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left Innovation Nation Roundtable - October 4, 2012

To build a culture for business and sustainable development to co-exist, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Forum for the Future organised the ‘Innovation Nation: CEO Roundtable’, a curtain raiser to TERI’s annual flagship event, Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, which highlighted Indian success stories, shared lessons learnt, and identified opportunities for business to win through sustainable innovation.

The business leaders present at the Roundtable shared their experiences of making sustainable innovations happen in their organisations and identified barriers and opportunities for using innovation to solve key societal problems. The Roundtable was attended by the crème de la crème of the business fraternity which included Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director-General, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; Mr. Arun Seth, Chairman, Alcatel-Lucent India Limited; Mr. Venkatesh Valluri, Chairman, Ingersoll Rand India; Mr.Gaurang Pandya, MD, Carrier India; Mr Dhananjay Tapasvi, MD, Johnson Matthey India Pvt Limited. Among others, Indus Towers, BASF India, BP India, Mahindra and Mahindra, GIZ, Eaton Cooperation, Akzo Nobel India Limited and Fluor India were represented by their senior officials. Distinguished fellows from TERI, Dr Prodipto Ghosh and Mr C. Dasgupta were also present at the Roundtable.

Reflecting on the need for business enterprises to adopt sustainable innovations, Dr.Pachauri, Director-General, TERI emphasised on enhancing the production of goods and services with higher efficiency in the use of all natural resources. Sir Jonathan Porritt, Founder, Forum for the Future joining over a video call from London underscored the role of organisations such as TERI and Forum for the Future in proactively working towards ushering in sustainable innovations.

India: Innovation Nation, a special edition of Green Futures, slated to be launched at the 13th edition of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit will feature many Indian stories of innovation.

Corporate participation at the Innovation Nation: CEO Roundtable