Dr. Kaushik Sridhar

Sustainability

Greenwashing’s Sly Cousin: The Rise of Sustainability Laundering

Reading Time: 3 minutes First published on WION News. Over the last decade, there has been a surge in consumer interest in sustainability, driven by growing awareness of environmental and social issues. Companies, eager to capitalise on this trend, have increasingly adopted the language of environmental and social responsibility. However, alongside this trend, a concerning practice has emerged: sustainability […]

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The year of compliance: Mandatory disclosures ignite a sustainability reporting revolution

Reading Time: 4 minutes First published on WION News. The winds of change are howling through the corporate landscape, and sustainability is no longer a whisper in the boardroom but a booming clarion call. 2023 witnessed a surge in demands for greater transparency, particularly around environmental impact and climate-related risks. This tide is now cresting in the form of

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BlackRock’s ESG Enigma: Pragmatism or Pivot in Larry Fink’s 2024 Letter?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Larry Fink, the influential CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, sent ripples through the financial world with his recently released 2024 annual letter to investors.  Fink’s pronouncements are dissected by analysts and investors alike, given BlackRock’s immense control over trillions of dollars in global investment.  However, this year’s letter sparked a particular intrigue

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Deeper integration with company balance sheet: Where ESG meets finance in the age of climate action

Reading Time: 4 minutes First published in WION News (March 2024). The traditional balance sheet, while valuable, offers a limited perspective in today’s dynamic context. Integrating ESG considerations compels companies to move beyond purely financial metrics and embrace a holistic valuation framework. This framework factors in the company’s impact on the environment, its social responsibility, and its governance practices.

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Shedding Light on Shadows: Supply Chain Transparency and the Looming Lens of Scope 3 Emissions

Reading Time: 4 minutes For years, corporate climate reports have resembled neatly framed portraits, carefully cropped to exclude the messy tangle of their supply chains. This intentional blind spot, aptly known as Scope 3 emissions, encompasses the vast majority – often exceeding 90% – of a company’s greenhouse gas footprint. But whispers of discontent are swelling into demands for

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2024: When ESG sheds its baby teeth and takes a 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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