Sustainability is no longer rhetoric in business, rather a paradigm that would help the organizations in mitigating the impact of their actions on close proximities. During the pandemic, it has become a focus area for where the enterprises are heading. Sustainability, today is a prominent factor, as ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) metrics analyse the sustainable practices and ethical impact of an enterprise, including boardroom diversity, carbon footprint, sustainable sourcing and community development.

The road to complete sustainability is long, but the long-term impact is definite. India is on a path to becoming a $5 trillion powerhouse and we've already been witness to unprecedented growth in its economic activity. That being said, the trade-off must not be made at the cost of inclusion and sustainability. While getting there will be challenging, it is possible. How can these ambitions be met? Finding solutions will require innovation and collaboration, within and across organizations—accelerating the ability to grow through advances in technology and capabilities, spurring innovation without damaging the planet, and bringing people along in equitable, inclusive ways. Companies will require to make sustainability an element of their corporate culture and train employees on how to integrate sustainability into their work.


9:30 AM onwards
  • 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM

    Virtual Masterclass Session 1 Sustainability: Why and How

    • Sustainability as a Business Imperative: Understanding how sustainability impacts long-term business success, including its influence on financial performance, brand reputation, and stakeholder relations.
    • Embedding Sustainability in Corporate Strategy: Exploring how sustainability can be integrated into the core business strategy, aligning sustainability goals with overall company objectives.
  • 10:50 AM – 11:00 AM


  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Virtual Masterclass Session 2 Sustainability: Risk and Opportunities

    • Risk Management and Resilience: Assessing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks, implementing effective risk management strategies, and building resilience in the face of sustainability challenges
    • Innovation and Market Opportunities: Identifying opportunities for sustainable innovation, exploring and capitalizing on emerging sustainable megatrends.
  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Registration for Physical event & Networking Lunch

  • 2:00 PM – 2:10 PM

    Welcome Address

  • 2:10 PM – 2:30 PM

    Opening Keynote: Future of Sustainability - Mastering The Art

  • 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

    Fireside Chat: Net-Zero Agenda Presenting New Opportunities

    India's leadership, affirmed at the G20, focuses on energy self-sufficiency via renewables. CEOs and boards must embrace a holistic agenda beyond decarbonization, considering new markets and strategic positioning.

  • 2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

    Panel 1: Committing to Net-Zero

    Leadership must grasp the challenges on the path to net-zero emissions. It's a universal, whole-of-economy shift, encompassing direct emissions, product, supply chain, and electricity consumption.

  • 3:20 PM – 3:45 PM

    Networking Break

  • 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

    Keynote: Promises to Solutions: Net Zero in Financing

    For sustainable financing, defining net-zero targets is essential. CFOs and CEOs must shift capital from high-emissions to low-emissions sectors, with financial institutions playing a pivotal role. Innovation and investment, particularly in EV-charging infrastructure, are crucial in the next decade.

  • 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

    Fireside Chat: Not Accepting Status Quo: The C-Suite Led Change

    G20's global influence underscores the need for collective environmental action. Transforming sustainability requires cross-sector collaboration, from supply chains to industry associations, and investments in vital technologies.

  • 4:20 PM – 4:50 PM

    Panel: Preparing the Task Force for a Better Future

    G20 nations' unsustainable practices contribute to environmental crises. Organizations must upskill leaders at all levels to align with nature. Middle and upper management must grasp net-zero implications for effective transformation.

  • 4:50 PM – 5:05 PM

    Closing Keynote: Revisiting the Fundamentals of Risk Management

    Transitioning to net zero raises questions on risk management, including physical and transition risks. Disclosure of risks enhances capital planning, investment decisions, and peer benchmarking for companies.

9:30 AM onwards
  • 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM

    Virtual Masterclass Session 3 Sustainability: Role of Leadership

    • Leadership and Governance for Sustainability: Examining the role of executives in driving sustainability initiatives, establishing clear accountability, and embedding sustainability within corporate governance structures.
    • Ethical and Responsible Leadership: Exploring the role of ethical leadership in fostering a culture of sustainability within the organization, including promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, personal commitment and action.
  • 10:50 AM – 11:00 AM


  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Virtual Masterclass Session 4 Sustainability: Managing Stakeholder Expectations

    • Investor Perspectives on Sustainability: Understanding how investors evaluate and value sustainability performance, and how to effectively communicate sustainability efforts to attract investment.
    • Sustainable Reporting and Disclosure: Understanding sustainability reporting frameworks, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and effectively communicating sustainability performance to stakeholders.



Alok Verma

Head-Corporate Strategy and ESG, Ashok Leyland

Professor Anup Basu

International Faculty Fellow & Visiting Scholar, MIT Sloan School of Management

Ram Vaidyanathan

AVP and Head- Environmental Sustainability, Godrej Industries limited & Associated Companies

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