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ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. It came into existence with the release of Who Cares Wins Report in 2004. ESG essentially takes into consideration the welfare of all the stakeholders, which separates it from SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) or any other investment mechanism

Environment component involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy and sustainable practices.

Social incorporates human rights, gender equality, diversity and wellbeing of employees and people in general.

Governance emphasizes on ethical and transparent policies involving anti- corruption policy, shareholder rights etc.

’ Business as usual ‘focused only on the Economic growth, which has left a massive adverse impact on the environment. Therefore, it is time we switch to a more sustainable and holistic approach towards development.

ESG not only helps investor to screen companies for potential investments but also help create value for the company in terms of better governance policies, reduced carbon footprint and rights of employees are better realised. ESG provides better returns in the long run and with increasing consciousness among people about the environment, makes a strong case for ESG, for example, now more firms are pledging to be carbon neutral and joining Net zero initiatives.

ESG has proven to reduce cost of operations, reduced legal interventions and risks, and improved productivity of employee, new market opportunities, provides competitive advantage over peers, better rated companies are given more preference and recognition.

Many companies around the world have aligned their policies with standards like TCFD, GRI, SASB, BRSR and CDP etc. There is a lot of scope in this field for research, innovation and growth as it is constantly evolving.

As the principles of ESG are growing rapidly, there is positive pressure on corporates to shift towards ESG.

Since ESG, sustainability and SDG not only have strong interlinking, need special focus from stakeholders; Promoters of ESG Research Foundation aim to establish an organisation (not for profit) so that they can contribute in spreading necessary awareness for the subjects. ESG Research Foundation aims for:

1. Creating awareness on ESG(Sustainability) and SDG through various activities including webinars, conferences.

2. Develop specialise Training Program on ESG for various stakeholders to achieve capacity building.

3. Organise Award activities to motivate the individual and other stakeholders for motivation/recognition for the commendable efforts in the field of ESG.

4. Engage in Special Project like Forestation, Girls higher education and others to act as catalyst for various socio-economic reforms in society.