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37 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Putting Sustainability, ESG and DEI on the Menu with Caitlin Leibert of Chipotle
Caitlin Leibert, Director of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill, joins the podcast to talk about Chipotle's sustainability mission surrounding food & animals, people, and the environment. From the farm, to the kitchen, the boardroom and the customer experience, Caitlin takes us on a journey that shows how Chipotle integrates sustainability, ESG and DEI initiatives in every aspect of the business.
26 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Social Justice and Sanitation with Kim Worsham of FLUSH
On today's episode of Purpose, Inc., Michael Young speaks with Kim Worsham, Founder and Principal of FLUSH, about the social, economic, racial and gender issues surrounding sanitation in communities from Africa, India, and the United States. Kim works with organizations and their stakeholders to implement greater access to clean water and sanitation in rural communities and major cities.
32 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
The Crisis in Corporate Identity with Pamela Rucker
In our latest podcast, Michael Young speaks with Pamela Rucker, a renowned speaker and trainer on innovation, digital transformation and corporate strategy. Pamela discusses the crisis in corporate identity, critiques corporate culture practices, and highlights the importance of cognitive diversity within organizations especially during this year’s battles with the pandemic and for social justice.
31 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Changing the World One Internship at a Time with Ahva Sadeghi of Symba
Today on the podcast I speak with social entrepreneur Ahva Sadeghi, CEO and co-founder of Symba about how she and her team are removing barriers and leveling the playing field in corporate internships. Post-COVID, many internships were cancelled and all have gone remote— and 71% of internships still go to white candidates. Symba has built the industry standard tech stack to help organizations find talent the best talent from anywhere and give interns broader access to the new world of remote work.
39 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Bringing Purpose to Politics: In This Together with Bill Shireman and Trammell S. Crow
We can’t meet a global health crisis, a climate crisis, an economic crisis or any future crisis as a divided nation. We’re not enemies. We’re a family with differences to work through. Polarization is our real enemy. Today on the podcast, Bill Shireman and Trammell S. Crow who have spent their lives and careers bringing sworn enemies to the table to find common ground and develop win-win solutions. Bill and Trammell launched a cross-partisan campaign and co-authored a book called IN THIS TOGETHER. We talk about the problems of amplified divisions in our political and civic life, the lack of respectful dialogue, thoughtful deliberation, evidence-based problem-solving—and what to do about it.
25 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Kicking-off Season 2: A look back, a big thank you and a look ahead
Welcome to Season 2 of the Purpose, Inc. In this episode Michael recaps the key takeaways from the 22 thoughtful and provocative conversations he had with his guests in Season 1. Michael also outlines the issues, ideas and topics he wants to focus on in Season 2 around corporate purpose, sustainability, ESG, racial justice and stakeholder capitalism.
32 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Talking UN SDG 16, Transparency and Trust with Meg Parker Young of Thomson Reuters
On today’s episode, Meg Parker Young of Thomson Reuters talks about trusted information as the core idea of UN SDG 16; why trusted information is critical to every aspect of a free society. Meg talks about how SDG 16 informs corporate responsibly, ESG, CSR through transparency across supply chains, eliminating human trafficking, corruption, and ensuring compliance and reporting.
24 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Developing Talent and Building Advanced Technology in Small-town America with William LaBar of CGI
William LaBar, Vice President of CGI joins the podcast to talk about CGI’s network of Delivery Centers that employ over 1,800 IT professionals in small cities in the U.S. Will shares how CGI recruits and trains staff through programs that develop talent through its STEM@CGI training programs in K-12/community colleges and universities. Will talks about the impact CGI is having on economic development, jobs, and education in local communities.
27 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Making News Socially Actionable with Melissa Anderson of Public Good Software
Melissa Anderson, the Co-founder and President of Public Good Software, joins the podcast to discuss the consumer-brand-media-social action dynamic. Public Good is America's leading AI for good technology which makes news and content actionable; working with the nation’s leading publishers including CNN, Tribune Media, HuffPost, Vice, and brands such as Microsoft, Unilever and Danone.
31 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Shallow Purpose with Brandon Peele of ion Learning
Brandon Peele, VP People Science at ion Learning joins the podcast to talk about the corporate purpose journey; the steps and changes an organization must take toward defining its purpose; and how to create a purpose-led culture. We talk a lot about where purpose manifests in the organizations. Not in signs, symbols and slogans, but in actions and outcomes. We spend a lot of time talking about the risks of shallow purpose, elitism and lack of commitment.
26 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Talking Re-Commerce and Fashion Industry Transformation with Geri Cupi of MonoChain
Each year $270BN worth of clothes are thrown away.Today on the podcast Geri Cupi, CEO and co-founder of MonoChain, joins the podcast to discuss MonoChain's blockchain re-commerce platform that gives brands and retailers access to circular economy practices. Geri lays out the case for why re-commerce is the key to transforming fashion and retail through sustainability, waste reduction while reducing counterfeiting, and forging deeper connections to GenZ consumers.
