A Reading Of The ESG Scriptures In Stone Tablets From Ancient Times

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A Reading Of The ESG Scriptures In Stone Tablets From Ancient Times

Once upon a time the tribe of the lowlands known as the Gribians saw the waters rise and they did write what must be done on their clay tablets. The Sustainian tribe of the highlands saw the glaciers melt and they did write what must be done on their granite tablets. The tribe in the new lands known as the Sasbians saw rivers on fire and poisonous air so they too inscribed their rules on stone tablets. All the while, other tribes wrote their own scriptures. The Gresbs wrote scriptures for the stonemasons. The Cdpers laid down the law for the foresters and farriers. The Tcfeders gazed at the stars and inscribed their rules in letters of gold. Now did all the tribes agree there should be one tablet to rule them all. With hope in their hearts those tribes did share and compare their tablets. But great was the disagreement as to which tablet should rule them all. And there was much gnashing of teeth.

Though the Gribians and Sasbians expended much sweat and toil to persuade the money lenders that their tablets were the true way, these trapezites did not understand foreign tongues. But one day did a man stand on a great black rock and call upon his tribe of treasurers to read the tablets. And from their learnings they designed weights and scales for all trades. And these treasurers called themselves the Esgers. In those ancient times, when the brazier, the butcher, the peruker and the quarryman sought gold they did humbly submit to the ratings of the Esgers. Now, that multitude of tradespeople found the stone tablets piled upon their backs were a great burden. So did the men and women of all trades speak to the wise men of Ifrsia who spoke the language of the money lenders. They implored those sages to relieve them from their suffering at the hands of the Esgers.

It is said that those Ifrsian wise men called a gathering of their tribe and deliberated for three hundred moons. After which time, they sent word to the Cdpers, the Gresbians, the Gribians, the Sasbians, the Sustainians and the Tcfeders. So did the six tribes of the tablets gather to hear the word of the Ifrsian sages. The great wizard of Ifrsia stood on the steps of the temple, the wind was still, the air was hot. He proclaimed to the gathered tribes that it was written in stone that the scriptures of all the tablets of all tribes would apply equally until the end of time. Against a chorus of cheers and howls, the sage told the throng that the Ifrsians had chiselled their own tablets and that all money lenders should journey to the quarry so they too could carve in stone their own weights and scales. On hearing this, Brian did say that people should follow neither the shoe nor the gourd since nature cannot be counted on an abacus.

David Metcalfe


David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.