IILM Third International Conference on "Responsible Management Education Training and Practice"
Business Wire India
IILM Institute for Higher Education, in collaboration with UN Global Compact’s PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) Initiative 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.
IILM is one of the 22 business schools from around the world that were accorded awarded champion business school status at the UN Global Leaders Summit in New York on 19th and 20th September 2013.
The Conference was inaugurated by the EU Ambassador to India, His Excellency Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski on 7th January 2016.
In his welcome address, Prof. Rakesh Chaudhry, Senior Director IILM highlighted the active role IILM plays in executive education. He also shared the various Global Study Programs IILM provides to its students. He referred to a great quote by Nelson Mandela in his speech – “Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world”. The key focus of this Conference is to create awareness of United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
among companies, policy makers, NGOs, and to initiate activities for focus on SDGs related issues in business schools courses and research.
In his Keynote Address, His Excellency Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, highlighted Why the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs are important for the international community, a new paradigm for a development blueprint that is sustainable, integration of poverty. He also discussed SDGs implementation and interlinkages with other global commitments in complex world. He also discussed - What evolving role the EU sees for civil society and in particular for the private sector ("governments cannot do this alone"), The Global Partnership and the business case for SDGs (increasing obligations for European businesses on Corporate Social Responsibility, In the Opening Plenary session, Ms. Florencia Librizzi of UN Global Compact, New York, Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India and Mr. Nitin Seth- Managing Director, Fidelity Worldwide Investments shared their initiatives and the challenges faced in implementation of Sustainable development Goals.
Ms. Florencia Librizzi highlighted the importance of B-Schools to partner with organizations for the development to take place keeping environment in mind. She highlighted how the goals of management education cold be linked to the SDG’s. Mr. Bhaskar Chatterjee stressed the need to adopt a very different approach to achieve the 17 SDG’s and encouraged the students that a lot rests on their shoulders for bringing the change. Mr. Nitin Seth shared various perspectives around developing sustainable cities. He highlighted the “Odd-Even” driving rule recently enforced in Delhi as a small step towards environmental protection.
The three days conference Agenda covers sessions on Equitable Education and Lifelong Learning, Gender equality, empowering women and girls, Skills Development for Employment & Sustainable Economic Growth, Sustainable consumption and production patterns , Actions to combat climate change and its impacts, and Build effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
The first session of the Conference on “Inclusive Equitable Education and Lifelong Learning and Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and was inspired from the SDG 4: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all and SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The eminent speakers in this session included Mr. Raj Nehru, Director Concentrix India Pvt. Ltd, Ms. Anju Sabharwal, VP Human resources, Vodafone Limited, Mr. Sharad Singh, Country Manager (Enterprise), Hewlett Packard, India , Mrs. Abha Sahgal, Principal, Sanskriti School, New Delhi and Ms. Silje Dietlefsen, University of Geneva, Switzerland. The session was moderated by Prof. Vidhisha, IILM.
Mr. Raj Nehru addressed the issue about lack of adequate training provided to the teachers due to which handling of children with special needs is not proper and there is lack of sensitivity towards them. Mrs. Abha Sahgal gave a very positive speech in which she said that the mindset of people are changing and future certainly ensures equality for both genders not only in affluent families but in rural India as well. She said that schools are a clear reflection of the society and the fact that discriminations are depleting in the schools signifies a great positive hope. Mrs. Anju Sabharwal highlighted the demographics of women in the developing countries and highlighted the importance of role of media in promoting gender equality. Mr. Sharad Singh highlighted how integrated programs like Digital India will bring the results will have been aspiring for. Ms. Silje Dietlefsen shared her case study: “Driving Change: One factory at a time?” which was based on the female factory workers in the garment factories in Asia and the issues related therewith.