SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

IICA through its dedicated ‘School of Business Environment (SoBE)’ has been focusing on promoting the responsible business ecosystem in the country, by supporting the growth of the corporate sector in India especially in the modern forward-looking areas of Environment-Social-Governance (ESG), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Business and Human Rights (BHR). The School has also contributed significantly to the development of key policies and guidelines in these areas like the National Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct (NGRBC), Zeroth draft of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, Technical inputs for the High-Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility to mention a few. The SoBE is emerging as an important catalyst to provide the policy development, advocacy, research, capacity building and consulting needs pertaining to the Responsible Business Conduct in India. It is helping businesses of different types, sizes and sectors for adaptation of ESG Frameworks. It encourages organizations, governments, and other stakeholders to adopt responsible policies and practices through capacity building, policy advocacy, action research, and advisory services. It is also working on an adaptation of NGRBC in the Readymade Garment Sector, Development of CSR Partnership Guidelines, and Research on Business and Women's Rights.

Motto:

व्यावसाियक पयार्वरण संस्थान: समृद्ध समाज योगः

(Translation: "Vyāvāsayika Paryāvaraṇasaṁsthāne: Samṛddhi Samāje Yogaḥ")

This motto encapsulates the essence of the School of Business Environment at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, emphasizing the harmonious union ("Yogaḥ") between business prosperity ("Samṛddhi") and societal well-being ("Samāje"), all within an environmentally conscious framework ("Vyāvāsayika Paryāvaraṇasaṁsthāne").

Vision:

To be the global leader in advancing sustainable business practices, setting the highest standards in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) excellence, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Business and Human Rights (BHR), and Responsible Business through pioneering research, capacity-building, and collaborations, thereby shaping a brighter and more responsible future for businesses and society.

Mission:

At the heart of our mission lies a commitment to research, capacity building, and advocacy. Through these pillars, we aim to catalyze positive and enduring transformations within the corporate world, ultimately contributing to a more responsible, ethical, and sustainable business environment on a global scale.

Research Excellence:

We are dedicated to conducting cutting-edge research that advances the frontiers of knowledge in Corporate Social Responsibility, ESG, and overall Corporate Sustainability. Our rigorous research initiatives delve into diverse facets of Business in relation to its overall Environment. By fostering an environment of curiosity, collaboration, and innovation, we strive to be a beacon of intellectual leadership in the realm of corporate sustainability research.

Policy Advocacy:

We actively engage in advocacy efforts to influence policies, regulations, and frameworks that promote sustainable corporate practices. Through rigorous innovative research and strategic collaborations, we aim to guide policy advocacy for the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, shaping progressive regulations that harmonize business growth with social and environmental responsibility.

Policy Advocacy:

We actively engage in advocacy efforts to influence policies, regulations, and frameworks that promote sustainable corporate practices. Through rigorous innovative research and strategic collaborations, we aim to guide policy advocacy for the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, shaping progressive regulations that harmonize business growth with social and environmental responsibility.

Collaboration:

By collaborating with governments, international organisations, industry bodies, civil society, and academia, we endeavour to shape a business environment that places sustainability at its core.

Global Outreach:

While based in India, our vision transcends borders. We are committed to fostering a global perspective on corporate sustainability, facilitating cross-cultural exchange of ideas and best practices. Our outreach efforts span continents, reaching corporations, organizations, and policymakers worldwide. Through international collaborations and partnerships, we endeavour to create a network of like-minded entities dedicated to driving corporate sustainability.

Innovation and Adaptation::

In a rapidly evolving world, innovation and adaptability are essential. We embrace emerging trends, technologies, and methodologies to enhance our impact. By continuously refining our approaches, we ensure that our research, programme pedagogy and advocacy remain relevant and effective in addressing the ever-evolving challenges of the corporate sustainability landscape.

With unwavering dedication, the School of Business Environment at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs is committed to shaping a future where businesses prioritize societal well-being, environmental stewardship, and ethical governance. Through research-driven insights, transformative corporate capacity building, influential advocacy, and global collaboration, we aspire to be a catalyst for positive change in the corporate world, driving it towards a sustainable and responsible future.

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