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Green Enterprises - Creating Resource Efficiency and Jobs

India is today among the world’s most rapidly growing economies. It is also home to a population of working-age youth that constitutes one of the largest potential labour forces anywhere. This combination of factors has led many to believe that the ‘demographic dividend’ it produces will automatically drive our nation to the top of the global economic ladder within a few decades.

For this dividend not to become a ‘demographic disadvantage’, let alone a ‘demographic disaster’, several of our economic, sectoral and social policies will need radical change. Some of these changes have been steadily evolving since the grand liberalisation of 1991. These are self-evident and generally recognised by government and business leaders. Others are emerging, subsumed under the more recent concerns with raising the ‘ease of doing business’. While many of these are important and necessary, however, it is less well-understood that they are not at all sufficient.

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Sustainable Development Goals and Corporate Social Responsibility Conv

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted on September 25, 2015 by 193 countries as a follow up to the Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs focus to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all, as part of a new sustainable development agenda. A total of 17 goals and 169 targets are set to be achieved by 2030 and the realisation of the same calls for a collective effort from the government, the corporates and the civil society organisations.

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My Waste, My Responsibility

India being the second largest populated country in the world after China with more than 1.27 billion people contributes to 17.6% of the world’s total population (Official Population Clock). Annually, 62 million tonnes of garbage is generated by 377 million people living in urban India (Report of the Task Force on Waste to Energy, Planning Commission, 2014). Our country has become the third-largest garbage generator in the world.

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