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.
Eminent speakers from industry and academia shared their views on UN’s PRME initiative during the inaugural session on Feb 15, 2017.This landmark event was set off with the release of IILM’s flagship publication entitled “Sustainable Development Goals – The Key Element of Responsible Management Education” (published by Bloomsbury).
Day 2 of the conference hosted 4 plenary sessions with distinguished speakers sharing their views on Aligning management education with sustainability, Infrastructure through the lens of sustainability, Innovation and sustainable competitive advantage, and Sustainability practices and quality education.
Day 3, on Feb 17, 2018, commenced with Session 5 on “Sustainability Footprints of Industry” exploring why industries must strive to become sustainable in the true sense by addressing the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social, and environmental – simultaneously.
Ms. Jasmine Saini, Head Business Synergy, ITC Hotels and FMCG (Foods) Business, Ms.Sapna Gupta, Solutions AArchitect,NIIT, Ms.Deepti Rastogi, Director TMF Group, Mr.Gagan Sardana, Super Banker HDFC, all proud alumni if IILM, shared their views on this subject.
Ms Jasmine Saini spoke about sustainability in the industry and briefed the audience about the ITC as a company of innovation and sustainability. Ms.Sapna Gupta stressed the need to give back to the society.
She highlighted the initiative “Hole in the wall” undertaken by NIIT and underlined that sustainable growth comes from long-term relationships.
Mr.Gagan Sardana started his address by sharing his journey at IILM. He briefed how sustainability helps businesses to run their objectives. He shared various initiatives by HDFC to promote financial literacy in rural areas, including “Parivrtan” an initiative for rural development focusing sustainability through CSR.
Mr Rajiv Kumar focussed on sustainability in the FMCG industry. With the words “To sustain is to Innovate”, he opined that in FMCG industry, one must understand the culture & other dynamics.
The closing plenary consisted of alumni from the first batch of IILM, Ms.DeeptiRastogi, Director TMF Group and Mr N. Srikant, HR Partner & Executive VP, IndusInd Bank, who shared their journey from campus to corporate and gave tips to the students to better prepare them for the future.
The conference concluded with closing remarks by Dr. BhaskarChatterjee, Senior Director, IILM. He summarised the learning from the various sessions on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 of the conference highlighting simultaneously steps that IILM has taken so far to uphold the message of responsible management education.
The 5th IILM PRME international conference was a great success and provided a platform for industry experts, Diplomats and academicians from different parts of the world to interact and dialogue on aspects of Sustainability and Innovation that are extremely important drivers of responsible management in the current business context.