Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Sustainability Principles and Reporting

Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Sustainability Principles and Reporting

Online PR News – 06-January-2010 – – Sustainability and its ever increasing demand across the stakeholder spectrum is changing the way the Construction and Real Estate sector conducts business. Access to capital, cost of capital and demand are all being influenced by the sustainability quotient of the project.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a networkbased organization and collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme that has pioneered the development of the world's most widely used sustainability reporting framework, The United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP SBCI), a partnership between UN and the building sector stakeholders, and Cognito, India’s leading sustainability propagation advisory, are hosting a

Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Sustainability Principles and Reporting
for the Construction and Real Estate Sector in the Indian Context.
Date: 6th January 2010 Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Venue: The Oberoi, Bangalore

Presenting at the workshop are

Donna McIntire, UNEP SBCI, USA
Katherine Miles, GRI, Amsterdam
Beroz Gazdar, Vice President - Infrastructure Development Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra
Harsh Purohit, Executive Director, Cognito
S. Kanappan, VP & Head for EDRC and Supply Chain Management, L&T, ECC Division.
Niyati Sareen, General Manager - Corporate Social Responsibility, HCC

The workshop aims to serve three purposes

1. Share with the developers and construction majors (asset owners) global trends in sustainable buildings with special focus on energy efficiency and water as a core input material.

2. Share with the participants Sustainability Reporting Practices in the Construction and Real Estate Industry.

3. Provide a platform for the participants to articulate the unique factors prevalent in the Indian construction and real estate environment with reference to sustainability.
The inputs from this will contribute to the formulation of a more relevant sustainability reporting framework which is fair and relevant for the Indian Construction Industry.

The workshop has a participatory and interactive format with a few focussed presentations
that introduce the subjects, share current trends and set the stage for a vibrant dialogue.

The first workshop was held in Mumbai in November and proceedings of the same can be viewed at

Quotes from Collaborating Partners

The Indian construction and real estate sector faces unique challenges and the workshop provides an important platform to articulate the Indian context and ensure that measurement and reporting frameworks are relevant, fair and practical.
Harsh Purohit, Cognito

“This workshop will be a valuable opportunity for industry-stakeholder dialogue on how to approach reporting on key sustainability issues for the construction and real estate sector in India. In addition, it will serve as input into the development of global sector specific sustainability reporting guidance for the construction and real estate companies in India and internationally”.
Katherine Miles Hill, Global Reporting Initiative

If you need any supplementary information regarding the workshop, feel free to contact

Harsh Purohit, Cognito
+91 98240 36843


Katherine Miles, GRI
+31 (0) 20 531 00 05