As India forges a new chapter in the recovery post-COVID, how will it shape its sustainability journey to build back better? Nirantar Bharat (or Sustainable India) – what would it mean for the post-COVID society?

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The signs are clear, and 2020 will be a watershed year when we realize that "business as usual" is no longer a norm. The growing risk of climate change, social vulnerabilities and disruption of the earth's entire ecosystem are threatening our future. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our society in a time where action, not promises, are required to build a sustainable future.

"Nirantar Bharat (or Sustainable India) – what comes after COVID-19?" is the theme for these series of Swiss Re Institute events comprising two virtual sessions in 2020/early 2021 and a physical CEO roundtable event in Mumbai in the second half of 2021. Targeting multiple stakeholders including both life and non-life insurers and partners from research institutes, as C-suites, key influencers and public sectors leaders, Swiss Re's India sustainability journey series seeks to build understanding, develop strategies and inspire action across the industry by contributing to India's societal resilience.

Part 1 (online webinar), Friday, 27 November 2020
Integrating sustainability into post-COVID economic recovery, with Honourable Saurabh Mishra, Joint Secretary to the Government of India's Ministry of Finance, who will share how to integrate sustainability in India's New Normal; and Reto Schnarwiler, Head of Group Sustainability, Swiss Re, who will provide insights from Covid-19 to climate change.

Part 2 (online webinar), Thursday, 22 April 2021
Crafting India's own sustainable insurance recipe, with Gillian Rutherford-Liske, Swiss Re's Head Reinsurance Sustainability, who will share how insurance companies can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our distinguished panel of speakers includes Arup Kumar Chatterjee, Principal Financial Sector Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank; Bhargav Dasgupta, MD & CEO, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd and Bindu Ananth, Co-founder and Chair, Dvara Trust.

Part 3 (planned as physical conference in Mumbai), TBD
The business case for sustainability in India, with leaders in the insurance industry come together in a call for action to make sustainability a business for insurance.


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