Sustainability Excellence Report

Summary of Deliberations


MCCIA organised an awareness-cum-management development program (MDP) on ‘Nexus between energy and profits – a balancing approach and a step towards sustainability’, on 22 January 2020, at Finolex Board Room, MCCIA Trade Tower, by MCCIA.

  • This was the 1st MDP offered and delivered under the initiative of sustainability desk of MCCIA
  • The MDP was targeted to accommodate 15 participants, mainly MCCIA members like CEO’s, VP’s, Plant Heads, Directors, and Promoters from small, medium and large industries and IT companies.
  • Participant mix: The 15 member-participants were from various sectors made this program a grand success.
  • Number Participant
    MDs, CEOs, Directors 7
    GM, Plant Heads, Managers 8
    Beneficiary Industry Member Organisations 10


    MDs, CEOs, Drectors




    GM, Plant Heads, Managers




    Beneficiary Industry Member Organisations



  • The training by Mr Shishir Athale and Mr Chetankumar Sangole covered
    • deeper understanding of management functions to be practiced
    • techniques and outcome-driven approach
    • experiences based on facts and figures
    • case studies from select industries, which balanced their energy costs and profits
    • ways of practicing management functions for balancing energy costs and profits
    • barriers and means of overcoming them through strategic thinking
    • group exercise for developing actions to be taken by the participants in their facility.
  • The program was largely on schedule, except it started and finished with a 15-minute delay.
  • Summary of feedback: All participants provided their feedback and plan of actions.

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MCCIA organised an awareness - cum -management development program (MDP) on ‘Nexus between energy and profits – a balancing approach and a step towards sustainability’, on 22 January 2020, at Finolex Board Room, MCCIA Trade Tower, by MCCIA.

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Usefullness of Programme




Quotes by select participants

  • Good insights on measures needed to be taken by the management to understand, ‘save energy to boost profits’, by Mr Sunil Javalekar, CEO of SB Engineers, Pune
  • Good insights about saving energy costs, by Mr Harnish Raja, JtMD of Hodek Vibration Technology, Pune

Post MDP follow-up with participating organisation

  • The program will have a follow-up communication with the participants by 20 February 2020
    • The program will have a follow-up communication with the participants by 20 February 2020

Summary of Deliberations

Awareness and capacity building workshop was jointly organised by MCCIA, ISC and EESL.

  • Venue: Finolex Board Room, MCCIA Trade Tower, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016.
  • Date: September 17, 2019 from 4 pm to 6 pm.
  • Topic: ‘National Motor Replacement Program (NMRP)’ of EESL. This topic is a part of energy related to sustainability actions and the areas of energy consumption, conservation and efficiency in motors.
  • Facilitator:Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), New Delhi, Institute for Sustainable Communities, New Delhi and Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), Pune.
  • Participants: About 37 participants, mainly MCCIA members from the manufacturing sector and institutes participated in the awareness workshop.

MCCIA had organized an awareness and capacity building workshop on ‘National Motor Replacement Program,’ on 17th September, 2019, at Finolex Board Room, MCCIA Trade Tower, by MCCIA. About 37 participants mainly MCCIA members from manufacturing sector participated in the workshop.

Annexure-1: Agenda of awareness and capacity building workshop on ‘National Motor Replacement Program’

Welcome address:Mr. Chetankumar Sangole

Mr. ChetankumarSangole, welcomed the participants and briefed the background of this awareness workshop. He introduced the speakers and also spoke about the importance of this awareness session. Mr. Pradeep Bhargava (President, MCCIA), Mr. Suresh Kolta (Director, ISC), Mr. Thirumurugan (DGM, EESL), Dr. Bhaskar Natarajan (Director, ISC), Dr.Tarini Sahoo (Program officer, ISC) addressed the participants..

Special Address:Mr. Pradeep Bhargava

Mr. Pradeep Bhargava mentioned that the National Motor Replacement Program has taken a step towards the Green Agenda program. This program will help to improve efficiency of machines in industries.

