Public Policy

A well-executed sustainability programme can drive growth, create new markets and new business alternatives, and reduce costs and risks. That's why such a programme is essential for businesses and that's where our policies come in.

Environmental Policy, Corporate Responsibility and Green Economy; each policy is a tool developed by CESD to assist businesses in sticking to their preset sustainable goals. Discover their roles in detail here.


CESD brings the industry's perspective to the table during the formation of environmental policy, creating a platform for reciprocal consultation and consensus building.

A key partner to the government, the Centre works closely with the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Planning Commission, and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), among other regulatory and decision-making bodies. It also facilitates policy development at the national and state levels.

With the Ministry of Environment and Forests, CESD works on international policy development for climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. On the domestic front, it works with the Ministry on hazardous waste management, e-waste, environmental clearances, clean technology and clean production, among other initiatives.

CESD’s involvement with the Government of India's Planning Commission includes its participation in the Low Carbon Expert Group and the twelfth Five Year Plan steering committee on environment & industry. It also helps companies assess the effect of emerging regulations on their business.

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NVGs-BRR, CSR, and Integrated Reporting

CESD plays a key role in advancing policy frameworks that influence sustainable and responsible practices of business. It does so by working closely with Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). 

CESD has been a part of development of National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business or NVGs, and later Business Responsibility Reporting framework. CESD was closely involved in shaping "CSR legislation" in the form of Section 135 of Companies Act 2013 and the corresponding CSR Rules 2014. Since then, it has continued to influence MCA by submitting inputs to formal committees such MCA's High-level Committee on CSR. 

CESD has also worked with the Department of Public Sector Enterprises to create guidelines for the integration of sustainable development principles into corporate Memorandums of Understanding. It is both an architect of the guidelines and a key member of the taskforce for review of memorandums.

Most recently, CESD helped SEBI develop its voluntary requirement on integrated reporting applicable to top 500 companies listed on national stock exchanges, such as BSE and NSE.

CII-certified Sustainability Assessors

Since 2006, CESD has led building the talent pool of sustainability professionals in India. It has created an exclusive club of over 300 sustainability performance assessors. These assessors are competent to drive excellence in sustainability in companies.

CESD is upping the profile of certification with a distinct value proposition for professionals to leverage the CII-certification for professional gains.

The CII-certified Sustainability Assessor programme is for professionals to provide services to business in the area of sustainability.

Refer to the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2017 brochure for details on the CII-certified Sustainability Assessor Training.

CII-certified Sustainability Assessors Profiles


  • Leverage CII’s certification to work with companies on sustainability
  • Include this as a credible qualification in CV
  • Profile as a CII-certified sustainability professional on CESD website
  • Get promoted by CESD to companies looking for credible and certified sustainability professionals
  • Participate in the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards and get access to companies
  • Gain extraordinary learning from sustainability assessment and site-visits
  • Get trained on assessment process and methodology using Sustainable Business Excellence framework that includes 250 indicators.