Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development

The "Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development" (CESD), IICA is envisioned to perform activities that provide support to Indian Businesses/industry, both in the public & private sector at large, in all facets of Sustainable Development. This includes developing sustainability strategies, identification of sustainability risks, challenges & opportunities in the respective sectors and development of suitable CSR Projects/ Sustainable Development programmes.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into effect from 1st January, 2016 for achieving targets in 17 goals and 169 targets are adopted by 193 countries and is an ambitious commitment by Global leaders embracing economic, environmental and social aspects of wellbeing. India is also committed to SDGs. Niti Aayog has constructed the SDG India Index spanning 13 out of 17 goals and has determined a set of 62 priority indicators. A long term strategic planning and collaboration between all stakeholders i.e. Government, Corporate and Citizens will ensure we meet the SDGs especially with regard to the 62 priority indicators within the 17 goals. The SDG Index currently tracks progress of all States and UTs especially with regard to its progress and achievements across Government Schemes across flagship programs of Government such as Swachh Bharat Mission, Beti Bachao Beti Padha, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.

The centre will attempt to undertake an exercise to provide a framework on similar lines that could help align Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of Corporate Inc to the 62 indicators of SDGs. Once the indicators and framework is prepared Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funded projects could not only be aligned to SDG goals and indicators, existing work as well as projects of the past could be tracked on these 62 National indicators to gauge and comprehend where we stand as on today. An ongoing review post baseline study could be undertaken. This would not only ensure quality of the CSR project and employer branding but will also motivate the Corporate when they see where they stand in the larger picture.

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