co-Existence with Mahesh Krishnamurti
April 19, 2023 • 38 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Mahesh Krishnamurti, Founding Advisor of BuzzOnEarth, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to explore ESG metrics across economies and cultures, corporate branding and welfare economics, and sustainability through collective action. Mahesh Krishnamurti is an ESG Advisor, investor, and transformation leader with expertise in business development, strategic planning, decision support analysis, M&A, finance, risk management, and governance and leadership. Besides his role at BuzzOnEarth, Mahesh is a part-time Senior Advisor of ESG and International Operations at Vaco and the LP & Advisor of Arka Venture Labs. Previously, Mahesh was the Independent Director of Yes Bank and also served in different roles at RGP.
Sustainable Business Strategies for Any Size or Budget with Anastasia Kuskova
April 5, 2023 • 41 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Anastasia Kuskova, Co-founder and CEO of Sirius, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share how to make sustainability accessible to any business regardless of size or budget, climate tech investments, and how to create a green business from the start. Anastasia Kuskova is the Co-founder and CEO of Sirius, a sustainability company that provides analytics, built-in templates, and real-time recommendations to help both corporates and suppliers to meet the ESG requirements, supporting them on their journey to reaching their sustainability goals. She is also a Co-founder and Governance Board Member of ReSource. Before Sirius, Anastasia served in different roles at Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and was a Strategic Advisor at Research Institute. Anastasia was recognized among the 25 ESG Champions for 2022.
ESG and Sustainability as the New Normal: The Rise of a New Era in Business Purpose with John Friedman
March 22, 2023 • 38 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, John Friedman, Managing Director of ESG and Sustainability at Grant Thornton, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to dive into the evolution of business purpose and why one day what we call ESG will just be called business. John Friedman is a sustainability expert with more than twenty years of experience helping companies live their values and engage in authentic conversations by integrating their environmental, social, and economic aspirations into their cultures and business practices. Before Grant Thornton, John was the Sustainability Manager at WGL, Director of Corporate Responsibility Communications and Public Relations at Sodexo. John is also the author of Managing Sustainability: First Steps to First Class and was a Founding board member and Member of the Executive Committee Sustainable Business Network of Washington.
Driving Positive Environmental Change with Chris Hines
March 8, 2023 • 39 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Chris Hines, Founder of A Grain of Sand, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share actionable and insightful tips on transforming your business into a force for good in changing the world and driving positive change. Chris is an MBE (Moaning Bloody Environmentalist) who has been an environmental campaigner for over thirty years and is passionate about making positive change. He works on strategic planning, communications, leadership, and embedding sustainability principles as part of a profitable business, and he believes that business can be a force for good in a challenging world. Before A Grain of Sand, Chris was the Co-Founder and Director of Surfers Against Sewage and Sustainability Director at Eden Project. In 2008, he was awarded an MBE for "services to the environment" in the Queen's Birthday Honors, and in 2006 he was a joint-winner of the first international Surfers Path Green Wave Awards.
Think Beyond Profit: Business Strategies for a Sustainable Future with Jessica Peixoto
February 22, 2023 • 42 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Jessica Peixoto, Sustainability Manager at JLL, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share the importance of designing thoughtful corporate sustainability strategies to prevent climate chaos and build a sustainable future. Jessica is a sustainability, climate action, and healthy living advocate, passionate about promoting a sustainable future. Her experience ranges in various industries, and most of her work has revolved around sustainability, ESG, and climate change. Jessica is working at JLL on a secondment to Allied Properties REIT as a Corporate Planning and Sustainability Manager.
Empowering Responsible ESG Investing and Sustainable Wealth Management with David Rutherford
February 8, 2023 • 34 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, David Rutherford, VP of Communications and Corporate Sustainability at Aviso Wealth, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to understand the investor and consumer demand for purpose-led companies with strong ESG leaders and strategies. David is a highly versatile and multiple award-winning leader with thirty years of experience in corporate government, agency, and nonprofit organizations. His main skills revolve around driving strategy, leading and shaping teams, delivering compelling content, and creating value. David specializes in expertise in financial services and wealth management. He's also a writer, speaker, painter, and cartoonist.
