- 1. Sixth UN Supported PRME Asia Forum
- 2. SAMRIDDHI 2015
- 3. Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solutions
1. Sixth UN Supported PRME Asia Forum (Visit PRME Website)
Concept note for the Sixth UN Supported PRME Asia Forum - November 27-28, 2015 - Goa, India
Theme: "Responsible management in Asia: Imperatives and Innovations in business and Business Schools".
Many Asian economies grew rapidly during the last few decades.We expect them to continue to grow rapidly in the coming decades. To sustain this growth over a long duration depends on how the region responds to several social and environmental challenges.
Economic growth over the past few decades was accompanied by:
- The unsustainable use of natural resources: We witness increased pollution of the air, water and land. We observe that development has demanded vast tracts of valuable land and alienated large sections of people of their land rights.
- The abuse of human rights: We see rising income inequality and unequal access to opportunities; we notice a rising incidence of abuse of women and child rights.
These trends can compromise the region's stability and therefore affect its economic growth. Asian business must gain societal legitimacy by helping address these concerns. Firms need to operate in a responsible manner, i.e., ensure that their policies and practices reflect a concern for their economic, social & environmental impact.
In Asia, many firms express their responsibility towards society through their philanthropic activities. These acts of philanthropy can help society but do not compensate for the social and environmental damage caused by irresponsible business decisions and actions. Therefore, there is need for firms to address the economic, social and environmental impact of their decisions and actions on a continuing basis.
Some firms express their responsibility towards society by integrating a concern for societal welfare into their decisions and actions. What are companies in Asia doing to promote responsible management in their operations? What are Business Schools in Asia doing to promote responsible management among managers?
The 6thPRME conference will provide an opportunity to understand the initiatives taken by Asian firms and Business Schools to promote responsible management. More specifically, the aims of the conference are to
- Share how Business Schools in Asia are trying to integrate responsible management into their curriculum and administrationto promote responsible management practices
- Share how firms in Asia integrate responsible management practices into their business decisions and actions. What are they doing to balance profitability with societal concerns in the entire value chain1.
Representatives of Business Schools and firms would share case-studies describing (a) management practices to balance profitability with societal concerns, (b) challenges faced in implementing them and (c) some of the business and social outcomes of responsible management.
Participants would include academics from Business Schools, academic administrators, senior industry leaders and students of management.
We would jointly declare our commitment to promote the practice of responsible management education in Asia through a Declaration. We expect the Meet to be a further step towards promoting interactions among academics, industry, government and intergovernmental institutions to promote responsible management. We see such continued interaction as having the following outcomes in the short- and long-term:
- Greater knowledge-sharing among B-Schools and industry about various innovations to promote responsible management during the event.
- Joint research and interactive sessions between interested faculty, government officials, students, UNGlobal Compact& PRME members to promote continued knowledge sharing.
- Joint facilitation of experiments to inculcate responsible management practices across Business Schools and firms.
- Opportunity for government and intergovernmental bodies to formulate and evolve policies that promote more responsible management in the business operations
- More incentive for students and managers to be responsible (through rewards and recognition for responsible management)
- Opportunities for faculty to integrate responsible management in their courses
- Opportunities for business to obtain socially responsible and competent managers
Proposed session plan of the conference
- Inaugural session: (panel members from UN GlobalCompact (Asia), senior representatives of other business associations (manufacturing and service), academic signatory of PRME; chaired by PRME rep). What are the emerging social, political and economic forces that are affecting business in Asia? How do companies need to compete to grow in the Asian market? What are the pressures and gaps faced in growing rapidly and responsibly? What institutional supports are required to promote responsible management?
- Session 2: Corporate Innovations in responsible procurement of resources (session led by company reps and chaired by academic): What specific managerial innovations have Asian businesses introduced to ensure responsible procurement of material and natural resources? What are the critical challenges faced in adopting responsible procurement policies & practices and how have companies addressed them? What are the business and societal outcomes of adopting responsible procurement practices?
- Session 2 (parallel): Corporate Innovations in responsible procurement of resources: What specific managerial innovations have Asian businesses introduced to ensure responsible procurement of financial and human resources? What are the challenges faced in adopting responsible procurement policies and practices and how have companies addressed them? What have been the business and social/environmental outcomes of adopting responsible procurement practices?
