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Is saving the planet good for business? Consumers are increasingly demanding that companies do more to tackle to world's most critical challenges, from environmental issues to modern-day slavery.

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is doing good good business

Is doing good good business?

Is saving the planet good for business? Consumers are increasingly demanding that companies do more to tackle to world's most critical challenges, from environmental issues to modern-day slavery.
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Will corona make us greener?

Will corona make us greener?

Will the corona crisis lead us to a more sustainable life – even after travel bans are lifted and social distancing is only a vague memory?
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Ugly vegetables need love too

Ugly vegetables need love too

Food waste is a major environmental challenge. We take a closer look at how imperfect produce are handled in the food industry and ask: Are ugly vegetables the black swans of the plant world?
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Kids and careers - let's make it easier

Kids and careers – let’s make it easier

Parents in the U.S. are having a hard time juggling work and family life. Is the U.S. "parent-hostile”? Or are people in the Nordics just altruistic, peer-loving creatures who love to pay for the expenses of other people?
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Putting sound to global challenges

‘Nordic Talks’ is a series of talks and podcasts addressing the biggest global challenges of our time.

Through conversations with some of the brightest minds in the Nordics and from around the world, we want to provide room for contemplation and share inspiration on how to act sustainably in our everyday lives. Each Nordic Talks episode is dedicated to addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

NORDIC TALKS is brought to you by The Nordics, a project under The Nordic Council of Ministers.

Meet the following people in our podcast

In each episode, you’ll hear from thinkers and doers from around the world.

Caitlyn Collins

Caitlyn Collins (U.S.)

Author of the book “Making Motherhood Work: How women manage careers and caregiving”. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis.

Anu Partanen

Anu Partanen (Finland)

Journalist who has been living in New York for more than a decade. Author of the book “The Nordic Theory of Everything”.

Robert Strand

Robert Strand (U.S.)

Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. PhD. Robert Strand researches and teaches in corporate social responsibility, the SGDs and Nordic sustainable business.

Robert Reich

Robert Reich (U.S.)

Professor Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century.

Afton Halloran

Afton Halloran (Canada/Denmark)

Host of the Nordic Talks podcast. As an independent consultant and a transdisciplinary scientist, Dr. Afton Halloran has worked on sustainable development issues with organizations such as the World Bank, World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Sustainable Cities International. Afton is also an External Consultant to the Nordic Council of Ministers and a researcher at the University of Copenhagen. Originally from Canada, Afton has lived and worked in Norway, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Japan and Thailand. She currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Erik Void

Erik Vold (Norway)

Organizational and business development project leader at MatVett. Matvett is a non-profit corporation owned by the food industry in Norway, aims to prevent and reduce unnecessary food waste by collaborating with the food value chain, the Government and by sharing information with media and consumers.



We want to inspire our listeners to take action for a better, more sustainable future. Each Nordic Talk discusses the actions that we all can take to help reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

In August 2019 The Nordic Council of Ministers set the ambitious goal for the Nordic Region to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. Read the council's 'Vision 2030' here.