Dr. Kaushik Sridhar

ESG

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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Is inequality the new risk benchmark?

Reading Time: 3 minutes First published on Pro Bono News. Disclosing, assessing and ultimately taking action to tackle climate and nature risk has steadily marched into the mainstream of the financial and corporate world in recent years. Guidelines set out by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Task Force on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) widely regarded as …

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ESG: what’s in a name?

Reading Time: 3 minutes First published in Pro Bono News. In a field replete with acronyms, one, ESG, has quickly become part of the lexicon of long-term investors. From an investment perspective, ESG presents a win-win proposition for institutional investors and companies. But while there is more awareness of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues these days, there is …

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ESG: a material advantage

Reading Time: 3 minutes First published in Pro Bono News. ESG investing is all the rage. However, aspects can polarise opinion. One of the most heated corners of the debate is the thorny and slippery subject of performance: does ESG investing result in better performance? A seemingly simple question but sadly there isn’t a simple answer. As ESG considerations …

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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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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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