About the 13th Sustainability Summit



We live in a world of extreme hope and despair. The duality arises from the resolve of human potential to overcome any challenge, and the social and ecological crises emanating from that human potential. The future of human and the ecosystem, it depends on is turning out to be more interdependent than ever known. The future is that of everyone.

Businesses, governments and civil society are working in tandem to find solutions to better manage available resources. The Sustainability Summit provides a platform to discuss the areas of common interest working towards betterment of the people and planet. Agenda of the Summit will focus on topics such as, global governance and risks, energy, water, well-being, science and action, circular economy, sanitation, empowerment, social entrepreneurs and change-makers. This event will present sustainability solutions, best practices, enhance learning experiences and develop partnerships to position innovative ideas into action.

Agenda

The world is changing fast. Though essential, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep pace with changes arising as a result of global macroeconomic forces of development that impact business, society, culture and people that define our future. While these forces entail a lot of risks, they also offer opportunities for innovation and for the betterment of everyone’s future. Some of these forces include worsening environment, scarcity of natural resources, rapid urbanisation with increasing migrant population, changing economic power and deteriorating human health. These risks offer an opportunity to find solutions around newer products, breakthrough technologies, policy changes and a change in mindset. This Summit focuses on some of these pressing issues together with innovative ways to address them.
Ethics is an integral part of business operations these days. Companies in today’s times are under a lot of public scrutiny. Corruption, bribery, insider trading and discrimination are some of the examples that dismantle and bring dishonour to organisations more often, now, than in the past. An ethical framework is the antidote to several risks which a business can face due to any irregularity related to its operations. The focus of this Summit is to understand how companies today are using the compliance approach to adhere to ethical business practices and how it is equally important to understand the evolving nature of regulations/ laws/ guidance from the lawmakers and governance bodies.
Climate Change is affecting everyone on Earth in ways beyond human imagination. Temperature rise is just a quantifiable indicator to measure climate change but the magnitude of its impact is non-measurable. It is important to understand and discuss the impacts as they project how earth’s climate is evolving each day. It is time that we become aware of the available solutions that are being incubated, to counter the threats and warnings related to climate change. The 13th Summit presents diverse views ranging from sharing of best practices by corporates, research findings from academics to climate adaptation work undertaken by development organisations
Biodiversity underpins the functioning of ecosystems that provides a wide range of services to human society and its loss is a matter of huge concern for its own sake. Businesses also have various levels of impact and dependencies on the biodiversity and ecosystem services. Degradation of biodiversity results into multiple risks to businesses such as increased cost of resources, depletion of water sources, loss of flora and fauna around the project location. In order to address these risks, businesses are slowly and gradually recognising biodiversity as a major factor in their decision-making and have started investing in conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity across all value chain. This investment is supporting them in creating new opportunities and making business more resilient to biodiversity losses from a futuristic point of view.
Investors and financial institutions are beginning to understand the impact of an organisation’s unethical behaviour, poor environmental practices and badly-managed supply chain on the organisation’s valuation. This Summit will provide a platform for business conversations to investment firms, corporates, financial services professionals as well as researchers about the impact of responsible investment on healthy and sustainable returns for businesses.
New thoughts and ways of doing business are important for an organisation in order to continue to operate on a long-term basis and ensure sustainable growth. Companies with young and new mindsets drive the engines of economic growth. These new minds talk and believe in disruptive ideas, sustainable ideas, solutions and technologies. Their ideas could cater to millennials that may be poised to become the biggest consumers in the country, with a predictable spending of around $330 billion annually by 2020.
Attributing all positive changes in society to government and large organisations may not be entirely correct. There are individuals who are invisible gems capable of bringing tremendous change through their sheer determination. CII-ITC Sustainability Summit brings together exclusive changemakers who will talk about their journey of catalysing positive social change through a short-talk.
Businesses can contribute the most to the development agenda of a nation by respecting human rights in their value chains and uplift millions from poverty and abuse. Compliance with national laws is not enough. Businesses need to assess human rights’ impacts and mitigate the potential cause to it. Special attention needs to be given to vulnerable groups such as women, children, disabled, LGBT, contract workers, migrant workers, relocated community, and tribal people. This Summit will deliberate on specific actions by businesses, government and institutions towards this cause.
India is at the threshold of corporate transparency becoming more regulated and stringent. Last few years have witnessed government focus on making corporate disclosures comprehensive and going beyond financial disclosures. The focus of this session will be to give an inside account of their side of the story on the synergies available in various corporate reporting frameworks by representatives from different regulatory and governing authorities along with the investor community.
