This publication provides insights on biodiversity and its links with businesses, maps seven major sectors for its impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and benchmarks best practices on biodiversity management globally in those sectors. At the end it provides a detailed and informative roadmap for implementing biodiversity management in any company. The publication promotes biodiversity, not as a problem, but as an opportunity to help decision-making processes and achieve broad social and economic goals.
This report is a consolidated disclosure of IBBI member companies on biodiversity. Each company at the time of becoming a member of India Business and Biodiversity Intiiative (IBBI) is required to sign a 10-point declaration. One of the conditions is to disclose their activities on biodiversity every two years. IBBI was started in 2014, therefore this report is the first consolidated disclosure of 16 members that joined back then.
The Siemens Integrity Initiative is a global project facilitated by the Siemens AG aimed at increasing awareness about maintaining ethics and values while doing business among the corporates. Responsible Business Practices in India focuses at capacitating the stakeholders, which includes private companies and professionals, accountants, small and medium enterprises, management institutions, on modes to operate ethically and help them deal with the challenges in implementing corporate governance standards.
A call to action, this report captures the business and board case for sustainability. By reviewing fault lines in the implementation of corporate governance both in developed countries as well as India, it presents an interface framework to successfully embed sustainability.
Annual CSR Tracker 2017 is based on disclosures of 1,522 companies as compared to 1,270 companies in 2016 and 1,181 in 2015. Key findings suggests substantial increase in CSR spends as against FY16 in the areas of environment (66%), gender equality (115%), national heritage (153%) and sports development (192%). This report remains a resourceful document for industry to understand and help raise the bar of responsible CSR as well as for the government to keep assessing intent of the legislation with each financial year.
Annual CSR Tracker 2016 is CESD’s continued attempt at consolidating and analyzing CSR disclosures of companies listed on BSE and had the legislative obligation to comply with Section 135 of Companies Act 2013. This is based on disclosures of 1,270 companies. Annual CSR Tracker remains India’s most comprehensive analysis of CSR disclosures, to date. The scope covers six aspects and 41 indicators, including governance, policy, financial, spend as per Schedule VII, spend channels and spend locations.
In the most comprehensive and extensive analysis yet of CSR performance of companies in FY15, more than 90% of companies have complied with provisions of Section 135 of Companies Act 2013. The results are based on disclosures of 1,181 listed companies on BSE that had to comply with Section 135. These companies together spent Rs.6,400 crore towards CSR.
The report showcases benefits of public-private collaborations as a way to deliver services and uplift the under privileged and disadvantaged. It presents cases of 10 companies as examples that such collaboration works and in some instances can be a preferred, more efficient and effective way of addressing developmental challenges.
Innovation has become critical for the future success of any business. A result of CESDs continued efforts to foster SI2, this report captures the innovation capabilities of Indian companies. It covers the big market drivers for companies to innovate; the organisation culture needed to harness innovation; the innovation areas that give companies a competitive advantage, and; how ecology and bottom-of-pyramid can create opportunities for growth.
Finding solutions for the world’s most pressing problems is no longer the exclusive domain of governments, aid agencies and NGOs. This report explores how businesses can use drivers such as innovation and profits to tackle the twin challenges of poverty and climate change.
PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTIONS is an outcome of thought-leadership collaboration between stakeholders in India and Sweden that seeks to spur momentum to ensure innovative and global sustainable development through the mainstreaming of transformative solutions. The objective is to explore ways that allow public procurement to deliver economic development, innovation, poverty reduction and global environmental sustainability by supporting transformative solutions.
CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2016 Yearbook showcases good practices of winners and of applicants that qualified for site assessments. These applicants have embedded sustainability in business strategies and processes, driven by the fact that given the rapidly changing markets and industry structures, they need to invest in sustainability to become more competitive and remain relevant.
This publication records evolution of sustainability practices in business in India via the journey of CESD in its first decade, 2006-2015. It presents compelling drivers for business to integrate management systems, report sustainability performance and practices, take these practices to supply chain and take responsibility for it, and for best results put everything in a comprehensive Sustainability Management Framework.