Three Goals Companies Need to Set to Have an Effective ESG Strategy with Ted Dhillon
January 25, 2023 • 36 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Ted Dhillon, Co-Founder and CEO of FigBytes, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss how FigBytes can help automate sustainability programs, how ESG can be used as a value-creation vehicle, and the three goals companies need to set to have an effective ESG strategy. FigBytes is an ESG insight platform that allows customers to quantify their sustainability impacts and embed social and environmental metrics into their financial reporting, strategy, brand, and performance. Before founding FigBytes, Ted was the Director of Green IT at Branham Group and Consultant of Political and Economic Risk at Exclusive Analysis.
Adopting the Mindset of a Successful Sustainability Leader with Brad Peirce
January 11, 2023 • 38 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Brad Peirce, Chief Transformation Officer at Sustainability Mindshift, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share the importance of having a sustainable mindset when it comes to being a sustainability leader. Brad is an ESG and sustainability expert who builds long-term value by helping clients advance sustainable business strategies through leadership development, experiential learning, stakeholder engagement, and ESG performance. Besides his role as the Chief Transformation Officer at Sustainability Mindshift, Brad is also the Principal & Founder of SEED Strategies and Senior Consultant at Transitioning to Green and Sustainability Roundtable. Today, Brad talks about topics such as regenerative business transformation, leadership development, and ESG investors to teach you how to bring sustainability to life in organizations and how leaders need systems awareness and systems thinking capabilities to understand their role within society and the planet.
Exploring the Interplay of Corporate Brand and ESG with Oliver Dudok van Heel
December 28, 2022 • 41 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Oliver Dudok van Heel joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to explore how companies can set up clear and measurable ESG goals, what mid-cap and small-cap companies should consider when entering the sustainability world, and their vision for sustainability over the next five to ten years. Oliver is a sustainability expert with over twenty years of experience as a corporate sustainability advisor, helping multinational enterprises manage the risks and capture growth opportunities arising from the sustainability agenda. He is the Global Sustainability Director at Kearney and a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity. Before Kearney, Oliver was the Head of Client Sustainability and Environment and Head of Corporate Responsibility at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Director at Aldersgate Group, and Sustainability Director at Radley Yeldar.
ESG in the Nascent Cannabis Industry with Marc Ross
December 13, 2022 • 43 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Marc Ross joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to share his ESG perspective, experience, and the ins and outs of the cannabis industry. Marc is a corporate social responsibility professional and environmental attorney with over thirty years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He is also an organizational leader, experienced legal counsel, and CSR consultant with expertise in ESG, project management, environmental law, and more. Marc is currently the Head of Impact and ESG at Vicente Sederberg, a cannabis law firm offering a full suite of services to all types of plant-touching marijuana and hemp businesses, ancillary businesses, investors, trade associations, and governmental bodies.
ESG Strategies to Drive Customer and Community Value with Jacob Atalla
November 30, 2022 • 32 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Jacob Atalla joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss ESG and sustainability initiatives at KB Home, a leading homebuilder in North America. KB Home started its sustainability and ESG drive in 2005 before the terms became trendy, and it has built over 160,000 Energy Star-certified homes. The company works with its supply chain partners to deliver affordable sustainability to its customers. Its ESG stack includes domain leaders from academia and industry. Jacob is an ESG and sustainability professional with over twenty-six years of experience in sustainability and ESG in the housing industry. He is currently the VP of sustainable initiatives at KB Homes and has strived to increase customer value by moving the needle forward on sustainable affordability. Jacob has spent over seventeen years at KB Homes and has significantly driven ownership of ESG and sustainability across the company’s channel and supply chain partners.
How Top Banks Develop and Drive Their ESG Strategies with Olga Puntus
November 16, 2022 • 32 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Olga Puntus joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss banks and their ESG strategies, the biggest difference regarding social issues between emerging markets and developed economies, and the future of ESG and sustainability in the banking industry. Olga is an ESG and Sustainability professional with over twenty years of global experience in project management, environmental and social (E&S) risk management, E&S due diligence, E&S assessment, CSR activities and reporting, stakeholder engagement, including investors and shareholders, and policy development. She is currently the Executive Director of the Global, Environmental, Social, and Climate Risk Team at JPMorgan Chase. Before that, Olga worked at Wells Fargo, and the International Finance Corporation.
