Morgan Stanley
  • Ideas Podcast
  • Sep 26, 2018

Climate Change and ESG Research

Hosted by Ashley Milne-Tyte
An Interview with Jessica Alsford

In this special episode of the Ideas Podcast, Jessica Alsford, head of Sustainability Research for Morgan Stanley, discusses the impact of climate change on her work and on the perspectives of investors.

Season four of the Ideas Podcast will be starting soon, but in the meantime, we’re kicking things off with a bonus episode in honor of Climate Week NYC: an annual summit where scientists, government officials, and CEOs come together to showcase innovations, programs, and policies that are leading the fight against climate change. But for many key players in today’s financial world, the future of climate action isn’t relegated to one week. At Morgan Stanley, there is a whole team of researchers and financial analysts dedicated to helping investors and consumers make environmentally-sustainable, lucrative financial decisions. 

In this bonus episode, we sit down for an exclusive interview with Jessica Alsford, Managing Director and the head of Morgan Stanley’s Sustainability Research team. Alsford reveals how environmental, social and governance factors -- or ESG -- impact the way businesses in every sector are thinking about the future of investing. But these aren’t just concerns for investors. Jessica explains why purchasing everything from a t-shirt to a tomato means climate change is not just an ESG issue, but an everybody issue.