President & CEO – Home Textiles Division, GHCL
Q1. How do you describe SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)?
The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 universally implementable indicators around which UN member states will be expected to frame their policies. These goals, which became applicable in January 2017 and will be in force till 2030, centre around 5 p’s : people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Taking over from the 8 Millennium Development Goals, which came into being in 2000 and lasted till 2015, the SDGs are much broader in scope and tackle a wide range of issues, from poverty alleviation to gender equality to climate change.
Q2. How likely Indian consumers will accept these goals and work towards achieving Agenda 2030?
Indian consumers are very likely to accept relevant SDGs. However, there needs to be constant and consistent messaging around the stark reality of our planet being under tremendous strain and the dire need to making sustainable choices, if we were to ensure the survival of the earth. There needs to be a revival of our age old practices of avoiding waste and recycling, which have clearly lost steam on account of increasing consumerism, growing disposable income and the impulse of instant gratification. The message needs to be propagated even more rampantly and conscientiously. The revival of our traditions of craftsmanship and the marketing of handlooms and handicrafts would, for example, be an important driver as would the ramping up of infrastructure and price subsidies for electric vehicles.
Q3. Which goal(s) are you (or your organization) advocating?
Goal 12 – Sustainable Consumption and Production
Q4. SDGs have been there since 2015. They are gaining momentum in India & the World. How important it is to developing public- private partnerships at scale to deliver progress in global development?
Developing public-private partnerships and widespread collaborations across sectors including the government, NGOs. educational institutions, industry, media and civil society at large, would be crucial in terms of scaling up the momentum and delivering sustainable development globally.
Q5. Please share your vision & thoughts on our initiative ET SDGs Impact Summit. How important do you think is the need of organizing such summits?
I think the ET SDGs Impact Summit is a fabulous initiative and will tremendously help in bringing like minded individuals from a variety of spectra together, to voice concerns, share best practices, push momentum and collaboratively solve problems pertaining to achieving Agenda 2030.