Global Compact Network, Global Compact, and ITC Limited recently concluded the India Consultation on India Consultation on Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (SABPs) on 22nd November 2013 at IIC, New Delhi.
SABPs aim to be “guiding principles” for sustainable agriculture by consolidating and referencing the significant advances in practice, policy, technology, knowledge, and innovation that have shaped the food and agriculture sector in recent years – particularly those led by the Private Sector. The programme, on the 22nd of November 2013 was organized to receive feedback on the on “Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (SABPs)” through structured discussions on what constitutes good practice and policy for global agricultural development in both the private and public sector, determining which existing frameworks, indicators, and systems can form the basis for better partnerships between stakeholders to deliver sustainable agriculture and food security and establishing the voluntary guiding principles that businesses can subscribe to and should apply for working more effectively with the and Governments to realize the goals of ‘The Future We Want’ and the post-2015 development agenda.
Some of the key members who participated in the India Consultation included Dr. Uddesh Kohli, Senior Adviser, UNGC, Mr. S. Sivkumar, CEO, Agribusiness Division, ITC Limited, Mr. Sudarshan Suryavanshi, CEO, Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals, Mr. Asim Parekh, Vice- President – Technical, Coca-Cola, Mr. S.B. Reddy, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation, Prof. V.P.S. Arora, Vice-Chancellor, Supertech University, Ms. Poonam Madan, Consultant & Adviser – Sustainability and Social Enterprise including 68 other participants. Mr. Sivkumar CEO, Agribusiness Division, ITC Limited and Member in the Core Advisory Group of SABPs, at the UNGC New York, chaired the session. The discussions were centered on identifying the main challenges and opportunities for private sector-led sustainable agriculture. The feedback from the discussions of the day was presented at the Core Advisory Group meeting conducted in Geneva on December 2nd, 2013 and was well received.
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