Dear Readers ,Though this blog is not about events but recently CII People requested me to publicize their Sustainability Awards Ceremony . I found it a good cause so I agreed to do it.
According to wikipedia ,Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of union, an interdependent relationship and mutual responsible position with all living and non living things on earth. This philosophical interpretation moves well beyond definitions driven by progress oriented economic perspectives that see humans as providing stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. In ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time, a necessary precondition for human well-being. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems.
The word sustainability is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold; sus, up). Dictionaries provide more than ten meanings for sustain, the main ones being to “maintain”, “support”, or “endure”.However, since the 1980s sustainability has been used more in the sense of human sustainability on planet Earth and this has resulted in the most widely quoted definition of sustainability and sustainable development, that of the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on March 20, 1987: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
At the 2005 World Summit it was noted that this requires the reconciliation of environmental, social and economic demands – the “three pillars” of sustainability. This view has been expressed as an illustration using three overlapping ellipses indicating that the three pillars of sustainability are not mutually exclusive and can be mutually reinforcing. The three pillars – or the ‘triple bottom line‘ – have served as a common ground for numerous sustainability standards and certification systems in recent years, in particular in the food industry. Standards which today explicitly refer to the triple bottom line include Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, Utz Certified, and The Common Code for the Coffee Community. The triple bottom line is also recognized by the ISEAL Alliance – the global association for social and environmental standards.
In India, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development , a pioneering effort by CII,tries to bring ‘Blue’of economy and ‘green’ of sustainability together. It is indeed a daunting task and the organization which are able to do it are commendable.To recognise the sustainability in businesses brought by their efforts , CII -ITC institued a series of awards and going to organize an award ceremony. Details are following:
Ceremony Date:4 – 8pm, Friday, December 16, 2011
Venue: Stein Auditorium,India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
A panel of high-level speakers will discuss the rewards of sustainability, and a series of awards will be bestowed upon the participants that demonstrate outstanding achievements in sustainability performance. In addition to four top levels of recognition, theme- and sector-specific recognitions will be presented.
In the last six years, over 400 organisations of various sizes and sectors have vied for the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards. Participants’ triple bottom line performance is evaluated and top performers are identified .
In the last six years, over 400 organisations of various sizes and sectors have vied for the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards.
Special guests will include Mr. Y C Deveshwar, Past President, CII, Chairman, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development Advisory Council, & Chairman, ITC Ltd; Mr. Suresh P Prabhu, Chairman of the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards Jury, & Chairperson, CEEW; CEOs and members of the Sustainability Awards Jury.
About the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development
A pioneering effort by CII, the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is the fountainhead of ideas and practices to promote sustainability in India. It enables businesses become sustainable, and channels the potential of Indian Industry to power India’s agenda for inclusive growth and sustainable development.
Download Sustainability Awards Brochure