Sustainability is thriving among apparel and textile industry vigorously, and so the small and medium scale enterprises are struggling to become sustainable as they face challenges in understanding how to best work with sustainability issues in their own supply chains. In order to discuss and address such challenges, for small-, medium- and large-scale companies, the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) is hosting a conference on sustainability titled ‘India and Sustainability Standards – International Dialogues and Conference 2015’ from 18-20 November, 2015 at Hotel Hyatt Regency, New Delhi, India.
Organizations like C&A Foundation and UNICEF are lead partners for the event, and support from Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and Okhla Garment and Textile Cluster (OGTC) has also been garnered. MSME Minister, Kalraj Mishra will be the chief guest at the event.
At the conference, firstly, the current state of sustainability standards across industries in the country will be assessed. Then the perspectives and context of Indian and international sustainability standards will be understood, followed by sharing of experiences and best practices with business peers and policymakers in using sustainability standards, and eventually a strategic and policy framework for the Indian market will be developed by making individual action-plans across multiple industries including apparel and textile industry.
At the three-day conference on sustainability, various roundtables will be held on themes like Responsible Cotton, Fairtrade, and Responsible Business in the Apparel and Textiles Sector. Also, workshops on Indian Multinationals and Sustainability Standards, Energy Efficiency Leaders, and Women Skill Development and Empowerment will target educating various industry leaders.
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CRB facilitates social and environmental impacts and organizational behaviour change towards incorporating responsible business strategies, policies, and practices that contribute to harmonious relationships at workplace, organizational productivity, business continuity, growth, enhanced international trade, and social and environmental sustainability through sustainability standards.