We nurture companies to align their practices with the need of the changing environment.

The environment is suffering as are the people. In light of this, sustainability has become a major concern for businesses. This is where we come in.

Vision

Be a global leader, in thought and action, to drive transformation, towards sustainable development.

Mission

To catalyse innovative ideas and solutions, in India, and globally, to enable business, and its stakeholders, in sustainable value creation.

About Center for Sustainable Development

CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is a not-for-profit, industry- led institution that helps business become sustainable organizations. It is on a mission to propagate innovative ideas and solutions in India and globally, to enable business, and its stakeholders in sustainable value creation. CESD has leveraged its role of all- inclusive ecosystem player, partnering industry, government, and civil society. It has been a pioneer of environment management systems, biodiversity mapping, sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, and social & natural capital valuation in India, thus upgrading business in India to sustainable competitiveness.

Since its inception in the year 2006, CII-ITC CESD has evolved with a tremendous trajectory, starting off with the incubation phase of introducing business services, right through augmenting manpower capacity in other cities since 2013, eventually scaling up to the highest rung of strengthening work on macro-economic issues with both domestic and global policy interventions.

History

On the eve of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) [also known as the Earth Summit or Rio Summit] in June 1992, a new global organization - Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) - was founded to involve business in sustainable development issues. A similar and parallel movement emerged in India at the very same time as the BCSD. In 1991, Ratan Tata of the Tata Group of Companies, a leading corporate conglomerate in India, was selected to represent India, China, and Southeast Asia in the BCSD. Being a past president of the leading industry association, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), known as the Confederation of Engineering Industry (CEI) at that time, Ratan Tata urged the industry association to organize a regional conference “Changing Course towards Sustainable Development”. Recognizing the importance of this emerging discipline, the then Director-General, Tarun Das, willingly accepted this responsibility. The regional initiative was lead by Avininder Singh, Chairman, CII National Environment Committee. Eminent global, regional, and national personalities participated in this milestone conference. This included Maurice Strong, Chairman of the Earth Summit, Stephan Schmidheiny, Founder of the BCSD and author of Changing Course, Hugh Faulkner, a former Canadian politician, industrialist & co-founder of BCSD, and Ratan Tata. Through this conference, Indian industry leaders made a strong commitment and a solid intellectual foundation was laid to what is today the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CII-ITC CESD).

Our people

Our people

Shikhar Jain

Principal Counsellor

Seema Arora

Deputy Director-General

Rajesh Ghorla

Counsellor

Sanaiya Batliwalla

Executive Officer

Priyanka Yadav

Executive

Lakshmi Iyengar

Consultant

Neeraj Kumar

Manager

Priyanka Mathur

Consultant

Nandini Kumar

Consultant

Kavita Kathait

Executive Officer

Arunima Mani

Associate

Pravir Deshmukh

Counsellor

Jayashree Singha

Deputy Director

Gajendra Singh

Executive

Divya Aggarwal

Counsellor

Banajyotsna Baruah

Manager

Asha Joseph

Consultant

V. Vijayasudha

Deputy Director

Syamala Lingala

Executive Officer

Swati Pandey

Counsellor

Surabhi Pathak

Executive Officer

Shipra Jain

Associate Counsellor

Shweta Singh

Associate Counsellor

Shreya Jaisani

Executive

Shreya Dutta

Executive

Shourjomay Chattopadhyay

Consultant

Rabin Thakur

Consultant

Abhinav Singh

Counsellor

Abhishek Pruseth

Executive Officer

Mohit Sharma

Associate Counsellor

Mansi Goyal

Executive Officer

Pawan Kumar

Administration

Taruna Idnani

Associate Counsellor

Sonia Dhamija

Consultant

Aarti Maurya

Consultant

Work with us

CESD is a place where people build careers in conceptualising and delivering a sustainable future for the planet. We create a place for people to develop and grow themselves as professionals with a drive to make a difference in the society. Our work calls for people with strong values and a tendency to work independently within structures of the organisation. There is space for thinkers and doers who want to be challenged and open to change.

Send us your profile at sustainability@cii.in or to the contact specified in a job announcement. Watch this space for open job roles.