He mentioned that the low hanging measures which are easy to implement, majority of industries have already taken efforts and implemented such measures to save energy and emissions. However, these efforts are not enough to mitigate climate change risks and achieve energy security. He mentioned that the green plants have capacity to reduce CO2 by absorbing it but we can’t wait for it to improve environment by only planting trees. We can adapt activities to change emissions pattern and efficiency through such improvement programs. It is not necessary to wait as it would be an opportunity lost and hence time to take actions for sustainable operations.

He said that technology is changing continuously for e.g. computers changed from the large desktop computers to the small handy laptops, mobile with keys to the smart phones, bigger size TVs to the LCDs and so the motors have to change from less-efficient to high-efficient motors. Transformation is taking place and hencewe have to transfer from IE0/IE1 to IE3 standards motors used in various applications.

He shared many of key insights from his experience.

Introductory Remarks: Mr. Suresh Kolta

Mr. Suresh Kolta said that India is not only fastest growing country but also the largest emitter of Greenhouse gases. He briefed about his organization ISC (Institute for Sustainable Communities) and mentioned that ISC is a non- profit organisation and it’s objectives are to improve energy efficiency, the environment, health and safety.

Technical sessions

1. Thirumurugan, (DGM, EESL)

Mr. Thirumurugan, (DGM, EESL), gave brief information about National Motor Replacement Program. He mentioned that EESL was promoted by Ministry of Power, Government of India as a Joint Venture of four reputed public-sector units - NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and POWER GRID. For stepping towards an energy efficient world, EESL designed programs like UJALA, SNLP, Energy efficient buildings, e-Vehicle, AgDSM, Energy efficient ACs, NMRP etc.

About NMRP, he mentioned that the primary purpose of this NMRP is to remove the financial barriers in replacing the old inefficient motors to high efficiency IE3 motors to achieve savings. He described the steps involved in the participation for the program. He requested the participants to visit the web portal of NMRP for more information. He requested participants to visit their web site for more details on NMRP

Q&A session to Mr. Thirumurgan:

  • Is there any minimum quantity of motors for the replacement program?
    Ans- Minimum quantity of motor replacement is 50. You can collaborate with other industries for fulfilling limit.
  • Which brand of motor is used for supply?
    Ans- There is a tie up with Rotomotive motors as they accepted all the conditions of NMRP. They customize the motor as per the customers requirement.
  • Is there any carbon credits available? Whether these credits passed on to clients?
    Ans- Yes carbon credits are available but it does not pass to the clients.
  • Is buyback program or any concession for old motor available for this replacement program?
    Ans- No. You can scrap it or use it as a standby motor.
  • If installed motor breaks down due to any mechanical or electrical failures then in how much time you can replace that? Is motor is replaced or any part of it is replaced?
    Ans- Warranty period is of 3 years. Within this period, we will replace it or any of its part as per requirement within 3 working days. For that you have to call to customer care for raising complaint and complaint addressal
  • What is the duration of agreement?
    Ans- Duration of this agreement is of 3 years. There will be a fixed EMI for 3 years. After 3 years motors will belong to the plant with entire savings benefits.
  • Is there any similar program for agriculture sector?
    Ans- Yes, program like AgDSM (Agriculture demand side management program)

2. Dr. Bhaskar Natarajan (Director, ISC)

Dr. Natarajan briefed on how the electricity sector has been transformed from The Electricity Act 1948 to The Energy Conservation Act 2001, to The Electricity Act 2003. Also, he briefed about the companies act which came up with notification to make companies responsible to disclose the energy consumption in their balance sheet. He said that the companies started to report year-on-year energy consumption w.r.t last year. Because of several energy crisis the rising prices of energy and climate change impacts, The Energy Conservation Act 2001 came into effect which helped several stakeholders to take proactive measures to reduce energy cost and add value to the national energy security and conservation efforts.

He briefed about how one of the SME participated in the NMRP of EESL and replaced old inefficient motors with the advanced high efficiency IE3 motors. That benefited them in saving more than 18% of electricity with respect to overall plant. And that SME implemented the program in phased manner but invested their own capital instead of taking financial support from EESL to replace the old motors by IE3 motor under NMRP, to enjoy other benefits of the scheme like low purchase cost, 3 year replacement warranty.

