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Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India and
Chairman, Institute Of Directors

Dear Friends,

The 21 World Congress on Environment Management is being organized by IOD, on 4-5 July, 2019 at Hotel J W Marriott , in Bengaluru, with the Theme: “Collaborative Leadership for Environment & Climate Change : Strategy for Creative Solutions”.

Two recent significant events that impact the future course of global development, include the UN 'Sustainable Development Goals' with the 'Agenda 2030', and the Paris Climate Change Agreement (COP 21). India has played an important role in both these agreements, and is committed to its own targets. A major feature in these agreements is the role of all countries on the globe with business and industry as major partners.

20 century was marked by both, creation and recognition of a host of environmental problems, and 21 Century now bears the burden of resolving them and preventing the emergence of more. Disaster management has failed, exposing gaping holes, and shoddy relief and rescue measures.

By 2050, world's population is predicted to rise to over 9 billion. Unprecedented, complex, non-linear changes in earth's systems, rising global temperatures, leading to more frequent heat waves and other extreme weather calamities will further effect water and food scarcity. Our cities are choking under smog, rivers are polluted and clogged. India's energy demand is expected to grow by 35%, by the year 2030. We need green, renewable energy at low cost, to help the poor leapfrog on to a sustainable path.

An ever increasing number of companies and other organisations want to make their operations sustainable, and environmentally sound. They have realized that such an approach offers an opportunity for growth, and should not be looked upon as cost to the company. Exceptions that long-term profitability should go hand-in-hand with social justice and protect the environment are gaining grounds. These expectations are only set to increase and intensify as the need to move to a truly sustainable economy, with life-cycle concepts for all products and services, is understood by companies, policy makers, opinion makers, customers and other stakeholders.

Conservation of nature and protection of our environment is a collective task, involving citizens and government, the corporate sector, and all other stake-holders in our complex and diverse society. Today, we face unprecedented environmental challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and resource scarcity. Smart marketers are focused not only on whether consumers view their message, but also to what extent they engage with it.

As per a recent World Bank study, environmental degradation costs India $ 80 billion a year. Environmental governance and sustainability threats can no more be viewed in isolation, but as opportunities and a huge source of innovation. IOD looks forward to welcome your participation in this search for collective market- oriented solutions, to our environmental concerns.

Regards

M. N. Venkatachaliah


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