Agenda

9.45 - 10.00 Welcoming by The Economic Times
10:05 – 10.15 Opening Remarks and Keynote Talk:   Much more than just a statement: Championing profitable and sustainable business
  Working with a vision to be recognized as the world's leading business for sustainability, lets hear the opening key remarks from a leader of such a group; guiding us all to work towards inclusive, green and sustainable planet. Such leaders believe that You cannot rise if you take more from the community than you put back”, bringing forward the agenda that sustainability must be a way of life to be a way of business. The business leaders will emphasis on driving positive change to enhance your business.
10.20 - 10.35 Ministerial Keynote:  Enrich 2030: The ESG and Net Zero Future
  The world is at a turning point as low carbon technologies and frugal resource use hold a strong economic case to avoid an environmental catastrophe. Countries across the world are announcing their plans to achieve Net Zero emissions, we hope to have more commitments and announcements going forward. It goes without saying that the journey to destination Net-Zero is made up of many small milestones. There is need to combine two approaches; the first to stop/reduce GHG emissions and the second to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
The Keynote address from the esteemed minister of such an aspiring country will highlight the need and balance approach towards the Net-Zero.
10.40 – 10:55 Chief Guest Address: Building Back Better for All: Anchoring the 2030 Agenda in national development plans and strategies
 

In 2020, extreme poverty rose, with an additional 119 to 124 million people pushed back into poverty (Source: UN – SDG progress Report – 2021). The COVID-19 crisis caused the worst recession in 90 years, dealing a heavy blow to the ability of countries and the international community to mobilize the means of implementation required to support SDG transformation, this causing far reaching impacts on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable and the Sustainable Development Goals, undermining decades of development efforts. Going forward, it is seen that the pandemic and the imperative to get back on track has reignited interest in development planning, including scenario planning that supports decision making by going beyond immediate responses to challenges such as the COVID-19 crisis and progressively integrating the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs into national development plans and strategies.

The Chief Guest of the day will share his remarks on the Vision for Building back Better for All.

11.00 – 11.45 Inaugural CEO’s Panel Discussion: Leadership Matters: How the C-Suite is seizing the ESG Opportunity
  The global pandemic put a spotlight on the value of environmental, social and corporate governance considerations across all sectors. There is an absolute explosion of net-zero commitments from companies and countries surrounding the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement. ESG based investment decisions are directed toward long-term value creation for the business and the society. Consequently, it draws a direct connection with the SDGs’ concept of creating ‘shared value’ that represents a constructive intersection of market potential, societal demands, and policy action for a sustainable and inclusive approach to economic growth and well-being. The session within business leaders aims at bringing together diverse perspectives. Key Discussion Points:
  • State of ESG: where are we now?
  • Accelerate the transition to a low carbon, sustainable and equitable future
  • Moving ESG up the business sustainability agenda
  • Taking an integrated approach to achieve net zero carbon targets
  • What's ahead in environmental disclosure: regulation, reporting frameworks, and rating agencies
11.55 – 12.30 Launch of The ET and Futurescape 7th Sustainability Index Report
 
  • Introduction to the ET and Futurescape 8th Sustainability Index Report
  • Official Launch of the Report
  • Felicitation of the top-ranking leaders followed by 10 minutes address
12.35 – 12.55 Building Momentum:  Top 10 ESG Trends for the New Decade
 
  • Climate Change: The Path to Net Zero
  • The Next Phase of Good Governance: Environmental & Social Issues
  • ESG Disclosures: The New Normal
  • ESG Investing: From Stewardship to Integration
  • ESG Engagement: Asset Managers Take the Lead
  • Economic Activism: Governance as a Driver for Change
  • Data and Technology: Smarter Analytics Drive ESG Practices, Protocols
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Beyond Boardroom Diversity
  • Executive Compensation: Increased Focus on Metrics and Goals (including ESG)
  • Political Impacts: Geopolitics and Public Pressure
13:00 – 13:30 Let’s Hear from the Sustainability Influencers – SDG Advocates - Play Fair for People and Planet
13.35 – 14.05 High Level Dialog on ESG and Sustainability: Let's hear it from Country leaders!
  A world beset by consequences of Climate Change -- the raging fires in California or the flashfloods in Assam -- the term "Net-Zero" is now seen as a panacea to all our anthropogenic ills. Countries across the board have made commitments to Net-Zero emissions. Ministers from national governments will deliberate among themselves on the need for ESG and Sustainability.
14.10 – 14.25 Business Case Study:  Pathways for net zero carbon emissions
14:30 – 15.10 ESG and Chief Sustainability Leaders Panel - Sustainable value creation: How ESG has moved from a cost centre to a value driver
 

