Summa & Friends
Ep #06: Calling Out Greenwashing in Leading Investment Firms
They say be the change you want to see in the world. And one year ago, Tariq Fancy, a former Wall Street investor turned nonprofit founder, wrote an essay sharing how he had gone from evangelizing sustainable investing for the world's largest investment firm, BlackRock, to actually criticizing sustainable investing as a dangerous placebo that harms the public interest.In doing so, he challenged business leaders to prove him wrong. In this episode of Summa & Friends, Tariq, the CEO of Rumie Initiative, an education tech company using innovative mobile based micro learning to bring free digital learning and to close learning gaps, explains why he did this. He shares why he sounded the alarm. What reactions he got from those in the investment community. And what impact his manifesto actually made. So, if you’re curious how we might reform capitalism to address important environmental and social challenges with concrete action, download and listen today.On today’s podcast:Calling investment firms’ bluff on ESG effortsThe need for government regulationSparking the debate and rocking the boatDifference between ESG and impactChanging the narrative
Ep #05: Conscious Capitalism: Building a Better World
Conscious capitalism is the new way of doing business. But how can it create better leaders, better business, and a better world?In this episode of Summa & Friends, founding member and global leader of the Conscious Capitalism movement, and author of The Healing Organisation, Raj Sisodia, shares insights on what conscious capitalism is and how it can help us build a better world. So, if you’re looking for a way to improve your leadership, improve your organisation, and take people to a better place, download and listen to this episode. On today’s podcast:Building a better world that works for allThe difficulty of shifting mindsetsExamples of companies performing conscious capitalismBusiness as a place of healingWhat the world needs most
Ep #04: Why Values, Behaviour & Culture Build Better Businesses
Summa Equity has multiple points of differentiation from other private equity firms, not least in that they deliver great returns in a sustainable way, powered by the right cultural values. But what are the right cultural values, and why is it so important to define behaviour? On this episode of Summa & Friends, early investor in Summa, Mirja Lehmler-Brown, founding Managing Director and Partner at Hayfin Capital Management Private Equity, explains why values, behaviour and culture build better private equity businesses.But more importantly, she shares advice for how you can create the culture you want. Download and listen to find out more. On today’s podcast:The decision to invest in SummaWhy values, behaviour and culture build better businessesCreating a fun culture at workWhy diverse mindset delivers valueDo culture due diligence
Ep #03: Reshaping the Relationship Between Profit and Purpose
Righting everything that’s going wrong in the world isn’t one person’s responsibility, says Harvard Business School Professor, George Serafeim, the rockstar of ESG. We all have a responsibility to try to bring about good outcomes for society, both environmentally and socially. So how can purpose and profit in business go hand in hand? And what can large companies and publicly listed firms do to instill a sense of purpose in every employee across the corporation? What actually is ESG? And why did Elon Musk recently debunk it? To find out all this and more, download and listen to Summa & Friends.
Ep #02: How the Private Equity Industry is Tackling Climate Change
Private equity firms aren’t renowned for helping solve some of society’s most pressing problems: extreme weather events, acute food and water insecurity, biodiversity loss, and economic and social instability, but then most companies that operate in this industry aren’t global investment firm, EQT. Don’t miss CEO and Managing Partner of EQT, Christian Sinding, on this episode of Summa & Friends, discussing how EQT are actively working towards closing the saying/doing gap by setting their purpose to help future proof companies and make a positive impact. To find out more, download and listen.
Ep #01: Welcome to Summa & Friends!
Climate change, social inequality, resource inefficiency - these aren’t the problems a select few individuals face… These imminent global challenges are going to impact all of us, if we don’t act now. So, asks Reynir Indahl, founder of private equity firm Summa Equity, do you have the courage to care about a wiser future? In this inaugural episode of Summa & Friends, Reynir invites listeners to join him in addressing the most pressing of challenges. We need to stop thinking in terms of ‘me’, says Reynir, and start thinking in terms of ‘we’. Because we’re all in this together. And you don’t have to suffer financially or socially to optimize for the planet. How can a private equity firm make a difference to climate change? And what can you do to play your part? Download and listen to find out.