3. Dr.Tarinin Sahoo (Program officer, ISC)

Dr. Sahoo mentioned about capacity building initiatives taken by ISC (Institute for sustainable communities). He mentioned that through its SME clean tech program, ISC is helping SMEs to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by expanding usage of energy efficient, clean technology solutions. ISC’s EHS+ (environment, health, safety) centre in India aims to provide factory managers with information and tools to improve environment, health and safety conditions for workers and surrounding communities. First EHS centre build up in 2016 at Pune in partnership with Symbiosis Institute for International Business. The EHS+ centre is offering factory-level trainings, customized to a variety of industries, to move industry standards from basic EHS compliance to more proactive and holistically sustainable practices. 353 factories are covered in this program from 2016 to 2019.

4. Mr. ChetankumarSangole (Head- Sustainability Desk, MCCIA)

Mr. Chetankumar briefed about the initiative of energy survey taken by MCCIA. He also spoke about the findings of the energy survey and encouraged the participants to fill up the 10 questions of energy survey. He said that in return of the survey form, we will compile the report to help industry member to locate themselves in performance matrix among the industries.

He gave information about the Sustainability desk initiated by MCCIA. Sustainability desk has prepared sustainability report for 3-member organization and currently working on three more. He mentioned that in sustainability actions and reporting, energy is key topic to help member organization to understand its impact on bottom line and linking it with SDGs.

Wrap up

Dr Natarajan thanked participants for attending the workshop and also thanked speakers for their support and sharing key insights. He also thanked MCCIA for arranging this workshop and asked for their further support for this NMRP.

Summary of Deliberations

MCCIA had organised an awareness session on ‘How Sustainability can add Value’, on 14thJune2019, at Finolex Board Room, MCCIA Trade Tower, by MCCIA. About 52 participants mainly MCCIA members from manufacturing sector and institutes participated in the awareness workshop.

Agenda of 3rd Sustainability workshop on “how sustainability can add value”

Welcome address

Mr Chetankumar Sangole, welcomed participants and briefed about the background of organizing the awareness session on ‘how sustainability can add value’. He also briefed about the objective of the awareness session and mentioned that industry can make use of this opportunity to interact with each other and with the speakers about the various facets of sustainability and the sustainability reporting framework which can add value to their business. He said the sessions are uniquely developed and the speakers will be sharing key insights of how their organisation is working on sustainability activities and how they are embracing sustainability reporting. He introduced speakers and said that Sustainability Desk of MCCIA would like to help small, medium and large organisations.

Mr Pradeep Bhargava, President, MCCIA, Mr Prashant Girbane, Director General, MCCIA, Mr Krishnan Komandur. CEO, Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative, Ms Tejaswini Kulkarni, Vice President, Environment, Magarpatta City, Mr Abhay Pathak, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Sustainability, Tata Motors Limited, Mr Yogesh P. Katyarmal, Head-Management Systems, Divgi Torq Systems Pvt Ltd, addressed the participants at this important event

Special Address

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pradeep Bhargava said, “Having a sustainable approach is no more optional for the companies but is the need of the hour. There is a belief that something like being sustainable is only for very large organisations which is completely wrong. The reality is that 90-95 percent of enterprises are not very big but collectivelythey can make significant contribution in various areas of business operations by embracing sustainability. And they themselves are also impacted by certain inherent risks. Hence sustainability is for all of us.”

Mr Pradeep Bhargava further said that developing a sustainable approach does not necessarily mean compromising short term. He said that “having a sustainable approach benefits in short term as well as in long term and lack of sustainability can reduce your enterprise’s value drastically”.

Web content launch

During the session the ‘Sustainability Web Content’ on the website of MCCIA and the June 2019 issue of Sampada magazine of MCCIA which focussed on ‘Environment’ was launched at the hands of the dignitaries.

Technical sessions

Mr Krishnan Komandur, CEO, Adar Poonawalla Clean City Initiative (APCCI) spoke about their work in cleaning the Pune city, pothole repairing and water ATMs in the city and how the initiative has adopted and implemented sustainability actions.

Ms Tejaswini Kulkarni, VP, Environment, Magarpatta City also shared the work done at Magarpatta city through monitoring environmental performances, addressing social causes and ensuring able governance. She said that these principles and sustainability values were inherent in the conceptualisation, designing, construction and post construction management of Magarpatta city.