The disruption coming in with the wave of change of COVID-19 has exposed deep vulnerabilities in our societies, underscoring the threat these pose to our long-term stability and prosperity. There is need for a transition to a sustainable and equitable society while transforming the systems that govern our businesses and societies. The panel of the ESG and chief sustainability officers will take us through the agenda on below points:

Key Discussion Points:

  • Key transformations required in businesses
  • Collaborations and partnerships
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Working with assets to create value through ESG
  • Justifying significant effort and investment in long-term issues
  • Examples of work on ESG adding to multiple paid at exit
15.15 – 15.30 Spotlight Talk:   Supporting recovery and implementation of safe and clean water at local level: governance, tools and experiences
  Access to safe drinking water and decent sanitation should be basic human rights. However, around 30% of the population still lack safe drinking water supplies, while more than 60% still go without safe sanitation services. There is need to take a “scientific, context-based approach to water stewardship”, using independently collected and analyzed data to priorities action and use of tools to protect water resources in the most water-stressed locations.
15.35 – 16.00 Session with Celebrities calling for Net Zero and ESG Actions
  Messages from the celebrities who are working on the areas of Net Zero and ESG actions.
16.05 ­– 16.20 Insights from Industry expert: Innovations turning the tide on plastic pollution and cleaner environment
  Entrepreneurial, innovative businesses are focusing on reducing plastic pollution while the world is battling a global pandemic. With environmental issues like water contamination, pollution, and climate change, it’s natural to look for ways we can reverse the damage to our planet and keep our environment clean and green. It is important for individuals and businesses to take steps to protect our planet. The expert will emphasize on below:
  • No to plastics
  • Sustainable Packaging
  • Green your transportation and travel habits
  • Plant more trees
  • Reduce use of chemicals and proposal disposal of waste
16.25 ­– 17.05 Investors Dialog:  ESG investing: The 5 biggest questions
  ESG data issues: How do investors manage data gaps?
  • What can you do to encourage your investment options to report on their ESG performance?
  • Is an ESG view of a company vital for an accurate long-term view?
  • How are asset managers pricing climate risks into their investment decisions and portfolios?
  • What standards are investors benchmarking against? And what ESG regulation is coming?
17.10 - 17.25 Powerful Voice:  How businesses can accelerate technology for sustainable impact
 

Global business drives global production and consumption, leading to increasingly high standards of living but at the same time with some harm to planet and environment.  While companies play a crucial role in creating solutions to prevent environmental and health crises, achieving SDG’s at the same time is still challenging.  Now, it's essential that businesses accelerate technology. New global innovators are emerging. The session will present some of the areas in technology and innovation in which the national and international organizations as well as the international community is looking towards in order to reach the SDGs.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Technological solutions to track and manage CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions across the entire value chain
  • Geospatial technology, data science and real-time analytics to improve resource recovery and re-use
17.30 - 18.00 Closing Remarks and Special Talk: Making Net Zero Possible
  Global greenhouse gas emissions are set to cause economic damage equivalent to have a COVID-sized pandemic every 10 years. With businesses responding with a wave of net-zero commitments and initiatives, what are the opportunities in defining comprehensive net-zero strategies to drive urgent corporate climate action?
Track 01
Theme: Thought Leaders Conversation on Climate Manifestations, Impacts and SDG’s
Track 02
Theme: State Leaders Talk on SDGs as a Framework for Long-term COVID-19 Recovery Strategies in Cities and Regions
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