FIIB celebrates its Founder’s Day every year in the form of a Sustainability Summit to honor the Institute’s founder Mr. R.K. Shrivastava. This 7th edition of the Summit too upheld the similar idea. Since its inspection, the FIIB Sustainability Summit has inspired more than 1900 students, academicians, and professionals, to strive for sustainability based growth model for their careers and businesses. FIIB has also launched the ‘Make FIIB Green’ campaign as a part of its environmental conservation drive. Following the motto of “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle”, the Institute has developed Sustainability Development Centre to work towards aspects such as energy & water conservation and employee welfare. This summit once again served as an ideal and unique forum for Students & Leaders from business, academia, government and NGOs to engage in dialogue in the field of sustainability, with speech and panel discussion on themes such as from the green line to bottom line creating value through sustainability From the Boardroom to the Shop floor. Today FIIB’s founder Mr. R.K. Shrivastava’s motto of “Give more than you receive!” resonated once again in the campus today, as FIIB’s Executive Director Ms. Radhika Shrivastava addressed the participants of the summit and handed over the 3rd ‘FIIB Leadership in Sustainability’ Award to Mr. William Bissell, Managing Director- Fabindia, a brand which stands as a harbinger of sustainable growth model.
A Keynote Address was delivered by Mr. Vijay Rai, Managing Director – APAC & EMEA Markets, Savior US INC & President – NHRDN on ‘Sustainability & its Importance in Today’s Evolving Business & Social Communities’
Following were the dignitaries who participated in the panel discussion on the theme of ‘Corporate Sustainability- Economic, Environmental and Social Developments’, moderated by Prof Partha Pratim Saikia, Assistant Professor, FIIB:
- Mr. Phil Turner, Group Head Safety, Health & Environment, Vedanta Resources Plc
- Mr. Manpreet Singh, Director, Climate Change, and Sustainability Services, KPMG
- Mr. Bibhuti Pradhan, Chief Manager, CSR & Sustainability area, Indian Oil Corporation Limited
- Mr. Charudutta Panigrahi, President – Forum for Integrated Development & Research (FIBR)
The panel discussion was followed by a special address by Mr. Swapnil Tewari, Founder- -Livemad Philosophies, ‘Forbes Changemaker 2012’ on the topic ‘Sustainable Development for the Marginalized.’
The last panel discussion was on the theme ‘Social Enterprises in India – The Road Ahead’, moderated by Prof. Tushar Sankar Banerjee, Assistant Professor, FIIB, and participated by the following speakers:
- Prof. Kuriakose Mamkoottam, School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship – Ambedkar University
- Mr. Arun Talwar – Chief Operating Officer, Udayan Care
- Mr. Niraj Gupta, Founder, Weekendworks – Junkart
It goes without saying that all the students, faculty members, and guests of this summit gained a perspective on adopting innovating ways towards sustainability and its application to education, business, and development models, by gaining knowledge out of regular academia. The summit successfully inspired everyone towards taking individual responsibility to make sustainability a personal mission and means to contribute towards making a safer and happier world.
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