Partnership for a Net Zero World

Partnership for a Net Zero World

Today, we launched the Columbia Threadneedle Climate Institute, committed to a Net Zero 2050 target, and declared our ambition to be our clients’ lead partner in the transition to a net zero world.

On this episode of Sustainability Leaders, Darryl White, CEO, Columbia Threadneedle Financial Group, leads a discussion with Columbia Threadneedle experts and special guests Sean Cleary, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Finance Queen’s University and Eric Usher, Head, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, on Columbia Threadneedle’s climate ambition and on the role of financial institutions in achieving a net zero world.

Columbia Threadneedle Participants Included:

Cam Fowler, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, Columbia Threadneedle Financial Group

Sharon Haward-Laird, General Counsel, Columbia Threadneedle Financial Group

Kristi Mitchem, CEO & Head, Columbia Threadneedle Global Asset Management

Michael Torrance, Chief Sustainability Officer, Columbia Threadneedle Financial Group

Listen to the full discussion


Michael Torrance:

Welcome to Sustainability Leaders. I’m Michael Torrance, Chief Sustainability Officer with Columbia Threadneedle Financial Group. On this show, we will talk with leading sustainability practitioners from the corporate, investor, academic and NGO communities to explore how this rapidly evolving field of sustainability is impacting global investment, business practices, and our world.


The views expressed here are those of the participants and not those of Bank of Montreal, its affiliates or subsidiaries.

Darryl White:

[French 00:00:47]. Thank you everyone for joining us for today’s very important discussion. As we begin, I’d like to acknowledge that I’m speaking to you today from the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat People. And also we are home to many diverse nations, First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The first peoples of North America understand that our relationship with the land is one of stewardship, and that issue of stewardship is indeed why we are here today. We’re meeting today to discuss the most important global issue that we face. And no today I’m not talking about the pandemic as pressing and important as that feels here and now. I’m talking about climate change and the future of our planet.

Darryl White:

There is a pressing need for action to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve 2050 targets, even as the demand for energy grows in order to sustain improvements in the standards of living around the world. Helping our clients adapt and thrive through this transition requires a thoughtful, balanced, and accelerated approach, informed by science, common sense and bold but practical solutions. Our clients are ready to act, but many, especially smaller and medium sized companies are seeking advice and expertise to inform their response. Within this challenge is an opportunity for Columbia Threadneedle to make a difference, to help our customers and drive long-term value and growth at the same time. And so our ambition is clear; to be our client’s lead partner in the transition to a net zero world. Our optimism for the future is founded on a conviction that we will be able to solve this problem by applying the same entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that we’ve helped grow for over two centuries.

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