Hot Topic: Geoffrey Pegg on the Key Pillars of Corporate Social Responsibility


PODCAST August 13, 2020


Show Summary:

Host Ron Haik, Senior Financial Advisor and Ontario Regional Manager at Nicola Wealth, is joined by Geoffrey Pegg, Director of Sustainability, Utilities and Energy Management at TELUS.

Geoff shares how he began his career within the industry and how it has evolved over the years, how companies can have a greater impact with their sustainability efforts, and his thoughts on what responsibilities corporations hold with regards to working towards sustainability.

Geoff also gives advice for those looking to make a career in this fast-growing sector, how he sees corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives headed in the future and his suggestions on how corporations can face the current challenges and constraints in the sustainability sector.

Key Takeaways:

[:16] About today’s episode.

[:45] Ron welcomes Geoff to The Wealth Exchange.

[:54] What sustainability means.

[2:07] Geoff shares how he got started in the field of sustainability and how his career has evolved over time.

[4:59] Geoff shares what he believes the responsibilities of corporations are, in general, to work towards sustainability.

[6:53] Ron paraphrases some of the key insights Geoff highlighted.

[7:07] Should sustainability be mandatory for companies?

[7:52] How the current economic landscape is affecting how companies are managing sustainability.

[9:45] The four key core pillars of TELUS’ sustainability strategy.

[13:10] Where Ron sees corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives headed in the future, both short and long-term.

[14:51] Ron shares what drives him to keep doing the work that he’s doing.

[16:58] How Ron faces the challenges and constraints in the sustainability sector that come along with change.

[22:05] Looking back on his career thus far, Ron shares the accomplishment he is most proud of.


Guest Bio

Geoffrey Pegg

Geoff is the Director of Sustainability, Utilities & Energy Management with TELUS. After ten years in various customer experience and operations roles with TELUS both locally and internationally, Geoff has led TELUS’ sustainability strategy for the past seven years.

Highlights include producing six award-winning GRI sustainability reports, creating TELUS’ innovative National Sustainability Council, establishing TELUS’ long-term climate change and waste diversion goals and targets and initiating TELUS’ leading practice of linking executive and team member pay to sustainability objectives.

In 2018, Geoff was honoured as a member of the Clean 16 for leadership in sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.


About Your Host — Ron Haik

Ron Haik is a Senior Financial Planner and the Ontario Regional Manager in the Nicola Wealth’s Toronto office, with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has gained a breadth of experience working with some of the world’s largest financial institutions advising clients in a variety of roles, such as Financial Planner and Investment Advisor, in the areas of domestic and offshore planning for the high net worth segment.

For his full bio, visit: nicolawealth.com/our-team/ron-haik


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