Sustainability Advisory

Redesigning society means confronting hard truths and forging actionable solutions



With global population approaching 10 billion and resource constraints intensifying, there is a growing need to rethink our notions of progress, inclusive growth and business models beyond current narratives about sustainability. Sustainability can no longer be confined to CSR initiatives, ESG reporting or be PR/Comms-led: a new era of awareness and urgency has dawned which requires speedy action. Leadership on sustainability demands having a robust position backed by scientific facts and making it a compliance issue across the organisation.

Our Methodology

GIFT offers customised and structured engagement designed to get Board and Management teams to come to terms with this new reality. The GIFT methodology does not pre-judge outcomes or pre-empt ideas by assuming to have all the answers. GIFT facilitators challenge biases that hinder participants from asking the hard questions and achieving meaningful outcomes. Emphasis is on creating a conducive and safe environment for a candid and direct conversation. Our approach lends itself to developing a common understanding of desired outcomes, building consensus on strategic goals, resolving divergent interests and facilitating the production of a clear and actionable position or plan.


Why Now - A New Era Of Awareness And Urgency Has Dawned


Consumers and policymakers are demanding faster and scalable solutions to unsustainable business models


ESG reporting or embracing SDGs as a slogan will be insufficient in moving the dial on real progress to overcoming societal challenges


Formulating a clear and meaningful position requires confronting hard truths, embracing new realities and open and honest debate by management and shareholders


Being accountable for externalities should be viewed as a fiduciary responsibility, shifting mindsets from the free ride of externalising the true costs of products and services to society or the bio-sphere



    Karim joined GIFT in 2010 after participating in the Global Leaders Programme and has since designed and facilitated dozens of experiential programmes for high potential executives and government officials. In his current role Karim leads the ASEAN office and is responsible for GIFT’s regional activities and programmes across Southeast Asia. Prior to GIFT Karim spent a decade in Mainland China where he was a partner in a successful nationwide food and beverage business. Karim’s articles on insights gathered through GIFT programmes have appeared in a range of publications. He has an MBA from the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing and is a proficient Mandarin speaker.


    In addition to leading GIFT’s dynamic team and business, since 2008. Eric has facilitated more than 50 experiential leadership programmes in fifteen countries. He is well versed in introducing new ideas on governance, business and sustainability and coaching participants to think critically about their role as leaders. Before joining GIFT, Eric spent several years managing multi-stakeholder partnerships between global brands and civil society groups in the United States and China. He writes and speaks regularly on topics related to leadership development and the changing role of business in society. Eric is an alumnus of Standford University and holds a Masters from Hong Kong University.


    For more than three decades, Chandran has advised governments and MNCs on strategic management, leadership issues and sustainability, and is often invited to facilitate for top corporate education providers including Duke CE, INSEAD and NUS. He was previously Chairman of ERM in Asia Pacific, helping establish it as the world’s leading environmental consultancy. Chandran is on the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome and is a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability and Experts Forum, where his thought leadership is sought for its fresh insights and intellectual honesty. He is the author of the best-seller – Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet, and The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and Society.