Sustainable Finance Podcasts: 10 Useful Series

By Richard Howard

We all know by now that podcasts are a great way of learning about new topics whilst keeping in touch with the latest thinking. And that it no different for the world of ESG investing, sustainable finance and green finance.

Below are a list of 10 sustainable finance podcast series that either devote themselves to sustainable finance or have covered sustainable finance in a significant number of episodes.

Most sustainable finance podcasts tend to come in one of two flavours: interviews or analysis. Interviews are a great way of keeping up to date with what leading professionals are thinking. Listen to enough and you can pick out key trends. Listen to even more and you will start to comprehend the subtle differences and where thinking starts to diverge.

The analysis podcasts provide an in-depth discussion of current events in the ESG investing and sustainable finance world. These typically will have regular host with semi-regular guests, who specialise in the topics being discussed. These episodes provides you with a good level of detail to news topics as well as an up to date analytical snapshot.

Green Is The New Finance

Start Date: Sept 2020
Number of episodes in 2020: 10
Typical length: 25-40 mins
Typical format: Interviews
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This podcast is from the UK’s Green Finance Institute and consists of interviews with industry leading sustainable finance professionals, as well as other figures connected to the green finance world.

Transformers | The Sustainability Change Makers

Start Date: June 2020
Number of episodes in 2020: 12
Typical length: 25-55 mins
Typical format: Interviews
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In this podcast Kaj Embren leads a series of interviews and discussions with a range of different experts and VIPs in the sustainability world. Many of the interviews focus on green finance and business, but not exclusively. Several episodes focus on local government, thus helping the listener to contextualise the scenarios in which green finance can play its part.

The Sustainable Finance Podcast With Paul Ellis

Start Date: May 2018
Number of episodes in 2020: 40
Typical length: 20-30 mins
Typical format: Interviews
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Through interviews with a range of investment professionals Paul Ellis discusses how sustainable finance is changing and disrupting the traditional finance industry.

Guernsey Green Finance Podcast

Start Date: July 2020
Number of episodes in 2020: 21
Typical length: 25-60 mins
Typical format: Interviews
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Kicked off as part of the We Are Guernsey’s Sustainable Finance Week, this podcast provides a lever to help the Bailiwick of Guernsey further its green finance strategy. Dr Andy Sloan leads a series of interviews and discussion panels with leading industry figures to chart the changes brought by the shift to sustainable finance.

PRI podcasts

Start Date: Dec 2015
Number of episodes in 2020: 41
Typical length: 15-30 mins
Typical format: Interviews/Analysis
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The UN Principle’s For Responsible Investment (PRI) organisation produces a regular number of interviews and analysis on topics surrounding responsible investment. Episodes feature a mixture of the PRI’s own staff and/or external professionals.

ESG Now – MSCI

Start Date: Aug 2018
Number of episodes in 2020: 54
Typical length: 15-20 mins
Typical format: Analysis
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The ESG Now podcast from MSCI offers a weekly insight into the ESG world and analysis on current affairs from an the ESG angle. It’s hosted by Mike Disabato from MSCI ESG Research, who is able to discuss up to date ESG issues with a range of MSCI insiders and partners.

Sustainability Leaders – BMO

Start Date: May 2019
Number of episodes in 2020: 19
Typical length: 30-40 mins
Typical format: Interviews
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This podcast features interviews between BMO’s investment professionals and their peers in the investment industry as well as NGOs and academics.

The Sustainalytics Podcast – Sustainalytics

Start Date: Mar 2020
Number of episodes in 2020: 10
Typical length: 20-30 mins
Typical format: Analysis
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Each month Nick and Cheryl provide a roundup of news and events related to developments in sustainable finance.

ESG Insider – S&P Global

Start Date: Feb 2019
Number of episodes in 2020: 19
Typical length: 15-30 mins
Typical format: Interview/Analysis
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Co-hosts Lindsey White and Esther Whieldon interview a spectrum of people connected with the ESG world. These interviews range from discussions and analysis of current events to wider ranging interviews about the ESG industry as a whole.

Refinitiv Sustainability Perspective – Refinitiv

Start Date: Sept 2019
Number of episodes in 2020: 47
Typical length: 12-20 mins
Typical format: Interview/Analysis
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This podcast has a range of formats: interviews with key ESG and environmental specialists; episodes which focus on one topic or discussion with a special guest; and periodic round up of sustainable finance news.

Conclusion – Sustainable Finance Podcasts

There is little doubt that ESG, sustainable, and green finance is experiencing a huge amount of growth. And with that growth new ideas are being shared all the time and established ones are being refined or cast aside.

Podcasts focusing on ESG investing and sustainable finance are a fantastic resource to keep you in the loop and allow you to start to formulate your own new ideas on our green and sustainable financial future.

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