Introduction

 

The Indian corporate sector has taken initiatives on the social and environmental front for several decades, either driven by compliance or by a market pull. The sustainability dialogue has in the last four years taken a new turn because of various regulatory requirements such as Business Responsibility Reporting (BRR) arising out of the National Voluntary Guidelines for Social and Environmental Responsibility (NVGs) and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) provisions under the Companies Bill. This has started a new conversation within the corporate sector on the appropriate paradigm for sustainability.


Rapidly proliferating corporate sustainability initiatives are restoring the balance between regulation and voluntary activities. Today, the attitude towards sustainability investment is not merely defined by compliance requirements, but by the pressing demands of climate change and reasonable expectations of stakeholders. In today's scenario, sustainability has ceased to be an optional topic in the strategy harvesting process, and has become a medium to filter risks and optimise opportunities for growth. Companies are ensuring that the key focus is not merely on accumulation of financial returns, but a curation of leading practice and material issues, that are aligned with the company's business priorities. This is a multidimensional benefit scenario, achieved through a combination of improved resource-accessibility, costreduction, marketing and recruiting benefits.


Most corporates feel the need to define, implement, measure and communicate their sustainability strategy. It helps to identify and address the concerns of key external and internal stakeholders. It contributes directly to triple bottom-line profitability, mitigates risks, enhances brand image, creates a competitive edge and boosts employee morale. Executives recognise that tangible, results-focused sustainability strategies are evidence of sound management, resulting in increased readiness to adapt to changing markets and respond to customer needs. A clear sustainability strategy helps to provide confidence and reassurance to stakeholders that a company has a solid foundation for future success. Corporate sustainability in India is currently a multi-level learning process, where regulators, companies and other stakeholders are experimenting with innovative approaches to establish sustainability benchmarks. Companies have started to weave their corporate policies within the fabric of sustainability in order to add value to the society within which they operate. Indian Businesses are increasingly taking up corporate sustainability initiatives as it makes good business sense for them in the long run. FICCI as the voice of Indian business and industry launched its annual flagship event– India Sustainability Conclave in March 2012 in New Delhi as an annual platform to engage businesses and other stakeholders on corporate sustainability and its mainstreaming in India, and to create a momentum towards adoption of sustainability practices. Since then the Conclave has become an annual event and attracts diverse stakeholder groups from industry, government, multilateral and bilateral organisations, private sector engaged in sustainability services, academia, civil society, consultants, financial institutions and international community on a common platform. The Conclave has built a continuing dialogue since the last three years on various topics like sustainability reporting, sustainable supply chains, and sustainable financing while exploring the needs, drivers, enablers and advantages of building a sustainability paradigm. New topics have also been introduced each year relevant to the theme to add a new dimension to the Conclave and make it more meaningful and enriching for participants.

 

India Sustainability Conclave 2016

 

The fourth India Sustainability Conclave is scheduled on July 7-8, 2016, in FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi. India Sustainability Conclave has always endeavoured to highlight the direction that corporates have taken to reach their sustainability goals. The Conclave in the previous years has focused on the changing paradigm of businesses towards integration of sustainability oriented goals. This edition of the Conclave aims at discovering the momentum that sustainability related initiatives have gained in the corporate sector, in light of the multitude of financial, corporate and environmental regulations focused on sustainability, and responsibility disclosures that have been mandated by the Indian Government in recent times. The fourth ISC promises to take the ongoing dialogue on corporate sustainability more vibrant and the outcomes more recommendatory and meaningful. The Conclave would deepen the discussions on areas of sustainability reporting, financing, supply chains and relation between CSR and Sustainability; and would also have deliberations on the Role of Corporate Sector in Sustainability, The Strategic worth of Sustainability for Business and Creating a Framework to go Beyond Compliance.

 

Objectives

 

India Sustainability Conclave 2016 will be a topical brainstorming platform with knowledge, networking and capacity building as
additional take-away to address key issues of sustainability for businesses including:

  • Presenting national and international best practices and case studies
  • Suggesting policy directions that will create an enabling environment for companies to engage in sustainability and facilitating the a market for sustainability
  • Providing a platform for stakeholders to engage with each other in the area of sustainability while building their capacities on sustainability issues

 

Session Themes

 

  • Corporate Sustainability: Creating a Framework to
  • Go Beyond Compliance
  • CSR and Sustainability: Creating Shared Value
  • Sustainable Supply Chain: A Business Imperative
  • Sustainability Reporting: Current Trends and Future Scope
  • Paradigm for Sustainable Investment: Matching Investors' Perspectives with Corporate Sustainability
  • Strategic Worth of Sustainability for Business: CEO’s Perspective

 

Target Audience

 

Academia/Training Institutions, Associations, Bilateral/Multilateral Organizations, Consulting Companies, Credit rating Companies, Foreign Embassies, Financial Institutions/Banks, Government, Heads of Sustainability and CSR, Industry, Media, Non-Governmental Organizations, Policymakers and Regulators, Research Institutes, Retail Services, Stock Exchanges, Sustainability Professionals and Service Providers, etc.

 

Organizations can participate as delegate/speaker /sponsor/exhibitor. For participation please contact FICCI India Sustainability Conclave 2016 Team.

 

Snapshot of Previous Editions of India Sustainability Conclave

 

Participation Profile of Various Stakeholders for ISC 2012, 2013 and 2014