Environmental. Social. Governance.
ESG came into being so that the corporate world would take conscious steps towards Environmental Reconstruction, Social Inclusion and Good Governance, amidst the unconscious pursuit of targets. ESG is supposed to bring a thoughtful pause to the decision-making process in business so that we don’t take what Existence provides us for granted, so that we don’t measure ourselves solely by financial goalposts, so that our decisions are never without discernment.
The concept of ESG has been made fancy, even complicated, with indexes and measures, reports and documentation, and bragging rights. It has become mandatory to discuss ESG in The Board Room - this is the mockery we make of Existence when actually matters such as ESG should be the life force of any organization or even any household.
Organizations have fancy value systems! Shouldn’t all value-systems be simply replaced with ESG? Isn’t ESG the Fundamental Value System? That is, Leading from the Roots. Yet I wonder how ESG has become something for which businesses hire consultants to have them implement ESG, kind of pseudo-certify them or christen them as an ESG company. ESG is not an idea, it’s a state of being. ESG is deeply intertwined with every facet of our individuality. ESG is high emotional intelligence. ESG is intellect over the mind and senses. ESG is Empathy, Service and Goodness of Selfless Actions.
It is my attempt to demystify ESG and make it relatable, so that somewhere to some of us and our organizations, it will become a state of being. Here are the links to my short weekly videos done for Myytake which explain ESG in a manner which is subtle but which is at the roots.