The Rise and Evolution of the Chief Sustainability Officer Role with Kurt Harrison
November 2, 2022 • 41 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Kurt Harrison joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss how the Chief Sustainability Officer role has evolved over time from a mid-level functional operational role to a top-of-the-house senior strategic business value creation role. Kurt is the Founder and Co-Head of the Global Sustainability Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates and a recognized industry leader across ESG and Sustainability. He is also a sought-after public speaker and guest lecturer, recently named a Top Voice in the Green Economy by LinkedIn. Kurt is a highly-regarded author on ESG topics, and several of his ground-breaking white papers have been published in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.
How the Circular Economy Can Help Achieve Our ESG and Sustainability Goals with Meagan Knowlton
October 19, 2022 • 39 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Meagan Knowlton, Director of Sustainability at Optoro, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss a sustainability strategy that focuses on driving the circular economy in the retail industry. Meagan is a sustainability professional who currently drives the circular economy in the retail industry and leads cross-functional teams to develop and operationalize strategic sustainability programs. Some of her previous roles at Optoro include being part of the Leader, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, where she co-developed Optoro's first DEI strategy and goals, and as Optoro’s Sustainability Manager. Before Optoro, Meagan worked at Swire Coca-Cola as a Corporate Sustainability Manager and as a Communications Consultant at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.
How Sustainable Finance Makes the World a Better Place with Ekaterina Grigoryeva
October 5, 2022 • 40 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Ekaterina Grigoryeva, Environment and Social Development Specialist (Global Lead, Financial Sector) at The World Bank, joins Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White to discuss the role the financial sector plays in addressing the global, environmental and social crises and driving sustainable initiatives. Ekaterina is an environment and social development specialist and one of the most experienced international experts and ESG integration and sustainable finance, with a track record of fifteen years. Her work has ensured full integration of environmental and social sustainability and 100 national and regional leading operations in the range of 400 to 600 million dollars across financial products.
Bringing ESG and Sustainability to the Top of the Investors' Agenda with Jennifer Grzech
September 21, 2022 • 42 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White are joined by Jennifer Grzech, Director of Responsible Investing at Nuveen, to discuss the investor perspective on ESG and how investors can ensure their companies are improving their transparency, accountability, and impact. Jennifer has tremendous expertise in ESG research and integration, investment stewardship, and sustainability reporting. At Nuveen, she is responsible for developing a strategy of engagement with companies, policy-makers, regulators, and industry organizations around important ESG issues and standards. Data gaps have always been a big problem for companies. Most of them were looking at ESG as a marketing or branding exercise. But as an investor, it couldn't be translated into something meaningful in assessing ESG risks and opportunities. The evolution of technology addresses data gaps. ESG and sustainability progress revolve around defining best practices, setting clear standards, and improving the level and sophistication of data. Scaling all these processes ensures that ESG information is finding its way into investment decision-making.
Purposeful Infusion That Creates an Unforgettable Impact on ESG Practices with Bruce Simpson
September 7, 2022 • 48 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Rocket White are joined by Bruce Simpson to discuss purpose and what this means for ESG. Sustainability is definitely the new normal. A company’s primary responsibility used to be profit, and that focus has become more nuanced in recent times. In a nutshell, we are seeing a surge in corporate purpose in the age of stakeholder capitalism. With clients all over the world, Bruce has helped dozens of companies incorporate societal responsibilities into their business models and missions that are based on customers, employees, suppliers, regulators, and of course, society’s goals and desires. Keep listening to hear how Bruce unpacks purpose.
Sustainability, Professional Responsibility, and Business Ethics with Alison Taylor
August 24, 2022 • 33 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White are joined by Alison Taylor to discuss the impact of business ethics in developing an effective ESG and corporate responsibility strategy. Allison is the Executive Director at Ethical Systems, a part of NYU Stern School of Business, and an Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, where she teaches professional responsibility, sustainability, and leadership. Allison has advised hundreds of multinational companies on strategy, sustainability, cultural behavior, human rights, ethics and compliance, stakeholder engagement, ESG, and anti-corruption. She regularly speaks and writes on all aspects of business responsibility and ethics.
