NEW DELHI: With rising concerns around climate change, environment protection, ever-increasing pollution levels, and waste management, the role of new-age corporate businesses in addressing social challenges and promoting ethical business practices is gaining significant importance.
Keeping this as the focus, Society for Education and Research Development SERD and the School of Business Studies at Sharda University-hosted the 6th International Conference on CSR & Sustainable Development on 10-11 October 2019, in Collaboration with INDIA CSR, India, APAC CXO FORUM and Department of Social Work, Chaudhary Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani, Haryana.
Technical Chair, Prof. Saurabh Mittal (GL Bajaj Institute of Management & Research, Greater Noida) told the industry experts and researchers that the 2-day long conference was aimed at initiating serious conversations around sustainable development. As part, the forum, industry leaders discussed the role of modern businesses in building an economically prosperous and environmentally viable society.
The event witnessed overwhelming participation by representatives from the corporates, government agencies, NGOs, civil society and academia. The participants aligned their thoughts on the responsibilities of citizens and businesses towards the overall society and discussed various frameworks to develop the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) practice across industries.
Organising Chair Dr. Vikas Kumar (Dean- Management, CBLU Bhiwani) welcomed the Distinguished Speakers of the Session with Saplings. Dr RK Mittal(Vice Chancellor- CBLU Bhiwani) delivered the inaugural address.
Inaugurating the conference, H.E. Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India said, “CSR activities are very essential to improve the quality of life. The concept of CSR should integrate human rights and act as a complementary concept to business profitability. While conducting CSR activities corporate should also keep in mind the complexities and interrelationship of various stakeholders and work towards a seamless and sustainable eco-system.”
Commenting on the occasion Dr Mukesh Chaturvedi, Dean, School of Business Studies Sharda University said, “We are privileged to host such a meaningful forum and we would like to thank all the delegates who have graced the event with their presence. We at Sharda University will continue to strive further to achieve excellence across various other streams in the future and will continue to support all such endeavours that will help in building a better society.”
6 technical sessions were conducted to address the importance of CSR and Sustainable Development
CSR Strategy & Sustainable Business Practices;
CSR Compliances, Reporting and Government Interventions;
CSR Projects in Education, Health, Livelihood and Women Empowerment;
Environment Protection and Zero Waste;
CSR Projects Implementation;
Role of Social Enterprises and Sustainable Development
Addressing the valedictory session H E Tizita Mulugeta, Ambassador of Ethiopia to India said, “In today’s day and age, businesses are the engine of development thus, it is important for corporates to focus on people, planet and profit for overall business profitability. She further added, “It is the responsibility of all to operate in a more sustainable and responsible manner to see a better and prosperous tomorrow.
Other eminent personalities present at the conference were Dr Jatinder Singh, Director, PHDCC; Dr Emandi Sankara Rao MD & CEO, IFCI Limited; Dr R K Mittal, Vice-Chancellor, Ch. Bansi Lal University; India, Raj Singh Niranjan, Founder, Trans-India Law Associates and Pratap Bhanu Advisor-Corporate Affairs & CSR, IRCON India.
Researches related to CSR and Sustainable Business on the lines of Sanitation, Climate Control, Work-Life Balance, Philanthropy, Responsible Products, Business Ethics, Social impact etc. were showcased in the form of paper presentations, poster exhibition by researchers and professionals from various universities and institutions in India and Abroad. Presentations and debates were also conducted to highlight current issues and global case studies to address the same.