Yearbook 2015, of CII-ITC Sustainability Awards, showcases good practices of winners that have embedded sustainability in their business strategies and practices – driven by the fact that given the rapidly changing markets and industry structures, they need to invest in sustainability to become more competitive and remain relevant.
Sustainable business is increasingly important in attaining a competitive advantage. Winners of the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards have successfully embedded sustainability into their systems, people and processes. This report discusses how embedding principles of sustainability has strengthened the connection between corporate responsibility and competitiveness for these organisations, and can for others as well.
This Yearbook, of CII-ITC Sustainability Awards, showcases winners that have embedded sustainability in their business strategies and practices – driven by the fact that given the rapidly changing markets and industry structures, they need to invest in sustainability to become more competitive and remain relevant.
CII-NITI Aayog ‘Cleaner Air Better Life’ initiative aims to bring together all relevant stakeholders for designing a set of solutions to the identified sources of air pollution. This report is prepared after due consultation with all relevant stakeholders and it consists of identified solutions to address farm waste burning.
Air pollution is one of the major man–made environmental risks to the public health.To address the rising concerns of deteriorating air quality, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with NITI Aayog launched the 'Cleaner Air Better Life Initiative' in November 2016.This report has been finalised during fourth meeting of the task force held on 29 November 2017, considering all the inputs received from the members.
Personal and freight mobility are important aspects of economic development and therefore create a significant footprint on the natural environment, especially on the ambient air quality.Under CII-NITI Aayog 'Cleaner Air Better Life Initiative', the task force on clean transportation has undertaken a consultative process to identify seven areas of action towards mitigation of air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).
We live in a world of extreme hope and despair. The duality arises from the resolve of human potential to overcome any challenge, and the social and ecological crises emanating from that human potential. The future of human and the ecosystem, it depends on is turning out to be more interdependent than ever known. The future is that of everyone.
Businesses, governments and civil society are working in tandem to find solutions to better manage available resources. The Sustainability Summit provides a platform to discuss the areas of common interest working towards betterment of the people and planet. Agenda of the Summit will focus on topics such as, global governance and risks, energy, water, well-being, science and action, circular economy, sanitation,empowerment, social entrepreneurs and changemakers. This event will present sustainability solutions, best practices, enhance learning experiences and develop partnerships to position innovative ideas into action.
12th Sustainability Summit Proceedings
Interactive Session with
Dean & Executive Secretary, International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA)
1900hrs, 21 February 2017 | 2010 & 2020, 20th Floor, Le Méridien, New Delhi
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is implementing a project on “Promotion & Adoption of Responsible Business Practices by Corporates in India” under Global Siemens Integrity Initiative. The overall goal of the project is to sensitize, capacitate and help companies adopt responsible business practices and influence their supply chain, which would include involvement of local stakeholders and dialogue with government agencies.
With a view to accentuate our reach of this project, we invite you for an Interactive session with Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean & Executive Secretary, International Anti-Corruption Agency (IACA) from Vienna, Austria at 1900hrs on 21st February 2017 at 2010 & 2020, 20th Floor, Hotel Le Méridien, New Delhi. The session would be followed by dinner.
Please note that the participation is by invitation only and is non-transferable. You are kindly requested to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org / +91 124 434 6376.
Mr. Martin Kreutner
Dean & Executive Secretary, International Anti-Corruption Academy
Mr. Martin Kreutner is Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA. In 2010 and 2011, he acted as the Special Advisor to the Austrian Minister of Interior and from 2001 to 2010, served as the Director of the Austrian Federal Bureau for Internal Affairs, a unit he was responsible for commissioning. Among his numerous functions, he was also President/Chair of the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC/EACN) for nine years. He has extensively lectured on topics of anti-corruption, international humanitarian law, and security around the world. He is a member of several international boards and a senior consultant and peer reviewer for the UN, Council of Europe, OSCE, and the World Bank.
