IRBF Conference 2017

A responsible business is not merely about spending a small amount of profit on CSR projects nor is it just about meeting compliances. To make India a truly inclusive nation business leaders need to go beyond minimum. Thinking beyond minimum compliance to maximising the well-being of all its stakeholders. Moving from minimum CSR spending to maximising the positive impact on communities. At #IRBF2017 you will see data of how top 100 Indian companies have performed on the India Responsible Business Index, listen to leadership strategies of going beyond minimum responsibility and learn what’s driving this change.

Date: 14 February, 2017
Venue: The Park Hotel, New Delhi
Timing: 9:00 AM – 04:00 PM

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9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome and Context Setting

Nisha Agrawal

CEO, Oxfam India

Tom Thomas

CEO, Praxis

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Keynote Address

Amitabh Kant


10:15 AM – 10:35 AM

Civil Society’s perspective on business responsibility

Amita Joseph

Director, Business Community Foundation

Amitabh Behar

Executive Director, National Foundation for India

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

India Responsible Business Index 2.0 – Key highlights from India Responsible Business Index



Namit Agarwal

Lead Specialist – Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam India

Pradeep Narayanan

Director, Partners in Change

Subhash Mittal

Secretary, Socio Research & Reform Foundation

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

Leadership strategies for Indian businesses to adopt inclusive and responsible business practices.

A panel of business and thought leaders discussing what it takes for a business to step out of the comfort zone and transform into a responsible business.

Arun Maira, Session Chair

former member of Planning Commission

Pradeep Bhargava

Director, Cummins India

Sunil Arora


Rumjhum Chatterjee

Chairperson, CII Northern Region & Group Managing Director, Feedback Infra

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM


02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

What is driving companies towards responsible and inclusive action?

A panel of business leaders, academics and policymakers share insights on what drives business responsibility now and will in the near future.

Anil Padmanabhan, Session Chair

Executive Editor, Mint

Vikas Goswami

Head Good & Green, Godrej Industries

Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil

Asst. Professor, IIM Trichy

Rachana Panda

Chief Communications Officer & Citizenship Leader, GE South Asia

Elin Anstrom

Sustainability Manager, H&M

03:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Responsible Investments in India – myth or reality?

Investors, regulators and influencers share insights on the emerging potential of responsible investments

Neha Kumar, Session Chair

Senior Adviser, GIZ

Sutapa Banerjee

former CEO Private Banking, ABN AMRO Bank and  Ambit

Robert Dornau

Sr. Manager Sustainability Services, RobecoSAM

Navneet Munot

Chief Investment Officer, SBI Mutual Fund

Avinash Kharkar

Head Listing Compliance, National Stock Exchange

Closing Remarks

Viraf Mehta

Advisor – Partners in Change

Ranu Bhogal

Director – Policy, Research and Campaigns, Oxfam India