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Business with Ethics




Safia Minney meets Catherine Howarth

Safia speaks to Catherine Howarth, CEO of Share Action about her work to implement an Environmental, Social and Governance revolution in finance that will radically decarbonise our economy.


Safia Minney meets Dominique Palmer

Safia talks to Dominique Palmer of the UK Student Climate Network about intergenerational justice, the importance of the Green New Deal and how the movement has engaged over 500,000 young people in the fight for climate justice.


Safia Minney meets Guy Singh-Watson

Episode 17: Guy Singh-Watson Guy Singh-Watson is Founder of Riverford, the hugely successful organic vegetable producer and vegetable box delivery company. The discussion begins with the importance of farming in our society and Guy’s personal discovers of a “deep connection” to nature and desire to be “part of nature, rather than outside or above it.” They discuss George Monbiot’s recent documentary “Apocalypse Cow”. Guy explains that he is resistant to the idea of laboratory food, saying...


Safia Minney meets Natalie Fee

Episode 16: Natalie Fee Natalie Fee is an award-winning author, environmental campaigner and founder of City to Sea - a Bristol-based non profit working to stop global plastic pollution at source.Beginning the podcast by introducing her new book ‘How to Save the World for Free’ - Natalie explains the power of individual action when it comes to healing the planet and how we can all play a part in most aspects of our lives.Describing her journey as a campaigner, Natalie tells us how seeing the...


Safia Minney meets John Steel

Episode 15: John Steel Safia talks to John Steel, CEO of Cafédirect, about the iconic & pioneering Fairtrade coffee brand that put Fairtrade into our supermarkets in the 1990s.John explains how starting his career with Rowntree, a company established on Quaker traditions, grounded him in the guiding principle that business should be about improving society and not just about making money. Rowntree was acquired by Nestle in 1988. “We need to find a way of getting the world to change more...


Safia Minney meets Julia Barrett

Episode 14: Julia Barrett From the Spirella Building in Letchworth Garden City, Safia talks about sustainable construction with Julia Barrett, Chief Sustainability Officer of Willmott Dixon. Julia was Business Green Leaders’ Sustainability Executive of the Year (2018) and Women in Construction’s Green Leader in 2017. “The built environment contributes around 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions” and as such the construction industry plays an important role in going carbon zero. Julia explains...


Safia Minney meets Jonathon Porritt

Episode 13: Jonathon Porritt Jonathon Porritt is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, and a prominent environmentalist and writer. He talks to Safia about why it’s taken so long to ACT on the climate crisis and how the responsibility lies with oil and gas companies and governments who have hidden the truth from the public and their shareholders. From the late 80s onwards the oil companies put hundreds of millions of dollars into so called think tanks...


Safia Minney meets Satish Kumar

Episode 12: Satish Kumar Satish Kumar is a “Living Legend”, author of 9 books, activist, co-founder and originator of the Schumacher College and editor of Resurgence and Ecologist magazine.Safia talks to him about his new book “Elegant Simplicity, the Art of Living Well” which advocates, “Living simply is a prerequisite for sustainability”. They discuss how “we cannot separate the personal from the political” if we as a society are to create a systems change that will redress the balance of...


Safia Minney meets Sarah Corbett

EPISODE 11: Sarah Corbett Sarah Corbett, was an “activist in the womb.” She talks to Safia about growing up campaigning for social change and the experiences which led her to found the Craftivist Collective – a combination of craft and activism which has grown to be a global movement. Sarah discusses how the study of neuroscience informed the philosophy behind the movement and how quiet, handcrafted persuasion has succeeded in engaging “power makers” when louder forms of protest have not....


Safia Minney meets Michael Gidney

Episode 10: Michael Gidney In a splendid banana covered meeting room, Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation, celebrates 25 years of Fairtrade in the UK with Safia. They discuss the beginnings of the now-ubiquitous Fairtrade Mark which guarantees a better deal for producers through minimum economic, social and environmental standards. With 1.7 million farmers, workers and miners over 3 continents and 125 countries selling Fairtrade products it has seen tremendous growth, however, there...