In 2014 and 2015, he was recognized by Ethisphere as one of 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics for his efforts to combat corruption with IACA as well as his efforts to improve human welfare worldwide through his work with the UN, Transparency International, and other global organizations. Martin Kreutner holds a Master in Law from the University of Innsbruck and a Master in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester.
International Conference on
Striking the Right Balance: Integrating Ethical Business Practices
21 February, 2017 | ITC Maurya, New Delhi, India
Business organizations have to work in an environment where there is constant overlap of varied interests which need to be balanced for achieving organizational objectives. Businesses must maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct and corporate responsibility to ensure they act with integrity and transparency.
CII’s theme for the year 2016- 17 is “Building national competitiveness”, and one of its key enabler focuses on Corporate Integrity and Good Citizenship. We have always promoted good corporate governance and have launched a model code of conduct to guide members on ethical business practices.
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is implementing a project on “Promotion & Adoption of Responsible Business Practices by Corporates in India” under Global Siemens Integrity Initiative. The overall goal of the project is to sensitize, capacitate and help the companies adopt responsible business practices and influence their supply chain, which would include involvement of local stakeholders and dialogue with government agencies.
With a view to accentuate our reach, CII in partnership with International Anti-Corruption Academy (Vienna, Austria) is organizing an International Conference on “Striking the Right Balance: Integrating Ethical Business Practices” on 21st February, 2017 at New Delhi.
We invite you to join us for the above said conference. Please note that the participation in the Conference is by invitation only; as there are limited seats available, you may RSVP to email@example.com. For queries, call +91 124 434 6378 / 6355.
9:00 am to 4:30 pm, 9 December 2016
Supported by Global Siemens Integrity Initiative
· Ethical Business Practices in Action
· Compliance & Transparency
· Companies Act 2013, 143 (12) vs. Sarbanes Oxley vs. Integrated Framework by Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission: A Perspective for Indian Business Environment
· Ensuring Procurement - The Responsible Way
· Vigilance as a culture of managing risk
· Abiding by the International Anti-Corruption Standards - BSI 10500, ISO 37001
· Prof. M.P. Jaiswal, Dean Research & Accreditation, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
· Seema Arora, Executive Director, CII-ITC CESD
· Neville Gandhi, Regional Compliance Officer, Siemens
· C. K. Deshmukh, Chief Vigilance Officer, Indian Oil Corporation Limited
· Shikhar Jain, Principal Counsellor, CII-ITC CESD
· Lalit Mathur, Senior Counsel
· Captain Rakesh Sharma, Senior Vice-President & Chief Ethics Counsellor, Tata Teleservices
· Rahul Magan, Chief Executive Officer, Treasury Consultant LLP
· Ramesh Chandra, Chief Technical Examiner, Central Vigilance Commission
· Ashok Poddar, Chief Vigilance Officer, Container Corporation of India
· Keshav Rao, Chief Vigilance Officer, Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited
· Ashutosh Kumar Mishra, Consultant, CII-ITC CESD
· Tanu Kathuria, Risk Solution Specialist, South Asia, Thomson Reuters
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is implementing a project on “Promotion and Adoption of Responsible Business Practices by Corporates in India” under the Siemens Integrity Initiative.
The overall project goal is to sensitize, capacitate and help large companies to adopt responsible business practices & influence their supply chain, including involvement of local stakeholders and dialogue with government agencies.
It is with this background that we are organizing Road Shows on Promotion & Adoption of Responsible Business Practices in the Indian Corporate Sector on 9 May in Chennai and 11 May at Bangalore. Through these road-shows, we intend to create awareness and ensure a multiplier effect with improved corporate governance resulting in reduced exploitation in the Indian business environment.
We invite you to participate and send in your nominations and for more information write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is implementing a project on “Promotion and Adoption of Responsible Business Practices by Corporates in India” under the Siemens Integrity Initiative.
The overall project goal is to sensitize, capacitate and help large companies to adopt responsible business practices and influence their supply chain, including involvement of local stakeholders and dialogue with government agencies.
