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Moving from ESG to Impact

The case for unleashing the power of SDG 16

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has further brought into question the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) system that is meant to guide private and public companies towards more responsible behavior. The E lost some legitimacy with the exposure of the extent of fossil fuel dependency on Russia’s oil and gas, and has recently come under further suspicion following Tesla’s ESG ratings. Perhaps even more worrying is the light that it shed on the nebulous G. Definitions vary but Governance was meant to include ‘governance and corruption’, ‘transparency and risk management’, and ‘geopolitics’, some argue. However, the quasi-universal blind eye turned to…
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Farahnaz Karim is a Harvard-educated social entrepreneur, political scientist, and humanist, with decades of field experience designing and managing development programs in countries such as Afghanistan, India and Kenya. She is founder and CEO of Insaan Group, a boutique impact investment entity that allocates philanthropic capital to tackle poverty.
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