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The Sustainability Podcast: What’s the solution for plastic pollution?

July 13, 2023

Shocking ocean plastic statistics in the headlines, plastic bottles floating in rivers, shopping bags in the street – we’ve all witnessed plastic pollution in one form or another. But while plastic pollution is a global problem, plastic itself is a useful and effective material. So how bad are plastics for the environment and how can we reduce their impact? Find out in this episode of the sustainability podcast.

Guests: Rob Kaplan, Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital, Dominic Charles, Deputy Director of Plastics, Minderoo Foundation, Livia Heinzmann, Head of Sustainable Investment Framework Classifications, Credit Suisse, Sina Dorner-Muller, Head of Sustainable Investment Framework Methodologies, Credit Suisse

Podcast Episode 4: Fostering diversity and inclusion as a leader

October 31, 2022

Gender diversity can spark creativity and innovation, and help businesses seize new opportunities. In Episode 4, Gender Smart speaks to Julie Willoughby, Chief Scientific Officer at Circ, an advanced recycling technology innovator that returns clothes to the raw materials from which they were made.

Julie discusses the importance of having a female voice at the table and how she has incorporated a gender lens within Circ and her leadership style. Drawing from her own experiences, she also shares her advice for female fundraising leaders.

“By having different perspectives and different creativity in the team, listening to all the voices at the table, you’ll have a more powerful toolbox.” – Julie Willoughby

Podcast Episode 3: Empowering women in the waste management sector with technology

October 31, 2022

Waste management in South and Southeast Asia is dominated by the informal sector and women make up a disproportionate percentage of these workers. To ensure gender equality across the value chain, more must be done to uplift the informal workforce. In Episode 3, Gender Smart speaks to Ekta Narain, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Recykal, an online circular economy marketplace that provides end-to-end digital solutions to connect waste generators, processors, recyclers and brand owners.

Ekta discusses the challenges faced by women in waste management and recycling, how Recykal is seeking to formalize the industry in India to deliver equal opportunities across the supply chain, and shares her advice for businesses advancing gender empowerment. 

“At our (business) level, we should identify areas where women are seeking support and ensure the right platform is created for them to show their skills and talent.” – Ekta Narain

Podcast Episode 2: Why a Gender Lens is key to fighting climate change?

October 31, 2022

Awareness of the intersection between gender and improved business and climate outcomes is growing. As research into the topic deepens our understanding, more corporations and impact investors are embarking on their journey to become gender-smart. In Episode 2, Gender Smart speaks to Suzanne Biegel, Co-Founder of GenderSmart and Founder of Catalyst at Large, a consulting firm that focuses on facilitating gender lens investing. 

Suzanne unpacks the relationship between gender diversity, improved climate resilience and business performance. She also discusses the positive mindset shift she has observed across the full spectrum of capital as well as the practical actions that can be adopted at a fund- and company-level.

“It’s not just about thinking of women as beneficiaries or those who are most affected, but to see women as agents of change.” – Suzanne Biegel

Podcast Episode 1: Why inclusive investing is smart investing

October 31, 2022

There is a clear business case for investing in a waste management and recycling industry that is more inclusive. For Episode 1, Gender Smart speaks to Ellen Martin, Chief Impact Officer at Circulate Capital, an investment management firm that finances solutions to prevent the flow of plastic waste into the world’s oceans, and advance a carbon neutral circular economy in high-growth markets. “It became clear, as we started to identify the opportunity for Circulate Capital to invest in the waste management space that women had to be part of it.” — Ellen Martin.

Investor Connect: Regula Schegg of Circulate Capital

May 2, 2022

On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Regula Schegg, Managing Director, Asia, at Circulate Capital.

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Ellen Martin from Circulate Capital on Unlocking Investment in the Circular Economy on the Wise Women in Waste podcast

February 23, 2022

In the twelfth episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, Claudia is joined by Ellen Martin, Chief Impact Officer at Circulate Capital. This episode explores how unlocking investment is driving change in the waste sector.

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Advancing The Circular Economy with Rob Kaplan on Impact Podcast with John Shegerian

August 24, 2021

Rob Kaplan is Founder and CEO of Circulate Capital. He brings nearly two decades of experience in corporate sustainability and impact investing with industry leaders ranging from Walmart to Closed Loop Fund.

Rob established Circulate Capital to deploy catalytic capital in partnership with leading corporations and investors to scale solutions that advance the circular economy and prevent the flow of plastic waste into the ocean in South and Southeast Asia.

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Investing for Impact with Rob Kaplan, CEO of Circulate Capital – Ocean Impact Podcast

December 30, 2020

It’s well reported that plastic pollution leakage is a dire problem across South and South East Asia. A lack of infrastructure, education and coordinated corporate responsibility and policy has hindered effective attempts to contain the burgeoning tide of plastic products and packaging introduced to diverse cultures.

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Circulate Capital | Rob Kaplan | Impact Investing on India’s Bending the Lines Podcast

December 15, 2020

This episode on impact investing features Rob Kaplan, the founder and CEO of Circulate Capital, an impact focussed investment management firm. Rob has two decades of experience in corporate sustainability and impact investing. In this episode, Rob walks us through his journey of impact investing and what drives him to do what he does. He talks about the goals of Circulate Capital, their focus, and their portfolio in India while describing how the startup impact ecosystem has shaped up in the last few years. Given his extensive experience, he also has an important message for all the impact based entrepreneurs.

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Investing in a Circular Economy on the NothingWasted! Podcast

October 19, 2020

In our latest episode of NothingWasted!, we chat with Rob Kaplan, founder & CEO of Circulate Capital.Circulate Capital is an investment management firm dedicated to financing innovation, companies, and infrastructure that prevent the flow of plastic waste into the world’s ocean while advancing the circular economy.

We spoke with Kaplan about the impact of COVID-19 on ocean plastics, catalyzing capital, how to leverage partnerships, entrepreneurship in the industry and more.

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Money FM Podcast: The world’s first investment fund dedicated to addressing Asia’s plastic crisis

December 26, 2019

Synopsis: The Circulate Capital Ocean Fund is the world’s first investment fund dedicated to address Asia’s plastic crisis. With 60 percent of ocean plastic originating from the region, Asia is the biggest source of plastic leakage into global oceans. We find out more with Rob Kaplan, Founder & CEO at Circulate Capital.

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