Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on “Striking the Right Balance: Integrating Ethical Business Practices” in New Delhi this week. The event was hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), with IACA as an Associate Partner, and sought to encourage and aid companies in the adoption of responsible business practices through collaboration with stakeholders and the government.
The two-day conference was part of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development’s (CESD) project, “Promotion and Adoption of Responsible Business Practices by Corporates in India.”
Aside from his keynote address, Mr. Kreutner was also part of a panel on the “Business Case for Ethical Culture.” The forum discussed, among other topics, the role of education and the need for a better understanding of the relationship between the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and anti-corruption efforts.
Furthermore, Mr. Kreutner was a special guest in an interactive session which focused on utilizing knowledge and methods from behavioural sciences in the implementation of effective compliance management systems (CMS). During the session, questions on the topic as well as questions on the global anti-corruption agenda were raised and answered.
While in New Delhi, Mr. Kreutner also had the opportunity to take part in a number of high-level meetings to discuss further collaboration between IACA and various organizations.
On 21 February, IACA’s delegation met with Central Vigilance Commissioner, Hon. Shri K.V. Chowdary to discuss potential avenues of further cooperation. IACA delivered well-received tailor-made trainings for groups of Indian senior vigilance officers and officials from public sector companies in the past. In the next months, the Academy will conduct another training for the CVC.
From the CII-ITC Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD), Mr. Kreutner met with Executive Director, Ms. S. Arora. During their meeting, the two discussed avenues of further collaboration with the private sector regarding compliance and sustainable development. He also provided Ms. Arora with information on IACA’s academic programmes, including the organization’s two Master programmes.
Mr. Kreutner also met with Ms. S. Siddiqui, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India (GCNI), to discuss furthering collaboration between the two entities in the form of trainings and education.
IACA’s MACS programme is included by the Indian Government on a select list along with programmes offered by just five of the world’s leading universities (i.e., Harvard, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, and Cambridge). This recognition under the Government’s Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Scheme means that Indian public officials studying in the MACS programme are eligible to have their programme fee, travel, and accommodation paid by the Indian Government.