It is with this background that CESD is organizing a roadshow on Promotion & Adoption of Responsible Business Practices in the Indian Corporate Sector on 24 February 2016 at Vadodara.
To participate and for more information write to Mohita.email@example.com
CII-ITC Sustainability Awards ceremony will be held on 12 December 2017, to recognise and reward outstanding contributions by corporates to sustainable development in the country. This year we received 105 applications in different Awards categories. Companies that applied had to undergo a rigorous assessment process to reach the final stages.
CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2015 were announced on 15 December 2015, at a presentation ceremony in Delhi.
89 applicants competed for Indias only credible sustainable business awards of which 26 were recognised. Seven assessors were also recognised for their exceptional performance and contribution to awards in 2015.
The awards were be given away by Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways, Government of India, Dr. R A Mashelkar, President, Global Research Alliance, Amb Shyam Saran, Jury Chair, CII-ITC Sustainability Awards and Chairman, Research & Information System for Developing Countries, and Mr Y C Deveshwar, Chairman, Advisory Council, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development.
Read details of 26 winners in Awards Booklet
To Promote Climate-friendly Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning in India
27 April 2017: Ballroom Part 1 & 2, Hotel Hyatt Regency, New Delhi
With the signing of the historic Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, around 200 countries have decided to phase out the use of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), over the next 30 years. India also agreed to cut the production and use of HFCs starting 2028 and will reduce 75% of its cumulative HFC emissions between 2015 and 2050, under the new agreement.
The EU-India Climate Change Dialogue and Partnership aims to facilitate and foster cooperation in addressing the climate-change-related challenges that India faces with participation of EU member states and businesses. An embracing narrative for this partnership is “Technology and policy innovation to support the implementation of the NDCs: India/EU experience”. Linking NDC implementation to the key technology needs of both partners, as well as with the relevant policy frameworks to enable the diffusion of innovations is considered as a key pillar of successfully implement the Paris Agreement.
It is with this background, that on behalf of Delegation of European Union in India, Adelphi and CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development are organizing the India-EU Green Cooling Conference 2017 to promote climate-friendly refrigeration and air-conditioning in India.
The overall objective of this event is to discuss sustainable solutions for the rapidly growing air-conditioning and cold-chain sector in India and to facilitate linkages between Indian and EU stakeholders within the context of UNFCCC and the Montreal Protocol.
2nd Industry Consultation on Transition to a Resource Efficient Economy in India
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in partnership with GIZ is organizing the 2nd Industry Consultation on Transition to a Resource Efficient Economy in India on 28 February, 2017, in New Delhi.
The German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), under its International Climate Initiative (IKI), commissioned GIZ to implement jointly with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) a three year project until April 2017 titled “Fostering Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Management of Secondary Raw Materials” (in short: Resource Efficiency). The focus of the initiative is on resource efficient utilization of raw materials, especially minerals and metals, since they are critical to the fast growing Indian economy.
In October 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India set up the Indian Resource Panel (InRP) to advice the Government of India and relevant stakeholders on the potential and opportunities for enhancing resource efficiency (RE) and productive use of secondary raw materials (SRM) in the Indian Economy.
The first task of the InRP was to conduct a policy analysis to assess to what degree resource efficiency and the use of secondary raw materials are reflected in the existing policies and programmes of the Government of India. This has been discussed in the 1st Industry Consultation on Indian Resource Panel Policy Mapping on Resource Efficiency held in December 2016. The InRP is currently in the process of developing the framework for a holistic Indian Resource Efficiency Program (IREP) along with specific recommendations for policy interventions.
Now, the second consultation with industry stakeholders will focus on the proposed Indian Resource Efficiency Program (IREP) under development. The objective of the workshop is to gather input and feedback on the key building blocks for designing a resource efficiency programme for India. The consultation will address the following key questions:
What are the major elements in developing a strategic approach towards a resource efficient economy to avoid the negative impacts of material scarcity?
What role can industry play in boosting innovation for a transition to a resource efficient economy?
