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Invitation to attend "Multi Stakeholder Dialogue on Responsible Investment - Mainstreaming of Environmental, Social and Governance Factors" 19th January 2011 in Mumbai

As key partners and important stakeholders committed to progress sustainability in this region, it is our pleasure to invite you to a high level, exclusive Multi Stakeholder Dialogue to share your perspectives. This event will be held in Mumbai, India on 19 January, 2011.

The corporate and business sector has a key role to play in India’s sustainable development and it is increasingly being recognized that the financial performance of a business goes hand in hand with its environmental and social footprint.

One of the key stakeholders in a business, who can encourage socially and environmentally responsible behaviour, is the owner: in other words, the investor. In light of a move from shareholder to stakeholder orientation, changing legal frameworks, rise of regional Social Investment Forums and the outperformance of many sustainability indices like the S&P ESG India Index compared to their standard peers, the global investment community is awakening to the importance of environmental and social factors in investment decision making.

Availability of information on businesses’ Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance is becoming an increasing concern. ESG performance securing a place on the Responsible Investment agenda is more than a trend but rather something that investors will have to master.

Organized by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), in partnership with the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE), the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC), CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI), the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Responsible Investment will combine information sharing and provocative discussion of the argument that the investment community must move away from an exclusive reliance on earnings and financial statements in favor of more balanced criteria that integrates ESG factors into long-term financial success. The dialogues with international and Indian experts will also focus on the practices, business cases, and new trends in the disclosure and use of ESG information.

The second part of the event is a special session co-hosted by The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC). The IIRC was formed by the Global Reporting Initiative, The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project, and the International Federation of Accountants and major accounting firms, among others, to address the need for a framework for integrated reporting on organizational performance. The IIRC’s remit is to create a globally accepted framework that unites financial, environmental, social and governance information in a consistent and comparable format – an “integrated” format that meets the information needs of long-term investors as well as other stakeholders. that the framework will reflect the interconnected nature of environmental, social, governance and financial factors, an essential step towards the development of a sustainable economy.

It is our pleasure to invite you to the event, which will be held in Mumbai, India on 19January, 2011, from 09:30-16:00 at the Hotel Taj President, 90 Cuffe Parade. Please find attached a copy of the programme for the event.

Admission is by invitation only and registration is requested by January 10, 2011. Please confirm your participation by January 10, 2011 to Kanika Chawla, at; or on +91-11-2671-5964.

With kind regards,

Dr. Aditi Haldar Mr. Manfred Haebig
Director, GRI Focal Point India
Development, GTZ India
Director, Private Sector

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