Activating Sustainability

Dedicated to bringing to you insights and guidance on the latest sustainability thinking across sectors, topics and geographies.
activating sustainability podcast series

Throughout these episodes, Anthesis experts, often alongside a suite of guests, unpack sustainability topics and explore what can be done as individuals, citizens, businesses, governments and collectives to turn the tide in this decisive decade.

Each episode brings a fresh panel, with new ideas and industry-leading expertise. Tune in and join us as we explore sustainability together.

Episode 41: Mandatory Reporting

In this episode of Activating Sustainability, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Directors Cassie Martynow and Toby Parker to discuss mandatory climate reporting, such as the CSRD, SEC, and ESRS regulations.

Episode 42: CBAM (Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism Regulation)
In this Activating Sustainability episode, our host Nita P. Woods is joined by Anthesis Associate Director Michael Lenaghan and Senior Consultant Ceri Linton to discuss one of the most transformational recent pieces of legislation, the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).

JUST IN | Episode 43: GreenBiz 24
In this JUST IN episode of our Activating Sustainability series, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Hope Bristow, Principal Consultant and Forest Positive Lead, and Jason Pearson, Executive Director of Global Advisory Business, to discuss the themes, emerging topics, and actions from GreenBiz24

Episode 44: International Women’s Day
In this episode Anthesis celebrates International Womens Day as our host Nita P. Woods interviews Anthesians from across the globe: Laura Batlle Bayer, Katrin Bolkart, Jacqueline Raw, and Tatum Hodgkinson, to hear about their sustainability career journeys and female role models they look up to.

JUST IN | Episode 45: Circularity24
In this JUST IN episode of our Activating Sustainability series, our host Nita P. Woods is joined by Associate Director Karine Kicak, Senior Consultant Natalie Hojell, and Principal Consultant Jackie Flemming, to discuss the emerging topics and key takeaways from Circularity24

Episode 31: Addressing Food and Food Systems in The Decisive Decade with Anthesis Provision

In this Activating Sustainability episode, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Cher Mereweather and Jon Duschinsky to share how they have experienced changing priorities in the food system during this decisive decade.

Episode 32: Carbon Offsets: Climate Strategy Crucial or Right to Emit? With Climate Neutral Group

In this Activating Sustainability episode, our host Chris Peterson is joined by John Leppers and Ella Baz to share their thoughts around the increasingly important topic of carbon offsets.

Episode 33 | COP27: Can We Keep 1.5 Alive?

In this Activating Sustainability episode, three of our experts walk through the latest insights from the COP27 climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Episode 34 | Insights on COP15

Three Anthesis nature and biodiversity experts attended the COP15 conference on Biodiversity in Montreal. Listen to their key takeaways in our latest podcast episode.

Episode 35: GreenBiz23: Climate Change is a Journey, and We Need to Act Now

Several Anthesis delegates attended the GreenBiz23 conference in Arizona in February. Listen to their key takeaways in our latest podcast episode.

Episode 36 | Anthesis on IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report: Ambitious Action can Secure a Livable Future

Anthesis executive Paul Crewe comments on the recently released IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report.

Episode 37 | Water: Often Overlooked but Key to Climate Change Goals

In this Activating Sustainability episode, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Dave Jaeckel, Principal Consultant with the Anthesis water practice, to discuss where water is at in the climate agenda, current and future efforts surrounding water, and outcomes from the 2023 UN Water Conference.

Episode 38 | The Adventure of Sustainable Performance

In this Activating Sustainability episode, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Stuart McLachlan and Dean Sanders, to discuss their new book: The Adventure of Sustainable Performance: Beyond ESG Compliance to Leadership in the New Era.

JUST IN | Activating Sustainability | Ep 39: Nature Takes a Front Seat at Climate Week NYC

In this JUST IN episode of our Activating Sustainability series, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Jake Lipton, Partner at Wallbrook, and Courtney McCorstin, Principal Nature and Climate Risk Consultant, to discuss key takeaways from Climate Week NYC.