To participate, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
19 April 2017, Greater Noida
The Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are organising the third edition of Global Exhibition on Services (GES) from 17-20 April 2017 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi.
The main objective of GES is to create a global platform for increased trade in services. Environmental services is one of the focus sectors at GES 2017.
Sustainable Development Goals also known as Global Goals work in the spirit of partnership to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. In the Indian context Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi has stated that much of India’s development agenda is mirrored in the SDGs. India believes that international partnership should be at the centre of the efforts in development and combating climate change.
National Conference on Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals will focus on developing the much needed partnerships to put India on the road map for 2030 agenda for sustainable development. In addition to the partnerships for SDGs, the exhibition & Conference will also have emphasis on two key global goals, i.e. Responsible Consumption & Production and Climate Action.
Additionally, there will be an Environmental Services Pavilion focusing on environment management, climate change and SDGs related initiatives.
17 goals to change the world! 17 goals for ‘people and planet’.
Aligning CSR policy to the UN’s sustainable development goals is a huge change project and needs input across the organisation and buy-in at the executive level. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are about achieving development goals from an economic, social and environmental perspective. SDGs are a response to this need: a universal, ambitious, sustainable development agenda involving education, health, environment, industry, justice, governance, cities among others.
With this background, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Pune jointly with CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD) is organising the 2nd Edition of CII CSR-CSO BRIDGE 2018 which aims to identify and share practical, evidence based solutions that can support the SDGs. The theme “The CSR Way to SDGs” will define about how companies of all shapes and sizes can play a major role in driving a more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive society while also meeting their corporate goals of generating value and achieving competitive advantage. In this view, we can think about CSR as a way to implement these goals at all the levels.
The details of the Concalve are:
Recognizing the huge requirement in monitoring the SDGs, this conference intends to serve as a forum for identifying needed resources / support / capacity building and possible collaboration with development partners, among others.
The realistic and operational models of engagement between all three important stakeholders – the Government, the non-governmental organizations and the private sector – are jointly explored and addressed.
KEY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:
WHAT & WHY OF SDGs?: Implementing the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs: Where to Start?
EXPLORING ROLE OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE-PARTNERSHIP: Different Levels of Implementing the SDGs – Actors & Policies
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The session is aimed at a varied audience from Industry (Preferably CSR Heads, Chief Sustainability Officers or HR and PR Heads), Academicians, Media, Government bodies, and NGOs or Voluntary organizations (CEOs, Resource Mobilization personnel).
The conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, international agencies, NGOs, and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions towards the achievement of more sustainable and inclusive societies
Kindly take advantage of this unique Conclave, by nominating suitable executives from your organization at the earliest. Please find attached Program Outline and Registration Form for your reference. You may kindly confirm your nomination by returning the attached Registration Form, duly filled-in.
Confederation of Indian Industry
Pune Zonal Office
Office D, 10th Floor, Godrej Eternia-C, ‘B’ Wing
3, Off Mumbai Pune Highway
Pune 411 005
Tel: 020-66075800-01 (Board) / 66075809 (Dir)
23-24 March, 2017 | Amity University Campus, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Amity School of Economics in collaboration with CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development and QCI is organizing the second edition of the National Conference on “Shaping India 2030: Sustainable Development and Socio-Economic Perspectives and Challenges”.
The Conference is an opportunity for rejuvenating and reincarnating India's ideologies and values systems into growth process. This rejuvenation will be done with new ideas and work towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with a vision of 2030.
The conference focuses on addressing the issue of sustainable development and more specifically aims to achieve the following:
1. To generate wide spread awareness regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2. To offer a national platform for the professionals, researchers and academicians to share their intellectual expertise and research acumen
3. To encourage and motivate young budding research scholars to understand the intricacies of Sustainable development and undertake the challenges of working on this paradigm.
4. To identify specific inter-regional needs and build consensus that would help India to attain sustainable development
5. To suggest Economic policy initiatives with regard to sustainable development for India.
Please note that the participation in the conference is by invitation only; as there are limited seats available, you may request invites to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For queries, call +91 120 4392 190 / +91 124 434 6378.
