High inflation rates have persisted for quite some time now. As a result, inflation affects both (a) how businesses operate in a high inflation environment and (b) how consumers respond with their purchase decisions. In an inflationary environment, businesses face higher costs due to increased input prices. Staff costs rise too as the company needsContinue reading “Inflation, Sustainability and Consumer Behaviour“
The shift to net-zero requires moving away from fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas) and decarbonizing production processes and supply chains. Thus, new equipment or new methods may be required. This results in stranded assets. In this article published in Artha (journal of IIM Calcutta) I explore stranded assets and their implications and focus onContinue reading “Stranded Assets and Finance”
Faced with the climate crisis, companies are rapidly transitioning to a green economy. However, this transition is often painful, disrupting people’s lives and livelihoods. Businesses have often gone about the transition as if “transition is assured, justice is not.” Trade unions questioned this mindset in the US in the 1990s. The concept of just transitionContinue reading “A Just transition”
Companies periodically provide financial and increasingly non-financial information to the public to reduce the information asymmetry between investors and the company. Apart from annual reports, communication takes place through three mechanisms: (a) investor’s day, (b) earnings calls and (c) guidance calls. While some companies have started ESG calls, they are not particularly common. The timeContinue reading “Earnings Calls and ESG”
The climate crisis has firmly pushed organisations to be more sustainable (or ESG-centric). While many organisations have done well and are on the path to becoming sustainable, others have struggled in their endeavours. Here are some roadblocks that hinder companies from becoming sustainable. Hierarchical mindset: The organisational culture is that of obedience. Employees only doContinue reading “Where organisations go wrong on sustainability”
In the movie Other People’s Money, an exciting debate between Larry the Liquidator (Danny Devito) and Andrew Jorgensen (Gregory Peck) highlights the current discussion of the trade-offs between profit and purpose. Larry the Liquidator insists that the prime objective of business is to make money, while Andrew Jorgensen stresses the needs of the stakeholders. CompaniesContinue reading “Profit and Purpose”
IPCC has released three reports in rapid succession. These reports cover: August 2021: What is the problem? February 2021 How serious is the problem? April 2022: How can the problem be solved? The latest report titled “Mitigation of Climate Change” focuses on three key aspects: The target of 1.5 degrees is almost out of reach:Continue reading “IPCC Report: How to bring a change?”
Chemicals have been instrumental in bettering our lives, and their use is ubiquitous. Chemicals are found in fertilisers used in agriculture, household appliances, soaps and detergents, clothes we wear, cars, packaging materials, sports shoes, helmets, hand sanitisers, medicines, computers, undersea cables, aerospace, mobile phones and many more products. While chemicals have benefitted humankind immensely, eyContinue reading “The Scrouge of Chemical Pollution”
The ocean bed holds the key to many of the world’s challenges. For example, some of the materials used in clean-energy technology come from the deep sea bed. The world population is increasing and likely to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. The increased population will have higher energy requirements. The climate crisis that we faceContinue reading “Deep-Sea Mining, Renewables and Sustainability”
Fashion consumers are increasingly becoming inclined towards sustainable fashion. This trend requires designers, product developers, merchandisers and buyers to decide on sustainable origin materials. Regenerative agriculture provides a solution. Regenerative agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that seeks to rehabilitate and enhance the farm’s entire ecosystem by placing a heavy premium onContinue reading “Regenerative Agriculture for Fashion”
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