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Annexure: ISS 2019 Conference

Market Dynamics & Social Dilemmas of Promoting Sustainable Business

The Multi-Disciplinary Small Group Meeting and Academic Dialogues on Human Trafficking and Supply Chains: Corporate Responsibility Beyond Legislation on 18-19 November 2019 is planned in conjunction with India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogues and Conference 2019 (ISS) ( in New Delhi, India, scheduled from 20-22 November, 2019 at Eros Hotel, Nehru Place, New Delhi, India.

Conference Information

The ISS is a well-established national and international dialogues platform on business sustainability and has been successful in bringing key national and international stakeholders together on sustainability/sustainable business/SDGs issues over the last five years, attended by over 700 delegates. It has consistently worked towards pushing and propelling the agenda of sustainable business by engaging with multiple stakeholders through a consensus and evidence-based approach. Designed and hosted by the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), the Conference has witnessed action-oriented deliberations on a variety of thematic and sector specific issues on sustainability – drawing the attention of Indian and international policy actors, government agencies, standard setters, large and small businesses, industry associations, civil society, academia, and media agencies.

For 2019 conference, our endeavour is to convene a diverse set of stakeholders to understand and deliberate on the opportunities and challenges of promoting sustainable business in an emerging economy like India. Balancing the aspirations of a demographically young and expanding economy on one hand and meeting the needs of the underserved on the other hand is a complex challenge. Through our discussions, we aim to address these challenges and move the needle on the issues.

Conference Structure

Plenary Inaugural Day (20 November, 2019)

0800 – 0930hrs Registration& Welcome Tea/Coffee
0930 – 1130hrs Inaugural Plenary: Market Dynamics and Social Dilemmas of Promoting Sustainable B
1130 – 1300hrs  High-Level Panel 1:Creating a Market for Sustainable Enterprises and Products
1300 – 1400hrs Networking Lunch
1400 – 1530hrs  High-Level Panel 2: Bringing Paradigm Shift in Financial Sector to promote Sustainability
1530 – 1600hrs  Networking & High-Tea
1600 – 1730hrs High-Level Panel 3: Business Solutions to Developmental Challenges in Emerging Econ
1730 – 2000hrs  Evening Event (Book Launch) followed by Cocktails and Dinner

Second & Third Day Breakouts (21& 22 November, 2019)

Time Slots Day 2 (21st November) Day 3 (22nd November)
0900 – 0930hrs Registration Registration
0930 – 1100hrs Plenary Session
(Co-hosted by Lead Partners)
Plenary Session
(Co-hosted by Lead Partners)
1100 – 1200hrs Tea Break Tea Break
1200 – 1330hrs 4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
1330 – 1430hrs Networking Lunch Networking Lunch
1430 – 1600hrs 4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
1600 – 1630hrs Tea Break Tea Break
1630 – 1800hrs 4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)


Some of the Featured Regular Partners and Participants Include:
Academia: University of Michigan (USA), University of Manchester (UK), Schulich School of Business (Canada), Aston University (UK), University of Basel (Switzerland), Deakin University (Australia), IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Shillong, Xavier Labour Research Institute (XLRI), SP Jain Institute of Management Research (India), Birla Institute of Management and Technology (India), OP Jindal Global University (India), TERI University (India), AMITY University (India), National Institute of Fashion Technology (India).

International Organisations as Partners: C&A Foundation, WWF India, ISEAL Alliance, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Green Electronics Council (GEC), Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB Foundation), Rainforest Alliance, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), Terre des Hommes (TdH Netherlands), CSR Europe, IDRC Canada, Dutch Embassy (India), GIZ, Global March Against Child Labour, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Goodweave, Save The Children, Traidcraft, One Planet Network, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
UN Agencies: UNICEF, UNDP, UNIDO, UN Environment, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), International Trade Centre (ITC, Geneva).

Government of India and Agencies: Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Ministry of MSMEs, Ministry of Mines, Department of Consumer Affairs, IRCTC, Quality Council of India (QCI).

Conference Partners: C&A Foundation; Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA); Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Social Accountability International (SAI); ISEAL Alliance; Green Electronics Council (GEC); GIB Foundation; Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC); Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP); SHIFT Project; GIZ; Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan; University of Manchester; Aston India Centre for Applied Research (AICAR), Aston Business School; Sustainable Corporate Responsibility (SCORE); University of Basel; WWF; Netherlands Embassy in India; UNICEF; IDH; Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); IIM Lucknow; PwC; IIM Indore; Management Development Institute (MDI); National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Delhi; International Tourism Partnership (ITP); Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB); Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC).