The Future We Want – Implementing the SDGs

This policy brief examines the current contours of India’s socio-economic and environmental architecture and situates the challenges of effectively implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development within it. It aims to provide prescriptions for overcoming these challenges in order to...

A Study of the India-Bhutan Energy Cooperation Agreements and the Implementation of Hydropower Projects in Bhutan

The first in a series of country case studies assessing the effectiveness of India’s development cooperation programme. Undertaken in partnership with Vasudha Foundation, the study examines bilateral hydropower energy agreements between India and Bhutan, the largest recipient of Indian aid.  ...

Sustaining Development

Enlightened self-interest requires that the private sector must no longer shirk its responsibility with regard to the community or to the environment which sustains themStirring calls to "leave no one behind", to end poverty and hunger, ensure health for all and achieve gender equality: this...

Profit with social benefits

The next transformation of businesses will lie in creating economic value that creates value for society by addressing its needs and challengesThere has been a marked shift in the way people view businesses after the 2008 global financial crisis. Businesses are beginning to be thought of as...

Policy focus is on women

The Companies Act and business responsibility reporting (BRR) have together pushed companies to increase their disclosure standards when it comes to having policies for a non-discriminatory workplace. While having more women has resonated with companies at a policy level, hiring people from the...

Company policies focus more on health and safety of employees

IRBF Index 2015 shows that of the top 99 companies, 82 recognise employees’ need for healthy and safe working conditionsMumbai: When employees turn against their company, consequences could be grim. The importance of maintaining healthy relations with employees and ensuring their well-being came to...

India Inc’s policies for supply chain not robust

With most firms ignoring chinks in the supply chain, issues such as employee strife over wages or unsafe work conditions can derail operationsIn 2013, the eight-storeyed Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing over 1,100 garment workers. Major global apparel makers such as GAP Inc., Wal...

Development and Ecological Sustainability in India

Possibilities for the Post-2015 Framework