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Rupert Redesdale, EMA: How to stop the bottom-line suffering because of rising energy prices

April 10th, 2014

At the recent 2degreesLive event on stakeholder engagement, CEO of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), Rupert Redesdale shares the best way to save energy.

Using a Star Wars analogy, Redesdale says that while there are a lot of forward-thinking companies out there that are like noble Jedi, the EMA is much more like a sith-lord. So why should we listen?

In this podcast, learn:

* Why energy saving isn’t about selling it cheaply

* How to stop the bottom-line suffering because of rising energy prices

* How to control the energy your using

* How much carbon 10,000 emails with attachments use


Why O2 puts money on employee engagement

April 10th, 2014

At the recent 2degreesLive event on stakeholder engagement Bill Eyres, head of sustainability at O2, describes the hard headed business case for employee engagement, and how the company calculated the financial value for it.

After the presentation, Eyres also answers some questions from the audience.

Listen to this podcast to learn:

  •        How O2 used ThinkBig to liberate and engage its employees
  •        Why employees were empowered to make a difference 
  •        What the financial benefits of employee engagement are and how the company compiled and presented the data.


Caroline Taylor, IBM: What animal are your customers? You need to know in order to engage them…

April 10th, 2014

At the recent 2degreesLive event on stakeholder engagement Caroline TaylorCMO of IBM Europe, described several profiles when it comes to our response to sustainability.

The question is, are you (or your customers) peacocks, bears, gorillas, ostriches or mules? (You can imagine what traits the latter has…)

As well as finding out what animal you’re most like, listen to this podcast to learn:

  •          How to get non ‘polar bear-fanciers’ into sustainability
  •           How to infuse passion into marketers
  •           Three pieces of advice in engaging with customers

#63: What is the business case for helping youth achieve their ambitions? Rob Zajko explains.

April 1st, 2014

Youth is a key demographic in Hilton Worldwide's social value efforts. Helping young people gain experience and employment within the company is part of this strategy, but there is a crucial value in encouraging them to achieve their own goals - within and beyond the travel industry.


#62: Tim Mohin shares his secrets on how to transform a business from the inside out

March 31st, 2014

AMD's director of corporate responsibility, Tim Mohin, talks to Victoria Knowles about the company's engagement strategy, and how to use video games to successfully sell your ideas.


#61: 2degrees Taking Steps: An interview with the CBI

April 4th, 2013

Tom Idle talks to the CBI's director of business environment, Rhian Kelly.

Is the lobbying organization creating the right conditions in which sustainable businesses can flourish? And is it happy with the progress being made by the UK government in promoting a green economy.

Tune in to find out.

You can also watch the video here.


#60: Tell me more: Ramon Arratia, Interface

April 4th, 2013

2degrees' editor Tom Idle interviewed Ramon Arratia, sustainability director at Interface live from the company's London showroom to gain a unique understanding of how one of the world's most innovative manufacturing companies is leading its sector through sustainability.

Take a listen to find out:

  • About lifecycle analysis and how it can help you understand the environmental impacts of your product or service;
  • Why you can find the hotspots that should drive your sustainability strategy;
  • Why Ramon feels sustainability labels are unnecessary "'fluff";
  • Why industries need to move from corporate social responsibility to full transparency of products

You can also watch the video here.


#59: What’s the point of banking? Triodos has an answer

April 4th, 2013

Triodos Bank’s latest accounts show both its balance sheet and customer base jumping 23% in the last 12 months – and its profits soaring 31% as it made a net profit of €22.6m.

It is one of a growing number of ethical banks that is bucking the trend seen in the mainstream banking sector whose toxic reputation continues to be fuelled by stories of fat cat bonuses and worryingly low levels of trust among the people whose money the industry so depends.

Banks like Triodos are making money available where it is needed most, investing as it does in socially-, environmentally- and ethically-sound projects and organizations. It is making money available that will genuinely support a truly sustainable economy.

And its success – and the positive performance of banks like it – offers a useful anchor upon which to question the role of banking in society.

Hear 2degrees' Tom Idle gain a more personal viewpont into Triodos from the bank's head of market and corporate development, James Vaccaro.

You can also watch the video here.


#58: Leading in Changing Times – Financial innovations and systemic risks

December 11th, 2012

Since the recent financial crisis, a typical reaction to any mention of financial innovation has been: “Did financial innovation not cause this crisis?” or “Does the world really need further financial innovation?”

Marc Chesney, Professor of Finance at the University of Zurich and external expert with the World Bank, joined this session to explain:

  • How financial innovation can be improved to better serve society’s needs and reduce the risk of adverse consequences
  • What kind of enabling framework could allow positive financial innovation to flourish

Download the slides to find out more.


#57: What should we know about local and seasonal food sourcing?

November 7th, 2012

What do you know about local food sourcing? We held a session with Mark Holmes of ADAS and Peter Lefort of Community Action Groups to give us some insights into this issue.

Check out the podcast to learn about the different meanings of "local" and how both consumers and supermarkets play a role in food sourcing.