Mumbai, September 5, 2005: The United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP) has found a strong Indian ally in the form of Air India,
Indias flagship carrier. Air India has established a corporate
Environment Core Group under the Chairmanship of Mr. V. Thulasidas,
Chairman and Managing Director, Air India. The Group will act as
the focal point with whom UNEP would interact on various environmental
issues. The Group is meeting in Mumbai starting today till the 8th
of September, 2005 at Air India headquarters, Nariman Point, Mumbai
to address environmental and social responsibility issues.
This new development has received a boost by this meeting of the
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) partners. GRI is an international
multi-stakeholder process to develop guidelines for companies on
how to do environmental and sustainability reporting (similar to
their annual financial reporting). The GRI Guidelines is currently
undergoing its 3rd revision process.
The working group comprises of about 30 participants, which includes
global players like, Hewlett Packard, British Petroleum and Price
Waterhouse Coopers, Shell and Indian companies like Tatas, ITC,
Rallis, Essar, KPMG, Ambuja Cement, Ernst and Young, Confederation
of Indian Industries. This will provide an ideal opportunity for
Air India and other Global Compact company participants from India
to be introduced to Corporate Social Responsibility management,
reporting and the GRI.
In this regard, Mr. Thulasidas said, As Indias national
carrier, we are a part of our countrys effort to ensure ecological
stability and environmental well-being of our country, and the world
as a whole. As responsible global citizens, we have teamed up with
UNEP to ensure sustainable development and progress of mankind.
UNEP is a world body that is at the forefront of protecting the
global environment. It works with governments, industry, nongovernmental
organizations and the public to set a flight path towards a sustainable
future for all. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP, said, UNEP
commends Air India for taking a proactive role in raising awareness
of environmental sustainability. The invention of the airplane remains
one of humankinds greatest achievements. With ingenuity and
commitment, humankind broke free of gravity. With the same creative
energy, we can overcome the challenges of environmental sustainability.
This association with UNEP will give Air India the opportunity
to meet other leading companies in the world and understand the
environmental issues that they are addressing.
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