- Session 3: Corporate Innovations in responsible utilization of resources (session led by company reps and chaired by academics): What specific managerial innovations have Asian businesses introduced for responsible utilization of natural, material, financial and intellectual resources in the development and production of products/ services? What are the challenges faced in practicing responsible management and how have companies addressed them? What have been the business and social/ environmental outcomes of adopting responsible management in utilization of resources?
- Session 3 (parallel): innovations in responsible promotion, marketing and distribution of products/ services: What are the responsible management practices introduced by Asian companies to promote, market & distribute products/services? What challenges do companies face in practicing responsible management in these areas? What are some business and social/ environmental outcomes of these initiatives?
- Session 4: Conclusion and future directions: What are some take-aways for other companies that are yet to adopt responsible management practices? What role can civil society & Business Schools play in enabling responsible management in Asian business? How can business, civil society and Business Schools actively collaborate to promote responsible management?
Day 2: PRME Asia Forum
- Session 1: (panel members from PRME, industry and B-Schools): The relevance of responsible management to B-Schools: What are some important take-aways from the previous day's discussions? What drives the movement towards responsible management education in Asia? What are the unique challenges faced in inculcating responsible management in Asian B-Schools?
- Session 2: Integrating responsible management into the administration of B-Schools (session led by academic administrators and chaired by senior business leaders): How do Asian Business Schools conceive of responsible management? What administrative (non-curricular) structures, systems & processes- such as admissions, rewards and placement- have evolved to promote responsible management education? What extra-curricular innovations help inculcate or support responsible behavior among the students? What were some critical challenges faced in implementing these interventions and how were these overcome?
- Session 2 (parallel): Integrating responsible management into the curriculum of B-Schools (session led by faculty members and chaired by industry leaders): What innovative course / course-mix have B-Schools introduced to inculcate responsible management? How are these courses designed and implemented? What are the student- and faculty-reactions to courses emphasizing responsible management? What are some of the outcomes of integrating responsible management in the curriculum for the students of the B-School?
- Session 3: A demonstration of integrating responsible management into a course using the GVV approach: This session will demonstrate the use of the GVV approach to integrate responsible management into the classroom using a decision-implementing framework. It will (a) illustrate challenges faced by a functional manager in deciding responsibly and (b) demonstrate how the GVV approach could improve the practice of responsible behavior in decision-making.
- Closing ceremony: (PRME chief, PRME representative from Asia chapter, Director GIM) PRME representatives (a) sum up learnings from the day (b) connect new learnings from the conference to past learnings from Asia Forums (c) connect new learnings to developments in other chapters and (d) detail the way forward for Asia Forum. Director thanks delegates and speakers. PRME members pass baton to next host of PRME meeting.
1Special thanks to Prof C.M.Ramesh& Prof Mary Gentile for their inputs in framing the conference agenda.
2. Samriddhi 2015
SAMRIDDHI the annual B-School symposium conducted by Goa Institute of Management successfully completed its 9th edition on the 28th, 29th and 30th of August 2015. This year the quest to strive harder and to forge new beginnings was taken forward with the introduction of more events as well as a panel discussion for the very first time.
The theme selected this year was “UNBROKEN”. Every year SAMRIDDHI takes on an issue of social importance and relevance as its theme. This year in continuance with the same the team decided to talk about failure- an integral yet hardly spoken about facet of success. The aim was to showcase failure not as a setback or as a hurdle but as a foundation to successful journeys which was embodied by all the speakers at SAMRIDDHI 2015.