GRI pioneered sustainability reporting in late 1992 and has since become the globally accepted framework for enabling business, government & other organizations to understand & communicate their impacts on critical sustainability issues. GRI’s focus at the 2016 conference is to deliver sustainability innovative content that embraces this new era, enable capacity building, networking & peer to peer learning.
As network partner, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is helping to engage a truly global conference community to disseminate key messages, and news in the run up to and during the conference, in addition to amplifying the communication of core messages and outcomes of the conference aimed at promoting a positive legacy to empower sustainable decisions.
The regional delegation will bring the global perspective to leading edge content around sustainability best practices, innovations & trends that are empowering sustainable decisions.
The regional delegations will also be featured on the Conference App.
For participation in the Indian delegation please contact:
The last few decades have made it clear that economic development can no longer be viewed in isolation from environmental protection and social progress. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015 is a remarkable opportunity to reshape the global economy and make it more sustainable and inclusive. This requires multi-stakeholder partnerships nationally and internationally. The global community has drawn a plan of action to achieve the equilibrium of economic, social, and environmental sustainability envisioned by the United Nations.
Now as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) move from pledges to practice, a much wider and better-informed deliberation is needed around how business and governments can add the most value for a purposeful shift towards inclusive growth.
It is with this background, that the theme for the 12th Sustainability Summit is ‘2030 Agenda: Driving Inclusive Growth’.
The two-days of the 12th Sustainability Summit will have several tracks focussing on climate change, technology revolution, business responsibility and circular economy. These tracks will see further deliberations on energy, agriculture, NDCs, water, health & nutrition, cashless economy, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, business ethics, sustainable mining, responsible consumption & production, waste management, biodiversity, and circular cities.
Business ethics management
Responsible consumption & production
Agriculture & climate adaptation
Circular economy boosts biodiversity
Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
E-commerce for inclusive growth
Sustainable water solutions
Sustainable living with good health & nutrition
Spirituality and Sustainability
For more information, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 11th Sustainability Summit, will be held on 14-15 September 2016. This year the theme is “Global Goals & Competitiveness" and it will focus on some of the key goals out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and on building India's national competitiveness.
The main objective of the Summit is to create a platform for businesses, governments, think tanks, and civil society to discuss and share ideas, and to provide sustainable and innovative solutions to shape the future of sustainable world. The Summit will have a wide spread of keynote addresses, plenaries, panel discussions, master classes, and immense networking opportunities spread over two full days.
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development celebrated tenth year of its annual Sustainability Summit on 15-16 September in New Delhi. The 10th Sustainability Summit was an exclusive event to present sustainability solutions, best practices, enhance learning experiences and develop partnerships to position innovative ideas into action.
The annual Sustainability Summit continued its legacy by bringing together distinguished speakers and sustainability leaders from across the globe. National and international CEOs, ministers and bureaucrats provided intellectual insights through solutions that can create tangible and realistic steps for a transition towards sustainable and thriving future.
17 November 2016
Sovereign I, Le Méridien, New Delhi
Every day, each of us breathes in about 15,000 litres of air. Air which provides us the essential oxygen but has dangerous levels of pollutants that pose danger to our health. These pollutants and resulting poor air quality have negative effects on our environment, health and well-being. Air pollution is one of the causes of mortality and morbidity in India. A World Bank report highlights that cost of environmental damage due to air pollution amounts to 3% of the GDP of the country of which outdoor air pollution accounts for 1.7% and indoor air pollution for 1.3%.
Rapidly expanding urban areas, such as Delhi NCR, are on the frontline of the fight against air pollution and climate change. City level management of air pollution and emissions are complex tasks that require long-term commitment and actions from multiple stakeholders including industry, government, civic bodies, and citizens. Many schemes and measures have been implemented but with limited impact and acceptance. Air pollution is a complex phenomenon and ambient air quality levels depends not only on the sources contributing to ambient air pollution but also on meteorological conditions. To take substantive action, the sources of air pollution in NCR must be identified and prioritised. Data provided by CPCB and studies such as that from IIT Kanpur provide useful inputs towards developing the action plans. It has emerged from the studies that the spectrum of air pollution in Delhi can be attributed to three main areas, i.e., transportation, industry and domestic sources.
