Jamshedpur: The Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance (SIGMA) committee of XLRI organised Asia Meet 2020 on a virtual platform this time, owing to the COVID 19 pandemic.
The meet witnessed attendees from oikos chapters in Hong Kong, Suzhou, Bangalore, and Kolkata. The sessions were very informative and witnessed members of these chapters exchange ideas and share updates on recent activities and events carried out by them. It also saw several representatives from oikos international participate in discussions and engage in conversations with members of the Asian chapters.
Aditi Deodhar, external vice president, oikos Hong Kong and the brain behind ‘Planeteers’ took the floor to explain the motivation behind co-founding the company which adopts a vegan and biodegradable edible route towards the fight against single-use practice.
Planeteers look at edible cutlery that is also rich in nutrition as a healthy and eco-friendly substitute to single-use plastic cutlery.
Wilma Rodriguez, the founder of “Saahas Zero Waste” then spoke about the challenges to waste management and how the millennial generation is doing a great job to find solutions to this grave problem. She also threw some light on how people need to take the onus for responsible waste management.
This was followed by a brief talk on corporate sustainability by Dr. Tata L Raghuram, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, XLRI and Chairperson of Father Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability. He emphasised on how sustainability is the new mother of innovation and how the economic, environment and social aspect of a business must move in tandem with each other in order to achieve sustainability.
This interactive session saw exchanges of ideas on how the current curriculum of corporate sustainability in B-Schools can be improved to ensure it is up to date with the current challenges faced in the journey towards sustainability.
The oikos chapters that attended the meet then explained the latest developments in the activities and events. Ideas on how different chapters can collaborate on projects in the future were discussed before Sophie Charrois, President of oikos concluded the event with a closing note.
SIGMA (Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance) is a student-run social, collaborative group at XLRI which run under the able guidance of Professor Madhukar Shukla. SIGMA focuses on transformation and change in the social sector by contributing to the community and impoverished sections of the society. This is done through several events across the year, which are executed by a 10-member team dedicated to making positive contributions to the community.