“It’s not about one person and what one person can do; it’s all about shared responsibility, what each and every one of us can do.”
What does an 18 year veteran at Goldman Sachs have to say about “sustainable investing”? Kyung-Ah Park is Managing Director & Head of Environmental Markets Group at Goldman, and here she shares her insight and excitement about this emerging opportunity for commerce and the planet.
Patsy Doerr for Thomson Reuters Sustainability: What advice would you give individuals today about sustainability and their contribution to the world going forward?
Kyung-Ah Park: So my daughter –
I have an eight-year-old daughter who says, “Mommy, you can help solve the world’s problems because you’re working on global warming and climate change?” and I let her know, “Well it’s not about one person and what one person can do; it’s all about shared responsibility, what each and every one of us can do.”
Businesses certainly have a responsibility in terms of mainstream and bringing scale to the issue and the solutions that are involved. But each and every one of us, I think, can do our own share, whether it’s how we think about adopting some of these new technologies. It also brings with it, frankly, more convenient services and products for us, and reducing our own environmental footprint.
Whether it’s thinking about taking public transportation, if you’re living in New York City, versus taking a car, or thinking about recycling and how to think through reduction of your own waste. There are lots of things that we can all do in the context of our own consumption and the choices that we make every day.