Mr Abhay Pathak, DGM- Corporate Sustainability, Tata Motors Ltd. spoke of the importance of sustainability reporting and the triple bottom line approach adopted by Tata Motors.

Mr Yogesh P. Katyarmal, Head – MIS, Divgi TorqTransfer Systems Pvt. Ltd spoke of the tools for connecting principles, processes and people.

Wrap up

Mr Prashant Girbane, DG, MCCIA, spoke about the contribution of MCCIA’s Sustainability desk in sensitising the members about the various aspects of sustainability and how the adoption of sustainability practices can benefit them. He thanked participants for attending the workshop and also thanked speakers for their support and sharing key insights and experiences of their organisations.

Sustainability awareness workshop on ‘Sustainability Reporting for SMEs’ and ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Reporting for All Companies’ was organised on December 18, 2018, at Hall no.6 & 7, 5th Floor, MCCIA Trade Tower, by GRI and MCCIA. About 21 industries participated in the awareness workshop and gained insights of GRI Sustainability Standards.

Agenda of awareness workshop on “sustainability reporting for SMEs” and “SDGs for All Companies”

In the inaugural session,

Mr. Prashant Girbane, Director General, MCCIA, set the agenda and provided the background of the awareness workshop on sustainability. He laid out objectives of the awareness workshop and highlighted how industry would be keen to see case studies that can provide insights do the Sustainability Reporting and its immediate and long-term benefits. He mentioned that companies need more awareness about the new opportunities, as well as risks they face, as sustainability movement is picking pace. He called the collaboration with GRI a start and exhorted the need to have more and regular engagements to take SMEs on board the journey of implementing and reporting Sustainability practices. He informed participants that The Sustainability Desk of MCCIA is keen to work with SMEs and large companies for providing all possible assistance in their sustainability journey and highlighted several information and awareness-generating articles that have already been published by the Head of the Desk.

Ms. Pallavi Atre, Sustainability Expert, GRI South Asia, welcomed participants and delivered opening address. She mentioned that GRI Sustainability Standards are a global benchmark for sustainability and around 80% of the top 250 companies are using the Standards. She mentioned that collaborations for them are important to reach out to industry (SMEs and large enterprises alike) to spread awareness about why sustainability is important and how sustainability reporting process helps in improving performance along the three elements of people, planet, and prosperity. She said they look forward more such engagements to spread the awareness and education on global trends on sustainable development.

Mr. Hirendra Divgi, Executive Director, DivgiTorqTransfer Systems Pvt. Ltd, delivered the special address and mentioned that while industries can see tangible benefits of adopting sustainability activities into their business operations and decisions; this is more effective when internally driven than something imposed by external stakeholders like clients. He said his enterprise started publishing sustainability three years ago and since then every year they have achieved tangible benefits and identified newer areas to improve upon. He highlighted the importance of sustainability reporting process-emphasis, the role of cross-functional teams to manage and operations sustainably every day.

During the Technical Session, Ms. Pallavi Atre, Sustainability Expert, GRI South Asia, briefed about the GRI standards and services and provided insights through case studies of industries that adopted sustainability activities and developed sustainability report in line with the GRI Standards. She shared several examples about the benefits in terms of immediate profits that the industry could gain in the journey of their sustainability reporting process. The session also covered the long-term impacts of the sustainability reporting.

The session discussed the GRI reporting for small and medium scale organization and how those reports help organizations to walk the path of sustainability.

Mr. Anand Marathe, Dy.GM, Group Sustainability, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, made detailed presentation on their decade-old journey of Sustainability adoption, including the practice of having detailed targets for each group company. Ms. Shubhada Mool, from Tata Motors Ltd, made detailed presentation on their process of sustainability report preparation and how they are engaging their vendors in the process. Her presentation also shared the evolution from sustainability reporting to integrated reporting at Tata Motors.

Group exercise made participants think and put action points for their operations and their positive and negative impacts. Participants gained insights about the process of identification of impact areas due to the various operations of their respective companies.

