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Panel Discussion – Engaging Communities by Design

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Through the panel discussions we organise at IRBF, we get to facilitate dialogue, ask questions and get fresh ideas about issues that matter in the realm of responsible business.

This year at IRBF 2018, we have 3 sessions lined up. The first panel is titled Engaging Communities by Design.

When and where is it?

The session will take place at 11:30 AM on 27 February 2018 at Mantra Hall, first floor, The Park Hotel, New Delhi.

What is it about?

The traditional belief that a business is only meant to make profit is changing all over the world. People, governments, international bodies, civil society and business leaders are acknowledging the fact that businesses have to be accountable when it comes to how they impact society and environment.

The United Nations has laid down 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. Through the SDGs, the UN has defined businesses as key stakeholders to create equitable and sustainable growth.

Also, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights clearly state that the private sector must respect human rights. The new paradigm of sustainability which focuses on creating an inclusive society, rejects the old business as usual approach.

In the light of these changes, this panel will look into the role of business in society, the expectations of communities as stakeholders and how corporates can engage communities in a truly beneficial way.

Who are the panelists?

The session will be chaired by Arun Maira. You can learn more about the speakers here:

Arun Maira

Author and former member, Planning Commission

Arun Maira is a Management Consultant and former member of the Planning Commission of India. He is also the former Chairman of Boston Consulting Group, India. For 25 years, Mr. Maira was a member of the TATA Administrative Service and worked in several senior positions in the TATA Group in India and abroad. He has authored books on capitalism, leadership and listening for well being.

Andrew Leakey

General Manager, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, India

Andrew Leakey is the General Manager of Mars Wrigley Confectionery in India. He has been associated with the Wrigley Pacific business since 2008, before his transition to India. In the Pacific, he steered the organisation to deliver strong outcomes against world class strategies. Mr. Leakey brings almost 30 years of industry experience from New Zealand and Australia, having worked for Mars Petcare as well as Arnott’s, GlaxoSmithKline and Cerebos Greggs.

Chetna Gala Sinha

Founder and Chair, Mann Deshi Bank

Chetna Gala Sinha has worked with people’s movements since the early 1980s. In 1996, she founded the Mann Deshi Foundation in Mhaswad, a drought-stricken area of Maharashtra, with the aim of economically and socially empowering rural women. In 1997, she set up the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank – India’s first bank for and by rural women. Chetna was the Co-Chair of the Word Economic Forum 2018 and won the Forbes Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2017.

Amitabh Behar

Executive Director, National Foundation for India

Amitabh Behar is the Executive Director of the National Foundation for India (NFI). He is the convener of National Social Watch Coalition and was the Co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP- 2010-2016). Over the years, Mr. Behar has worked on issues promoting governance, accountability and social action. He is one of the leading experts of people-centered advocacy in India.

How can you attend?

To attend this panel discussion, register here.