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More than 600 eminent dignitaries attended ET SDGs Impact Summit
Delhi, 21st November 2019: The first edition of The Economic Times SDGs Impact Summit 2019 – India’s largest and most comprehensive platform dedicated to sustainable development - concluded successfully in the city on Saturday. 600+ participants comprising delegates and representatives from government, media, talent, civil society, academia, policy, NGOs, and corporates congregated to discuss and analyse insights geared towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Summit was co-conceptualised by ET Edge and The World We Want, a global social impact enterprise. Addressing the inaugural session, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon. Union Minister of Jal Shakti Ministry, Government of India, said, “Being a signatory to the UN’s SDG agenda, India has taken concrete steps to achieve and empower its constituents to achieve 17 goals and 169 interlinked targets as outlined by United Nations. Being a government focused on all three tenets, namely governance, social and environmental goals, we are committed to deliver tangible results by 2030.” Commenting on the event, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions Limited, and CEO, Worldwide Media, said, “India’s role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals has been well articulated, with ambitious targets set in several areas of economic progress, inclusion and sustainability. The Economic Times SDGs Impact Summit addresses key issues impacting our communities and uncovered solutions needed to create a better future for us all.” Other government dignitaries included Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti. Eminent corporate leaders from India Inc. included Preetha Reddy, Vice-Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group, Anil Chaudhry, MD and Zone President, Greater India, Schneider Electric India, Pradip Burman, Chairman, Dabur Nepal & Mobius Foundation, and Anshu Gupta, Founder of Goonj. The UN Environment’s Champions of the Earth - Louise Mabulo (Philippines), and Omar Itani (Lebanon) - also attended the event. Additionally, actor Swara Bhaskar along with director Tahira Kashyap Khurana also voiced their opinions on various facets of SDGs. Speaking at the event, Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “We need to focus on how we can help improve small things causing a large impact towards building a healthier, cleaner and a safer planet. The idea of SDGs is rooted into this philosophy and serves as a guiding star to every stakeholder.” John Roome, Regional Director, South Asia Sustainable Development - The World Bank, said, “As someone who tracks climate change from very close quarters, we are already at an alarming position, where the change is not out of choice but compulsion. As new risks surface each day – from melting glaciers to sinking cities to extreme weather conditions – the adaptation to change has to be prompt and of consistent focus.” Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, also voiced her opinion, stating that, “Achieving the SDGs will only happen if we understand what is wrong with the way we’re living. We’re not discussing our consumption patterns, which is where we’re going wrong. We need to think of this alongside the 17 SDGs, only then will we achieve the objectives of the SDGs.” The Summit also conducted a Hackathon around SDG ideas. 17 start-ups catering to sustainable development participated, and three start-ups – Torchit, Credence and Ambee - won the hackathon. At the Summit, ET Edge and Futurescape also unveiled 6th edition of Responsible Business Rankings 2019. The study ranks top 100 companies in the country making positive strides towards achieving SDGs. The top 5 companies were Tata Chemicals, Infosys, BPCL, M&M and ITC. The SDGs Impact Summit is a collective response to building a fair globalisation, helping to ensure global growth is equitable and sustainable, and reflective of an evolved understanding of the social, economic and environmental linkages defining our lives. About Times Strategic Solutions Limited Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences, exhibitions and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. About The World We Want The World We Want (WWW) will gather the priorities of people from every corner of the world and help build a collective vision that will be used directly by the United Nations and World Leaders to plan a new development agenda launching in 2015, one that is based on the aspirations of all citizens! Join the global conversation. Share your voice. It all starts with you. What kind of World do you Want?
