Indian thought-leaders recognized at the International CSR and Sustainability Conference in Cologne, Germany

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MUMBAI: At a ceremony at the historical Town Hall of Cologne, Germany, on November 14, 2018, Dr. Nayan Mitra received the Award for Indian-German CSR Relations, recognizing her ‘tireless dedication and creative efforts’ in the presence of the Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker; Professor Elizabeth Frohlich, the President of the Cologne Business School; Professor Rene Schmidpeter, Chairman of the Conference and Head of the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) and over 250 delegates from around the world.

The Award was handed over by Professor Robert G. Eccles, Professor of Management Practice at Oxford University, who was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement CSR Award 2018 for his scientific achievements in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, known as the Father of Indian CSR received the Award for International CSR Leadership.

During the three days of the 8th International Conference on Sustainability and Responsibility in Cologne held between 14th and 16th of November 2018, more than 500 guests from business and science took part in panel discussions and interactive workshop sessions on core topics such as “Responsible Leadership”, “Digitization” and “Sustainable Management” and, true to the title of the conference, learned about “Responsible Leadership in Times of Transformation”.

With over 60 agenda items, the lead conference for sustainable management in Europe once again offered a varied program for conference participants this year. The top CSR experts John Elkington, R. Edward Freeman, Wayne Visser, Lize A.E. Booysen, Ernst U. von Weizsäcker, Robert G. Eccles, Georg Kell and John Spengler inspired the audience with their lectures, where they presented new perspectives on CSR, sustainability, and questioned old theories.

Dr. Mitra and Dr. Chatterjee presented their conceptual and empirical papers at the Expert Insights and Solution Stages individually and jointly at the Conference, that were greatly appreciated by the delegates.

The English-language conference was held for the first time in 2004 as a “platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue” at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Every two years since then, it has brought together scientists, executives, political decision-makers, entrepreneurs, and committed citizens to discuss key economic issues and the associated social and ecological challenges.

Prof Dr René Schmidpeter, Chairman of the conference and Head of CASM at the Cologne Business School, summed up the Conference: “The old sustainability paradigms did not achieve the results we had hoped for. Let us rethink old sustainability concepts together and, if necessary, throw them overboard. Only by thinking of the present from the future can we initiate a fundamentally sustainable change”.

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