28 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Connecting Leadership and Organizational Value with Chris Coulter, CEO of GlobeScan
Chris Coulter the CEO of GlobeScan joins the podcast to discuss why ambitious and authentic leadership is the key to the sustainability agenda and vital to improving stakeholder engagement across – customers, investors, regulators, non-governmental organizations, communities, suppliers and employees. Chris unpacks a global research study GlobeScan conducted with Oxford University on risks, opportunities and priorities in corporate affairs around sustainability, ESG and corporate purpose.
36 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
Analyzing Trends and Potential Flashpoints in ESG Investing with Erik Wohlgemuth of Future500
Today on the podcast, Michael welcomes Erik Wohlgemuth, Chief Operating Officer of Future 500. Erik talks about the Future500 Force For Good Forecast which is an authoritative and compelling body of research and analysis on the top issues, trends, topics and potential flashpoints in ESG that will shape engagement between corporations and their stakeholders for the coming years. Erik talks about how employees and activists are joining forces (especially during COVID); the implications in the rise of GenZ; why passive investors are the “new regulators”; how companies are calling customers to action; and much more.
33 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
The Crumbling Facade of Corporate Responsibility with Alison Taylor of Ethical Systems
Today on the podcast, Michael welcomes Alison Taylor, Executive Director of Ethical Systems, a research collaboration housed at NY University’s Stern School of Business. Alison talks about companies making claims to be responsible citizens while committing abuses of corporate power, such as the pervasive non-accounting for negative externalities, creative tax avoidance, systemic racism and gender inequality, and regulatory capture. We discuss how COVID and Black Lives Matter have forced a reckoning between espoused corporate values and values in action.
37 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Redefining Diversity and Inclusion with Lesley Slaton Brown, Chief Diversity Officer of HP, Inc
What does it mean for a company to have values as its guiding light? For more 80 years HP has stood atop the industry as a leader based on its foundational commitment to values and integrity. Today on the podcast, I welcome Lesley Slaton Brown the Chief Diversity Officer of HP to talk about her role in leading HP’s global diversity and inclusion efforts. We talk about systemic racism, Black Lives Matter, and why none no person or corporation is a bystander in the fight to end racial injustice. Leslie's vision, her passion and her faultless clarity on creating a values-based workplace lights the path for all of us to follow.
34 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Racial Justice and Corporate Citizenship with Grady Crosby of Johnson Controls
In 2020 the intersection between corporations and society has never been more sharply defined. First with COVID and workers’ health and safety, and now with the long overdue reckoning our society is having about racial inequity and injustice in the immediate aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Amhad Aubry. Grady Crosby, Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Johnson Controls comes on the podcast to talk about the role of corporate citizens in racial justice, equality, diversity and inclusion. Grady talks about the many commitments Johnson Controls undertakes toward building a more inclusive and equitable society and in particular its role as a large employer and corporate citizen in the City of Milwaukee.
19 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Reducing The Impact of Plastics with Ellen Jackowski of HP, Inc.
Ellen Jackowski, the Global Head of Sustainability, Strategy and Innovation at HP joins the podcast to talk about how HP puts sustainability at the core of everything that HP does. Ellen shares about HP's plastics strategy and how it is reducing the amount of plastics in its products, how HP substituting plastics, and significantly, how HP is taking ocean-bound plastics out of the waste stream and recycling those plastics into its products.
27 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Closing the STEM Talent Gap, A Conversation with Ashley Szofer of STEMconnector
What do you think of when you think of technology employers? Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon come to mind. What about Walmart? Every company is a tech company and every company needs a STEM talent development and acquisition strategy. Michael talks with Ashley Szofer, Senior Director at STEM Connector about how her organization connects leaders who have a passion for and a vested interest in collectively reenvisioning the STEM workforce. Follow us on Twitter: @mbyCheck out our website: www.actual.agency
30 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Investing in the $23 Trillion Climate Smart Energy Sector, A Conversation with Alzbeta Klein of International Finance Corporation.
Investment in renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture, and urbanization in the emerging world is a vast area of importance and urgency. And the combination of private capital, public financing, governments and global institutions is vital to ending extreme poverty, boosting shared prosperity, and stemming climate change. Michael talks to Alzbeta Klein is the Director & Global Head of Climate Business at the International Finance Corporation about IFC’s role as the largest global development institution focused on private sector investment in emerging markets. They talk about the role that IFC plays in providing capital and as a convenor in bringing expertise and influence to investors into the developing world. Follow us on Twitter: @mbyCheck out our website: www.actual.agency
27 minutes | May 26, 2020
Connecting Corporate Social Behavior and Business Performance with Alison Omens of JUST Capital
Companies doing the right things to support all their stakeholders – front-line workers - are posting better performance and market returns than their peers. On this episode, Michael talks with Alison Omens, Chief Strategy Officer at JUST Capital about the connection between corporate America and the values of the American people. Alison shares how JUST Capital connects consumer sentiment to help companies improve performance and investors gauge and measure corporate risk; the importance of the S in ESG; integrating non-financial metrics with decision-making processes; and how consumers and investors are responding to corporate action during COVID-19. Follow us on Twitter: @mbyCheck out our website: www.actual.agencyCheck out JUST Capital’s research here: https://justcapital.com/data/Sign up for JUST Capital’s weekly COVID updates here: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/1883669/1892435/
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