The world of work and business is changing, and it’s being shaped by powerful forces. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated existing trends such as the growing adoption of automation technology, resulting in changing job roles and increased need for new skills. Climate change has become an issue of utmost urgency. According to the United Nations (UN), the world is running out of time to stave off the most devastating effects of global warming. Everyone – the private sector, governments and civil society – must work together to have a chance at tackling it successfully.
In light of this, how can leaders and businesses remain relevant in this new world? To further explore this issue, Autodesk is launching Impact Matters, a podcast dedicated to in-depth discussions on the future of work and companies at large, amongst other pressing topics. Hosted by Haresh Khoobchandani, Vice President of Autodesk Asia Pacific, the series features conversations with senior business leaders across the globe to explore big questions around leadership, sustainability, and other topics that empower listeners to reimagine and create the next possible.
Kicking off the series is the episode, ESG Strategies for a Better Future, with guest Joachim Jake Layes, Founder & Managing Director, JLayes Consulting. The episode shines the spotlight on how environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues can affect business strategies and practices – and ultimately, a company’s value.
The message from the recent UN Climate Change Conference is simple: climate change is a clear and present danger, and there is a lot left to do to halt its progress. Besides catalysing global action on climate change, ESG considerations have important implications for long-term business performance.
Despite the fact that public and private sectors globally have proclaimed commitment to ESG issues, fewer than half of business leaders in APAC are approaching sustainability more seriously than before the pandemic, and only 22% of directors said ESG was linked to their corporate strategy.
Nonetheless, though the time for organisations to act was yesterday, it is never too late to begin. This episode explores how businesses can drive positive environmental impact while improving performance, the greatest barriers to adopting ESG practices, and how technology can catalyse impact.
View or listen to the episode below to learn more and be sure to visit the podcast channel for upcoming episodes.