Nov 21, 2019 - ET Edge
Responsible Business Rankings unveiled at ET SDGs Impact Summit
ET Edge and Futurescape announced the 6th edition of Responsible Business Rankings 2019 – India’s most comprehensive list of corporates making positive strides towards achieving sustainable development goals. The study was released at the ET SDGs Impact Summit held in the city. The 2019 edition was topped by Tata Chemicals, while Infosys, BPCL, Mahindra & Mahindra and ITC feature among the top 5. The 2019 ET Edge-Futurescape Responsible Business Rankings lists 100 corporates based on the efforts and initiatives taken by each of them around three major themes – governance, environmental and social. The 2019 findings also highlight the initiatives taken and disclosures made around Sustainable Development Goals proactively. In 2017 UN Sustainable Development Summit, members from 193 countries of the United Nations collaboratively committed to adopting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, also known as Global Goals). The countries committed themselves to meet the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The 17 SDGs and 169 interlinked targets within these range from ending poverty to stemming climate change. These SDGs have to be implemented by 2030 – however, a large number of Indian corporates (65 of the 100 ranked), have proactively started incorporating and mapping SDGs into their responsible business actions. All the top 10 companies in the rankings have mapped their SDGs. The key findings of the 2019 edition report highlights interesting insights on the state of business responsibility in the country. The report indicates that private sector companies often outperform the public sector companies when it comes to investing into social, environmental and governance initiatives. Manufacturing sector outranks the service sector and sectors like infrastructure and energy are more responsible as compared to capital goods and financial services – when it comes to sustainability narrative. Commenting on the report, Namrata Rana, the co-author and Director, Futurescape, said, “The discussion around sustainability and responsibility couldn’t have been at a better time than this. The world is witnessing a scenario where years of abuse towards the nature and its resources is getting starkly visible in terms of climate change, widespread pollution and depleting water table. Celebrating the champions who are taking visible steps to contribute towards the environment, sustainability and social change is the need of the hour to ensure they serve an inspiration to millions more. We have in the 6th edition also added the proactive initiatives being taken around the highly relevant narrative of sustainable development goals by the Indian corporates. What makes us optimistic is that the Indian companies are embracing the SDGs much proactively, thereby not only fortifying a growing economy but also paving way for a greener and cleaner country in the coming years.” Speaking at its unveiling, Deepak Lamba, President, TSSL, said, “Being a knowledge and connect partner to the global corporates, we at ET Edge have always believed in igniting important conversations around themes that are relevant for the decision makers and leaders. SDG is one such frontier – being a critical component for the growth of the businesses in the future but also for ensuring survival of the stakeholders and communities that such businesses aim to serve. The 2019 edition of the report paints an optimistic picture of corporate India and its priorities. I am sure, having such conversations around an important theme constantly will help in shaping the future of the world that we inhabit.” The report was authored by Utkarsh Mazumdar and Namrata Rana – both alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad. The report was released at the 1st edition of the Economic Times SDGs Impact Summit – held in New Delhi. The Summit was co-conceptualised by ET-EDGE and The World We Want, a global social impact enterprise. The Summit witnessed participation from 600+ delegates and participants comprising of government, media, talent, civil society, academia, policy, NGOs, and corporates. The Summit was inaugurated by the chief guest Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister. Other dignitaries from government included Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti. Eminent corporate leaders from India Inc namely, Preetha Reddy, Vice-Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group, Anil Chaudhary, Managing Director and Country President, Schneider Electric India, Pradip Barman, Chairman, Dabur Nepal, Anshu Gupta, Founder of Goonj, Mukund Vasudevan, Managing Director, Ecolab India also participated in the event as part of the panels. Besides, a seasoned bureaucrats including Pavan Kumar Agarwal, IAS, Secretary to Government of India and CEO FSSAI, John Roome, Senior Director - Climate Change as The World Bank and UN Environment’s Champions of the Earth - Sonika Manandhar (Nepal), Louise Mabulo (Philippines), and Omar Itani (Lebanon), also attended the event. In addition, actor Swara Bhasker along with Director Tahira Kashyap Khurana also joined the panels to voice their opinions on various relevant facets of sustainable development goals.