JUST IN | Activating Sustainability | Ep 40: California Climate Bills

In this JUST IN episode of our Activating Sustainability series, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Victoria Evans, Director, and Kim van Boden, Principal Consultant, to discuss the recent California climate bills that Governor Newsom signed into law on October 7th.

Episode 21: Making Sustainability Happen in the Decisive Decade

In this episode, our Anthesis leaders share their thoughts and insights on the huge shift they have seen in the sustainability agenda and why the world has woken up to the reality of climate change.

Episode 22: Building Sustainable Businesses through Carbon Literacy Training

Chris Peterson is joined by Steph Wall (ESG Director from Palatine Private Equity) and Andrew Noone (Director at Anthesis UK) for an informative episode about the successful roll out of Carbon Literacy training across Palatine’s entire portfolio of companies.

Episode 23: Net Zero Food Systems

Join Chris Peterson, Simon Davis and Honor Cowen as they explore the rapidly evolving world of agricultural systems and its impact on food, retail and textiles and aligning with the business case for Net Zero.

Episode 24: Driving Impact with Life Cycle Assessments

Chris Peterson is joined by Anthesis LCA experts Jim Fava and Caroline Gaudreault to discuss the business value of Life Cycle Assessments.

Episode 25: COP26 Debrief

In episode 25 of our Activating Sustainability podcast series, Paul Crewe and Simeran Bachra reflect on the key takeaways to come out of COP26.

Episode 26: Decarbonising our Energy Systems to Deliver Environmental & Socio-economic Impact

Join Chris Peterson and Anthesis Energy leaders, Ben Lynch and Agneta Persson, to discuss the transformational change required to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in the next 10 years.

Episode 27: Looking Ahead at 2022: Regional Perspectives on a Common Goal

Join Chris Peterson, Chantelle Ludski, and Brad Blundell as they discuss their views on the year ahead.

Episode 28: Reflections from GreenBiz 22: Activating Impact in the Decisive Decade

In this episode of Activating Sustainability, our experts discuss their key takeaways and impressions from GreenBiz 22. They touch on the importance of social impact, diversity and inclusion, and the increasing role of the financial sector in the corporate sustainability world during the decisive decade.

Episode 29: Reflections on World Water Day: The Importance of Groundwater

In this Activating Sustainability episode, our host Chris Peterson is joined by members of our Anthesis water team, Dave Jaekel, Therese Karkowski, and Chris Morris, to reflect on this year’s World Water Day theme: The Importance of Groundwater.

Episode 30: The Lenses of Sustainable Design Thinking

In this Activating Sustainability episode, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Lemis Tarajano and Ana Espinosa to explore sustainable product design thinking.

Episode 11: Reflections on Environmental Social Governance during the COVID-19 crisis

Our podcast host Chris Peterson is joined by Anthesis Director, Sarah Gilby, to reflect on short and long-term ESG management in these evolving times.

Episode 12: The Apparel Sector’s Opportunity to Rebuild More Resilient Supply Chains

In this episode of Activating Sustainability we discuss COVID-19 implications for supply chain relationships in the apparel industry. They draw connections between social and environmental sustainability and discuss opportunities to #buildbackbetter.

Episode 13: The European Green Deal: A Road to Recovery

In this episode of Activating Sustainability our host, Chris Peterson is joined by Anthesis Lavola experts, Joana Soares and Miquel Rubio to discuss the new European Green Deal and what this early model of ‘Build Back Better’ could look like.

Episode 14: Transforming the Built Environment for a More Sustainable Future

In this episode of Activating Sustainability, we’re joined by Anthesis experts, Ben Lynch and Huw Blackwell to discuss the current trends, key drivers, challenges and opportunities in the built environment..

