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Collective Action To Build Much Needed Social Capital In India: ISS 2017

The event will focus on the theme - from the tragedies of the commons to the strategies for the commons, ISS 2017 will go deep down exploring such issues and drawing a way forward by multi-stakeholder's engagement

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Organised by Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), a centre of excellence, ISS 2017, in its 4th edition, will try to make sustainable practices in Indian business more adaptive and friendly in more than 30 sessions till November 17, including management of forest resources as per global standards, responsible business practices in agro sector, labour issues and standards in the global value chain, state of standards globally and its implication on India, Use of Information Technology Voluntary Consensus Standards for further Sustainable Development, Private sector engagement on Food security and Nutrition in India, Human rights in business policy and many more.

The panel discussion/sessions will be attending by prominant speakers such as Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission of India, Dr Mukund Rajan, Head International Operations, Tata Sons, Chief Ethics Officer, TATA Group, Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group, Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Former DG, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Prof. Klaus Leisinger, President, Global Values Alliance and UN Special Advisor, Terry Nelidov Managing Director, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan., Prof. Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in CSR, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada. Adrian Sym, CEO, Alliance for Water Stewardship, UK, Mr. Hans Peter Egler, Ex- CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel, Switzerland, Prof. Linda Hancock, Professor, Deakin University, Australia, Joseph Wozniak, International Trade Centre, Geneva, Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railwaymen's Federation, Arindom Dutta, Head, Sustainability Banking (Asia), Rabobank, PAULA BYRNE, DIRECTOR, CSR Europe, Brussels, Pamela Brody-Heine, Director, Green Electronics Council. US, Norma Tregurtha Director, ISEAL Alliance, UK, Dr Noemi Sinkovics, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester.

As much as 600 delegates will participate in 30 thematic/sectoral dialogues over three days. The event offers an occasion to dialogue on challenges and opportunities presented by international and Indian Sustainability Standards and Collaborative Sustainability Initiatives, in supporting business and policy contributions towards positive social, economic and environmental impacts in India and beyond.

Keeping the content and quality of discussion in view two leading media houses of India has joined hands with ISS 2017. Leading business magazine, "BW Businessworld" is the print media partner of ISS 2017, while business news TV channel "ZEE Business" is associated with media partner. Apart from these two media brands CSR today Magazine is the CSR publication partner of the conference.  

There is consensus across stakeholders that sustainability challenges are multi-dimensional and cannot be addressed through a unidirectional approach - thereby calling multiple stakeholders and institutions to address such challenges through a concerted and collaborative process. However, collaboration and cooperation on sustainability issues involving key actors from across the spectrum don't happen automatically - and needs to be facilitated and nurtured. The ISS offers the opportunity and the context for such collaborative processes.

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