The SDGs Leadership Council, an initiative of The Times Group Global Sustainability Alliance and the policy advocacy arm of ET Edge, is an exceptional cross-disciplinary network that brings together decision-makers from governments, corporates, professionals, international organizations, academia, and the private sector.
A think-and-do- tank the Council acts as a catalyst for strategizing the study of real-world issues to drive meaningful change.
Our main purpose is to facilitate the exchange of innovative approaches and stimulate discussions on identifying practical strategies and policies for the inventive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at both the national and global levels. The council aims at identifying actionable strategies & policies that can accelerate development pertaining to the UN SDG goals in partnership with the governing bodies, public and private sectors to share ideas, develop sustainability reporting standards, and work collaboratively to advance toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
“All Can Play a Role – No matter how large or small, and regardless of their industry, all companies can contribute to the SDGs. While the scale and scope of the global goals is unprecedented, the fundamental ways that business can contribute remain unchanged.”
– United Nations
Governed by its core Committee Members and ET Edge. We work in partnership with governing bodies, public and private sectors, as well as through policy dialogues and advocacy
Aligned with the UN Global Development Agenda 2030, our objective is aimed at identifying actionable strategies & policies that can accelerate development pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals and help create a sustainable environment at all levels
With a focus on driving transformation, the council aims to establish a mandate to guide organizations, society and industries through their transformative process while they align their social and business strategies with the SDGs.
The core focus centres on the interdependency between SDGs and the widespread business diaspora; it seeks to identify the pivotal leverage points that can effectively drive business transformation, enhance organizational resilience, and foster meaningful change for all.
Multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations – To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages by 2030
Sustainable development relies on good health, and the 2030 Agenda acknowledges the intricate relationship between the two.
Supported by nine targets that can be broadly categorized into distinct yet interconnected groups. These include reducing morbidity and mortality among vulnerable groups such as mothers, newborns, the elderly, and children. It also involves efforts to decrease the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as addressing risk factors like substance abuse, road traffic injuries, hazardous chemicals, and pollution. Additionally, the targets encompass achieving universal health coverage and enhancing the overall strength of the health sector.
The councils agenda takes into account the widening economic and social disparities, rapid urbanization, climate change and environmental threats, the persistent impact of HIV, substance abuse, cancer, heart diseases and infectious diseases, as well as emerging challenges like noncommunicable diseases.
By employing a two-pronged approach, we intend to utilize evidence-based analysis from various disciplines to shape the global health agenda and implements direct interventions through development projects aimed at industry and society.
The change we intend to make within society and industry
Forge unconventional partnerships to actively pursue “bold initiatives" that promote good health, sustainable environments and equity, exemplify ethical standards, and help foster a world for all
The council strives to exemplify challenging yet transformative dialogues, where individuals from diverse ideological backgrounds converge, to share knowledge and expertise, to collaborate to move society forward.
Council Goals – Proposed subject to consent of Council members
Goal 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being. Mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease
Goal 3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol
Goal 3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all Coverage of essential health services
Goal 3.9 By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
Acknowledge outstanding achievements and pay tribute to our council members and members of our society for their unwavering commitment towards the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As they tirelessly pursue innovative approaches to advance the common good and well being for all while they address intricate challenges.
The Council Awards will be presented annually alongside our Global SDG Summit
What To Expect From The Council?
Opportunities for members to learn from each other and build long-term partnerships.
We will create connections through peer cohorts, advisory groups, and our peer-to-peer sharing platform, and philanthropy exchange.
Plan of Action
28th July – Reconvening of the Council : Council Member meeting (Hybrid / Virtual)
Council Meeting on approaches taken and policy interventions
September (Date to be announced)
Prevention and causes of non-communicable diseases
IDA /Tobacco Intervention Initiatives – TII / Asian Cancer Inst / Hriday / Act India /VLead Academy / Voluntary Health Asso of India
Dr. Ashok Vaid
Dr. Sriram Nene
Participation in ET SDG Summit 2023 (Parallel Council Round Table Sessions) On
All Can Play a Role
No matter how large or small, and regardless of their industry, all companies can contribute to the SDGs. While the scale and scope of the global goals is unprecedented, the fundamental ways that business can contribute remain unchanged.
Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group
Vice President, Founder, Member and President, Associations Of Healthcare Providers (India)
President, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited
Chief Medical Officer, GoQii & MD and Founder, Pathfinder Health Sciences
Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent. More and more countries are experiencing water stress, and increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends.
By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will suffer recurring water shortages. Sustainable management of water resources and access to safe water and sanitation are essential for unlocking economic growth and productivity and provide significant leverage for existing investments. Safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires that we invest in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities, and encourage hygiene. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems is essential. Ensuring universal safe and affordable drinking water involves reaching over 800 million people who lack basic services and improving accessibility and safety of services for over two billion.
UN explains: “Clean water is a basic human need, and one that should be easily accessible to all. There is enough fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to poor infrastructure, investment and planning, every year millions of people — most of them children — die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene." It calls for more research and development, increased financing, and strengthened capacity of all countries in water management.
Tasks for the council
Why to be part of this Council
The Times Group is India’s largest media conglomerate (source: Financial Times, March 2015), with interests across diverse media encompassing publishing, television, internet, radio and outdoor. The Times Group now has flagship media vehicles such as The Economic Times, ET Now, The Times of India, Times Now, Indiatimes.com and many more that span diverse topics like business, real estate, topical issues, art, culture, economics and more. The group is synonymous with integrity, reform and progress for India and has been an unshakeable beacon of truth, justice and the power of honest journalism. With the support of our large network across the country including the media personals, response groups and others, the initiatives of the committee can be executed and spread across the nation. With the diverse group of experts at the same platform, we can plan to collaborate and contribute collectively to the activities of the SDG’s. This can help inspire several stakeholders across the country.
Benefits to the ET SDG Leadership Council
President and Founder, India Water Foundation
PHD. Prof. (Deptt. Of Civil Engineering), UPES Dehradun
Head, Research, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee
Director, Strategy and Brand, Futurescape, India Ambassador of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Chief Executive, WaterAid India