Momentum for the green revolution
Welcome to the fourth episode of Intesa Sanpaolo Talks. In this podcast we look at the bank’s relationship with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Intesa Sanpaolo has been the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global partner for financial services since 2015. When that commitment was extended in January this year, it marked a new phase in their joint mission to accelerate the shift to a circular economy.
To find out what that relationship means in practice, we met Andrew Morlet, the Foundation’s chief executive, at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London. The venue is fitting, given that Dame Ellen MacArthur forged her reputation as a yachtswoman – breaking the world record for solo circumnavigation of the globe in 2005. Her experiences all alone among the towering waves led to a “green epiphany”. Ever since, she has used her fame to shine a light on the fragile state of our planet.
“I guess our ultimate goal is to create unstoppable momentum – to push it as far as we can as quickly as possible,” says Morlet. “From the outset we adopted an approach that was different. Rather than talking about efforts to reduce the harm of a system that can’t work – a linear economy – [we thought about] how to create a vision and a framework for a system that can.
“Knowing we can shift our industrial systems quickly makes me optimistic that this is something that could make a big difference.”
Last updated 3 November 2021