Episode 15: The Evolution of Environmental Education

In this episode of Activating Sustainability, our host Chris Peterson is joined by Marta Lacruz Sobré, Director of the Education division at Anthesis Lavola to discuss environmental education and the importance of teaching children who may go on to be future policy decision makers and consumers.

Episode 16: The Drivers, Barriers, + Opportunities in Advanced Recycling

In this episode of Activating Sustainability, joined by our special guest from Closed Loop Partners’ innovation center— we break down the basics of advanced recycling of plastic waste and challenges in the circular economy for plastics.

Episode 17: Implications for U.S. Climate Action Under a Biden Administration

In this episode of Activating Sustainability, we hear from Anthesis Executive Directors George Favaloro and Josh Whitney, who share their perspective on the biggest opportunities and obstacles for climate action under the Biden administration.

Episode 18: Human Rights Violations in Global Supply Chains

As the world demands more transparency of goods and services across the world, companies will have to face up to the need to ensure human rights are considered across the whole value chain. What does this mean for your company? Listen and find out.

Episode 19: Joining the B Corp Movement

In this special podcast episode to celebrate B Corp Month, find out what the future holds for the B CorpTM movement and Anthesis’ plans for delivering meaningful impact as a ‘Better Business’.

Episode 20: Preparing for an ESG task force at the SEC

ESG Expert Don Reed explores the mixed messages coming from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) around a potential new task force for ESG.

Episode 1: Quantifying Climate Risk and Opportunity

In episode one of the Activating Sustainability podcast, host and Associate Director Chris Peterson is joined by Executive Director Don Reed to discuss the emerging risks and opportunities of climate change, and how organisations can begin to quantify them.

Episode 2: The Commercial Criticality of Sustainability

In episode two of the Activating Sustainability podcast, host Chris Peterson is joined by Anthesis Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer and previous Head of Sustainability at Sainsbury’s, Paul Crewe, to discuss why sustainability is critical to commercial success.

Episode 3: Sustainable Fashion

In episode three of the Activating Sustainability podcast, Chris Peterson sits down with Technical Director Susan Harris to discuss all things sustainable fashion, exploring some of the controversies, as well as how the sector can begin the shift towards more sustainable supply chains.

Episode 4: Plastic Choices and CO2 Impacts

In episode four of the Activating Sustainability podcast, we hear from Anthesis’ Associate Director Jono Adams on the sometimes conflicting goals of plastic and carbon reduction.

Episode 5: Science-Based Targets

In episode five of the Activating Sustainability podcast, Executive Director Josh Whitney joins Chris Peterson for episode five to discuss climate change, Science-Based Targets and businesses committing to the 1.5 degree target.

Episode 6: Brand Purpose – Becoming the Sustainability Activator

In episode six of Anthesis Group’s podcast series, Chris Peterson is joined by Strategy Director James Wallis to explore the rise of brands putting purpose before profit, and Anthesis Group’s new positioning as the sustainability activator.

Episode 7: Circularity – Featuring Special Guests From Merck KGaA

This month’s podcast host, Lisa Grice, is joined by special guests from the life sciences division of multinational Merck KGaA and Anthesis colleague Richard Peagam to discuss all things circular economy.

Episode 8: Waking up to the value of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Our host Chris Peterson is joined by Anthesis colleagues and ESG specialists Don Reed and Tim Clare, to discuss the business value for companies to report in line with the requirements of TCFD.

Episode 9: COVID-19 – A New Landscape for the Agri-Food Sector

Anthesis’ sustainable agri-food expert Simon Davis joins host Chris Peterson to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting the agri-food system and transforming the future of food as we know it.

Episode 10: COVID-19 – Perspectives on Crisis + Cultivating a Resilient Mindset

In this episode of the Activating Sustainability podcast, Anthesis Associate Director, Philipp Rosenthal joins host Chris Peterson to discuss how we can adjust our mindset to get through a crisis. Philipp shares insights into how empathy plays a role in strong leadership and effective communication paving a path beyond COVID-19.

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