Plenary Session

Parallel Sessions

Round Tables

09.30 – 10.00 Registration and Welcoming by The Economic Times
10.00 – 10.15 Opening Keynote by Chief Guest: Reimagining Our Planet – Building Back Better
World is facing the worst public health and economic crisis of the century where all countries need to strengthen the resilience of their health systems and prevention programs. In this address the Chief Guest will outline the relevance of SDG’s at this time and the need of building a better planet with inclusive approach. The dignitary will set the tone for the SDG Impact summit platform for all the stakeholders.
10.20 – 10.35 Welcome Address
10.40 – 11:25 CEO’s Panel Discussion: Can Business step up on SDGs post COVID-19

The “pandemic pause” is a blessing in disguise. It gives all the stakeholders a chance to undertake a thorough review of where we stand as well as what needs to change. Some predict that the next decade will bring increasing risks to businesses that fail to address the global crisis in a sustainable way. What measures need to be taken to avoid this jeopardy to companies and investors?

In this session, the corporate leaders will deliberate on the possibilities of how the responsible businesses can step forward to fight Covid 19 leading the world to sustainability. The aim of the panel is to bring forward how business leaders can redeploy their unique capabilities to meet societies immediate needs and offering people security and stability as an antidote to panic and fear.

Discussion Points

  • Partnerships for decent work and perpetual economic growth
  • Responsible production and consumption
  • Market transformations and new ways of doing business
  • Addressing environment, social and governance risks holistically
  • Green Jobs
11.30 – 11:40 Launch of The ET and Futurescape 7th Sustainability Index
11.50 – 12:05 ET Editor in Discussion with Guest: What are those 5 Sustainable Development Goals that help future-proof global recovery

With coronavirus having a negative impact on most SDG’s, it is imperative to identify the goals leaving a major setback to the economy. The pandemics has exposed that gains made to address poverty, hunger, good health and well-being may face serious setbacks unless the global community also urgently address the global environmental threats. Scientists across the countries are trying to understand, where to focus to get the future we want?

In the session the moderator will try to have a discussion with the speaker to understand those 5 goals that will be vital for a truly sustainable recovery.

Discussion Points

  • Future proofing sustainable recovery and development
  • Response for 5 major SDG’s
  • New initiatives under those goals
12:10 – 12.30 Countries Sustainability Wall: Participate. Promote. Pledge! (Part-I)

The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities and businesses worldwide. Different countries around the world, are coming together and innovating to minimize the impact on public health and to limit disruptions to economies and supply chains.

Sustainability leaders across nations are taking pledge to make promise to the nation towards making it better. The session will hear from such country leaders about their pledges and strategies. Part I will witness two country leaders from developing nations.

Discussion Points:

  • Support cooperative actions, international solidarity and the global response
  • Transparent and inclusive international policies towards development
12.35 – 13:00 Trialogue: Sustainable Investment: From Idea to Impact

We all can see a surge in sustainable investing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. For all the talk of the “circular economy”, reality remains far short of the potential. How can we implement the ideas to impact? Is COVID-19 a Long-Term Catalyst for ESG?

The financial and sustainability experts will talk about mitigating COVID-19 to build resilient economy not only as individuals but adopting a collaborative approach. At this session philanthropists, impact investors and leaders from foundations will highlight the best practices.

Discussion Points

  • Infrastructure act as key driver for Resource efficiency and ESG Investing
  • Upcoming policies on sustainable investments and reporting
  • Collaborations and Partnerships

Sustainable Investing – Environment, Social and Governance

13:10 -13:30 Expert Opinion: Circular Economy for the SDGs: From Concept to Practice

Circular economy has gained increasing prominence as a tool which presents solutions to some of the world’s most pressing crosscutting sustainable development challenges like climate change, energy, economic growth, life on land and more. Understanding the fact that the transition from a linear to a circular economy requires a joint effort by stakeholders from all sectors.
The different stakeholders will take a deep dive into the concept of circular economy and talk how it can be leveraged to achieve the Sustainable

Development Goals. Experts representing different sectors will discuss global trends and industries at the forefront of this transition, as well as key opportunities and barriers to its implementation.

Discussion Points

  • Multi-stakeholder approach – Partnership between private, policy makers and public sectors
  • Competencies in circular design to implement product reuse, and recycling
  • Policy frameworks and platforms promoting the reuse of materials and higher resource productivity
13.40 – 13.55 In Conversation: The Butterfly Effect: Looking to the stars and celebrities to make the SDGs viral

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals to a better world by 2030. It is now the responsibility of all of us to work together to achieve these goals and build a better future for all. Looking around these days, leading actors, film stars, celebrities, actors, models all are voicing their support through virtual campaigns, motivational talks, partnerships, new initiatives and more to make SDG’s viral.

Discussion Points

  • Raising awareness, mobilization and integrated approach
  • Engagement with new stakeholders
  • Financing of SDG’s

SDG’s Advocacy

14:00 – 14:45 Leaders Panel Discussion: Digital Pathways for Sustainable Business

It is very well said that; bringing digital prowess and sustainable practices together should be at the forefront of strategic thinking for any business. Technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, Internet of Things (IOT), Big Data, Cloud are driving the businesses to transform global manufacturing, industrial processes, labor and bring more efficiencies.

What can be done to simplify processes, and which technologies can make the biggest difference? In this panel discussion, the technology leaders would talk about digital examples in world of business making strides towards sustainability.

Discussion Points

  • Combining digital expertise for sustainable land use, clean power, smart cities, more production and consumption
  • Getting the right balance: Scaling innovations and sustainability
  • Sustainability strategy in digital age
  • Carbon footprinting
14.55 – 15.10 Special Address: Strengthening Economies: Empowered and Resilient

The root cause for the diverse and multi-dimensional challenges that economies face is inequality not only in income but also in the access to opportunities. Empowerment enables people to access productive resources (e.g. land, water, infrastructure and credit) and to participate in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. These people can build on their assets and capabilities to increase the resilience.

Supporting the objective of SDG 5, 8 and 10 to empower the women, disadvantage and marginalized section of the society, the special address has been curated.

Discussion Points

  • Inclusive growth and effectiveness of various initiatives
  • Implementation challenges, lack of transparency and weak monitoring
  • Lack of access to skills, credits and employment
  • Creating sustainable livelihoods
15.15 – 15.35 Stakeholders Dialog: Governance as SDG’s accelerator

Stakeholder participation and open government strengthen the legitimacy of policy- making decisions for implementing the SDGs. Private and public sectors are increasingly working with civil societies to find solutions to the complex challenges arising from globally interdepend problems and conflicts. All country governments are working to devise strategies and plans for building sustainable models for their countries.

Through this session we are trying to gather different perspectives, standpoints and interests into account from policy making and decision-making stakeholders.

Discussion Points

  • Exchanging best practices, policies and ideas
  • Promoting cooperating among national agencies
  • Making democracy work better
  • Improving the enabling environment
15.40 – 16.00 Let’s Hear from the Young Voice: Adaptability: Startups get the new competitive advantage

We all are in mid of era of instability and risk. To overcome and mitigate the effects of pandemic, a growing number of companies are using an array of new approaches and technologies, especially in virtual environments, to generate, test, and replicate a larger number of innovative ideas faster, at lower cost, and with less risk than their rivals can. This is giving birth to constant change, new business models and leaders. Who are leveraging this competitive advantage: Startups or Big Businesses? How are they adapting themselves with the change?

Discussion Points

  • Adaptability – the key to staying competitive
  • Startups leveraging the new visible change
  • Startups and Innovation ecosystem
16.00 – 16.10 Closing Address

*ET SDG Impact Summit is not officially supported by NITI Aayog & UN-India. Agenda is work in progress and subject to change

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