Media Release

UN Global Compact Network India to host 13th National Convention on 8th June, 2018 in Bengaluru

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister, GoI will be the Chief Guest and Mr. Amitabh Kant CEO, NITI Aayog as the Keynote speaker

Theme: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A Blueprint for Action

Bengaluru: Global Compact Network India (GCNI), a local Network of the United Nations Global Compact, New York is holding its annual flagship event 13th National Convention on the theme of ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A Blueprint for Action’. It is scheduled for Friday, 8th June, 2018 at Hotel Shangri-La, Bengaluru.

This year, the Convention by GCNI is ofa greater significance as it is coinciding with the UN India Business Forum being hosted jointly on 7th June, 2018, Hotel Shangri-La, Bengaluru. As part of a long term association, Accenture, will support the event as  the Knowledge Partner of GCNI.  Mr. D K Hota, CMD, BEML is leading the convention as the Chairman while Mr. Shashi Shanker, CMD, ONGC as the President.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister, Ministry of Science & Technology (India), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI has been invited to grace the Convention as the Chief Guest and Mr. Amitabh Kant CEO, NITI Aayog as the Keynote speaker. Apart from them, a board of eminent speakers comprising of CEO, CXOs & Heads from Corporates, PSUs, Academia, Civil Society organizations and UN Agencies   globally.

Some of the speakers include Mr. Yuri Afanasiev  (UN Resident Coordinator India and UNDP Resident Representative in India), Mr. VishveshPrabhakar  (Managing Director, Sustainability, Accenture Strategy), Dr. H Chaturvedi (Director, BIMTECH) Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee (Secretary General, Indian Steel Association), Dr. Raman Ramachandran (Chairman & Managing Director, BASF India Ltd and Head, BASF, South Asia) Dr. Shalini Sarin (SVP HR- BG Professional, CSR &BoP Leader- Lighting, Philips) Mr. Tom Thomas  (CEO, Praxis) ,Mr. Marcos Neto (Director, Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, UNDP), Ms. Heather Grady (Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), San Francisco), Brig Rajiv Williams ( Corporate Head – CSR, JSL Stainless Ltd).



The unique feature of this   Convention is the launch of GCNI –Accenture CEO Study, Exclusive CEO Panel, Concurrent Sessions on SDGs (Quality Education, Integrating Human Rights into Sustainable Business Strategy, Affordable Urban Housing: Challenges & Perspectives, SDG Philanthropy Platform) and a special session on Innovative Practices Awards 2018 on SDGs.


“The implementation pathto achieving SDGs would not only help India grow but also help us growand sustain our society without taking away what we owe to our future generations. As we inch towards creating the New India, we need to understand what needs to be done and act now” says, Mr. D K Hota, CMD, BEML


Mr. Kamal Singh, ED, GCNI says “GCNI Convention 2018 theme puts emphasis on the real, on-ground actions that the businesses need to take to make a real impact on achieving the SDGs while also creating economic value for the Nation. It will include concepts such as organizational performance on SDGs, circular economy etc. which India needs to follow in the coming years.”


Over 400 delegates from Government both Central and State, UN and its systems, Civil Society organizations, SME’s, Members of Academia industry bodies’ representatives are likely to attend this year’s National Convention. For more details, kindly visit :


Global Compact Network India (GCNI), formed in November 2000, was registered in 2003 as a non-profit society to function as the Indian Local Network of the United Nations Global Compact, New York. It is the first Local Network in the world to be established with full legal recognition. GCNI is a country level platform for public & private sector, businesses, NGOs, civil society organizations, aids in aligning stakeholders’ responsible practices towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Ten Universally Accepted Principles of UNGC in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. It has also emerged as the largest corporate sustainability initiative in India and globally with a pan India membership of over 350 leading business and non-business participants and 400 signatories, strengthening their commitment to the UNGC.

A copy of draft agenda is annexed for your ready reference & kind perusal. -