In keeping with the theme of SAMRIDDHI 2015 as well as the professional, business oriented nature of SAMRIDDHI an eclectic mix of personalities from across industries were selected to speak at SAMRIDDHI 2015. These included:
1. Mr. John Kuruvilla, Managing Director, GenNext Ventures
2. Dr. Sujaya Banerjee,Chief Talent Officer & Senior VP, Essar Group
3. Mr. RamG Vallath, Motivational speaker, Author and ex Director; Dell, HP
Introduced for the first time ever at SAMRIDDHI, Dakshata the panel discussion focused on the emerging Start up boom in India. The panelists included prominent entrepreneurs across industries and in various stages of fulfilling their entrepreneurial dreams. They included:
1. Desmond Nazareth, Founder CEO, Agave India (Desmondji Liquor Brand)
2. E Sarath Babu, Founder CEO, Foodking
3. Sishir Garemella, Founder CEO, Sunvest Energy Private Limited
4. Jervis Pereira, Moderator for the Discussion, Director, Goa IT Innovation Center
SAMRIDDHI 2015 organized 8 sub events namely:
- Nivesh – Finance event organized in collaboration with SOFIA
- Comcentric – IT & Systems event organized in collaboration with IT@GIM
- Veditum - HR event organized in collaboration with HRiday
- Marketing Conundrum ( Final round in September) – Marketing Case study based on the beverage industry, sponsored by Bisleri
- Beer Game 4.0 – Supply Chain and operations event organized in collaboration with SCOPES
- Chakravyuh – Online quizzing event organized in collaboration with BRAINVISTA
- Cinemadvert 2.0 – Short Video making event organized in collaboration with Rated Films
- Eureka – the B-Plan competition organized in collaboration with E-Cell ( Internal event for GIM students only )
During SAMRIDDHI 2015, two workshops were also organised. These were:
1. A Digital Marketing Workshop
It was organized in association with DIGITAL VIDYA. The instructor for the same was Mr. Prateek Shah.
2. Finance Workshop
The workshop was conducted by an agency called SAFAL NIVESHAK. The founder and owner of the Safal Niveshak, Mr. Vishal Khandelwal,a SEBI registered Research Analyst with more than 9 years of experience as an investor conducted the sessions.
3. Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solutions
Goa Institute of Management offers a platform to notable voices at its conference on Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solutions
Goa Institute of Management (GIM) recently hosted a conference on Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solutions and it turned out to be an eye opening experience for the participants. Samarthan, a student initiative at GIM was at the forefront during the 28th January event, which brought together many eminent personalities to talk about a subject that is of grave importance to the times we live in.
There was a lot of buzz around this one of a kind event, which in many ways was meant to be the precursor to Sustainable Leadership Summit in March. And of course the guest list at the event was enough to fill the venue with anticipation on the big day. From politicos and bureaucrats to academics and environmentalists, the speakers included a solid mix of voices and opinions that left their mark on the audience.
Mr. Michael Lobo, MLA, Calangute constituency, the Chief Guest for the event opened the proceedings, talking about his own efforts towards solid waste management. “Maximum garbage comes from the coastal belt in Goa and it’s an issue that has to be dealt with. Calangute is one of the only 2 constituencies that collect garbage in a segregated, organised, and effective manner,” he said amidst appreciative applause from the audience.
Mr. Sanjit Rodrigues, Managing Director, Goa State Infrastructure Development Board, who was the keynote speaker for the day then talked about his pet program “Together For Panjim”. His presence at the event was interesting in itself given that he had given up on attending seminars and conferences. But the opportunity to interact with students from seven colleges and expert minds from different fields made him change his mind.
Of course, he wasn’t to be disappointed with the proceedings of the day and neither were the students, who were getting fantastic exposure to real world problems. Importantly they had an opportunity to listen to esteemed guests including Mr. Clinton Vaz, a prominent environmentalist; Ms. Patricia Pinto, co-opted councillor; Ms. Shabana Kazi from TERI; Mr. Palash Saha from the Geocycle department of ACC Limited and many more.
Another highlight of the event was a talk given by students from GIM who have been working with the Pollution Control Board. Their work is a part of GIM’s pioneering Give Goa program that makes community service integral to its curriculum. The group talked about the efforts they had taken towards solid waste management and it was a great learning experience for the rest of the gathering. A team from ‘I Lead India’, an initiative by the Times of India also elaborated about its efforts in the state.
The panel discussion that involved the luminaries present focussed on future of waste management in Goa. The concept of ‘Zero Waste’ and the necessity of raising awareness to promote all 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) were some of the subjects touched on by the panelists. Students could then pose their questions to the panelists, who were only too glad to answer them. The event ended with an aggressive call for action and appreciations for the Samarthan team for hosting such an enriching and enlightening conference.