What is ESG and why it needs a closer look?

ESG stands for environment, social and governance and refers to factors/criteria measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of a company or business. Increasingly today, investment decisions are made based on a company’s environmental, social and governance performance with metrics to report for each criterion to together give a final ESG score. Today the discourse around ESG parameters or measurement is still evolving in India.

Companies or sectors in India especially those in the harmful commodities industries (for example: tobacco industry) have been reporting on their sustainability practices, at times even when it is not a government mandate. Although such businesses sell lethal products causing much damage to health and the environment, they are able to present themselves to the public as a ‘good corporate’ and retain investor confidence by showing a good ESG rating/score. As ESG is becoming a buzzword in the investment world, the tobacco industry is already making tall claims to be ESG-friendly investment destinations.


About webinar series

The Institute of Public Health Bengaluru (IPH) with support from the Union (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease) is organising a two-part webinar series on the topic, “ESG: Will it change how businesses shape public health?” on consecutive Saturdays, 29 October and 5 November 2022 from 1 to 2.15 pm IST.


Who should attend and what to expect?

This webinar is open to all public health professionals and/or enthusiasts keen to understand and address how businesses impact health. The webinars will be organised as a series of carefully curated lectures followed by a Q & A session with experts.

 

Part 1 of the webinar series will explore the following topics:

  • ESG as a concept, its history and evolution
  • Regulatory frameworks in India on measuring and reporting on ESG
  • Gaps in ‘E’ , ‘S’ and ‘G’: Environmental, Social and Governance concerns

 

Part 2 of the webinar series will explore the following topics:

  • ESG within Commercial Determinants of Health (CDoH)
  • Understanding implications of ‘E’, ‘S’ and ‘G’ in relation to the tobacco industry
  • Tobacco Industry and Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting (BRSR) in India
  • The way forward for businesses and health

 

Admissions open for 2022!

In this Certificate course in Implementation Research Methods (eIR) course, There is a need to understand implementation in the real-world context. There are many evidence-based interventions to improve health that have not been effectively delivered. The research agenda especially in the context of maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, etc. have been shifting and needs to shift from understanding the problem to actually intervening and testing solutions in health care systems. This Certificate course in Implementation Research Methods (eIR) course will improve the capacity of researchers to answer implementation research questions.

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