A Circular Economy (CE) is a regenerative system by its very definition and design. It replaces the ‘end-of-life’ concept and linear systems with repair, re-use, re-manufacture, refurbish and recycling. The CE also seems intuitively to be more sustainable than the current linear economic model. Circular Economy offers several business opportunities; but for that businesses must assess the level at which it is needed in their value chain. The Summit abounds series of high-level political and business meetings to exchange ideas on policies and practices on resource efficiency between India and the European Union (EU).
The Indian government recently renewed two central legislations which seek to regulate the collection, processing and disposal of plastic waste and waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste). With respect to the former, the Government of India notified the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 in suppression of the preceding Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011. With respect to the latter, the E-waste Management Rules, 2016 were introduced to repeal the former E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011. Notably, both legislations include Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) as a key policy principle, thus holding producers responsible for the professional collection, treatment and disposal of waste generated as a result of putting novel products on the market (OECD 2018). Though the Indian Government has taken first steps to design and enforce EPR schemes on a national scale, implementation needs to be strengthened in order to achieve an impact on a larger scale. Over almost three decades, EPR has become a cornerstone of effective waste management policies in the EU. Implementation has produced not only a wealth of experience, with a wide range of success stories but also challenges to be overcome. Sharing the lessons learnt and discussing their implications for implementation modalities in India can prove highly valuable in the context of Indo-European cooperation.
Renewable energy, and in particular solar energy, will play a very important role towards achieving sustainable energy for all. In 2010, India launched the renewable energy program- ‘Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM)’, with an objective of deploying 20,000 MW which was revised to 100,000 MW by 2022, of which 60000 MW is grid connected and 40000 MW is rooftop solar. This will require supply and use of newer materials for manufacturing different solar PV technologies while maintaining cost competiveness in the sector and, resource efficiency is key to achieving these objectives. The PV sector has the potential to create unprecedented opportunities for resource savings along the value chain. Process innovation will reduce primary demand of resources. Further, efficient recycling can help in recovering these materials, thereby achieving material security. This session will focus on the Solar PV sector with a focus on understanding resource efficiency issues and exploring its potential for India.
Being home to about 1.3 billion people of the world’s population, India’s construction market is projected to grow at a rate of 7-8 % in the next decade and is likely to become the world’s third largest by 2022 (Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics 2013). Currently, economic activities in this sector are based on a linear take-make-dispose logic. Fueled by an increasing population, a growing middle class and a wave of urbanisation the majority of this growth is expected in the residential sector where construction demand is predicted to increase more than fourfold by 2030 from its 2005 level. To meet this growth, a huge volume of material will be required. Sand (concrete and mortar), soil (bricks), stone (aggregates), limestone (cement) and iron and steel (bars and rods) are the most intensively used materials for building and construction purposes. Some of these materials are already facing scarcity issues. The extraction and use of these materials also have associated environmental and social impacts. Therefore, it is important to understand the flow of these materials in the market in order to identify points where interventions on resource efficiency can be made.
India’s ambition towards becoming an electric mobility economy by 2030 was announced in 2016. In a recent communication by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and NITI Aayog, government announced its aim of increasing the share of electric vehicles (EVs) from its current share of less than 1 percent to nearly 30 percent by 2030. This implies that by 2030, the estimated number of electric two wheelers on Indian roads will be more than 200 million, while cars and buses will be at 34 million and 2.5 million respectively. It is important to recognize that despite many economic and environmental benefits of EVs and hybrid vehicles, there are challenges with regard to availability of material used in manufacturing them and affordability thereof. However, the EVs sector has the potential to create unprecedented opportunities for resource savings along the value chain. This session will focus on trends of resource use, projection for future material demand and the potential for efficiency through the lifecycle of an EV.
Cities are economic power houses of any country. Maintaining a clean and healthy urban environment is therefore not just crucial in sustaining economic growth but necessary for us to mitigate the larger issues related to air pollution. Global Burden of Decease study finds that air pollution is a second major risk factor to public health after malnutrition in India. As per the World Health Organisation’s(WHO) report published in 2018, out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, 14 are located in India. Urban centres in India face a major threat to public health from deteriorating air quality due to large affected population. This session aims to discuss causes endemic to air pollution and what cities can do to contain this massively worrying situation.