Nov 20, 2019 - ET Edge
Innovation, Immersive Ideas Rule the Roost at The ET Cloud 2.0 Summit
New Delhi/Mumbai: Curating the roadmap to Cloud 2.0, achieving business goals with Cloud 2.0 and challenges in adopting new technologies was discussed at IBM presents The Economic Times Cloud 2.0 Summit Co-Powered by Nutanix, held in Mumbai on 11th October and Delhi, 15th October 2019. The Summit was attended by more than 200+ technology leaders from across industries, including manufacturing, banking, finance etc. Together, they discussed how to build a Cloud 2.0 world, which is more intelligent and immersive. The theme of the summit was “Securely Leveraging Multi-cloud, Cognitive and Data”. Cloud’s first version, i.e. Cloud 1.0, was all about agility, scalability, time and cost savings. Through Cloud 1.0, CIOs have solved their initial concerns of never-ending in-house efforts, complex technological upgrades and resource management. They have also determined whether to move to a public, private or a hybrid cloud from the traditional ‘on premise’ model. Cloud 1.0 enabled digital enterprises to go agile and automate processes as it allowed them to scale up infrastructure as needed. Cloud 1.0 enabled enterprises to gather and share massive data, but Cloud 2.0 offers enterprises new ways for predictive analysis of gathered data to improve processes and streamline business practices. Cloud 2.0 is more about marrying the potential of the cloud with the advances of digital transformation to enable enterprises to scale business growth exponentially. Building on the agility and cost savings offered by Cloud 1.0, Cloud 2.0 focuses on modernisation, management, infrastructure, security governance, and above all integration. The objective now is not only cost reduction but also boosting the top line through competitive advantages derived from Cloud 2.0, the speakers opined at the event. Today the cloud model is evolving, making way for its next version, which is more interactive, intelligent and business-driven. This helped in the transition of cloud from version 1.0 to version 2.0. Cloud 2.0 is set to redefine cloud computing for the future. As part of the Cloud 2.0 Summit in Mumbai and Delhi, The Economic Times Think Tank powered by IBM was organized to discuss practical, real-world business transformation benefits derived from hybrid multi-cloud solution adoption. The Think Tank also deliberated on the challenges and barriers to accelerate Cloud 2.0 journey. The CIOs in attendance opined that they are already seeking to leverage Cloud 2.0 to accomplish new objectives such as-Understanding and solving business issues through data insights, with the help of emerging technologies such as BDA, AI and ML. The tech leaders are also combining BDA and Cloud 2.0 - aided with AI/ML techniques, to boost innovation as well as efficiencies while providing enterprises with a strategic competitive edge. Another advantage Cloud 2.0 brings is the increase in the use of micro-service apps or platforms, which are instrumental in lowering app failure rates while enabling an agile environment with continuous delivery and deployment of complex applications. Vikas Arora, Executive Director—Cloud & Cognitive, IBM ISA, said, “In the last 10 years, we have seen a lot of workloads move to public cloud, but then if you look at data today, only 20% of the workloads have been moved, according to McKinsey, IT as a Service: From Build to Consume, September 2016. So, now we are focused on solving the problems so that 80% of the IT move to cloud seamlessly.” IT leaders are extremely excited about the possibilities of cloud, in terms of disrupting and bringing in new capabilities and insights. But they confront several challenges and need to solve them to take mission-critical workloads on cloud. In this hybrid multi-cloud environment, CIOs look for rearchitecting applications, modernizing them, powered by open source technologies such as containerised and Kubernetes container platform. IBM showcased its product IBM Cloud Pak, which can offer all the benefits in one pack. Beyond containers and Kubernetes, enterprises need to orchestrate their production topology, and to provide management, security and governance for their applications. IBM Cloud™ Paks are enterprise-ready, containerized software solutions that give clients an open, faster and more secure way to move core business applications to any cloud. Each IBM Cloud Pak runs on Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud and Red Hat Enterprise Linux and includes containerized IBM middleware and common software services for development and management, on top of a common integration layer – designed to reduce development time by up to 84 percent and operational expenses by up to 75 percent, as per Ovum Delivering Business Value through Transitioning from Managing VMs to Orchestrating Containers. IBM discussed about five variants of Cloud Paks at the ET Cloud 2.0 Summit: Cloud Pak for Applications, Cloud Pak for Data, Cloud Pak for Integration, Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management, and Cloud Pak for Automation that deliver IBM enterprise software and open source components in open and secure solutions that are easily consumable and can run anywhere.
Nov 18, 2019 - ET Edge
The SDGs Impact Summit: Helping create a better future
The Economic Times SDGs Impact Summit - taking place on 16th November at Taj Palace, New Delhi – is a global platform of impactful changemakers committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has been co-conceptualized by Times Strategic Solutions Limited together with The World We Want, a global social impact enterprise, and is not supported by UN India and NITI Aayog. 500+ global delegates across government, industry, civil society, NGOs and beyond will convene and commit to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a commitment to ending global poverty, reducing inequalities and tackling climate change by 2030.
