Day 2 - IILM Third International Conference on "Responsible Management Education Training and Practice", 7 to 9 January 2016
Business Wire IndiaIILM institute for Higher Education, in collaboration with UN Global Compact PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) organized its third International Conference on “Responsible Management Education Training and Practice” on 7th , 8th and 9th January 2016 at IILM Lodhi Road Campus New Delhi 110003.
Session 2 of the Conference “Skills Development for Employment & Sustainable Economic Growth” and “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all” was inspired by UN SDG’s 8 and 3. The eminent speakers of the session included Professor S. Padam, former Dean, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, Mr. Alessio Devito and Mr. Stephane Formenti, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. Mariusz Soltanifar, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands, and Dr. G. Jawahar, Head - HR, Power Finance Corporation Limited. The session was coordinated by Prof. Sanjay Srivastava of IILM. Prof. S. Padam stressed that technical thinking is needed to bring the kind of change we are looking for. Mr. Mariusz Soltanifar spoke about some important issues that the world is facing like refugee crisis, natural calamities, and how these issues should be addressed. The session also focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all. Mr. Alessio Devito and Mr. Stephane Formenti presented their case study Grow Africa. This focused on “Managing change across boundaries.
Session 3 of the Conference: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all and ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” and was inspired by SDG’s 7 and 12. It was moderated by Prof. R. Srinivasan – Professor, IILM. The session included renowned speakers – Mr. Sutanu Behuria, former Secretary, Heavy Industries, Government of India, Mr. Santanu Roy, General Manager (Corporate Planning), Gas Authority of India Limited and Mr. Ashutosh Sinha – News Editor and News Anchor at NDTV Profit. The session focused on the issues of affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Mr. Sutanu Behuria highlighted three different areas of problems that can be identified - equity, implementability and ethics. Mr. Santanu Roy pointed out that Energy is the golden thread and the energy mix of India does not hold a very good picture. Mr. Ashutosh Sinha, said that thinking “small” is the need of the hour for attaining sustainability.
Session 4 of the Conference: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all and take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”
and was inspired from SDG’s 6 and 13. The session was moderated by Prof. Rahul Mishra – Professor, IILM. The eminent speakers of the session included Mr. Sameer Pathak, Coca Cola India Inc., Ms. Florencia Librizzi, UN Global Compact, New York, Ms. Rubin Sen, GRI, South Asia and Mr. Prashant Pastore , Senior Manager, Solidaridad - South and South East Asia.
The session focused on very pertinent issues of ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all as well as steps needed to combat climatic changes and its impacts. Ms. Rubina Sen expressed that accountability is increasing beyond former boundaries thereby making sustainability more important than ever before. Mr. Prashant Pastore explained how big is the mis-match between the existing supply and projected demand of water by 2030 and that some immediate action is needed in the regard. The students brought up very interesting questions to the panelists and the session concluded with active discussions.
Session 5 of the Conference: “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and was inspired by SDG 11. The session was co-ordinated by Dr. Preethi Srinivas – Dean, PGDM, IILM. The session speakers included Mr. Vikas Marwah, CMO, Sona Steering Limited, Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, Anticorruption Centre of Excellence, Global Compact Network India, Mr. Amit Sinha Roy, Vice President - Marketing & Strategy, Tata Communications Limited and Dr. Michael Schmitt, Professor of Finance, International School of Management, Frankfurt. The session focussed on how to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Mr. Amit Sinha Roy discussed the concept of Smart Cities which is a relatively new term in countries like India. The session saw interesting discussions on the smart city ecosystem and role of ICT and stressed that connectivity and integration is the critical element needed for development of smart cities.
Day 3 - IILM Third International Conference on “Responsible Management Education Training and Practice” , 7 to 9 January 2016
The day started with Session 6: “Promote inclusive societies and provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable institutions at all levels”,
inspired by SDG 16. The session was moderated by Prof. Rajkishan Nair- Professor, IILM. The session had eminent speakers – Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Mr. Sandeep Tyagi, Director HR, Samsung Electronics, Ms. Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager, Legal & Policy, UN Global Compact, New York and Dr. Jagdeep Chhokar, Professor (Retd), Indian Institute for Management, Ahmedabad. Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan highlighted India as having a composite culture in which all cultures have evolved over a long period of time and have deep rooted heritage. Addressing India as a pluralistic society, she raised various pertinent points like what is the identity of a girl child in India? , What is the career identity of women in India? And how to improve on this. Dr. Jagdeep Chhokar stressed that PRME objectives should not focus just on making businesses and corporates sustainable; rather it should focus on making society sustainable. Society should have a stake in business. He also expressed that economic sustainability and political sustainability are equally important for businesses to flourish.
The Closing Plenary was addressed by Dr. S.Y. Quaraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner, India, Ms Florencia Librizzi, UN Global Compact, New York, Professor Rakesh Chaudhry, IILM Institute for Higher Education, Mr. Ravi Bhatnagar, Head - External Affairs, RB (Reckitt Benckiser) Limited. In his special address, Dr. Quaraishi shared some very important and eye opening statistics pertaining to Indian reality. He brought up issues of poverty, gender inequality, female foeticide, health and sanitation in his address. He also stressed that economic role of women is not yet recognized in India. Also he raised a point if businesses are equipped enough to take CSR initiatives? He concluded his very erudite address by stressing that “Social responsibility is everyone’s responsibility”.
Mr. Ravi Bhatnagar, Head - External Affairs, RB (Reckitt Benckiser) Limited highlighted the critical role of companies in successful implementation of UN SDGs. He shared details of projects initiated by Reckitt Benckiser Limited in area of health and sanitation.
Prof. Rakesh Chaudhry presented Summary of IILM-IICA Survey of Responsible Business Practices among large companies in India- 2015. During the last IILM International Conference on “Responsible Management Education Training and Practice”,
it was decided that IILM, with support of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) would conduct a survey on prevalence of responsible business practices among large Indian companies. The objective of the survey was to assess and understand the extent to which the government intent has been actually translated into practice by large companies in India. Professor Chaudhry shared the key findings of the study with the audience.
Ms. Florencia Librizzi congratulated IILM team for making this conference a great success. She stressed that we have to acknowledge the role of private sector and academia in implementing sustainable development. She concluded her address by motivating the students - that the biggest responsibility rests with them, as they will be taking over as managers of various organizations in the coming years. Their sensitization towards responsible and sustainable growth is of outmost importance.
Finally, Dr. Smitha Girija- Director, IILM shared highlights of all the sessions with the audience and thanked all the delegates, speakers, faculty members and students for making this conference a great success.
IILM Fourth International Conference “Responsible Management Education, Training and Practice” will be organized on 8, 9, 10 February 2017 at IILM Lodhi Road campus, New Delhi.
Cheerful IILM students on the Conference Morning
Prof. Rahul Mishra speaking at the session on Sustainable Management of Water
Foreign Delegates at the IILM International Conference
Prof. Nair, Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Mr. Tyagi, Prof. Chhokar and Ms. Librizzi in session on Building Accountable Institution
Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore addressing the conference
Dr. S Y Qureshi, former Chief Election commissioner of India addressing the Conference