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Akanksha Sharma

Global Head ESG - Social Impact, Sustainability & Policy at STL - Sterlite Technologies Limited

india, India

I am fortunate to be a medium of transforming lives and organisations during my 14+ years of eclectic global experience on ESG & Policy spread across 5 continents. My work essentially focuses on— Sustainability & Climate Action | CSR & Social Innovation (Tech for Good)| Sustainable Finance & ESG Investing | Public Policy and more.

Noted amongst 'Most Impactful CSR Leaders Globally', 'Asia’s Top Sustainability Leaders', ‘Young CSR Leader’, 'Influential Sustainability Leaders' amongst many others, I specialize in creating 'Exponential Impact' through innovative solutions—Programs/ Products/ Finance —to drive the development narrative through multi-sectoral partnerships, sustainable capital & policy discourse enabling organizations emerge as a leader on ESG and key policies, creating sustainable impact.

With diverse experience in Leadership roles ranging across the Private Sector, Social Sector, UN Agency— I closely understand the interplay of politics, policy, profit, and people. This positions me well to design, develop and strengthen institutional engagements with multiple stakeholders— Government, Businesses, Non-profits, Multilateral & Communities. I have extensively worked on an array of global development issues — poverty alleviation, socio-economic inclusion, public healthcare, education, livelihood & microfinance, gender equality, rural & urban development, Clean Energy, Climate Action (Clean Energy, Decarbonization, Net Zero Emissions, Circular Economy, Waste, Water, Sustainable Sourcing & Packaging) et al in Asia, Africa, Europe & Americas.

Represented India at 'International Climate Change Expedition at Antarctica' as a Global Climate Force Ambassador and have led Climate Action Plan on SBTi. On investor-led ESG disclosures, I carry expertise on CDP, Global ESG Ratings of S&P, DJSI, MSCI, Sustainalytics, FTSE4Good, GRI Standards/ TCFD. I've also been a front runner on innovative financial instruments including ESG Bonds, Impact Investing etc.

Published author of — 'For the Greater Common Good' (Bloomsbury International Publishing), my writings and work have featured in Forbes, Times of India, Economic Times, Mint, Financial Express Huffington Post, Dawn and others. I got the opportunity to also work upon notable public policies — CSR law, Inclusive India Policy of GoI & State Govt CSR Policies. Having served on the board of Foundations & been a social entrepreneur, I'm striving to build a better world.

Akanksha Sharma Points
Academic 0
Author 8
Influencer 323
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 331

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Company Type: Individual

Areas of Expertise

Sustainability 31.37
Business Strategy 30.08
CSR 30.68
Startups
Ecosystems 30.16

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8 Article/Blogs
Unlocking CSR funds for impact investment ecosystem
Forbes
November 01, 2018
“In the business world, unwise men take more that they give. They don’t realise that they are breaking the universal law which will eventually break them to an equal extent. It may not be balanced in the form of dollars and cents but in the loss of goodwill upon which their future business depends.” - Walten Rusell

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Tags: Sustainability, CSR, Ecosystems

PHOTOBLOG: My Journey To The End Of The World
HUFFPOST
September 24, 2018
"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you will discover will be yourself."—Alan Alda

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Tags: Sustainability

CSR: The unseen bridge between business and diplomacy
Forbes
March 14, 2018
Most foreign policies today are ought to be economic policies. Business is an indispensable partner of today’s diplomacy.

So it would be in the interest of both to promote the rule of law, transparency, and respect for human rights as well as encourage economic development, to grow and prosper.

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Tags: Sustainability, Business Strategy, CSR

Financing Sustainable Development Goals: How should India look at private investments for development?
Forbes
November 28, 2017
According to economists and policy makers, private sector investment is the key for sustainable growth and there is a huge potential for it to become a significant part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India

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Tags: Sustainability

Does India Inc really care about CSR?
Forbes
November 09, 2017
With a law in place mandating CSR, there is an increasing trend to dress it up as a business discipline. That is distracting firms from what must be their underpinning goal, doing good

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Tags: Sustainability, Business Strategy, CSR

Building Bridges and not Walls: An approach towards Convergence for Poverty Alleviation
linkedin
July 04, 2016
Development cooperation encompasses relationships between a diverse set of actors. It is imperative to examine the priorities and characteristics of a variety of development assistance providers and assesses their contributions to achieving development objectives. This is in accord with the need for convergence/ partnership of various players: multi-lateral aid providers, government and private players to fill the developmental gaps and reduce overlaps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Let’s pick an example of Poverty Alleviation here.

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Tags: Sustainability

Cities of the Poor: A view on Poverty in Urban India
linkedin
May 15, 2016
“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” -Charles Darwin

Sumer Singh, a grey-haired rickshaw puller in Delhi loves the streets of the city. He laughs revealing his yellow, broken teeth saying, “I drop people at their respective addresses but do not need any, as if the entire city belongs to me.”

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Tags: Sustainability

The business of ‘Being Good’
linkedin
May 13, 2016
“If it was my business, I wouldn't talk about it. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbroker's do that, and then merely at dinner parties.” ― Oscar Wilde

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Tags: Sustainability

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