Exposure Visit

IL&FS Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Plant, New Delhi

Circular Economy Mission to India

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Under the European Union – Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI), EU is planning a Circular Economy Mission (CEM) to India. This mission is aimed at creating awareness amongst relevant Indian businesses about circular economy, mobilise demand creation and sensitise businesses in India. CEM includes series of high-level political and business meetings to discuss and exchange ideas on policies and practices on resource efficiency between India and EU. The Summit will host CEM on 7 September 2018. The day will begin with a high-level inauguration with the EU Commissioner and an Indian Minister. This will be followed by various plenary, parallel sessions and B2B meetings. Close to 70 European delegates are expected to participate.



Key Speakers

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Mr Suresh P Prabhu Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Government of India

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Dr Harsh Vardhan Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Science and Technology, and Earth Sciences Government of India

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Mr Hardeep Singh Puri Minister for State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs Government of India

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Mr Karmenu Vella European Commissioner Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Affairs

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Mr Martin Kreutner Dean and Executive Secretary International Anti-Corruption Academy(IACA)

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Mr Ashok Chawla Former Finance Secretary Government of India

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Mr Michal Kurtyka Deputy Minister Ministry of Environment Republic of Poland

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Mr Y C Deveshwar Chairman ITC Limited

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Mr Tomasz Kozlowski Ambassador to the European Union India and Bhutan

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Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal President CII, Vice Chairman Bharti Enterprises

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Dr Peter White Vice- President and Chief Operating Officer World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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Mr Chandrajit Banerjee Director General Confedeartion of Indian Industry (CII)

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Ms Jessica Fries Executive Chairman The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)

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Mr Nitin Desai Former Under-Secretary General United Nations

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Mr Ravi Singh Secretary General & CEO WWF - India

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Mr Sanjiv Puri Chief Executive Officer ITC Limited

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Mr Koushik Chatterjee Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Tata Steel Limited

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Mr B Rajagopal President DSM India

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Mr R Mukundan Managing Director and CEO Tata Chemicals Limited

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Mr Stuart Orr Leader - Freshwater Practice WWF

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Mr Manish Bapna Executive Vice President and Managing Director World Resources Institute

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Mr Phil Bloomer Executive Director Business & Human Rights Resource Center

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Mr Dennis Pamlin Entrepreneur & Founder 21st Century Frontiers

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Professor Navroz K. Dubash Centre for Policy Research

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Ms Anita Chester Head Of Sustainable Raw Materials C&A Foundation

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Ms. Louise Nicholls Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability and Food Packaging Marks & Spencer

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Mr Viraf Mehta Independent Human Rights Expert Advisor PIC, BHRRC & CII

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Mr Yuri Afanasiev UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India

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Mr Navneet Munot Executive Director & Chief Investment Officer SBI Fund Management

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Ms Shruti Shibulal Chief Executive Officer Tamara Leisure Experiences

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Mr Anshu Gupta Founder Goonj Processing Center

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Mr Piyush Tewari Founder & Chief Executive Officer SaveLIFE Foundation

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Dr Suhas Buddhe Chief Managing Director BioCare India Pvt Ltd

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Ms Madhulika Sharma Chief Corporate Sustainability Tata Steel Limited

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Mr Devansh Jain Whole Time Director Inox Wind

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Mr Neville K Gandhi Vice President - Compliance Siemens AG, India

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Ms Shukla Wassan Executive Director Legal & Corporate Affairs – South Asia Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited

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Ms Sandhya Sharma Vice President - Corporate Governance Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

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Mr K K Sharma Whole-time Director DCM Shriram Ltd

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