Global Summit on ESG Advancement: Innovations Driving Sustainability “Uniting Leaders for Business Integrity” 

PR No – 48

6th March, 2024

New Delhi


Global Summit on ESG Advancement: Innovations Driving Sustainability “Uniting Leaders for Business Integrity” 


PHDCCI, in collaboration with The UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI), the local branch of the United Nations Global Compact, New York, organized the – ‘Global Summit on ESG Advancement‘, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at PHD House, New Delhi.

Under the theme ‘Innovations Driving Sustainability “Uniting Leaders for Business Integrity’, this summit aimed to tackle current sustainability issues and provide an excellent platform for uniting leaders from across the sectors to learn, share, and discuss their relevant knowledge and innovations to ensure good governance, ethics, and integrity in businesses.

The summit envisaged to engage in inter-sectoral dialogue and delve deeply into the ESG principles and their role in driving sustainable development. With participation from over 300 delegates representing the public sector enterprises, private companies, MSMEs, and NGOs, along with Sustainability and ESG practitioners, Healthcare organizations, and Research Institutions, the summit served as a vital forum for collaboration and strengthened collective action among businesses concerning ESG measures.

The one-day summit featured various sessions covering topics such as – Policy Advocacy and Thought Leadership – Shaping the Future of Business; Transparency, Integrity, and Universal Health Coverage to Augment SDG3 Through Public & Private Sector Engagement, and Ethics and Accountability through BRSR Compliance.

Unique features of the summit were:

  1. Launch of Compendium on Best Practices on Anti-Corruption for Healthcare.
  2. Presence of Eminent Governance experts, Healthcare practitioners, Sustainability champions, and thought leaders to share valuable insights and lead the panel discussions.

III.        On-spot engagement activities curated for the audience.

  1. Networking opportunities with more than 300 delegates from businesses- Senior Executives and Heads from the public and private sectors, UN agencies, governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations, academia, and Civil Society Organizations.
  2. Sustainable Summit: Encouraging a Paperless and Plastic-free event to minimize the carbon footprint.

Some eminent personalities including – Cristina Ritter, Head of Anticorruption and Governance UN Global Compact, New York (UNGC), Dr. Uddesh Kohli, Former Senior Advisor, UNGC, Mr. Ratnesh, Executive Director, UN GCNI, Dr, Ranjeet Mehta, Executive Director, PHDCCI, Dr. K. Madan Gopal, Advisor, Public Health Administration, NHSRC, Govt of India, Ajitabh Sharma (IAS), Principal Secretary Industries, Rajasthan and Chairman RIICO Jaipur City Transport Services Limited/Govt of Rajasthan, Dr. Jatinder Singh, Asst. Secretary General PHDCCI, Rishi Chawla, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Carlsberg India & Member, Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, CEO, Anil Agarwal Foundation, Vedanta Group & Member Governing Council, UN GCNI, Mukesh Kumar Sharma, Executive Director, PSI (India), Dr. Karan Thakur, Vice President, Sustainability, ESG & Public Affairs, Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited, Dr. Harivansh Chaturvedi, Chief Educational Advisor, BIMTECH, Ranjan Kumar Mishra, CEO, Vision360, Dr. K.K. Upadhyay, Professor and Chairperson, Centre for Sustainability & CSR, BIMTECH, Dr. Shiv Kumar Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, Atmiya University, Gujrat, Priyanka Sud, Senior Manager, Sustainability, Siemens, India, Dinesh Agrawal, ESG Principal Consultant, Consocia Advisory Group, Atul Sud, Company Secretary & Compliance Officer, Mrs. Bectors Food Specialties Limited, Swati Sahai, Head of Corporate Affairs, Government Relations, and Public Policy, HCL Technologies, Kumar Chandan, Lead-ESG, Mahindra Susten, Shantanu Srivastava, Lead, Sustainable Finance & Climate Risk, Institute for Energy, Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Dr. Vikas Yadav, Deputy Director – Family Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India, Dr. Bulbul Sood, Ex-Country Director, Jhpiego, Soumya Prakash Dalua, Lead, ACCA Project, MACN, Aman Gupta, Managing Partner, SPAG-FINN, Dr. Himanshu Arora, Manager, Sustainable Development, Indian Oil Corporation,  Ramit Singh Chimni, Chair of the Jury for the International UNESCO and Co-Founder, Eight Goals One Foundation (8one), Hitesh Sahni, Program Director Population Services International (India), Nikhil Goyal, Founder, Beyond Imagination- Technology, Dheeraj, Lead BRSR, Praxis, Rahul Saxena, Founder Director, Right Side Consultants, Dr. Somnath Singh, Deputy Director, UN GCNI and Mr. Jitender Rana, Deputy Secretary, PHDCCI amongst others attended the event.

The way forward derived from the long day of discussion ..

  • Enhance Cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders to collectively address sustainability challenges and embrace the ESG.
  • Improve awareness of the importance of sustainability and ESG practices, and highlight the potential benefits for both businesses and the environment.
  • Understand the relationship between BRSR and ESG.
  • Promote innovations in sustainable technologies, processes, and solutions, driving the transition to a more sustainable industry/s.
  • Foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among experts and business leaders.
  • Emphasize innovative practices and strategies for integrating ESG considerations into business operations and investment decisions.
  • Deliberate actionable solutions and commitments to drive global positive social, environmental, and economic impact.


Population Services International (India), Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited, Concosia Advisory, Jus Diligence, SHIKHAR -A Social Development Organization, CSR Times were the corporates and like-minded organizations that supported this summit.


ABOUT The UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI):

The Global Compact Network India (GCNI) was formed in 2000 and registered as a non-profit society in November 2003 to function as the Indian Local Network of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), New York. GCNI is the first Local Network established with full legal recognition.

As the UNGC’s local arm, GCNI has been acting as a country-level platform that provides support to Indian businesses, academic institutions, and civil society organizations towards strengthening responsible business practices in India by incorporating the Global Compact principles into their strategies, policies, and procedures and establishing a culture of integrity by catalyzing action through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GCNI encourages its member companies/participants to uphold their ethical practices and responsibilities to Business, people, and the planet.



Warm Regards,

Media Division

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry