INDIA RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS FORUM

OCTOBER 27, 2015

The India Responsible Business Forum was launched on October 27th, 2015 by Oxfam India, Corporate Responsibility Watch, Praxis and Partners in Change. An index analysing policies of the top 100 listed companies in India from the lens of inclusion was launched at IRBF. The Index is an outcome of a collaborative partnership between Corporate Responsibility Watch, Oxfam India, Change Alliance, Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices and Partners In Change. The inaugural conference of the IRBF was attended by as many as 80 representatives from the private sector, civil society and the government of India.

The keynote speaker was Mr. Pooran Chandra Pandey, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network, India. Mr. Kiran Karnik, Chairperson, Oxfam India Board and former President of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) delivered a special address at the event.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

POORAN CHANDRA PANDEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UN GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK INDIA

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SPECIAL ADDRESS

KIRAN KARNIK

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

POORAN CHANDRA PANDEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UN GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK INDIA

Pooran Chandra Pandey currently heads Global Compact Network India as its Executive Director. He holds an M.A in Philosophy from the University of Allahabad in Allahabad, an M. Phil in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a diploma in Public Diplomacy from Swedish Institute, Stockholm, besides having obtained advanced training and global mid-career management programs from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Asian Productivity organization, Tokyo, Japan and Fiji Productivity Board, Fiji. He is also a British Chevening Scholar at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

SPECIAL ADDRESS

KIRAN KARNIK

Kiran Karnik is the former President of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). He has also served as Managing Director of the Discovery Network in India, Founder-Director of the Consortium for Educational Communication and the Indian Space Research Organisation. Kiran took over as the Chairperson of Oxfam India Board on August 27, 2010. He is on numerous government committees and is currently member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and Central Employment Guarantee Council, besides chairing the International Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Connects Programme.
Awarded Padma Shri in 2007 and Data Quest IT Person of the Year award in 2005, he was recognised as one of the 'Stars of Asia' by Business Week in 2004 and 'Face of the Year' by Forbes magazine in 2003. In 1998, the International Astronautical Federation awarded him with the Frank Malina medal for space education.

PANEL DISCUSSION

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SEEMA CHOWDHRY

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ADITI HALDAR

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YASHMI YADAV

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AJAY KUMAR

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NARAYANAN RAMASWAMY

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ANU GUPTA

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PANEL DISCUSSION

MODERATOR: SEEMA CHOWDHRY, EDITOR (CSR & PHILANTHROPY), MINT

Seema is the editor for CSR and Philanthropy at Mint. It is a beat that she has been handling for the last 10 months. Before this she was the deputy editor for Mint Lounge, the Saturday edition.

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ADITI HALDAR, FOCAL POINT INDIA, GLOBAL REPORTING INITIATIVE

Aditi Haldar is an expert on sustainable development with over 20 years’ experience in working with national, regional and global organizations in enhancing sustainability, transparency and reporting. In her current role as Director, GRI South Asia, she leads the Global Reporting Initiative’s efforts to make sustainability reporting a standard practice in India and in the broader South Asian region.

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YASHMI YADAV, MANAGER SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS & COMMUNICATIONS, HINDUSTAN UNILEVER LTD

Yashmi Yadav, Manager - Sustainable Business & Corporate Communications joined Hindustan Unilever Ltd in 2003. She has handled responsibilities in the area of sustainability, internal communications and media relations. Prior to joining HUL, she has worked with Hindustan Times as business correspondent.

She has completed her Post Graduate diploma in Journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. Has done graduation in Sociology (Hons) from Jesus & Mary College, Delhi University.

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AJAY KUMAR - AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ADVISER, TATA SONS

Currently working as an adviser on Affirmative Action with Tata Sons. Ajay has worked for over 13 years as Vice-President (Communications) in the office of the Chairman of Tata Group Mr RN Tata.

He has worked with several leading newspapers between 1973 and 1998 as Managing Editor for Business Standard, Executive Editor for Economic Times, Resident Editor (Delhi) for The Times of India and Senior Assistant Editor for The Telegraph.

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NARAYANAN RAMASWAMY, PARTNER – KPMG ADVISORY INDIA

Seema is the editor for CSR and Philanthropy at Mint. It is a beat that she has been handling for the last 10 months. Before this she was the deputy editor for Mint Lounge, the Saturday edition.

PANEL DISCUSSION

ANU GUPTA, HEAD PRIVATE SECTOR – DFID INDIA

Anu Gupta is the Head of Private Sector Team at DFID India. She is responsible for a range of new returnable capital projects being implemented in partnership with SIDBI, SBI, IDFC, NHB and other leading financial institutions. Anu has more than 15 years of experience of working in DFID, leading diverse range of state, national and civil society programmes in the development sector. Anu has also led the DFID India’s Finance Team and brings a unique blend of development and finance in DFID’s private sector team. Anu is a post graduate in Child Development and Education and a member of UK’s Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

MEDIA COVERAGE

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Source: LiveMint

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