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Celebrating women in sustainability

Mar 09, 2018

Sustainability for Breakfast (S4B) focused on the role women are playing in the area of sustainability.

Mumbai: Today, women are playing a significant role in sustainability initiatives for their organizations, which not only covers environmental and societal issues, but also focuses on issues of gender equality and inclusiveness in the workplace. On the occasion of Women’s Day, Treeni Sustainability Solutions, a software product company focused on sustainability & CSR, and YES BANK joined hands to present the 6th edition of Sustainability for Breakfast (S4B) in Mumbai to engage with sustainability leaders from across industries, highlight important milestones while taking on the challenges faced by women in sustainability.

This version of S4B is focused on the role women are playing in the area of sustainability, the platform encourages engagement, inclusiveness and recognition of women at every function of sustainability within the organizations they work in. The platform not only discussed primary issues such as gender inequality and women empowerment, but also looked at how women leaders in sustainability have played important roles. The sessions included speakers engaging with the audience on topics such the role of women leaders in bridging the gender gap, women & climate change, and women leading social mobilization.

Speaking about the session, Namita Vikas, Group President and Global Head, Responsible Banking and Climate Strategy, Yes Bank said, “We have always supported ‘Parity for Progress’ and is happy to host this breakfast session highlighting success stories and the need for businesses to capitalize on the huge opportunities offered by women’s participation. Investing in ‘diversity of thinking’ is extremely important, given that leadership and performance has more to do with competency rather than gender. I am sure the deliberations from the session would lead to inclusive mechanism to better utilize the untapped potential of women”.

The session was attended by sustainability leaders from HDFC Life, TATA Power, Mahindra Susten, Vodafone India, Capgemini, TATA Motors, amongst others and witnessed speakers such as Shalaka Joshi, Gender Lead, International Finance Corporation, Shweta Munjal, Head of Corporate Affairs Asia Pacific, Thomson Reuters, Deeksha Vats, Joint President-Sustainability, Aditya Birla Group, Sujata Khandekar, Founder Director & Chief Trustee, CORO India, to name a few, to engage and discuss key issues around women and sustainability with the audience. Going forward, Treeni looks to continue to build editions of S4B to facilitate a platform for the industry to discuss issues relating with sustainability and CSR.

In response to the challenges in driving Sustainability & CSR and whether women deliver better results, Deeksha Vats, Joint President- Sustainability, Aditya Birla Group said, “What I believe sets a woman apart is the ability to be adaptable and less intimidating. So that makes conversations much flexible and easier. Also, having empathy is crucial in having faith and working hard. It is all in our heads that we see things work differently. How we see the world is how we see ourselves.”

On being asked about leadership’s role in bridging the gender gap, Mrinalini Kher, Honorary Trustee and Secretary, Kherwari Social Welfare Association said, “There has to be an entity providing support, be it a mother or a husband. For example, the support of a spouse brings a general sense of awareness and balance to the approach of everyday life. Taking a hard step is not possible without support. No matter who you are, you need someone to be in your corner.”

Speaking on the key takeaways from this special edition of Sustainability for Breakfast (S4B), Ankush Patel, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, Treeni Sustainability Solutions, added, “It was a great opportunity for us, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, to address these important issues. There are some great examples of the need for, as well as the difference that, gender equality makes to solving sustainability problems and driving social impact. This S4B inspires us to go back and become change agents in each of our respective organizations.”


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