The group exercise was planned to make participants relate to the concepts discussed in the session. They did so by considering elements of their operations and identifying action points along with their positive, or negative, impact.

In the Technical Session, Mr. Hirendra Divgi, Executive Director, DivgiTorqTransfer Systems (Divgi TTS) shared the journey of sustainability at his company.

Salient points of his presentation were:

  • Divgi TTS manufactures various torque transmission and transfer spectrum products for automotive and commercial segment.
  • DivgiTTS’three industrial units located in MIDC Bhosari, Shivre (Pune) and Sirsi (Karnataka) are connected to a global business chain
  • Their first exposure to sustainability took place during an interaction with a client who was managing his business to the highest standards of economic, environmental and social accountability using sustainability reporting. More exposure to various cutting edge ideas - through their joint venture with BorgWarner of the USA and their continuous interaction with India’s leading automotive companies like TATA Group, Mahindra - provided key insights. The team became aware of the need to put some fundamental elements of ‘sustainability’ in educating, training, coaching and constructing an overarching and integrated strategy that would allow being sustainable business performer day-by-day.
  • Thinking long term over a 3-year period and setting objectives and goals appropriately is crucial to get maturity in the discipline of sustainability.
  • Activities and practice of sustainability process at Divgi TTS, has expanded the collective intellectual bandwidth and imagination of the organization and has allowed them to make meaningful gains in terms of constant growth and profitability.
  • It has ensured integration of apparently disparate initiatives into one dynamic whole. These include quality, environment, safety, enterprise resource planning and control, information technology, marketing and advance business development, product planning and development as well as human resource planning and organization development.
  • Sustainability activities have been game changer for cultural transformation to become future ready in the 21st century. They have meant people-involvement down to the last person and leadership development to live these values and constant education and training.

Ms. Rubina Sen, Senior Coordinator, GRI South Asia, made detailed presentation on GRI Standards and Tools for SME reporting. She shared case studies from select industries located in various countries. She provided insights into the process of, and explained about, the materiality assessment for identifying risks and opportunities. She also shared the key benefits of using GRI Sustainability Standards. The benefits could broadly be classified into internal and external.

Some examples of internal benefits would include zero loss due to breakdowns and defects and enhanced brand value, investors’ attention would be examples of external benefits.

The 1 publications listed below were launched by dignitaries of the session.

1. GRI_UNGC_Business-Reporting-on-SDGs_Analysis-of-Goals-and-Targets

2. GRI_UNGC_Reporting-on-SDGs_Practical_Guide

3. Addressing-investor-needs-SDGs-reporting

You can search these documents for more information

Some photographs of the launch of publications

Ms.Pallavi Atre, Sustainability Expert, GRI South Asia, briefed about the ‘sustainable development goals’ (commonly called global goals) under the agenda of the UN’s sustainable development initiative. SDG based reporting is developed by GRI, which integrates inputs from 40 organizations, including 7 UN organizations. The SDG based business reporting has three stages. The workshop covered the stages in detail and discussed the issues, which may arise in each of the stage. The workshop highlighted the inclusion of SDGs in Business processes and also marked the long impacts of inclusion.

The GRI Workshop concluded by Mr. Chetankumar Sangole, Head – Sustainability Desk, MCCIA, concluded that there are tangible and measurable results that industry can achieve using Sustainability Reporting and cited examples of various case studies available in the library of GRI. He mentioned the MCCIA Sustainability Desk is following GRI Standards for advising and developing sustainability reports for companies. He thanked the GRI Team who made this engagement possible and for spreading awareness and educating industry participants about GRI Standards and Sustainable Development Goals. He mentioned that collaborations/partnerships are important for putting actions for more and more sustainable development. He mentioned that awareness creation leads to build capacities of decision makers who participate in such initiatives where global know how is linked with local actions for scaling up and strengthen the efforts required.

MCCIA has set up the Sustainability Desk recently to guide its members to adopt sustainability initiatives and achieve tangible gains from the same. We had organised an Interactive Session focused on ‘how sustainability can bring profits’ on 13th March 2018. About 12 participants mainly MCCIA members from manufacturing sector and institutes participated in the awareness workshop.

