Environmental Auditing, ESG, and Sustainable Finance with Brigette Reid

Episode 007

May 30, 2023

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In this episode of the Advisory Board {INSIDER} podcast, we delve into the journey of Brigette Reid, an environmental auditor and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) expert who’s journey has taken her from Australia to Scotland to Mexico.

Brigette shares her experience working in the mining industry and engineering consultancy, and what she learned about environmental issues in those roles. She discusses the importance of understanding environmental and social risks in the banking and finance sectors and the connection between sustainability and risk.

We also explore the impact of legislation, consumer awareness, and shareholder action in driving the rapid transformation of ESG considerations in the business world. Brigette shares her insights on the value of an ESG seat on and advisory board or the alternatives to implementation.

Finally, Brigette also shares an example of declaring the goal of Net Zero and what that may imply to the organization. Don’t miss meeting this brilliant expert and listen in on my conversation with her.

Brigette Reid
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Expert
Director, Green Arch Consulting (https://greenarchconsulting.com/)
Co-Founder, Frontierra (https://www.frontierra.org/)
LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brigette-reid/)

Timestamps for the video:
01:40 – Coordinates & Coffee
05:22 – Australia to Scotland to Mexico
09:15 – Environmental Studies Education
13:31 – Auditing High-Risk Mining Environment
21:36 – The Value of Being a Generalist
23:44 – Sustainability & Green Investment
28:52 – ESG in Financial Industry
36:22 – Definitions of ESG and Sustainability
42:51 – Shifting Capital Towards Positive Impact
45:16 – ESG and Advisory Boards
46:21 – Navigating the Path to Net Zero with Different Scopes
58:45 – Advice for CEO’s
59:59 – Rapid Fire Questions

Companies Mentioned
1. Jacobs (engineering consultancy): https://www.jacobs.com/
2. Green Investment Group (subsidiary of Macquarie Group): https://greeninvestmentgroup.com/
3. BHP Billiton: https://www.bhp.com/
4. Olympic Dam (uranium mine in Australia, owned by BHP Billiton): https://www.bhp.com/our-approach/operating-with-integrity/compliance/our-assets/olympic-dam
5. University of Melbourne: https://www.unimelb.edu.au/