Navigating Risk and Opportunity in Decarbonization and Sustainability – Part 1 of 2

September 26, 2023
Ron Stefanski


The global conversation has shifted dramatically towards decarbonization and sustainability in recent years. With the world experiencing unprecedented levels of disruption, from 5G technology to the challenges of a pandemic, the urgency to address climate change and its implications has never been more palpable. Although most business leaders see the vision of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is a long road ahead to achieving a tangible impact.

So, how do businesses navigate the risks and opportunities in this rapidly evolving landscape of decarbonization and sustainability?

Welcome to DisruptED, Advanced Manufacturing Edition. In this first of two episodes, host Ron J Stefanski engages in a riveting conversation with Vrushali Gaud, Managing Director of ESG and Sustainability Services with Accenture, a leading voice in sustainability. Together, they delve into the complexities of a post-pandemic, digitally enabled, sustainability-driven world.

During this first conversation, Stefanski and Gaud discuss the following:

  • The economic incentives now favoring sustainability efforts
  • The role of businesses in both contributing to and solving the challenges of climate change
  • The transformative power of sustainability in reshaping organizations and industries

Vrushali Gaud boasts an impressive background. With her roots in India, she began her journey in the automotive sector with Tata Motors. Her career trajectory took her from rolling out diesel engine cars to working on reducing carbon emissions. An MBA graduate of Indiana University and an MS recipient from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vrushali’s experiences have shaped her into a passionate advocate for a greener future. She plays a pivotal role in Accenture’s sustainability group, helping businesses embed sustainability into their core operations.

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