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 the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development

CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD) is one of CII’s 11 Centres of excellence. CESD is a not for-profit, industry-led institution that helps business become sustainable organisations. It is on a mission to catalyse innovative ideas and solutions, in India, and globally, to enable business, and its stakeholders, in sustainable value creation. Its knowledge, action and recognition activities enable companies to be future ready, improve footprints profiles, and advocate policymakers and legislators to improve standards of sustainable business through domestic and global policy interventions.

CESD leverages its role of all-inclusive ecosystem player, partnering industry, government, and civil society. It has been a pioneer of Climate Change, environment management systems, biodiversity mapping, sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, and social & natural capital valuation in India, thus upgrading business in India to sustainable competitiveness. CESD operates across the country and has also been active in parts of South and South-East Asia, Middle East, and Africa. It has held institutional partnerships and memberships of the United Nations Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative, International Integrated Reporting Council, Carbon Disclosure Project, development agencies of Canada, the USA, the UK, and Germany.

About Confederation of Indian Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering Industry, Government and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, with around 9000 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 286 national and regional sectoral industry bodies. For more than 125 years, CII has been engaged in shaping India’s development journey and works proactively on transforming Indian Industry’s engagement in national development. CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, livelihoods, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and sustainable development, to name a few.

As India completes 75 years of Independence in 2022, it must position itself for global leadership with a long-term vision for India@100 in 2047. The role played by Indian industry will be central to the country’s progress and success as a nation. CII, with the Theme for 2022-23 as Beyond India@75: Competitiveness, Growth, Sustainability, Internationalisation has prioritized 7 action points under these 4 sub-themes that will catalyze the journey of the country towards the vision of India@100.

With 62 offices, including 10 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 8 overseas offices in Australia, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 350 counterpart organizations in 133 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

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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

Aarti Maurya

Manager

Abhishek Pawar

Associate Counsellor

Aditya Raghwa

Counsellor

Anoushka Jha

Associate Counsellor

Aparna Gupta

Associate Counsellor

Ardra Reba Sam

Project Associate

Asha Joseph

Consultant

Banajyotsna Baruah

Senior manager

Digambar Chavan

Counsellor

Diksha Gairola

Associate Counsellor

Eti Drolia

Executive

Ishan Sahajpal

Associate Counsellor

Jasleen Bhatti

Counsellor

Jayashree Singha

Senior Counsellor

Kashish Madan

Associate Counsellor

Kavita Kathait

Counsellor

Kavya Singh Yadav

Associate Counsellor

Lakshmi Iyengar

Senior Consultant

Mayank Singh

Associate Counsellor

Mohit Sharma

Senior Counsellor

Nandini Kumar

Senior Consultant

Neeraj Kumar

Senior Manager

Neha Kaul

Associate Counsellor

Neha Kaushik

Executive

Omkar Gaonkar

Associate Counsellor

Pallavi Srivastava

Senior Consultant

Pawan Kumar

Executive

Pooja

Consultant

Pratyush Pranjal

Executive

Pravir Deshmukh

Senior Counsellor

Priyanka Choudhary

Associate Counsellor

Priyanka Yadav

Associate Counsellor

Samuel Augustin

Executive Officer

Santosh Yadav

Counsellor

Saurabh Kumar

Associate Counsellor

Seema Arora

Deputy Director General, CII

Shama Parveen

Executive

Sherry Pande

Executive

Shijin Shah

Associate Counsellor

Shikhar Jain

Executive Director – CESD

Shilpa Biswas

Associate Counsellor

Shourjomay Chattopadhyay

Counsellor

Shubham Kaushik

Executive

Shubham Mishra

Associate Counsellor

Sonia Dhamija

Manager

Suraj Ghosh

Associate Counsellor

Swati Tewari

Senior Counsellor

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.

Job Description

Executive, CII-ITC Sustainability Awards Associate Counsellor, Climate Action Programme 2.0°