Digital transformation meets sustainability: The rise of digital-ESG strategies


Digitalisation and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations stand as two paramount pillars shaping the trajectory of countries and organisations on a global scale. As companies pivot towards a more ESG-centric approach, the role of digitalisation emerges as a key driver of sustainable business practices. The ongoing evolution of digital transformation, marked by the advent of Digital Transformation 2.0, not only seeks advantageous business outcomes but also actively contributes to ESG initiatives. This convergence holds the potential to redefine industries, reshape corporate responsibilities, and usher in a new era of progress across economic, environmental, and societal dimensions. For instance, the integration of digital technologies like smart grids and sensors not only optimises energy usage but also contributes to sustainable practices, highlighting the transformative power of digitalisation in tandem with ESG principles.

Amid this transformative era, the Global Development Initiative (GDI) stands as a global force for progress. With development as a priority, the GDI is committed to bridging the gap between the North and the South, adhering to the new development concepts of innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing. With core priorities centred around addressing climate change, fostering green development, nurturing the digital economy, and promoting connectivity in the digital era, the intersection of digital-ESG is poised to revolutionise the way businesses navigate sustainability challenges. The GDI, in fulfilling its mission of accelerating sustainable development inclusively, has garnered support from over 100 countries and international organisations. Its commitment to climate change mitigation and green development aligns seamlessly with the transformative impact of digitalisation on sustainable practices.

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