Team Profile: Sonia Lagourgue, ESG & Purpose Leadership

This post is by David Poole from Georgian

What do you do at Georgian?

My role has three components. First, I’m responsible for integrating sustainability into every aspect of how Georgian operates and making sure that we do so in an impactul and data-driven way. Second, I collaborate with our customers (portfolio companies) to support their adoption of ESG practices. Third, I work with our stakeholders, partners and peers to help the tech sector become more inclusive and sustainable. 

For me, sustainability means creating long-term economic value in a way that also meaningfully benefits people and the environment.

How did you get into your position?

I’ve always been interested in the intersection of social innovation and technology. Early on in my career I worked on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives in talent consulting. After that, I spent over 10 years working in tech and innovation, including most recently at MaRS. 

When I joined Georgian’s Community team in 2020, I had the opportunity to work with many of our customers’ executives. In talking with them, it quickly became clear that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues were becoming a major priority, just as they were for Georgian. As our focus on ESG crystalized, I was invited to lead the initiative full time.

How would you describe Georgian’s approach to ESG?

In many respects, ESG is a part of Georgian’s DNA. We prioritize long-term value over short-term wins, and we’ve always cared about people and the impact that technology has on the world. Over the past few years, we (Read more...)