Vishnu Sridhar
Director - Sustainability & Innovation - Procter & Gamble
Vishnu's introduction

With 9+ years of experience at Procter & Gamble, I am a leader with a proven track record of working with C-suite and upper management to create and execute sustainability strategies for multimillion-dollar & billion-dollar business. I have experience in cross-cultural collaboration with people in different countries, with internal as well as external (vendors, retailers, etc) partners.

I have been recognised for identifying projects, creating, and leading teams to execute and enable value creation while continuing to decarbonise.

I have certification in SCR (Sustainability and Climate Risk) and GRI standards. I studied my Masters in Conservation Biology.

Countries where Vishnu can help you: APAC

What brought you to sustainability?

I have always been a big fan of going out into the forest, observing nature and enjoying its beauty. A few years into my career, I realised that in order to be able to continue doing this, we drastically need to change the way that business is being done.

I felt that combining this passion for nature and sustainability with my business acumen is the best way for me to contribute and make a tangible impact.

Which sustainable actions are you in charge of or have you implemented in your organisation?

As Head of Sustainability for SK-II, an iconic global skincare brand, I led multiple decarbonisation initiatives with an entrepreneurial mindset that got widespread acclaim and recognition internally as well as externally (with retailers and consumers). This included initiatives to transition to sustainable fuel sources in our manufacturing plant and recycling iniatitives in collaboration with key retailers.

I now scale this across the P&G Beauty sector to integrate this into product innovation pipelines and processes – a 14.7 billion $ business with a global footprint.

Which challenges did you meet and how did you overcome them?

My ongoing challenge has been to create compelling propositions that help the business while also enabling the transition to a sustainable economy. This is magnified in our region where people have a need and right to improve their quality of life and many struggle to meet even their day-to-day needs.

Thus getting them to pay more for sustainable propositions just does not work. Hence it is a constant pursuit in trying to understand their needs, draw insights on their lives and create products that not only help improve the quality of their life, but also help make progress on sustainability goals. 

What are you most proud of?

I'm proud of the fact that I have been able to recognise my talent of combining business knowledge and strategic leadership with a deep knowledge of sustainability. It feels extremely fulfilling to work in a job that you feel proud of.

What would be your top 3 pieces of advice to the Matcha Initiative users?
  1. Think of how sustainability can drive value to your business
  2. Don't hesitate to take a step backwards if it enables you to take multiple steps forward in the long term
  3. Use the power of the community and the willingness of people who want to help!
In which field could you help The Matcha Initiative users as a buddy?
  • Experience Sharing
  • Expertise Sharing
Please describe how you could help The Matcha Initiative users as a buddy?

Helping users craft their sustainability strategy in a way that it complements their existing business strategy to drive incremental value.

Guiding them on how to market and present their sustainability strategies to upper management while holistically thinking through multiple aspects like the financials, commercial execution and the sustainability impact.

Vishnu's 3 main sustainability skills

SCR / GRI / Conservation Biology

Vishnu kindly accepts to answer your questions.

If you need additional insights, you can send him a message.