Nov 15, 2019 - ET Edge
Asian change-makers share their visionary ideas for a unified Asia
Over the past decade, Asia has been home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and boasts of major contributions to global growth. In an effort to underline this deepening regional integration, the fourth edition of The Economic Times Asian Business Leaders Conclave saw Asian thought leaders, government and business leaders convene and discuss pertinent issues facing the region. Importance of India-Singapore ties The close ties between India and Singapore have strong commercial and cultural roots. H.E. Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India, Singapore, delved into this in his keynote address, stating that, “As the world enters into multiple transitions and daily disruptions, the future will demand more from India and Singapore, and our two countries will be able to do more for the region when they are ready to do more with each other. We must serve a larger purpose and we must build a peaceful, prosperous and stable Indo-Pacific region.” The event also saw Meenakashi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, and Vikram Nair, Member of Parliament, Singapore ponder these ties, with the Indian Member of Parliament saying, “Asia’s leaders have been doing business much before the Industrial Revolution, and India and Singapore have long shared civilizational bonds, commerce and trade. The trust between the leadership of both countries is very important.” Prasoon Mukherjee, Chairman and Founder, Universal Success Enterprises & Vice Chairman, South Asian Business Group Singapore Business Federation was instrumental in shaping the event agenda, and offered an insight into Asia 2030, saying, “There are four mega-trends that will affect not only how businesses perform, but how they stay relevant going forward. Digitisation, sustainability, evolving skill-sets and rapid urbanization will play a disruptive role in our lives, and government and industry need to collaborate and innovate to keep us abreast of the winds of change. Dynamic realities As economic integration across Asia deepens, a panel of experts analysed the economic & geopolitical risks shaping Asia’s business landscape, including gaining an understanding of the business opportunities and implications, and how greater economic integration is the way forward. With growth projected at 6.6% in 2019 and 6.7% in 2020, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the overall South Asian story remains strong. External risks continue to cause economic concern, and deeper regional integration will be key to managing risk, building resilience, and ensuring future growth. Greater integration can also strengthen food and energy security while boosting national economies – culminating in a stronger, more innovative Southeast Asia. Opportunities & Challenges for Singapore Businesses Singapore and India’s trade histories have for long been intertwined, and Leslie Thng, CEO, Vistara, expounded on this, saying, “India has 120 million domestic air travellers and there is a lot of potential for any investors in Indian aviation. In my two years in India, the Indian government has been very progressive, with a lot of dialogue and consultation, and this helps our long-term view for the Indian aviation industry.” Arthur Lang, CEO, International, Singtel, is also no stranger to India Inc., and struck a bullish note, saying, “Ties between Singapore and India have never been better. Across many different fronts, there are tremendous ties between our two countries. Our international, non-Singapore business represents about 75% of our total profits, so our relationship with overseas and emerging markets is very strong. We believe in the growth of emerging Asia and we definitely believe in India.” Recognising excellence An icon of Indian cinema was also recognised for her unstinting cinematic excellence, with Rani Mukherjee being recognised as the Most Influential Cinema Personality. Speaking on the occasion, she said, “As an actor, I have been fortunate enough to have got films that inspired me and everyone who saw them on screen. Some of them sparked a conversation and also affected social change. I have a special liking towards films that leave an impact on the hearts and minds of people and makes us ponder about the world that we live in.” The event also saw the unveiling of an exclusive coffee table book, The Economic Times Promising Business Leaders of Asia by Deepak Lamba, President, TSSL and CEO, Worldwide Media alongside H.E. Samheng Bora, Under-Secretary of State Ministry of Commerce, Royal Government of Cambodia. Speaking at the event, Deepak Lamba stated that, “A slowdown in global growth has impacted South Asia too, and the time for action is upon us. As one of the world’s most widely read business dailies, The Economic Times has a unique opportunity to bring together the many drivers of regional growth and promote greater industrial and technological cooperation through The Economic Times Asian Business Leaders Conclave, a landmark and much sought-after regional event.”
Nov 13, 2019 - ET Edge
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