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