MeitY CoE & NASSCOM Launch Enterprise Innovation Challenge
In our industry Digital technologies are playing a critical role in driving ESG goals but it also has to involve society by spreading awareness around on these goals
Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) Centre of Excellence (CoE) for IoT & AI in alliance with KITS (Karnataka Innovation & Technology Society) and NASSCOM has introduced the 2nd edition of the Enterprise Innovation Challenge (EIC) with a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.
Calling for greater role of technology in achieving ESG goals, Abhishek Singh, CEO, Digital India, MeitY, said “As we mature into a truly global economy, ESG will be one of the top priorities for our industry and all of us. Recently at COP26, our Hon’ble Prime Minister made the net-zero commitment and this will require each one of us, including government and the industry to put our best foot forward to ensure that we can put forward a sustainable agenda that not only takes care of our present-day needs but also the needs of the future. Even in corporate governance, what we need is that if our unicorns have to become real value-adding companies and if our startups have to go up and become the best in the world, the adoption of ethical corporate governance standards becomes a very important part of it. I am sure that the solutions coming out of the Enterprise Innovation Challenge will help not just corporates but also the Government.”
Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI (The Energy & Resources Institute) said “To move in the right direction for ESG, one of the most fundamental and crucial things is a mindset. As a society, we need to adopt the right mindset to achieve our goals. From an industrial perspective, it is not only the production and processes but also the raw material which goes in which needs to be looked into from our ESG goals perspective.”
Arun Misra, CEO, Hindustan Zinc, said “Judging companies by their ESG score has picked up immense momentum. In our industry Digital technologies are playing a critical role in driving ESG goals but it also has to involve society by spreading awareness around on these goals.”
Mona Soni, Global Head of ESG Technology, S&P Global Sustainable1 said “More than ever, investors and companies seek evidence-based insights, high-quality data and advanced analytics to support the decisions driving their strategies linking sustainability and business performance. Technology will be a key lever in accelerating progress and supporting innovation in this rapidly evolving ESG market.”
In her inaugural address, Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said “Today ESG has become a top priority not just for governments but also for our clients, investors as well as for employees across the Tech industry.
Besides Abhishek Singh, CEO, Digital India MeitY, the inaugural session also saw the presence of eminent personalities like Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM; Vibha Dhawan and Director General, TERI (The Energy & Resources Institute), Arun Misra, CEO, Hindustan Zinc, Mona Soni, Global Head of ESG Technology, S&P Global Sustainable1, Sandeep Chandna, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tech Mahindra and other eminent industry experts.