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Building Competitive Advantage in a Sustainable World

Senior business leaders discuss their experiences and views on how to reconcile sustainability and sustainable competitive advantage.

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Season 2

24 Minutes | January 12, 2023

Business Impact on Nature with Tony Goldner

"We've got to be Net Zero and Nature Positive at the same time. That requires extra capability, extra learning, extra knowledge, and extra tools to be parallel processing climate and nature together.”

27 Minutes | November 18, 2022

The Challenges and Values of Achieving Organizational Sustainability with David Stanton

"The sustainability dialogue is not just about the environment locally, it's become about the environment globally. People are starting to put value on doing [sustainability] right and that is going to drive another round of innovation."

39 Minutes | October 27, 2022

Bringing Sustainability to the Fore in Fashion with Art and Annin Peck

"If I'm buying a billion units a year, but 30% of them create no economic value, I could buy just the 66-70% and create the same amount of economic value and eliminate the carbon footprint and all the waste associated with that."

33 Minutes | October 13, 2022

Corporate Governance and Sustainability with Peter Tollman and Ron Soonieus

Peter, Ron and Dave reflect on the challenges and opportunities that corporate boards and managers are presented with when establishing sustainability strategy.

32 Minutes | September 29, 2022

Continuous Process Improvement and Sustainability with Tony Thene

"Sustainability isn't something to do because it gets a lot of attention right now. For us, it's a key differentiator, it is a strategic driver to where it is going to enhance our bottom line."

23 Minutes | September 15, 2022

Creating Advantage from Trustworthy Sustainability Data with Antoine Giros

"To build trust with their stakeholders, companies now need to focus on the efficient implementation of their sustainability strategies. But steering an ESG strategy is not about sharing information. It's about sharing credible and verified data, coming from the field and form independent third parties."

33 Minutes | September 1, 2022

Lessons on Sustainable Finance and Investing with Nili Gilbert

"We need to become more articulate about how climate intersects our goals on society - and at the end of the day, to acknowledge that we can't separate our environmental and social goals."

31 Minutes | August 18, 2022

The Long View and Sustainability with Mark Preston

Dave and Mark discuss how Grosvenor’s unique legacy and governance structure has facilitated managerial decision-making from a long-term perspective

26 Minutes | August 4, 2022

Lessons From Purpose-Driven Media with Gary Knell

Dave and Gary discuss how media enterprises can stake out competitive advantage by establishing purpose-driven programming.

Season 1

15 Minutes | May 27, 2021

Lessons from Schneider Electric with Olivier Blum

“It’s a race without a finishing line and there will always be opportunity to innovate in the field of environment, social, and, governance. There is no real finishing line.

14 Minutes | April 22, 2021

Harnessing Purpose for Sustainability with Ashley Grice

“Purpose is what brings the idea of sustainability and sustainable business together. These are not two separate functions. They are one and the same.”

18 Minutes | April 8, 2021

Cross-sector partnerships for Sustainability with Vicki Escarra

Listen to Vicki Escarra as she reflects on the importance of cross-sector collaboration to drive meaningful, societal impact at scale while generating benefits for all organizations involved, including corporations.

11 Minutes | March 25, 2021

Lessons from Eneva with Pedro Zinner

Listen to CEO of Eneva discussing how his company initiated its sustainability journey.

20 Minutes | March 11, 2021

Lessons from Veolia and Renault with Christine Rodwell

“To walk the talk on sustainability, companies need to listen to their external stakeholders. They should create a committee of ‘critical friends’, who will challenge them and advise them to develop business solutions that create meaningful environmental and societal benefits.”

17 Minutes | February 25, 2021

The Investor Perspective on Sustainability with Mark Wiseman

“We’re seeing a convergence of values and value. Companies that demonstrate and abide by a clear sense of purpose and values will deliver more value and outperform the market in the long run.”

9 Minutes | January 28, 2021

Lessons from Unilever with Amanda Sourry

"It is not about sustainability or business results. It's both, always, at the same time. Sustainability has to be integrated at the heart of the business model."

16 Minutes | December 3, 2020

Lessons from Danone with Isabelle Grosmaitre

“My advice to CEOs embarking in this new era of sustainability would be to demonstrate their contribution as a business to society. It is the only way to win, to thrive and be chosen by consumers, employees, investors, and partners. So act, dare and show that you care.”