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In this episode, Vrushali Gaud joins Kevin O’Connell to discuss ESG priorities for technology companies, and how they are addressing the challenges and risks associated with stakeholder demands and commitments.
We discuss the following questions:
0:36 - What is ESG and how are technology sector companies prioritizing it?
4:07 - What areas of ESG are top of mind for the technology sector? What commitments are tech companies making?
7:57 - What challenges are companies in the technology sector facing?
9:51 - How are companies addressing those challenges?
11:30 - What role does technology play in being an enabler for ESG beyond the sector?
Kevin O'Connell serves as PwC’s Trust and Transparency Solutions and ESG Solutions leader. A leading specialist in SOC 1, 2 and 3, and other third party assurance and internal controls reporting, he has over 25 years of experience providing services to our largest financial services clients designed to identify, assess, and manage complex risk and control issues across the enterprise – whether they are strategic, financial, systems, or operational in nature. As PwC's ESG Solutions leader, Kevin leads a team of professionals focused on helping organizations implement strategies to improve their ESG reporting and communicate progress to investors and other stakeholders.
Vrushali Gaud is a Director with the ESG & Sustainability Services practice at PwC and helps clients with ESG assessment, strategy and reporting. She has 20 years of professional experience across the globe having worked with Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, industry associations and government bodies. At PwC, she helps clients create long term value through an integrated data driven approach to sustainability. Vrushali has served a range of clients across multiple sectors in alignment to frameworks such as Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Task Force for Climate Related Disclosures (TCFD) and similar. She works with clients to leverage digitization and technology towards scaling their adoption of ESG and investor grade disclosures. Prior to PwC, as an International Integrated Council (IIRC) advisor she was actively involved with incubation, adoption and advocacy of non-financial reporting across South East Asia. She continues to be part of the judging panel of Singapore based Asian Sustainability Reporting awards.