VODCASTS

Episode 1 – Understanding additionality in ESG investing

ESG additionality refers to a positive impact or outcome that would not have otherwise occurred without specific capital investment. The concept of additionality in ESG investing is pertinent in SA where important strategic matters such as just energy transition need to be factored into investment decisions.

Episode 2 – Using the UN sustainable development goals to guide your company’s ESG strategy

In developing their ESG strategies companies can use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework around which to determine which issues they should focus their attention on.

The SDGs are a set of 17 interconnected and ambitious goals adopted by all United Nations Member States in September 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These goals aim to address a wide range of global challenges and create a more sustainable and equitable world by the year 2030.

Episode 3 – Just how much should ESG imperatives affect investment decisions?

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) imperatives have become fundamental to how businesses make investment decisions and in 2021 flows into ESG investments reached a pinnacle when the market saw an estimated $120bn flow to sustainable investments. Historically, there has been a growing emphasis on ESG considerations in investment decisions, driven by factors such as increasing awareness of sustainability issues, regulatory changes, and a recognition of the potential impact of ESG factors on long-term financial performance. However, it seems that some investors are starting to question just how much should ESG impact their decisions?

Episode 4 – The importance of ‘S’ in ESG for the financial services industry

The Sanlam ESG Barometer in partnership with Business Day is the first to assess how JSE-listed companies are actively improving environmental and social outcomes in society through their activities, and today at the Business Day TV studios, I am joined by two experts to discuss the theme “What is the importance of the “S” in ESG for financial services?”

Episode 5 – Why prioritise ESG integration over ESG ratings?

Environmental, Social and Governance imperatives have become fundamental to how businesses make investment decisions. However, some leaders have called for companies to differentiate between ESG Impact and ESG Rankings, as prioritizing ESG impact over ESG rankings reflects a focus on tangible, measurable outcomes and actions rather than solely relying on or chasing after high rankings in ESG assessments or indices.

Episode 6 – Africa vs. The West: The debate on what ESG means to African companies versus global companies

The debate on what ESG means to African companies versus Western companies involves considerations of regional contexts, economic structures, developmental stages, and cultural nuances. While there are overarching principles of ESG that apply globally, there are also unique challenges and opportunities that shape how these principles are interpreted and implemented in African and Western corporate contexts.