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Episode 4: Can AI make sustainability reporting sustainable?

Ryan Meyers, chief product officer at Manifest Climate, explores how artificial intelligence (AI) is changing sustainability reporting and climate risk management.

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On this episode, Ryan Meyers, chief product officer at Manifest Climate, discusses how Manifest Climate, helps companies measure their sustainability efforts against regulations and see how they stack up against others. The platform uses AI to quickly check a company's reports against 50 regulatory standards, offering detailed comparisons and identifying where improvements are needed. Manifest Climate offers a case study in how artificial intelligence can be applied to the challenge of sustainability reporting and strategy. This is especially helpful for small and medium-sized businesses that might struggle to meet international sustainability standards due to limited resources.

While Manifest Climate doesn't rely on large language models (LLMs) for its core function, this technology is layered onto what the program is able to deliver to clients. Ryan Meyers talks about the potential benefits and drawbacks of using LLMs when summarizing and analyzing large amounts of data for compliance purposes. He stresses that while AI can be an amazing assistant, human judgment is crucial –especially for complex decisions.

Ryan Meyers shares a vision of how AI could make sustainability efforts more effective, and more achievable for small and medium sized companies. This episode is a valuable listen for entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals eager to leverage AI for a more sustainable future.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the guest and do not necessarily reflect those of CPA Canada.