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RBI will participate in the Greenwashing TechSprint

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced its participation in the GFIN’s Greenwashing TechSprint.

Greenwashing

  • Greenwashing is the practise of making exaggerated, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims about a product’s, service’s, or company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) credentials.
  • It is a misleading marketing approach that seeks to represent a company as environmentally green or socially responsible, even if its activities or practises do not support these claims.
  • It generates the impression that a firm is pursuing sustainability or social responsibility while, in reality, it may be involved in practises that are destructive to the environment or society.
  • Companies may engage in numerous sorts of greenwashing to deceive consumers or investors. These are some examples:
  • Claims that are vague or ambiguous: Companies may utilise generic phrases or buzzwords to support their environmental or social claims without offering specific information or evidence. For instance, claiming that a product is “eco-friendly” without elaborating on the specific environmental benefits or certifications.
  • Companies may utilise irrelevant or misleading labels or certificates that provide the idea of sustainability or social responsibility but lack genuine requirements or independent verification. This might be perplexing for consumers who rely on such labelling to make educated decisions.
  • Greenwashing can include emphasising one beneficial feature of a product or company’s operations while disregarding or downplaying other negative consequences. For example, a firm may emphasise the use of green energy while ignoring other negative environmental practises.
  • Companies may fail to give transparent information about their sustainability practises or refuse to reveal important data due to a lack of openness. Because of this lack of openness, consumers find it difficult to check the authenticity of the company’s statements.
  • Inconsistent messaging: Some organisations may adopt green projects or advertise sustainable products as a public relations exercise without making major adjustments to their overall operations. This disparity between their messaging and their actual practises amounts to greenwashing.

Consequences of Greenwashing

  • Customers’ trust is eroded since they may make purchases based on incorrect information.
  • It also harms the reputation of truly sustainable businesses by instilling market distrust.
  • It also has the ability to divert attention and resources away from really sustainable enterprises and activities.
Source: https://m.economictimes.com/news/economy/finance/rbi-invites-firms-to-participate-in-greenwashing-techsprint/articleshow/100167477.cms
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