Safia Minney meets Cindy Berman

Episode 9: Cindy Berman Cindy Berman is the Head of Modern Slavery Strategy at the Ethical Trade Initiative, a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe.Safia and Cindy discuss the role of business, government and citizens in transforming worker’s rights around the globe and how the ETI is spearheading the change with it’s Base Code of 9 labour standards protecting the rights of workers.They discuss what has changed since...


Safia Minney meets Bevis Watts

Episode 8: Bevis Watts Bevis Watts is challenging the way banking is done and championing ethical finance as chief executive of Triodos Bank UK, the UK branch of one of the biggest ethical banks in Europe.Safia and Bevis discuss the importance of regulating investment in fast fashion and pressing the government for policies which incentivize investment in environmental causes. How currently banks “could collapse with the exposure they’ve got to fossil fuels” and how London, as a major...


Safia Minney meets XR Boycott Fashion & XR Fashion Action

EPISODE 7: XR BOYCOTT FASHION & XR FASHION ACTION In this moving interview with XR Boycott Fashion and XR Fashion Action, Safia explores the response of the fashion industry to the “diabolical wake up call” of the Climate and Ecological emergency facing us today. Talking to Safia are: Bel Jacobs, member of XR Boycott Fashion team, former fashion editor for Metro, sustainable fashion writer and speaker, climate change and animal rights activist. Alice Wilby, member of XR Boycott Fashion team...


Safia Minney meets Tamsin Lejeune

EPISODE 6: TAMSIN LEJEUNE In this weeks podcast, Tamsin Lejeune, CEO of Common Objective, and creator of the Ethical Fashion Forum, talks to Safia about the creation of Common Objective, an online platform which helps to connect and scale sustainable fashion businesses. She discusses her many initiatives and work with major retail names and designers, the emerging rental clothing business, Guatemalan box jackets, and what she feels are the next steps in moving both brands and consumers...


Safia Minney meets Clare Farrell

EPISODE 5: CLARE FARRELL Safia talks to Co–founder of Extinction Rebellion Clare Farrell about her personal journey from being “embedded in the machine” of retail fashion to leading the hugely influential activist movement against climate collapse. She tells us what motivates her to go on hunger strike and sit on motorway roundabouts at 6am on a cold winters morning and how Extinction Rebellion came into being. We hear how XR uses it’s unique model of organisation to raise awareness and...


Safia Minney meets Rob Hopkins

EPISODE 4: ROB HOPKINS In this podcast we learn just how good life could be after fossil fuels. Could we transform society to one that would give us the life we all dream of? In this interview, Rob does a pretty good job of convincing me that whilst the climate crisis is real, it is only as big as the crisis of imagination. The Transition Towns (TT) movement started in 2005 in Totnes, Devon to promote solutions and prove what is possible post fossil fuel and solve a whole lot of other social...


Safia Minney meets Caryn Franklin

EPISODE 3: CARYN FRANKLIN Caryn Franklin is a mate and a pioneering voice for gender equality, body and image diversity and discusses the reasons that perpetuate bias and injustice. We go beyond fashion... I caught up with Caryn to talk to her about her work in the advertising and communications industry to bring it out of the dark ages. How brands get it wrong when they don’t represent their customers and the fall of photographer Terry Richardson and the allegations of sexual misconduct...


Safia Minney meets Paul Allen

EPISODE 2: PAUL ALLEN In episode two, Safia meets Paul Allen, project leader for the Zero Carbon Britain at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. He talks to Safia about the science behind reaching a zero carbon target by 2030 and how we can all become “Climate Change Makers”. Paul Allen has been working on identifying and providing solutions for reducing carbon emissions for 30 years. The reports from the Zero Carbon Britain Team in the last 10 years include “Rethinking the...


Safia Minney meets George Monbiot

EPISODE 1: GEORGE MONBIOT In our first episode, Safia meets one of the UK’s best known environmentalists and activists George Monbiot. They discuss his talk at the Oxford Brookes University Annual GPES Lecture, "Environmental Breakdown and How to Stop It." George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How to stop the Planet Burning. His latest is Out of the Wreckage: a New...