Jamshedpur, March 11: B-school XLRI is organising its first sustainability and ethics themed debate on March 14. The Fr. McGrath Memorial Debate is an initiative by XLRI batch of 1985-87, in association with PEACE, a student group responsible for promoting sustainable and environment conservation practices in XLRI.
The event will witness C K Venkataraman, managing director, Titan Company Limited as the keynote speaker. He will be addressing the young leaders highlighting the importance of responsible leadership in business. Venkataraman, a post graduate diploma holder in management from IIM-Ahmedabad, joined Titan Company Limited in 1990. After multiple stints, he took charge of the Jewellery Division in 2005 and held the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jewellery till September 30, 2019. Subsequently, he assumed office as Managing Director of the Company from October 1, 2019.
“The debate presents an opportunity to showcase awareness underlined by leadership prowess to the masters-of-business across industries. The debate also provides an opportunity to spend time with industry leading CXOs and imbibe the greatness of sustainable leadership,” said an official.
He said that in the light of short-term orientation and intense competition, ethics and sustainability often take a backseat. For responsible businesses, it is imperative to look after the triple bottom line. Hence, in order to expose young leaders and youth to these aspects of the business, we bring for you this debating event on the theme: Be a responsible leader for a greater good.
With the best talent picked from across 14 colleges, the top 16 teams would be seen competing in the semifinals round. From this pool, four winning teams would compete in a debate in the finals (structure similar to that of the semi-finals) adjudicated by industry stalwarts and previous debaters from XL batch of 1985-87, and professors in the field of business ethics and sustainability.