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Oct 18, 2023

Understanding the TNFD: Former BlackRock director talks business impact – The Ticker 143

In the latest episode of The Ticker podcast, IR Magazine reporter Noemi Distefano speaks with Jessica McDougall, chair of corporate governance and engagement practice at Longacre Square Partners.

McDougall, who has been a member of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) since its inception, talks about the impact the new reporting framework will have on businesses and how companies can integrate the newly released recommendations into their disclosure processes.

As she joined the TNFD during her previous tenure as director of investment stewardship at BlackRock, McDougall additionally shares insights on what motivated her former company to participate in this initiative and how it will relate to her new role.

Distefano also speaks to Jonathan Siegmann, head of corporate development and investor relations at Terran Orbital. Siegmann, who was an equity research analyst at Fidelity Investments prior to joining his small-cap firm, talks about his first experience in IR and how his previous role is influencing his current one.

As Terran Orbital looks to expand its retail shareholder base, Siegmann further talks retail investor targeting and engagement in the context of a company operating in the defense sector, where confidentiality is paramount.

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In this episode you will hear:

  • How the TNFD aligns with existing ESG frameworks
  • Practical examples on how companies can integrate TNFD recommendations into their reporting processes
  • The benefits for companies that proactively embrace the TNFD guidelines
  • How experience working in a buy-side role can benefit your job in IR
  • How to effectively target and retain retail investors.

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