Our People and Thought Leadership
Environmental stewardship is not only about how we operate our business, but also about how we engage our people. Through programs sponsored across our global businesses, environmental issues are discussed and environmental initiatives are acted upon. We will continue to look for opportunities to further engage our employees on environmental opportunities.
Examples of our employee engagement programs, which we will seek to build on, are as follows:
Throughout the year we offer a speaker series, called Talks at GS, that brings thought leaders to the firm to share innovative ideas and thinking on a variety of themes, including environmental topics ranging from renewable energy and climate change to water and biodiversity conservation. We also publish timely and topic-specific content on both our internal and external communications portals that includes videos, infographics and podcasts to educate both our people and our clients on the evolving environmental landscape
- For more information on our speakers series, visit Talks at GS.
- For more information on our content portals, visit Our Insights. For content specific to environmental topics, visit the section on Sustainable Finance Innovation.
Conferences and Convenings
Additionally, we host conferences on environment and energy issues, specifically with a focus on the intersection of markets and how innovative financial mechanisms can be leveraged. We convene policy makers, NGOs and academic institutions alongside our clients, investors and employees to advance dialogue and collaboration that can facilitate capital flows that benefit the environment.
In November 2018, we hosted our second Sustainable Finance Innovation Forum, which convened more than 400 corporates, investors and representatives from the public sector and non-profit organizations alongside our people. The day brought together leading experts to discuss sustainability trends and the role of financial innovation and markets. Topics ranged from the industry transition across energy, mobility and infrastructure; Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) integration across passive equity, fixed income, private impact investing, and hedge fund activism; to technology innovation and sustainability. In addition, business leaders shared their perspectives on why sustainability is a strategic agenda across the C-suite and the boardroom; NGO representatives discussed policy, politics and corporate partnerships; and investors shared their views on the role of investment in bridging the gender gap. We published a report on the event highlighting key takeaways.
We regularly communicate with our people through multiple channels. We publish environmental newsletters offering updates on notable transactions related to the environment and the firm’s progress on minimizing our environmental footprint, among other topics. We also publish articles on our intranet to focus on environmental issues and communicate our environmental progress.
Employee-led environmental networks in cities around the world raise awareness and engage local employees on initiatives ranging from recycling and composting to reduction of disposable cups and bottles.
Each year our Community TeamWorks program allows for employees to participate in volunteer projects in their local communities that have a direct impact on the environment. These projects range from aiding in park clean-ups to installing solar panels on housing for low-income residents.
Goldman Sachs Gives
Through Goldman Sachs Gives, the firm’s donor-advised fund, current and retired senior employees can recommend grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations globally. Since 2010, Goldman Sachs Gives has provided nearly $55 million of grants to approximately 300 organizations across 17 different countries towards critical societal, conservation and environmental-related programs.
Environmental Awards and Rankings
Each year, Goldman Sachs receives awards across categories including business, employer of choice, and environmental, social and governance (ESG).