An interview with Knowledge@Wharton, the business journal for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

RSA US June Virtual Salon | Taking Ownership of a Sustainable Future

Thursday, June 18 2020 12:00 – 1:00pm ET

The UN SDGs have been upended by the pandemic. Prof. CB Bhattacharya FRSA discussed why businesses should remain committed to them.

The Fletcher School at Tufts University

The Fletcher School at Tufts University hosted a virtual talk on CB’s book Small Actions Big Difference on April 8, 2020 from 12:30-1:30pm EST.

Corporate Purpose, (Social) Equity, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

On March 3, 2020, CB sat on a panel to discuss the role of business in in driving social change in line with the United Nations’ SDG framework. The panel featured: Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut; Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer and Sustainability Manager, City of Pittsburgh; Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability, University of Pittsburgh; and was moderated by Michael Goodhart, Director of the Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh.

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Sustainable Business Forum

On February 26 and 27, 2020, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Business hosted its inaugural Sustainable Business Forum.

Robert Friedman, ANG Consultant, Ingevity Corp. (left) and William Sapon, Clean Energy & Transportation Advisor, Peoples Natural Gas

Honors College Community Café – University of Pittsburgh

On February 27, 2020, CB was the featured speaker at a University of Pittsburgh Honors College Community Café. He discussed Small Actions Big Difference with some of Pitt’s brightest students over coffee.

Baruch College – New York City

On February 18, 2020, CB gave a talk on Small Actions Big Difference at Baruch College in New York City, where he was invited by The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.


CB was delighted to speak at the GreenBiz20 workshop “Moving Towards a Culture for Sustainability” where he discussed what it means to embed sustainability into a company’s purpose.

MSI Webinar

Thank you to those who attended CSB Director CB Bhattacharya’s webinar exploring “sustainability ownership” and what it means to create an organization of sustainability generalists.

Istanbul – Koc University

New Delhi – National CSR Summit 2019

The Summit is an annual flagship event and a key platform developed by CII to reflect and deliberate on furthering the CSR movement. Chaired by senior industry leaders, previous editions of the Summit have been graced by distinguished personalities as the Guests of Honor, including the President of India, Union Ministers and eminent business leaders.

The CSR policy which was introduced in 2014 has become the most elaborate CSR mechanism and has set a benchmark across the world towards engagement of industry with societal development. The legislation, as we witness today, is enabling businesses to leverage and efficiently utilize resources for meaningfully contributing to country’s social development agenda.

We are now witnessing the next wave, where companies are moving beyond compliance to focus on creating a long-term and sustainable impact for the beneficiaries. We are seeing emergence of several emerging models of innovation, partnerships between private and public sector, large-scale collaborations, giving a thrust to the social movement.

For this edition, the theme, CSR: 3.0 – The Road Ahead was chosen to draw the conversation on the changing CSR landscape with key focus on partnerships with government in addressing development issues; future tools and models that will change and strengthen the development eco-system; and alignment of CSR with national policies in achieving the SDGs.

Kolkata – Tolly Club

CB was humbled and delighted to speak on his book Small Actions, Big Difference in his home town, Kolkata, in conversation with Vasant Subramanayan. The book was available on sale at the venue.

Helsinki – Hanken School of Economics

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