Taking forward its role as the voice of Indian business and industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) today launched its annual flagship event, the second edition of the India Sustainability Conclave (ISC2013). The conclave will have its second and the last day tomorrow at the Federation House in New Delhi.
The conclave is a platform for knowledge sharing on trends and practices in corporate sustainability and aims to address the 'why', 'what' and 'how' of internalising sustainability in a corporate matrix.
The blog, Coolage states that the themes for this year's conclave are: incentivising sustainability through policy; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) provisions in a company's Bil; implications for corporate sustainability; making sustainability reporting a value addition; financing sustainability - a lender's perspective, driving sustainability from the top--a CEO's Perspective; sustainability of the supply chain; making business decisions inclusive through stakeholder engagement; and achieving the critical balance between growth and sustainability.
The second edition of the conclave promises to make the dialogue more vibrant and the outcomes more recommendatory and meaningful. The platform will present national and international best practices and case studies, deliberate on policy interventions for enabling companies to engage in sustainability and seek to create a deeper understanding of sustainability through shared learning.
According to the Objectives of ISC2013, the conclave will be a knowledge, networking and capacity building platform which will address key issues of sustainability for businesses including:
- providing direction on how businesses can integrate sustainability into their overall business strategy and for its penetration to their entire value chain;
- providing multidimensional solutions by focusing on a tripartite approach towards addressing sustainability viz challenges, opportunities and enablers for corporate sustainability;
- capacity building to equip organizations with necessary skills;
- enabling business-to-business linkages and exchanging innovative thought processes; and
- providing an annual platform for knowledge sharing, discussing best practices and policy recommendations.
Speaking at the first day of the conclave, UN resident co-ordinator and UNDP resident representative Lise Grande said that, "environmental sustainability is emerging as a major challenge for economic growth. Environmental degradation is threatening to reverse the gains made on the economic development front even as many regions, especially Asia."