Climate change and sustainable development continue to be the most-discussed topics of recent times, with a myriad of rules and guidelines laid down to keep the stability of natural systems intact. The GRI or Global Reporting Initiative is one such international organisation that assists businesses and other organisations in analyzing and communicating the impacts of their actions on environment, society and the economy. The G4 Guidelines, now GRI Standards, help generate significant information that can promote effective decision-making by companies and their stakeholders. Tech giant, Infosys, has recently revealed its Sustainability Report 2016-17 which is in-tandem with the Global Reporting Initiative G4 Guidelines. The company has also completed a decade of reporting on susta
Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services recently launched its Sustainability Report. The Infosys Sustainability Report 2015-16 is launched as per the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines and is its ninth year of reporting on sustainability disclosures. The Report highlights that one of the buildings in its Chennai campus has been retrofitted with insulation to reduce the heat ingress by 25%, thereby reducing the cooling energy consumption and improving occupancy comfort. The building façade shields the building from heat which in turn provides greater cooling and lighting, resulting in higher overall performance of the building. Over the last one year, Infosys has successfully implemented several sustainability initiati
Household air pollution from traditional modes of cooking in rural India claims close to a million deaths every year. Biogas, generated from cow dung, is considered a form of renewable energy and offers a clean and smokeless cooking solution to rural households. With this as the backdrop, Infosys today announced the launch of a household biogas project in Ramanagara district of Karnataka. Under the project, Infosys will build 7,620 household biogas units and provide an equal number of biogas stoves to as many families in the district The total spending on this project will be close to 22 crores on the project. Over a 10-year period, the project is expected to generate biogas equivalent to about 1 million cylinders of domestic LPG. SKG Sangha, a Karnataka-based NGO with exper...
The Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari inaugurating the India’s first state-of-the-Art Tier-I Oil Spill Response Centre for Mumbai June 05, 2015. The World Environment Day was celebrated with great fervour and interest by India Inc this year! Companies and brands geared up to go live with their initiatives that contribute positively to environment conservation. From growing trees, displaying electrical vehicles to encouraging the use of organic food, the corporates did it all! Today, companies are looking at various ways to mitigate the problems arising out of changing environment and are rigorously working towards saving the planet. Making sustainability their top priority, India Inc is certainly treading the eco-friendly route. At the same ti
Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services has now become the first Indian company to join RE100 - a global platform for major companies committing to 100% renewable power! RE100 is a global initiative that celebrates and supports major companies committed to 100% renewable power across their operations. Its goal is that 100 of the world’s most influential businesses commit to 100% renewable power in the near future. As part of its commitment to RE100, Infosys aims to become carbon neutral by 2018. The company is already working to reduce its per capita electricity consumption by 50 per cent from its 2007-2008 levels and source all its electricity from renewable resources by 2018. Speaking about the announcement, Ramadas Kam
Union Minister for Law & Justice and Minority Affairs, Government of India Salman Khurshid speaking at the Sustainability Summit The CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, an India-based apex body that creates a conducive, enabling climate for Indian businesses to pursue sustainability goals recently organized the sixth edition of the one-of-its-kind Annual Conference on sustainable development in the capital city. The two-day event called "Sustainability Solutions: Summit & Exhibition" was held at The Lalit Hotel on 25th and 26th November, 2011 and explored challenges, opportunities, and strategies for bringing sustainability solutions to Indian Businesses. The Summit was essentially a dialogue in a conference style where CEOs of leading organizations wer...
Hanging in air but safer than most others: a child in a village a few hundred kilometers from Delhi On the night of November 15, 2010, when most people slept, the 'world class city' of Delhi woke up to a disturbing slumber of city planning that 'buried' the safety of its citizens. The thought of helplessness in bringing back to life those who lost their lives when an illegally constructed building in East Delhi collapsed, should call for nothing less than a change in the way we plan and build our city. It has been known for long now that Lalita Park in the Laxmi Nagar area, where the building stood, is a hub of illegal constructions. The area is located near the Yamuna riverbed and had greater chances of being weakened by the floods. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is found guilty of allo