Call For Papers

Sustainable Development is one of the many central challenges in recent time that aims to meet the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs. The unprecedented economic growth around the world over in the last few decades not only ensured growing environmental pollution but also increased the economic disparity across population. It has triggered a collective concern of the people and at the same time it has whetted the aspirations of people at large for a brighter future. Albeit reduction in the poverty in some emerging economies such as India, China and Vietnam, it has been reported that still half of the world’s population owns less than 1 per cent of the global wealth. The phenomenal growth in industrial activities to meet the demand for various goods and services is increasingly damaging the environment. In every region of the world, these conditions are deepening and are getting worse, and thus, posing a major threat to global prosperity, security, and stability. The traditional development model in this regard has lost its relevance in its two major fronts- eradicating poverty and preventing a deterioration of the global natural environment. Business entities are also finding extremely difficult to do business by managing triple bottom line- a process by which firms manage their financial, social and environmental risk, obligation and opportunities. These are sometimes referred as profits, people and planet.

Business sustainability requires firms to adhere to principles of sustainable development. A movement for more sustainable business model has many challenges. Moreover, putting a value on sustainability initiatives can pose a systematic and universal challenge especially where the benefits are difficult to quantify. Therefore, relationship between sustainability and value creation will be a key issue to be tackled over the long term. The ability to express benefits in financial terms is one of the key drivers needed to instill sustainability into company business models.

We recognize the importance of these fundamental issues of sustainable development and share the responsibility by providing this forum to various stakeholders including Academicians, Governments, Corporate and NGOs for presentations and generations of ideas, seeking answers collectively that could help us change the overall trajectory of our unsustainable development patterns and move towards a path to sustainable development.

Given your considerable experience and expertise in the area, your perspectives on the conference themes you are invited to contribute your original research paper or case study. The papers may be submitted that fall into one of the following conference tracks/themes and sub-themes.

 
Conference Awards

Refereed papers accepted for the conference and presented will be published in an edited book by an International Publisher Bloomsbury.  Best Paper will be awarded at the close of the conference. To be considered, papers must be received no later than October 30, 2012.