The 7th edition of the Responsible Business Rankings brings to you how India’s top companies are gearing up to tackle the responsibility challenges that face us today. In the world of climate change the challenges are immense, but so are the opportunities for change.

While remarkable changes have occurred in the recent past, much more needs to be done for us to achieve decarbonization, equity and transparency. The Paris Accord of 2016 required countries to develop sustainable business practices and reduce the impact of their emissions to diminish the impact of climate change, waste and water management. Further, in 2017, the United Nations set out an ambitious programme called sustainable development goals (SDGs), covering 17 goals and 169 interlinked targets. Attainment of SDGs requires significant effort from both the governments as well as the private sector. The SDGs have the potential to provide a framework for mobilizing companies to invest in sustainable development in an ongoing and scalable way, while also pursuing their own business interests. The SDGs are forecast to generate market opportunities of over $12 trillion a year by 2030. Some believe it’s a conservative estimate.

Companies are increasingly mapping their activities to the SDGs and tracking their performance.

We look forward to your thoughts and comments on the study.

A special thanks to our lead researcher Neelam Agrawal who led the research and Supriya Lobo who supported her.

Utkarsh Majmudar

Utkarsh Majmudar is a Fellow, IIM Ahmedabad and a professional with experience encompassing academics and administration at top business schools in India (IIM Lucknow, IIM Udaipur and IIM Bangalore) and working with large corporations. He is a member of the Board of Governors at IIM Raipur. His interest areas include corporate finance and CSR.

Namrata Rana

Namrata Rana is a Director at Futurescape. She is an alumna of IIM Ahmedabad and Cambridge. She has worked extensively in sustainability, CSR, livelihoods, healthcare and mobility. She also conducts workshops on CSR and sustainability practices of businesses.

Namrata Rana and Utkarsh Majmudar have authored the book, Balance: Responsible Business for the Digital Age published by Westland Publishers. They are also the recipients of EFMD’s best case award in the Sustainable Production Systems category of 2018.