Co-Creating a More Sustainable and Equitable Future with Chris Coulter
August 10, 2022 • 42 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White are joined by Chris Coulter to discuss why organizations should take a proactive approach to global issues to build a more sustainable and equitable future. Chris works with leaders in business, multilateral organizations, and NGOs to help them better respond to shifting stakeholder expectations, build trust with key constituencies, and exert greater influence in shaping the future. Globalization ties together all countries, organizations, and people. To thrive in this globalized world, we must address sustainability issues, like environmental problems, inequality crisis, and human rights. Chris Coulter adds another one he thinks most organizations missed. That is geopolitics and a challenge to authoritarianism. Chris believes we should take a proactive approach and understand governance and the relationship between it and the progress we can make on social and environmental performance. And it all begins with understanding your brand purpose in alignment with sustainability.
Investing in Human Capital with Sarah Bratton Hughes
July 27, 2022 • 37 MIN
In this episode of the Doing Sustainability podcast, Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White are joined by Sarah Bratton Hughes to discuss why businesses should invest in their human capital, corporate culture, and sustainable communities. Sarah Bratton Hughes is an ESG leader passionate about Quality Jobs, DEI, and Biodiversity. As the Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing, Sarah is responsible for driving and executing the sustainable investing strategy and the management of its ESG research platform and active ownership practices, in addition to leading the ESG and Investment Stewardship team. When it comes to investing in a sustainable community, Sarah thinks that we are in an environment where human capital is a scarce resource we have. And that continues to drive a significant amount of value to the investment. If you think about corporate investments and culture, it's crucial to treat your employees as an asset rather than a liability. Though it might bring additional costs upfront, over the longer term, you will get a reduced turnover, higher engagement, greater profitability and sales, and lower incidents of health and safety problems.
Creating Shareholder Value Through ESG Investment with Aaron Yoon
July 13, 2022 • 32 MIN
Aaron Yoon, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, joins the conversation to discuss his research on ESG used by investors to view and integrate ESG information and methodologies into their business operations. Before his academic career, Aaron worked as an equities sales trader and research analyst at Credit Suisse. He has received multiple awards for his research and teaching, such as Best 40 Under 40 Professors Recognition from Poets & Quants and Chair's Core Teaching Award from Kellogg. Aaron's research started from the idea of wanting to show the link between ESG investment and shareholder value and why businesses should consider potential risks and opportunities around ESG. He also presents what criteria businesses should use when choosing ESG projects that create shareholder value and some of the best practices and future trends in ESG.
Why Purpose Is the New Tech with Balaji Ganapathy
July 13, 2022 • 33 MIN
Today, we’re joined by Balaji Ganapathy, Global Head, Chief Social Responsibility Officer, and Head of Workforce Effectiveness at Tata Consultancy Services, to discuss the role of purpose in ESG and what it takes to truly be a purpose-driven company. Balaji believes that the purpose of a business should rely on building sustainable communities and driving value to its members. Every company should serve a broader societal purpose to build a sustainable business. To do that, you have to use the purpose as a sense of identity, sustainability as a set of principles to help you bring that purpose to life, and ESG metrics as indicators to understand your short-term and long-term success.
Getting Started on Your Corporate Brand & ESG Journey with Gary Baker & Roxanne "Rocket" White
July 13, 2022 • 4 MIN
It is no longer acceptable for companies just to make profits. Audiences are demanding transparency on non-financial information that they deem will affect a business's bottom line in the future. And ESG is no longer a silo department within a corporation today. The team responsible for executing an ESG report is cross-functional. Welcome to Sustainable Minds: Exploring the Interplay of Corporate Brand, Core Beliefs, and ESG by Baker Brand Communications. In the following series, Gary Baker and Roxanne "Rocket" White investigate how purpose, vision, and values can guide your company's sustainability actions, behaviors, and mindsets and discuss their impact with the help of ESG-focused guests from around the globe.