It is with this background; CII launched an initiative for improving air quality of NCR. This initiative will work towards engaging business, civil society and government to learn from peers and take actionable steps to improve the air pollution in NCR. Its specific objectives are:
Please visit dedicated page for details on the initiative.
Download media release of the launch event.
CESD in partnership with World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) in India and Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) is organising a seminar on safety practices in industry.
Safety is a key concern for India Inc. India needs to create over a 100 million jobs in the next decade. These jobs will also need to be safe. Make in India should be Safe in India.
This seminar on “Achieving zero harm for our workforce, contractors & communities – Safe in India” will provide a unique platform to address interconnected safety elements critical to heavy industries such as cement, metals & mining, construction, and heavy manufacturing. The seminar aims to look at possible solutions to help companies achieve the goal of zero harm to all. It intends to distinguish what can be done by companies and what would require collaboration with stakeholders. This will help build a safer and healthier workforce together. Contractor and logistics safety will be the two key thematic areas in focus.
For details on agenda, logistics and registration, please see: www.safeinindia.biz
The Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are organising the second edition of Global Exhibition on Services (GES) from 21-23 April 2016 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi.
The main objective of GES is to create a global platform for increased trade in services. Environmental Services is one of the focus sectors at GES 2016.
Protection and preservation of environment is a pressing issue which can be dealt by increasing environmental consciousness which has to be propagated at all levels. Environmental protection encompasses not only containing pollution but also conservation of natural resources and the eco-system resulting in sustainable development.
CII-ITC Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Development is organizing a Global Conference on Environmental Services for Sustainable Development on 22 April 2016 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida.
Additionally, there will be an Environmental Services Pavilion which will focus on water, waste management and recycling, green energy, energy efficiency and other related areas.
The objectives of the conference are:
Forest provides raw material for major industries such as paper, furniture, medicines, food & beverage etc.; to continue the access of this raw material the sustainable management of forests is essential. Untenable forests lead to its degradation and the services provided by the forests to industry and other stakeholders. Increased pollution, GHG emissions and consequently climate change, habitat destruction are additional factors impacting the forests and associated biodiversity. The forest are also providing livelihood to the local communities through collections of wild food, fodder and NTFP. The combination of these economic, social and environmental challenges could prove to be detrimental to the future growth of India as a country and as a sustainable economy. The forest certification and certified forest products ensure the source was managed sustainably which also helps in business to secure supply chain and meets customer demands.
It is with this background CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in partnership with Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is organizing the Business Forum on Responsible Forest Management for Sustainable Growth on 17 November 2015 at Regal Room, The Lalit Hotel, Barakhamba Avenue, New Delhi. We are committed to promoting sustainable landscapes and responsible forest management to secure forest values for both present and future needs. By seeking innovative ways to improve standards and ways of working, the partnership develops tools and spreads knowledge to a variety of stakeholders through joint forest projects around the world. The Centre of Excellence in association with the Forest Stewardship Council intends to take leadership role in defining pathways for the forest sector to contribute to a greener economy.
The proposed Business Forum will be a unique opportunity to establish market linkages and promote responsible forest management in India. The Forum will focus on the following themes:
Responsible Forestry in Furniture and Construction Industry
Green Forest Produce: Market Access & Business Linkages
Sustainability in Pulp ,Paper, Printing & Packaging
Sustainable Sourcing: The Way Forward
We invite you to attend the Business Forum and contribute to the deliberations. Please note that the participation is by Invitation only. We have limited seats available, hence will only accept single nominations from each company on first-cum-first serve basis. You may kindly fill in the enclosed reply form and send it back to us at email@example.com to complete your registration.