Round Tables

Roundtables are interactive sessions among Key Opinion Leaders, Special Interest Groups to foster partnerships and associations

DAY I- Wednesday, 21st September 2016, Mumbai

Timings – 11:00am to 1:30pm

  1. Round table 1 – Responsible Consumption & Data for Malnutrition (Hosted by Glenmark Foundation)

    Glenmark Foundation seeks to understand the complex nature of the problem of malnutrition and bring into focus the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach to finding solutions and effective responses through Behaviour Change Communication. We plan to work with and develop students and academic institutions as a resource base for NGOs and the development sector in general. The aim would be to bring into effect partnerships where students and researchers can work with NGOs and find gaps in the sector. They will be encouraged to utilise their mental and functional skills to contribute and arrive at collaborative and innovative solutions that promote healthier nutritional practices for the low-income groups of our society. Winning teams will be selected for cash prizes through the competitive process of Communication Catalyst 2017.

 Attendees: NGOs (children, health, women, education), Professors, Students, Government, Donors, Corporate CSR

  • Round table 2 – Responsible Procurement, Supply Chain & Impact ShoppingThere is a need to explore the corporate supply chain with the goal of diversification in their supplier base. The focal point would be on encouraging responsible procurement through expanding sources for corporate requirements as well as impact shopping for individuals (employees) such that they enhance support for various women entrepreneurs in particular and livelihood enterprises in general. The discussion would also help identify the challenges and capabilities of the procurement process on one hand and the production and delivery mechanisms on the other.

Attendees: HR & Purchase managers, MSME Dept, SHG Members, NGOs (Livelihood), Women enterprises, Banks and Donors

DAY I- Wednesday, 21st September 2016, Mumbai

Timings – 2:30pm to 5:00pm

  • Round table 3 – Inclusive Policies – Tribal Welfare Education and Skill Development

    Tribal youths’ right to determine their own future – strengthening supportive action: Capacity building and youth leadership

    An urgent need is to build Tribal Youth leadership so that they in turn can bring the change they desire in their communities. The discourse would in effect cover knowledge based training on constitutional rights, affirmative action under various government policies and recently amended Acts of parliament, activating local governance structures; soft skills training in community mobilization, collective decision-making, conflict resolution. It is also a means to map participants that have the resources and funding to actually support individual elements of such programmes as well as create awareness around these issues in mainstream media and social consciousness.

    Attendees: Tribal Groups, Corporates HR & CSR, NGOs (livelihood, education, rights), Government, Academia, Researchers and Journalists

  • Round table 4 – Inclusive Capacity – Accelerating Women-Focused Enterprises
    Financial inclusion is key to any sustainable and equitable move forward for economic development. This involves finding ways of delivering financial services and access to capital at affordable costs to all sections of the society. However gender lens investing has been a minuscule portion of the growing capitalization of the MSME sector. The roundtable will be a dialogue for working capital and impact investment that can effectively contribute to furthering the growth of Women-focused enterprises. Women-focused enterprises include enterprises that have products or services for women, have a pre-dominantly women workforce and of course could be women-owned.

Attendees: Women Entrepreneurs, Investors, Financial Investors, Donors, MFI, Banks, CSR, Government

DAY II- Thursday, 22nd September 2016, Mumbai

Timings – 10:30am to 1:00pm

  • Round table 5 – Sustainable Partnerships in Water Management  (Hosted by Ambuja Cement Foundation)

    Ambuja Cement Foundation, understands the complex function of water management and has a special focus on participatory water resource management. It has mobilised partnerships for sustainable water management and outreach to also include vulnerable groups in rural areas.   ACF believes that the complex problem of water can only be solved /addressed through collective efforts and partnerships. ACF would like to engage with like-minded organizations and explore means and ways to join hands and together reach the unreached in the rural areas of India. The conversation seeks to underline the importance of partnerships between the corporate and development sector for taking forward the goals of effective community development.

    Attendees: Corporate CSR and Sustainability, Government, Donors, NGOs, Researchers, Academia


  • Round table 6 – Sustainable Capacity – Sports for Development

    Sport has the power to change the world.
    It has the power to unite in a way that little else does.
    It speaks to youth in a language they can understand.
    Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.
    It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.
    It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.

    – Nelson MandelaIn the face of the new found enthusiasm for sports, capacity building is a buzzword in the development and corporate sector alike. However finding ways to make such process itself sustainable are in need of further exploration. This exchange will look at various ways of developing infrastructure, mentoring processes, resource requirements, international exposure and networking etc. that are able to make Sports for development a sustainable activity.

Attendees: Corporate CSR and HR, Government, Donors, Training Institutes, Sports Associations, NGOs, Researchers, Academia

DAY II- Thursday, 22nd September 2016, Mumbai

Timings – 2:00pm to 4:30pm 

  • Round table 7 – Swedish Institute Alumni Conclave (Hosted by Swedish Institute – By Invitation only)

    The Swedish Institute, Stockholm is a public agency with a commitment to gain knowledge and understanding of different cultures, their people, and to promote Sweden and Swedish issues globally. SI seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in different fields.

    The Social and Sustainability Immersion Program is a forum to explore synergies among Swedish Institute Alumni and Swedish companies in India. The aim of the round table is to share experiences and explore collaboration in projects that focus on issues such as diversity, inclusion and sustainability.  A tour and a networking session at Pune are additional activities as part of the conclave.

    Attendees: Swedish Institute Alumni, Swedish Embassy / Business Sweden and Swedish Company representatives


  • Round table 8 – Eco-friendly Practices on Waste Management Sanitation & HygieneEnvironmentally sustainable development is a critical need of the hour and green initiatives have to be encouraged and promoted more especially in areas that are vulnerable to climate change. This can be possible only if it becomes a matter of everyday policy and practice. Finding, encouraging and adopting eco-friendly practices and propagating them through alliances between communities, corporate houses and government departments is important for the success of such initiatives. This session will begin dialogue on how to adopt practices in work, recreation and personal spaces, including households, by individuals and organizations around Waste management, sanitation and hygiene.Attendees: ALMs, Corporate CSR and EHS, Government, Donors, NGOs, Researchers, Environmental groups, Academia.


Please note that slot timings vary on both days, kindly check timings and register accordingly.