We at CRB help develop and customize a comprehensive five step process of organizing events that are of interest across the sectors. Our Professional Team would partner with prospective clients from understanding the event goals in the discovery session to event achievement in the post event discussion.
Towards and IT Products Sustainability Standard for India
Together with the Green Electronics Council (GEC, USA), CRB has initiated this project to explore the possibility of developing an IT Products Sustainability Standard for India, using the knowledge and experience on this issue of some advanced economies (USA, EU Member States) and inputs from Indian stakeholders. This project started off with astakeholder consultation meeting on 21st April 2017, New Delhi – with the aim of identifying some of the key challenges related to end-of-life of IT products in India (especially personal computers, imaging equipment and cellphones) and identify opportunities for the private sector from adoption of e-waste management practices. This intervention aims pioneer engagement of multiple stakeholders through a consultative process to develop a standard that is locally owned. A number of enabling factors would need attention for the standard to be effective.
The Role of Industry Associations in influencing Healthcare Innovations and Sustainable Development in India: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy considerations
A stakeholder dialogue was organized by CRB together with the Open University, UK on 19th April 2017 in New Delhi. The aim of this dialogue was to initiate a discussion on the role of sectoral associations and other stakeholders for evolving a responsible pharmaceutical sector in India, especially given that a large population of the country don’t have adequate access to medicine – either due to their availability in the public health facilities or high costs. The government has resolved to improve affordability and accessibility of medicines especially for the marginalized section of our society. Given this background, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seem to provide an interesting foundation and framework for the pharmaceutical industry to pro-actively assess how they can contribute to some of the SDGs. A suggestion that was echoed by several participants (from across stakeholder groups) was the need for having a multi-stakeholder forum on responsible pharmaceuticals in India, and identify a road-map for meeting some of these expectations.
Large infrastructure projects have substantial impacts on the society as they shape social, economic and environmental conditions. Making these infrastructure investments sustainable will bring major benefits to the society as a whole, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the COP commitments. Sustainability standards will be implemented if the right incentive schemes are in place, by translating sustainability into a proven business case for investors and companies.
This event discussed innovative tools to foster sustainable infrastructure investments in Asia, focusing on the business case of sustainability. Some of the tools and solutions discussed were:
- Green Infrastructure Investments within the G20: The OECD is leading a G20 task force dealing with green infrastructure investments. They provide an update on their latest tools and instruments and their plan for 2017 under the German G20 presidency.
- Sustainability business case: Mott MacDonald, one of the world largest infrastructure consultancies will provide insights on how to reduce total lifecycle costs of infrastructure projects with reduced carbon emissions (i.e. saving costs through sustainable behaviour).
- Global Sustainability Standard for Investors and Business: Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) developed a standard that decreases project risks, based among others on an innovative sustainability credit rating tool for infrastructure projects.
- Sustainable Finance Instruments: Emergent Ventures will present their case on green infrastructure bonds in India.
The event attracted 30 Asian and 40 European senior experts, including regulators, financial institutions and think tanks to apply innovative tools to the Indian context.
Scaling Up Sustainability Standards
In the last few decades voluntary sustainability standards, as market based mechanisms and tools, have made a significant positive contribution globally towards responsible production and consumption. Governments are increasingly looking to sustainability standards to support their policy objectives and corporations are making major commitments to certified, sustainable products and services.
Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) as mechanisms and tools for businesses/industry self-regulation are globally increasing in use and scope, and setting standards as a trend is gaining momentum in several emerging economies as well. While use of VSS in the domain of sustainable development is much higher in the developed economies, awareness on VSS, their national and global relevance, uses and impacts in India is relatively low.
ISEAL Alliance and CRB have partnered with an aim to increase awareness among stakeholders in India about the market opportunities and impacts of voluntary sustainability standards and strengthen capacities of organizations and professionals to set and implement VSS in India.
CRB and ISEAL Alliance Project in India is in line with India’s 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) that recommends businesses and business associations to develop their own standards to encourage self-regulation for business responsibility and responsible conduct, and to build capacity and knowledge.
The overarching goal of the ISEAL–CRB partnership is to scale up the developmental impacts of sustainability standards by enabling public and private sector leaders in India to understand, engage with and contribute to the further development of sustainability standards systems.
The ISEAL-CRB partnership envisions:
- Increased awareness of credible sustainability standards among leaders in India
- Dynamic stakeholder network in India focused on sustainability standards
- Strengthened participation of India in global discussions about standards
- Enabled stakeholders (both public and private) to use and have ownership of sustainability standards
- Building sustainable value chains and markets at the domestic level in India through facilitating better understanding of how to build domestic markets for sustainable products and exchange with other emerging economy leaders (Brazil and China) on sustainability standards as tools for responsible production and consumption
- International standards to be locally adaptable and increase awareness of good practices to bridge national and international standards
India & Sustainability Standards 2016
The 4th Annual CRB Conference would be held on 15-17 November 2017 in New Delhi. The theme of this year’s conference is From Tragedies of the Commons to Strategies for the Commons. One of the key issues to be explored during the conference, across stakeholders and sectors would be the role of social capital in promoting pro-sustainability strategies and actions. There is little argument of the need for engaging in joint dialogues for achieving these goals, and CRB has been trying to plug this gap by having evolved ISS 2017 as a forum for discussions and subsequent actions. The format of the event would be like it has been over the last couple of years – comprising an inaugural plenary day on 15th, followed by two days of sector and theme-specific discussions in parallel sessions.