Biocon Foundation, the CSR arm of Biocon Group, recently hosted a workshop on Cities and Climate Action at Biocon Campus in Bengaluru in collaboration with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Shakti). The event aims to promote conversations on strategies and procedures for establishing collaboration among NGOs, corporations, and foundations. The purpose is to address the problems posed by climate change to the nation’s metropolitan centers, which are critical to economic growth.
Developing leadership and institutional mandates for climate action in cities.
Developing and implementing ambitious sectoral climate policies, strategies, and action plans.
“We are honored to organize the workshop on ‘Cities and Climate Change’ with Shakti to offer a platform for insightful brainstorming sessions that help enable the ecosystem comprising corporates, philanthropies, and CSR organizations to come together and identify a framework that, once implemented, can help avert the climate crisis,” said Dr. Anupama Narayan Shetty, Mission Director of Biocon Foundation. Cities are the hub of environmental concerns as well as the focus of possible transformation. Climate change can be greatly influenced by how we live and work in communities and cities. The Biocon Foundation is dedicated to making our cities more environmentally friendly and resilient to climate change. We feel that managing the climate change challenge is criticalMs. Maninder Kapoor Puri, Head of Human Resources, Biocon Limited, commented, “Over the last few years, Biocon has created an impressive portfolio of initiatives to address issues related to communities and the environment.” With increased urbanization, localities benefit most from tackling urban concerns. While urbanization provides chances for individuals to develop and grow, it is critical to operate in a way that preserves the environment.”
Mr. Manu Maudgal, Head of Corporate and Philanthropic Engagement at Shakti, stated that “cities are the growth engines of India’s economy.” Fostering low-carbon growth pathways in cities can help to boost economic growth while also raising community and climate goals. Shakti provides strategies for collaborative philanthropic partnership to successfully enhance such growth routes.”
“Understanding and incorporating climate risk is now a necessity in urban communities and city planning,” said Mr. Shubhashis Dey, Director, Climate Policy and Climate Finance, Shakti. This necessitates a commitment to generating evidence-based case studies that address climate risk holistically and collaboratively for the greater benefit.”
Rainmatter Foundation, Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy (CSTEP), Wipro, HSBC, Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), World Resources Institute (WRI) India, Janaagraha, Jana Urban Space Foundation, Urban Movement Innovation Fund, LTI Mindtree, and ATE Chandra Foundation, to name a few, took part in the event.
The role of corporations and foundations in assisting cities in developing their climate action plans was a key focus of the session. It also laid the groundwork for building a framework that will allow philanthropic organizations to coordinate and scale initiatives with stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.