Dr. Kaushik Sridhar

The ESG Obligation

Reading Time: 3 minutes First published on Pro Bono News. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) norms have moved from the margin to centre-stage. At the same time, ESG compliance has become an increasingly complex and challenging regulatory environment for companies to navigate. Inadequate or substandard data does not suffice. When businesses consider a new investment, product, or service provider, …

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Elon Musk vs ESG

Reading Time: 4 minutes First published in Pro Bono News. In late May, Tesla was removed from the S&P 500 ESG index. In a blog post, Standard & Poors (S&P) explained that Tesla’s “lack of a low-carbon strategy” and “codes of business conduct”, along with racism and poor working conditions reported at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, affected its overall …

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Delivering that “Knockout” Presentation

Reading Time: 5 minutes “The two most important sentences in any presentation are the first and the last.” In both formal and informal settings you are always presenting, that is, attempting to change someone’s viewpoint by speaking. To prepare your presentation, precisely follow this sequence of steps: 1. Decide What Your “Knockout Result” Would Be This is the absolutely ideal …

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ESG analysis is important, but not the holy grail

Reading Time: 3 minutes First Published in Pro Bono News. As environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and ratings continue to gain momentum among mainstream asset owners and managers,  it’s important to recognise that comparing different companies’ ESG credentials is akin to comparing apples and pears. Evidence of momentum can be seen in the actions of big investment research and …

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10 Tips to Improved Time Management

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Successful people take immediate action on almost every item they encounter. They know that to be efficient, they want to expend the least possible amount of time and mental energy processing things.” 1. “Time Is Your Most Valuable and Scarcest Resource” As a CEO irked by constant interruptions, author Kevin Kruse posted a large sign …

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ESG: In it for the Long Haul

Reading Time: 3 minutes First published on Pro Bono News Pursuing the meaningful but long-term work in the ESG field can be a difficult journey. It is undeniable that “ESG” is an amorphous concept that is dominating conversations in financial markets. As a broad umbrella term “ESG” refers to the environmental, social and governance factors which contribute to a …

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The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Reading Time: 2 minutes Every person’s “Emotional Style” is unique, like fingerprints or snowflakes. Your style determines how you react  (mental health) to what life throws at you. Developing areas of expertise by repetition – such as playing the piano or navigating city streets as a taxi driver – increases activity and patterns in corresponding areas of the brain. …

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