Debunking ESG Myths Episode 1

Debunking ESG Myths EP. 01 – Addressing Greenwashing: Does a good ESG score equate to being a good company?

Welcome to our first-ever episode of “Debunking ESG Myths” with Ravi Chidambaram.

In this episode, host Ravi Chidambaram dives deep into the world of greenwashing with guest expert Dr. Kim Schumacher from Kyushu University. They explore the various shades of greenwashing, from compliance and competence to financial strategies. They also discuss the essence of a “good” company, highlighting the importance of transparency and credibility as the true differentiators. As they unravel the complexities, they shed light on the evolving landscape of corporate sustainability and stakeholder expectations. Tune in now!


00:00 | What is Greenwashing?

02:49 | What Makes a Company Good?

06:38 | Does a Good Score Make a Good Company?

10:57 | Sustainability Reporting

14:18 | Impact of Greenwashing

17:54 | Financial Greenwashing

23:24 | Why is Competence Greenwashing Problematic?

32:00 | How Would A Regulator Approach This Issue?


Prof. Schumacher is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Finance and ESG at Kyushu University (Japan). He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan). In addition, he is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Oxford (UK).

His research focuses on ESG data and impact metrics, sustainability reporting, greenwashing, green bonds, natural capital, nature-based carbon offsets, biodiversity and ecosystem services, renewable energy project development, and TCFD/TNFD disclosures.

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Ravi Chidambaram is the Founder and President of TC Capital, a pan-Asian boutique investment bank based in Singapore that specializes in M&A advisory and growth capital transactions in Asia. It is recognized and awarded as one of the best independent investment banks in the region. He is also Executive Director and Co-founder of Rimm, a SAAS-driven sustainability management platform, that helps companies and fund managers improve their sustainability reporting and performance.  He has been active in sustainability for many years, as an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at Yale-NUS College and also a board member and investor in several impact ventures.

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Rimm, which stands for “Real Impact Matters Most” provides an intuitive yet comprehensive SaaS platform that provides all companies, whether big or small, with intelligent tools for highly accessible and impactful sustainability management, reporting and optimization. Created and led by experts, the platform revolves around inclusivity and accessibility, focusing on unlocking an open world where sustainability is no longer elusive to the people.

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Welcome to Debunking ESG Myths, a podcast where we debunk, demystify and deconstruct some key ESG preconceptions with unfiltered knowledge and data from key experts in the field. I’m Ravi Chidambaram, the CEO and founder of Rimm Sustainability. We’re an impact-driven SaaS company that advocates making sustainability accessible and actionable to all.

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