Dr. Kaushik Sridhar

Sustainability

Year 2024 is when Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles shed baby teeth and take bionic bite

Reading Time: 4 minutes First published on Wion News: 31 January 2024 Year 2023 served as a crucible for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles. Amidst the roar of mainstream media scrutiny and scepticism, whispers of greenwashing and accusations of hypocrisy swirled. Yet, under this intense heat, something remarkable happened: ESG emerged stronger, its core essence solidified. Year 2024, […]

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What you need to know when going into an ESG discussion

Reading Time: 3 minutes In recent years, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues have gained significant prominence in the business world. ESG criteria are used to assess a company’s performance and sustainability in areas such as climate change, diversity, human rights, and corporate governance. As stakeholders increasingly demand greater transparency and accountability from organizations, it is crucial for individuals

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Has ESG always been important or has something changed?

Reading Time: 2 minutes ESG factors have always been important to some extent, but their significance and recognition have evolved over time. Initially, companies primarily focused on financial performance and shareholder returns, paying relatively less attention to environmental and social impacts. However, several factors have contributed to the increased importance of ESG in recent years: Growing Awareness and Concerns:

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Green Hushing: The Deceptive Silence

Reading Time: 2 minutes In recent years, there has been a growing trend of corporations embracing environmentalism and showcasing their commitment to sustainability. This shift, known as “greenwashing,” involves companies presenting themselves as environmentally responsible while often failing to back up their claims with substantial actions. However, a more insidious phenomenon has emerged alongside greenwashing, called “green hushing.” Green

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Risks or Realities?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ready for the word of 2023? Polycrisis (a cluster of related global risks with compounding impacts and unpredictable consequences). Not a new word (I know) but one that can be spun out of control (by you know who…). Crises have always rippled out into the world around them, creating far-off and sometimes unanticipated effects. However,

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The 1st Week at COP26 – ‘News’worthy or ‘Noise’worthy

Reading Time: 5 minutes The United Nations has held the “Conference of the Parties,” or COP, for almost three decades, including the landmark 2015 Paris climate summit. This year is the 26th meeting. In that time, urgency has ramped up over greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and human-caused climate change. Some key statistics driving the conversations include: Earth has

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How to embed sustainability across a business effectively

Reading Time: 4 minutes Companies usually take on and achieve sustainability goals in three stages: Complying with regulations – Companies have no choice in this area; they must obey the law. Regulations are often the impetus behind sustainability initiatives. Achieving competitive advantage – This is necessary if you want your business operations to make a profit. Social, economic and

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Threat to the Ecosystem and “Human System”

Reading Time: 2 minutes Threats to the Ecosystem The public often learns about the potential impacts of climate change through “photogenic species such as coral and polar bears,” but scientists know the damage to ecosystems is much more far-reaching in its potential impact. A 2°-3°C [3.6°-5.4°F] rise in temperature puts nearly one-third of all plants and animals at “high

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What is the Business Case for Sustainability?

Reading Time: 6 minutes People and institutions want their work, their investments and their patronage to align with their values. Making that level of sustainability an integral part of your culture requires infusing every business practice and process with an awareness of your environmental and social responsibility. Sustainably oriented businesses do better than their less sustainably minded competitors. To

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What’s the difference between a Football Manager and a Sustainability Manager?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sustainability is like football: a good game plan can help you win. We think of sustainability like playing a football game. It’s complex with a combined need for collaboration, teamwork, progressive and strategic thinking. Your players need to know what direction to run in, who to pass to and try new strategies and ways of

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