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The US government recently became the latest voice to weigh in on the increasingly heated conversation around carbon credits.

The “Voluntary Carbon Markets Joint Policy Statement and Principles” is a timely call for a “commitment to integrity” from the developers who sell credits and from the companies that use them, coming at a time when the use of such credits is back in the news.

In addition, the FT, the BBC and Reuters have all been running high profile critiques of the offsets market.

Meanwhile, the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) has caused its own storm by proposing changes to the way it treats offsets, causing a backlash from its own staff.

It seems there’s an enormous amount of confusion around the issue, not to mention a considerable absence of trust.

The Joots team recently sat down with the CEO of Climate Impact X Mikkel Larsen. We chatted about trust, protocols and Singapore’s role in the climate conversation.

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Mikkel Larsen

Mikkel is an animal activist, a sustainability expert, and the Chief Executive Officer of Climate Impact X in Singapore.

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The story of Brewdog brewery is the backdrop to our discussion about purpose and sustainability goals. As the Brewdog controversy has shown, it’s all well and good to make ambitious ESG claims but sometimes things don’t quite go as planned, and the reputational risk can be considerable.

Travin Singh, CEO of Singapore startup brewer Less & Co, talks about how he balances his commitment to purpose with the realities of running a startup.

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Travin Singh

Travin Singh is the Co-Founder and CEO of LESS & CO, a sustainable solutions platform that transforms food waste and loss into consumer-driven products. He was recently recognised as a “Tatler GenT Leader fo Tomorrow”.

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In December of 2018, Malaysia’s rubber glove industry, the biggest in the world, woke up to a rude shock. 

Global media had begun reporting a series of accusations about the industry’s labour rights practices, including issues of forced labour, unsafe working conditions, confiscation of worker passports, illegal withholding of wages and “mental torture”. 

The reports kicked off a series of events that rumbled on for more than three years, and brought  major repercussions for the industry’s biggest global players.

The issue of labour rights has been a global concern for decades, but the story of Top Glove, Kossan, Hartalega, and Supermax brought into sharp focus how worker rights issues are now a major business risk for Asian companies. 

In the space of a few days the Malaysian Big 4 were singled out by Reuters, the UK’s  Guardian and Australian media. Over the coming months and years the world’s biggest asset manager would take action to block the appointment of directors at Top Glove, and most significantly of all, the US government began taking action to block imports of rubber gloves from the targeted companies. 

Less reported but no less important was the shocking oversights that allowed these problems to continue for so long. Those global agencies charged with monitoring workers’ conditions regularly gave the Malaysian glove industry a clean bill of health. Even the media were asleep at the wheel, until the realities were revealed by the diligence of one man.

That man was Andy Hall.

Here, he and Darian McBain discuss the ever increasing scrutiny being applied to Asian labour issues, and how other business leaders should consider their own exposure. Further readings:Clean Gloves, Dirty Practices: Debt Bondage in Malaysia’s Rubber Glove IndustryDebt Bondage Payouts Flow to Workers in Malaysia’s Glove IndustryAfter Pressure, Growing Transparency in Malaysia’s Glove Industry

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Andy Hall

Andy is a human rights defender and independent migrant worker rights specialist, researcher/investigator and activist, based in Asia. He acts as an advisor to companies and investors on labour rights, migrant worker issues and ethical recruitment.

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Has the concept of ESG outlived its usefulness?

It’s not just the denialists that are asking the question these days. Increasingly, even activists and true believers are wondering whether the category is too broad, too vague, to complex to be really useful.

Or maybe it’s not inclusive enough?

In this conversation, Rajeev Peshawaria argues that the category issue is actually missing one critical element – the concept of leadership.

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Rajeev Peshawaria

Rajeev is the CEO of Stewardship Asia Centre Singapore and President of Leadership Energy Consulting Company Seattle. Formerly he was CEO of The Iclif Leadership & Governance Centre, and the Chief Learning Officer at Coca-Cola and Morgan Stanley. He’s a speaker and an author, and his latest book is Sustainable Sustainability – Why ESG Is Not Enough

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Why Risky Business? Dr Darian McBain explains.

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Dr Darian McBain

Darian McBain is a world recognised expert, speaker and author on sustainability, ESG, supply chains, business human rights and sustainable finance. She is a UN SDG Pioneer for a Sustainable Ocean Economy 2021, a Fast Company Most Creative People in Business 2020, and was named one of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen.

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The world’s most influential climate consultancy South Pole recently found itself in hot water.

A high profile article in The New Yorker magazine, and other media, charged the group with misrepresentation. Specifically, the article claimed, South Pole had been mis-stating the value of one of its flagship climate offset products, in Zimbabwe.

What’s the basis for the complaints? And what lessons can companies learn from the controversy?

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Marc Allen

Marc is a chemical engineer by training, specialising in greenhouse gas, sustainability and renewable energy. He’s the co-founder of Unravel Carbon, an enterprise software company that helps companies track and reduce their carbon emissions.