Agenda of 1st Sustainability awareness session on “How sustainability can bring profits”

The Tentative Programme is as follows:

  • 5:00 pm: Registration
  • 5:15 pm: Welcome address by Mr Sudhanwa Koperdekar, Director, MCCIA
  • 5:20 pm: Special address by Mr Prashant Girbane, DG Designate, MCCIA
  • 5:30 pm: Case study on “Sustainability activities within Industry, Areas of improvements, Roadmap and its Financial impact on the business” and “Overview of Global Goals and Industry Linkages”by Mr Chetankumar Sangole, Head – Sustainability Desk, MCCIA
  • 6:45 pm: Interactive Session
  • 7:00 pm: Concluding Remarks by Mr Prashant Girbane, DG Designate, MCCIA

Mr Sudhanwa Kopardekar-Director, MCCIA welcomed participants and briefed about the background of organizing the awareness session on sustainability. He also briefed about the objective of the awareness session and mentioned that industry can make use of the new opportunities and embrace their efforts in the several areas of improvement within the plant. He introduced Mr Prashant Girbane, Senior Advisor of MCCIA and Mr Chetankumar Sangole, Head of Sustainability Desk. He urged participants to have a look into the article written by Mr Chetankumar on ‘sustainability’ published in the ‘Sampada’ magazine issue of March 2018.

Mr. Prashant Girbane, Chair of the session delivered special address. He mentioned that industries can see tangible benefits of adopting sustainability activities into their business operations and decisions but more importantly in todays time industries can gain continuity and competitive advantage by putting efforts in sustainability activities. He requested participants to share their issues in the various areas of improvements where the economic benefits are still lacking.

Mr Chetankumar Sangole, Head of Sustainability Desk, provided brief insights through a case study of one of the industry that adopted sustainability activities. He shared several examples about the benefits in terms of immediate profits that the industry gained in the first year of their roadmap developed by them in the journey of their sustainability activities. He shared on how that company has achieved the targets set by them while workingon specific areas of improvements. He also briefed about the global goals under the agenda of the UNs sustainable development initiative and about how it is directly linked with the industries.

Interactive session, participants shared their feedback, problems and raised following questions:

The Tentative Programme is as follows:

  • Our raw material prices and costs of various inputs required for production has been increased but our product value has been decreasing, hence, sustainability matters for us but we were not aware that what it will help in gaining immediate profits, improving our business operations, practices and decisions. So far we were in the impression that sustainability is only linked with the environmental concerns. Now once we understood about sustainability activities adoption and benefits of reporting, Howwe can start with for adopting sustainability activities within our company?
  • Mr Chetankumar, responded that, you can start with materiality matrix/analysis similar to the one that during the presentation we have discussed. This can be lead to immediate focus areas prioritization and then develop roadmap for improvement and along with targets to achieve.

  • Which type of industry can adopt sustainability activities and reporting?
  • The sustainability activities can be adopted by any micro, small and medium company. Industries cannot avoid inclusion of sustainability in to their business but if you don't adopt then your competitors might take advantage and may go ahead and will take advantage of it.

  • How do we start with working on gaining results?
  • Industries can start with by identifying key areas of improvement and prioritising the same to start with, like energy costs, emissions, maintenance costs, supply-chain of your vendors, use of most productive and efficient technology, increasing moral and ownership of employees through training etc. Develop targets and 2020 roadmap for improvement to achieve targets year-by-year.

  • What are the areas of improvements to start with in order to balance the profit bottom line?
  • It depends on company-to-company but certainly industry can put more efforts on identifying diverse sets of risks inherent like high operational costs areas, whether it is materials procurement or materials processed or waste generated or energy costs or logistics costs or product value or clients base etc. which is not so easy but industry at first can focus in the areas of improvement within the factory and then engaging the supply chain to work on sustainability.

Mr Prashant Girbane made the Concluding Remarks. He observed that there are tangible yet measurable results that industry can achieve, roadmaps are available with Sustainability Desk which could be tailored to suit the industry participants and now onwards MCCIAs initiative of Sustainability Desk can support the activities of industry to help them to do assessment through materiality analysis, develop targets, measure progress and improve sustainability activities in the areas of improvements presented by Mr Chetankumar Sangole.