In a bid to transform the future work environment in India, Columbia Global Centers, Mumbai, with the RMZ Foundation, launched a three-year programme called the Urban Works Innovation Challenge, 2018.
The initiative will give young innovators an opportunity to gain from mentorship by the faculty and alumni of Columbia University’s prestigious Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as from distinguished entrepreneurs and academics in India. As part of the launch, a panel discussion at the CoWorks Foundry in Worli was organised in September 2018, which showcased opportunities and challenges facing Indian businesses in adopting environmentally sustainable policies and practices.
Speaking on the positive impact of sustainable planning on business outcomes, Sharad Sanghi, MD & CEO of Netmagic, stated, “From a business perspective, if we are more energy efficient, our cost of services is lower and clients are happier.” Pirojsha Godrej, executive chairman of Godrej Properties, agreed, saying that a growing number of Indian businesses are ready to incorporate environment-friendly solutions at work as “sustainability is about consuming less resources which, by and large, gels very well with saving money.” Columbia Global Center’s director, Ravina Aggarwal, concurred, “India must lead the way in creating working conditions that attract, nurture and retain top talent. This means promoting new ideas, designs, skillsets and inventions that can support workspaces that are sustainable, secure, healthy, creative and inclusive.”