Introduction to TERI's Chief Sustainability Officers' Forum
Set up in 2014 by TERI, the Chief Sustainability Officers' (CSO) Forum is a community of India's leading chief sustainability officers and thought leaders working together towards driving sustainable development from the forefront. The CSOs engage with TERI through its Council for Business Sustainability (CBS) aiming to strengthening the business case for sustainability for the corporate whilst ensuring on-ground implementation of co-created project ideas on issues of materiality for respective organizations.
Members of TERI CBS are invited to join the Forum, led by their respective Chief Sustainability Officer/designate officers. A Council member may opt to nominate more than one staff member to work in multiple programmes or to create tomorrow's leaders.
The Forum holds an annual conclave to share learning and experiences, organize several interactive sessions with identified focus areas in sustainable development. This Forum evolves plan and execute the same to fulfil respective organisations' environmental and social responsibilities. The plan benefits the business as well as the community while reducing the adverse impact of business on the nature and society.
Meeting of TERI CBS Chief Sustainability Officers
28 August 2018 | Narmada Hall, TERI Retreat, Gual Pahari
The meeting had two sessions
- Knowledge sessions provided insights on emerging trends and global developments on sustainability;
- Action and consultation sessions provided access to tools, methodologies and practices for the Sustainability Officers.
The meeting got an overwhelming response from the participants of around 25 different companies across all sectors. Participating colleagues witnessed practitioner's perspectives on emerging sustainability trends in corporates, energy transition in India and green investments as well as tools and methodologies to enhance company performance on sustainability.
The meeting was hosted at TERI's unique facility RETREAT (Resource Efficient TERI Retreat for Environmental Awareness and Training) which symbolizes our faith in research and commitment to sustainable development.
Deliberations at the forum included:
- Appreciation of climate Change and natural resources depletion
- How business benefits from and impacts natural resources
- Evolve industries response to contain adverse effect of unsustainable developments
- Showcase best practices
- Opportunities that sustainable business practices offer
Some of the key marco level take-aways from the event were:
- How Indian business should address the above problem areas
- What are the opportunities that can positively impact business
- Creation of technical work groups suiting the need of the participating companies
Participating colleagues were also asked to provide suggestions on how better can CBS engage with its member companies and what priority areas should be focused in the future. Specific suggestions were provided under the following broad activities/services:
a. Knowledge Products,
b. Business solutions to national problems,
c. Technology Discourse,
d. Policy Dialogues.
W. Scott Tew Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand
Scott Tew is the founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES) which supports all of the company's strategic brands - Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Trane and Thermo King - and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives aimed at transitioning to more efficient and climate-friendly solutions, and minimizing resource use within company facilities.
In addition, Tew serves as a thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts and a value-stream approach to sustainability. His recent efforts have led to the development of world-class initiatives including introduction of the company's comprehensive triple-bottom-line targets, the creation of the EcoWiseTM product portfolio, industry-leading public commitment to combat climate change at the UN Climate Summit; and as a pioneer in integrated reporting. Prior to this role, he led high profile programs to advocate for energy efficiency, green buildings and global greenhouse gas emissions standards and policies.
Tew holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He plays key roles in several important groups including: the World Environment Center; the Alliance to Save Energy; the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD); Advanced Energy Economy (AEE); and the US and India Green Building Councils. He is the author of myriad white papers related to energy efficiency and sustainable practices and contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.
Ajay Mathur Director General TERI and Co-Chair Energy Transition Commission-International
Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change.
He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February, 2016.
Samir Ashta Chief Financial Officer – India
Mr. Ashta is the Chief Financial Officer for the CLP Group in India. He oversees the entire gamut of financial operations of CLP India and its various assets. He joined the company in 2007 and has 32 years of experience working with various companies in India. Prior to joining CLP Group he has worked in large Engineering, Chemical & Paint companies in India including Escorts Ltd, Max India, ICI Ltd & Demag Cranes. Mr. Ashta is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He completed his MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.