Episode 7: Sustainability now and post Covid-19

Before the pandemic pushed all other news local, national and international off the media agenda – climate change was right up there.

Listed as one of the most important issues to CEOs in 2020 (RepTrack), climate change and more broadly sustainability has become a cornerstone of reputation for companies and governments around the world.
But as the pandemic eases, will sustainability be back on the board agenda, and if so what impact will Covid-19 have had in addressing it?

Joining host Tony Langham is Jane Stevensen, expert in the understanding of climate-related risk and opportunity, advisor to the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative and Founding Director of JS Global Advisory.

Podcast Highlights:

  • – What are our societies meant to be striving for right now?


  • – Will coronavirus slip down the global agenda as we come out of this pandemic?


    • – How are the financial risks of climate change being viewed and where is it going next?


      • – What is the likelihood that the pressure to reboot economies and rebuild business strength will drive short term decisions that reverse climate change progress so far?


      • – Published last week, the Climate Change Committee Letter: ‘Building a resilient recovery from the COVID-19 crisis’  – will this have any impact on policy?


    • – What levers can you pull to persuade government and organisations to tackle this seriously?


  • – COP26 is now not happening, what is the significance of that and what happens in its place?

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Podcast speakers

Jane Stevensen

Founding Director of JS Global Advisory

Jane Stevensen has over 20 years’ experience advising businesses on sustainability strategy and practice. After her early career in the Oil industry she has worked with clients in the Natural Resources, Energy, Food, Construction and Finance sectors, building engagement and developing sustainability-driven strategies for long term understanding of climate-related risk and environmental impact.

She is a former Managing Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). As Director of Engagement at CDP, the leading global climate disclosure NGO, she created and ran the global engagement programme supporting the G20 mandated Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) launched in 2015 by Mark Carney, then Governor of the Bank of England and head of the FSB. She is an advisor to the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative and the UK City of London Green Finance Initiative, and is on the list of the top 50 women to follow in climate.

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Tony Langham

Chief Executive and Co-Founder

Tony co-founded Lansons in 1989 and has advised Governments, organisations and companies on their image and reputation for over 30 years. He has an active non-executive career and has been named by Debrett’s as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK.

His work is split between building reputations for organisations growing rapidly in the market and protecting the reputations of those with a leading position to maintain.

His specialisms include launches, M&A, IPOs and crisis and issues management. He also advises Prime Ministers, Chairs and CEOs on personal reputation.

His first book Reputation Management : The Future of Corporate Communications and Public Relations  was commissioned by the UK’s PRCA (Public Relations & Communications Association) and the global ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organisation) and published by Emerald Publishing in December 2018.