Journey so far..
The 2019 Theme
The theme of the 2019, the sixth edition of CRB’s Flagship Annual Conference is ‘Market Dynamics & Social Dilemmas of Promoting Sustainable Business’. Integrating sustainability into global and local value chains is becoming increasingly common, not only for creating equitable and inclusive growth, but also for shared value creation. While many recognize these new developments, there is a need for a shift in mindsets on what we perceive as growth and development.
Since its adoption in 2015 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the expectations and actions toward meeting the agenda’s goals have gained momentum. The focus has also expanded from the government to the private sector as a driver of sustainability/SDGs. Many segments of the private sector, supported by various national and international organizations provide frameworks and guidance on how to integrate sustainable policies and business practices in order to achieve long-term prosperity for businesses and societies, while carefully managing or restoring environmental resources.
In the sixth edition of CRB’s conference (India and Sustainability Standards), our endeavor, is to convene a diverse set of stakeholders to understand and deliberate on the opportunities and challenges of promoting sustainable business in an emerging economy like India. Balancing the aspirations of a demographically young and expanding economy on one hand and meeting the needs of the underserved on the other hand is a complex challenge. Through our discussions, we aim to address these challenges, particularly now, as India, an emerging economy sets a course for the next five years in an integrated global economy.
The ISS Journey
India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogue and Conference (ISS) has successfully completed five years of bringing key national and international stakeholders together on sustainability/sustainable business/SDGs issues in India. ISS has consistently worked towards pushing and propelling the agenda of sustainable business by engaging with multiple stakeholders through a through a consensus and evidence-based approach. Designed and hosted by the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), ISS has witnessed 5 years of action oriented deliberations on a variety of thematic and sector specific issues on sustainability – drawing the attention of Indian and international policy actors, government agencies, standard setters, large and small businesses, industry associations, civil society, academia, and media agencies.
To enhance the efficacy and outreach of these discussions CRB is developing a virtual platform with the objective to enable stakeholders to engage on sustainability/sustainable business promotion/SDGs all throughout the year – leading to ongoing dialogues, lasting impacts and positive changes. This multi-stakaholder engagement platform will be launched at the ISS conference in November, 2019.
Key Speakers & Panelists*
Mr. Suresh Prabhu
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
Padma Shri. Arunachalam Muruganantham (Padman)
Datuk Darrel Webber
PROF. PAWAN BUDHWAR
Aston Business School, Aston University
PROF. VASANTHI SRINIVASAN
Dr. Joe Arvai
University of Michigan
Dr. Amita Joseph
DR. BIMAL ARORA
Honorary Chairperson CRB