IILM Institute for Higher Education, a leading Indian B-School committed to the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) as envisaged by UN Global Compact, is organizing the 5th International Conference on Sustainability- “Resolution to Resolve:Sustainability Practices in Industry and Education” on 15th, 16th, and 17th of February, 2018 at IILM Lodhi Road Campus, New Delhi.
This year’s conference is inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those focused on the aspects of Quality Education, Innovation, Infrastructure and Industry.One of the key objectives of this conference is to create awareness about SDGs among companies, educational institutions, policy makers, NGOs, etc. to initiate activities for inclusion of SDG related initiatives in business school courses, research and in the corporate world. IILM is an Advanced PRME Signatory, designated by United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), an initiative of the United Nations. Its Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) have inspired us to organise this International conference and work onthis idea, advance its reach, practice and understanding among all sections of society.
The United Nations has declared 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the key to its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IILM, in its capacity and reach, mobilizes its network and resources to bring together other signatory business schools, thought leaders,policy makers, researchers, pioneers in the field, industry experts and most importantly,engages with the next generation of business leaders through the platform of its International conference to proactively analyse, debate the roadmap for future, supporting the advancementof the Sustainable Development Goals.
The conference will commence on February 15, 2018 with the inaugural session wherein Mr.Vinay Kumar, Director Artificial Intelligence, Azure & Search Partnerships, Microsoft, will deliver the keynote address and Prof. Furqan Qamar, Secretary General of Association of Indian Universities will share his thoughts. This landmark event will be set off with the release of a flagship publication entitled “Sustainable Development Goals – The Key Element of Responsible Management Education” (to be published by Oxford University Press). This book has contributions from some of our Nation’s most well-known and eminent academicians, practitioners, authors and intellectuals highlighting some of the most effective thoughts and ideas related to the focus SDGs as mentioned above.
This compilation of thoughtful and well researched contributionsis not only a great value add and gravitas to the event but also provides a thought provokingplatform to the discussions that will ensue. The book, published by IILM, has been edited byIILM faculty along with Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Senior Director, IILM.The book release will be followed by a panel discussion on the same topic moderated by Dr.Bhaskar Chatterjee, Senior Director, IILM.
The first plenary session is on “Laying the Foundation: Alignment of Management Education with Sustainability”. Education has always been considered the foundation to bring any kindof reform and it is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The focus of this session will be SDG 4, which aimsto provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education. Distinguished panellists for this sessions include Mr. Parijat Chakroborty, Executive Director, IPSOS PublicAffairs & Loyalty, Mr. Charu Gupta, Senior Manager, Delloitte, Mr. Siddharth Sibal, VPAccenture, and Prof. P Hemlatha Reddy, Principal, Venketeshwara College, Prof. JohnVarghese, Principal, St. Stephen’s College.
The second session on “Infrastructure through the Lens of Sustainability” revolves around theimplementation of SDG 9 – to develop quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being.
This session willhost Col. Prakash Tewari, Executive Director, CSR, DLF Foundation, Mr. Sudeep Singh,Principal, Accenture Strategy India, Ms. Bhavna Sethi, Chief of Sustainability, Jindal Steel& Power, Mr. Sameer Sharma, Additional Secretary, MoUD, Mr. Ajay Tyagi, ManagingPartner, Lex Terrae.
Session 3 on “Innovation and Sustainable Competitive Advantage” looks into the application of SDG 9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. Mr. Ravi Bhatnagar, Head External Affairs & Partnerships, Reckitt Benckiser, Mr. R. Ramanan, Mission Director of the Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog,Mr. Rachit Ranjan, Head of Policy, North India & Federal Affairs, Uber are some eminen tspeakers for this sessions.
Session 4 is on “Sustainability Practices & Quality Education” – While the first session of the conference focused on policies and reforms to make education truly sustainable, this session will lay emphasis on implementation of those policies to bring about radical reformation of education. Dr. Onyebuchi Felix Offodile, Department Chair / Professor Department of Management and Information Systems, Kent State University, USA , and Mr. Rohit Katyal, Senior Director Droom Technology among others, will address the gathering on this topic.
Session 5 on “Sustainability Footprints of Industry” explores why industries must strive tobecome sustainable in true sense by addressing the three pillars of sustainability – economic,social, and environmental – simultaneously. Mr. Karun Varma, Executive Director DLF, Mr.Puneet Mathur, Brand Manager, Tissot, Ms. Deepti Rastogi, Director TMF Group, Mr. Gagan Sardana, Super Banker HDFC among others will share their views on this subject.
The conference will come to an end with a closing plenary session.