It took a long time for sustainability to go from catchy slogans in the streets to a serious conversation in the boardroom. But there is no denying today that sustainability is a front-and-centre consideration for every major corporation, institution and government body worth its salt.
Most recently, the COP27 conference at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt added the much-needed push to sustainability, laying out robust frameworks, clear objectives, and firm accountability to be embraced by nations globally.
Even as governments make large moves towards sustainability, their actions will take time to show results. It is industry and commerce that will be able to drive impact much sooner, given their efficiency, productivity, and relative agility when compared to government institutions.
It is heartening to see therefore, that today, most large organisations’ ESG programmes and efforts feature not only in boardroom discussions and coffee table books, but also in annual reports, investor presentations, stakeholder communication, and even in public advertising.