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

September 28, 2023
Ron Stefanski


Navigating risk and opportunity in decarbonization and sustainability has become a pressing concern for industries worldwide. As the urgency of climate change intensifies, businesses face the dual challenge of fostering economic growth while championing environmental stewardship. The research underscores that companies with a proactive approach to sustainability carve out a competitive advantage and play a pivotal role in global carbon reduction initiatives. But the question remains: how can businesses chart a course through the complexities of this green transition?

What strategies and innovations are leading companies adopting to ensure they remain at the forefront of this sustainability revolution?

Welcome to DistruptED, Advanced Manufacturing Edition, hosted by Ron J. Stefanski. In this second of two episodes, Stefanski continues his discussion with Vrushali Gaud, Managing Director of ESG and Sustainability Services with Accenture, on navigating risk and opportunity in decarbonization and sustainability. Together, they explore the challenges and potential solutions in the journey towards a more sustainable future.

Stefanski and Gaud discuss the following:

  • The importance of public-private partnerships in addressing global sustainability challenges
  • The evolving role of capitalism and the shift from a shareholder-centric model to a stakeholder-centric one
  • The need for businesses to align their strategies with community needs, ensuring mutual growth and prosperity

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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