Global Goals

Planet Pod talks sustainability with James Stephens, Aston Martin’s Director of Global Government & External Affairs

During a a break at a recent sustainability seminar hosted by Aston Martin Lagonda at their Gaydon factory (at which Planet Pod hosts Amanda, Jim and Steve ran breakout sessions) Planet Pod took a pit stop to talk with James Stephens, Director of Global Government and External Affairs, about Aston Martin’s approach to sustainability.  James discusses the drivers for sustainability for this luxury marque and the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (aka Global Goals) and explains to Amanda staff engagement with the car manufacturer’s operational sustainability programme.  We also get a glimpse of the future of high-end personal mobility in the form of the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept and discuss the company’s plans for prestige EVs.

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Aston Martin

Volante Vision Concept

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James Stephens has been Director Global Government & External Affairs at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. since August 2015. He is responsible for government affairs, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for Aston Martin Lagonda worldwide.

Prior to Aston Martin Lagonda he served in a number of senior positions for Nissan Motor Company in Europe and BAE Systems in both the UK and United States.

 

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Global Goals

In this episode of Planet Pod hosts Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) and Steve Malkin (The Planet Mark) are talking to our guests about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, (aka the Global Goals) and how organisations can help achieve these.  Joining Amanda and Steve are Louise Scott, the COO for PwC’s Global Sustainability Network, who is leading the firm’s work in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Carolina Karlström who brings a broad knowledge of sustainability, the result of over 20 years of experience in the sustainable energy sector and in leading strategic and professional sustainability roles. As a well as being a regular blogger Carolina has a different perspective on realising the SDGS as she leads and the successful SDG Network MeetUp.

Links to the publications and organisations mentioned by our guests include:

PwC’s “Navigating the Global Goals” document

Project Everyone

Meetup.com

Business and Sustainable Development Commission

UN Global Compact

Global Reporting Initiative

World Benchmarking Alliance

Planet Mark SDG Mapping Tool

Carolina Karlström’s blog