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“Sustainability Unwrapped” is a conversational podcast, where science meets practice to think about our world and how to make it more sustainable. The podcast is produced by Hanken School of Economics.


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How can we translate complex legal language to everyday language? Why is there a need for technology in legal design? What problems or resistance exists? In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped, Katri Nousiainen discusses the potential of technology in legal design together with Viveca Fallenius, Marie Potel-Saville and Elisabeth Talbourdet.

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped, Nikodemus Solitander, Director of Centre for Corporate Responsibility (CCR) at Hanken invites Lea Rankinen, Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Paulig to discuss the human rights responsibilities of Paulig Group, a Finnish food and beverage company, and how they work with human rights issues on a practical level.

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped, Linda Annala Tesfaye, post-doctoral researcher at Hanken School of Economics, at the Centre for Corporate Responsibility, discusses the tensions surrounding sustainable use of water with Jessica Budds, Associate Professor at the University of East Anglia and Mira Käkönen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Tampere Institute for Advanced Study.

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped, Anna Zhuravleva, Doctoral researcher at Hanken School of Economics has a conversation with Felipe Cañete, Business Development Manager from Swappie, a Finnish iPhone refurbishing company, about the reuse of smartphones and consumer perspective on purchasing refurbished devices.

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped Marke Kivijärvi, Jenni Ahlapuro and Marianne Määttä discusses the importance of raising awareness of the inclusion problems in games industry and how we can actively support diversity and inclusion. The guests share their experiences as players and members of gaming communities and talk about their volunteer work to support diversity and inclusion in the games industry spaces, and the wider tech sector. Tune in! 

In the past years there has been a global boom to invest sustainably, both in the private and institutional sectors. But what motivates to invest sustainably? How we as private investors can know whether a fund is sustainable? What should we look at when selecting the funds? 

Get your answers in this inspiring Sustainability Unwrapped episode, where Hanna Silvola invites Magnus Alfredsson from Proethos Fund to explore and chart what we should consider when selecting sustainable funds and what will the future of sustainable investing look like.

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped,  Isabell Storsjö, Ana Lúcia Martins and Matti Tolvanen guides us to the world of lean thinking and justice system. Find out how lean thinking can improve the justice system, smoothen the judicial processes and the various roadblocks the system is currently facing.

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped, we deep dive into the natural cosmetics industry with Marisun Gajitos, Lecturer at the Centre for Languages and Business Communication at Hanken, Emilie Raittinen, marketing manager at cosmetics company Naviter and Edem Agbekey-Taylor, founder and CEO of Inkuto Organics. The discussion touches upon the natural cosmetics market, what to consider in the production of natural cosmetics (raw materials, packaging, and certification) and how sustainable development is considered in practice at Naviter and Inkuto Organics.

Did you know we can soon sort used textiles along with normal waste in Finland. Finland is planning to launch the national textile collection by 2023, ahead of the mandated year 2025 set by the EU. Get to know thewhat, when and how of this significant upcoming development! 

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped we explore the art and sustainability and how they are intertwined together. Sustainability is impacting the work of artists across the world, raising the questions what art has to do with sustainability?, and how can art in its various forms contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle? Listen to get your answers!

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped we explore cash and voucher assistance (CVA), an increasingly popular response in humanitarian assistance, and its relationship to the environment. How can environmental impact be considered in the CVA programs without forgetting the social benefits and burdening the recipients of assistance? Let’s find out.

From Farm to Table is a two-part mini-series exploring alternative food networks, how they organise and why they are important. In part two, we hear about REKO, a Nordic network that lets consumers purchase produce straight from the producer, without middlemen. We get insights into what it is like to establish such a network, what the benefits are for producers and consumers as well as potential challenges such a scheme can have.

From Farm to Table is a two-part mini-series exploring alternative food networks, how they organise and why they are important. In part one, we hear about community supported agriculture in a food co-operative and what the benefits as well as challenges are with such an arrangement.

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped, we take a deep dive into the world of  Artificial Intelligence (AI). We all know that AI is transforming our societies drastically.  But wait, do we really understand what constitutes AI and what does not?  What role does data science and design play? Can this transformative ability be used to solve some of the grand sustainability challenges? 

This episode gets an insight of the social innovation as a theory and as a process.  We hear about the differences between Anglo-American and Euro-Canadian approach to social innovation and how social innovation research has been instrumental in introducing a new pluralism in institutional debates within the social sciences in the past decade.

In this episode of Sustainability Unwrapped, we get an insight into the struggles of the Arctic Indigenous People of Europe, the Sámis, and how their way of life and livelihoods are endangered by government supported development projects and regulations. Also, we to hear about how the Sámis’ relation to land and water upholds a particular kind of sustainability, and how important it is for the survival of the Sámi culture to create awareness and support among non-Indigenous allies. 

The episode delves into novel business model design for sustainable development with a focus on environmental and societal impact.  It addresses questions such as ‘’why do we need a new paradigm when it comes to business models?  What are the elements of business model for sustainability-as-flourishing? What tools can organisations use to develop new sustainable business model pathways.’’

The episode discusses the deeply rooted divisions of paid and unpaid work and its effects, such as the gendered and aged phenomenon around social sustainability.

This episode is moderated by Charlotta Niemistö, GODESS institute Director at Hanken School of Economics, with guests Jeff Hearn Professor Emeritus and Research Director at GODESS Institute, Hanken School of Economics, Nikki van der Gaag, an independent gender consultant and Senior Fellow from Instituto Promundo and Anna Moring from Monimuotoiset perheet(Diverse families). 

Host: Nikodemus Solitander

Guests: Jaana Vormisto & Suvi Halttula

Host: Maria Gajitos

Guests: Kaisa Vainikka, Henrietta Grönlund and Daniela Sumelius

Host: Robert Ciuchita

Guests: Martina Caic and Stefano Tempesta

Host: Eva Nilsson

Guests: Stella Nkomo, Bobby Banerjee and Holger Weiss

Host: Anna Zhuravleva

Guests: Maija Makkonen and  Pia Tanskanen

Host: Katri Nousianen

Guests: Viveca Fallenius and Marie Potel-Saville

Host: Emilia Vähämaa

Guests: Nebojsa Dimic and Mika Leskinen