Global Compact Network India in collaboration with Ambuja Cements Ltd organised the monthly knowledge sharing and networking meeting on the theme “Business Led Community infrastructure development and its relevance to Sustainable Development Goals” on 29th July 2016 at Ambuja Cements Ltd office in Gurgaon. The meeting was attended by 35 people representing the business sector, civil society and NGOs. The meeting was initiated with the welcome address delivered by Sandeep Shrivastava, Sr. Vice President – Corporate Environment & Sustainability, Ambuja Cements Limited and Pooran Chandra Pandey, Executive Director, GCNI deliberating on how corporates can contribute to the Community Infrastructure Development while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr. Sandeep Shrivastava, Sr. Vice President – Corporate Environment & Sustainability, Ambuja Cements in his welcome address talked about the vision and strategy for Ambuja Cements Foundation.
The meeting included a presentation on the theme delivered by Chandrakant Kumbhani, General Manager, Community Development, Ambuja Cements Foundation wherein he highlighted about the initiatives undertaken by Ambuja Cements Ltd which contributes to Community Development. These programs include Water Resource Development and Management, Agro Based Livelihood, Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institutes, Community Health and Sanitation, Education, and Women Empowerment.
The second presentation at the meeting was delivered by Justin Jebakumar, Director, Habitat For Humanity India. He talked about the current scenario of Sanitaton in India wherein 600 million people in India still practice open defecation and how Habitat For Humanity India acts as a catalyst in transforming the lives of people through providing Housing and Sanitation by reflecting upon the Goal 6 and Goal 11. He also added that Habitat For Humanity India has brought an impact wherein 1,34, 893 families and 6,54,757 individuals have been benefitted through community based Disaster Risk Reduction and around 61,342 houses have been built and repaired.
The meeting ended with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Sandeep Shrivastava, Sr. Vice President – Corporate Environment & Sustainability, Ambuja Cements Limited.