XLRI holds 28 th  Annual JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics

6 th  February 2021: XLRI- Xavier School of Management, one of India’s premier B-Schools, today hosted the 28 th  Annual JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics on virtual mode.   This year, Fr. Stephan Rothlin, S.J., Ph.D., Director of the Macau Ricci Institute, and CEO of Rothlin International Management Consulting Ltd delivered the oration. Fr Rothlin gave his speech on ‘China The Emerging Superpower: The Ethical Underpinnings.’    Fr. Stephan Rothlin’s oration speech emphasized on the ethical perspectives and explained the key elements of business ethics, which he has been teaching in business schools in Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, and Taiwan for the last 23 years that will allow business leaders and entrepreneurs to understand and embrace the challenge of moral leadership in business. He shared his insights about business ethics in China, like the increasing importance of the local Confusion culture and its values. Case studies should be used as the most effective pedagogy for business ethics. Business schools should combine both the wisdom and traditions of India and China to cultivate moral virtues. Talking about China’s dramatic economic transformation, he referred to the data from the 2019 & 2020 OECD economic survey and shared some outstanding figures vis-à-vis the growth of China.  The growth has slowed in the first half of 2020 but remains strong. China has managed to control Covid-19 pandemic and will remain the major driver of global growth, as is reflected by China’s significantly high GDP growth.   In his oration, he said, “China witnessed enormous trade frictions, which hurt not only both sides but also the global economy. As per the figures of the OCED, when we have 25 % of tariffs on goods worth USD 50 billion is another key factor, the impact of this trade frictions shaving off ¼ percent of Chinese and US GDP and reduce world trade by 0.4% by 2020. Import volumes in both the countries decline by ¾ percent, and in the US, CPI inflation rise by 0.2 ppt in both 2019 and 2020 as a result of higher import prices due to tariffs. Other countries are negatively affected through declining trade growth, through in the longer term, benefit from an improved competitive position in the US market. The saving rate remains very high, even though it has decreased over the past decade. China as an emerging superpower intends to be a major player in taking responsibility for the environment”.   He observed,” China has made impressive gains claiming to have lifted 700 million people out of poverty in 40 years since the open door policy. China should be given credit for the alleviation of mass poverty and handling the COVID-19 crisis very well after initial failures. If China manages to opt for a more sustainable economic growth, it would significantly impact the world economy”.           He pointed out, “I consider social business as a bridge between business and academia. India has made much progress in this area for many years. Original research on Chinese moral philosophy and its contribution to the interreligious dialogue on business ethics must be very concrete. We have to further push for original research on case studies emerging from Chinese and Asian business experiences. The common complaint is that the case studies from the business schools are still too reliant on American and European case studies. We have to develop online resource distribution further”.    While presenting several case studies focusing on the importance of Business Ethics, Dr. Rothlin, in one of the case studies, weighs “Business ethics and the sciences” and referred to the lesson from Sanlu’s Melamine –Tainted milk crisis in China. Since science is reality-based, a business must be reality-based as well, and he said, “The Covid -19 crisis certainly pushed us to take sciences more seriously. Failure to observe the scientific specification associated with companies' goods may result in serious harm not only to the customers of such products but also to the firm itself and its leadership.  Sanlu’s tainted milk crisis has a devastating effect until now, and the Chinese are very skeptical about consuming their own products. So if everyone cheats, then there is no advantage to be gained by cheating. Just as lying destroys trust in personal relationships, so fraud destroys trust in businesses”.   In his welcome address, Fr. P. Christie, S. J. Director of XLRI said, “Globalization has further enhanced the importance of ethical, moral compass in business. Globalization means that business strategy and business ethics cannot be separated from each other. Corporations have entered a new era, the "prove-to-me" era. Unethical practices and organizations are not being shrugged off anymore. Even reputed organizations and some outstanding CEOs are named, shamed and fined, or imprisoned for their ethical lapses the world over. The culture of an organization is established by the tone set at the top. Chief executives must lead by example.”   “XLRI has always emphasized the importance of adopting an ethical code of conduct within the corporate world. We believe that no management education curriculum is entirely complete unless and until the students are instilled with a set of values that are necessary decision-making ingredients for the corporate manager today. In 1991, XLRI, in association with a few select Tata Group Companies, established the XLRI-JRD Tata Foundation for Business Ethics to mark their long-standing commitment and contribution to business ethics in India. The Foundation seeks to address itself by publicly affirming the imperative need for adopting ethics in business and striving to shape an enabling eco-system to foster ethical business practices. Mr. JRD Tata, himself a role model extraordinary, set the bar high for the successive Ethics orations for over two decades as the first orator. We are delighted to have Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Rothlin, S.J. to deliver the 28th ‘Annual JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics’ this year,” Fr. Christie further said in his address.        Brief Profile of Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Rothlin, S.J. Dr. Stephan Rothlin is the Director of the Macau Ricci Institute (www.riccimac.org).  He is also the founder and CEO of Rothlin International Management Consulting Ltd., located in Beijing and Hong Kong (www.rothlin.org). He is a Jesuit priest from Switzerland who has been working in China for the last 22 years. His teaching and research interests are focused on international business ethics and responsible entrepreneurship, focusing on China. He provides educational consulting services to encourage corporate social responsibility. He advocates business communities and society to adopt the values of honesty, integrity, respect, transparency, and responsibility as indispensable elements for business excellence.   Dr. Rothlin earned his PhD. in moral theology at the State University of Innsbruck, Austria and is fluent in six languages, including Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German. From 2005 –2013, he was Secretary-General for the Center for International Business Ethics, Beijing, and Chairman of the Association of International Business Ethics in Hong Kong. He has become a sought-after speaker on international business ethics throughout business schools in Asia.      XLRI - JRD Tata Foundation in Business Ethics XLRI- Xavier School of Management, in association with a few select Tata Group Companies, established in 1991 the XLRI - JRD Tata Foundation in Business Ethics, to mark their long-standing commitment and contribution to business ethics in India. The Foundation seeks to address itself by publicly affirming the urgent need for ethics in business and the need to bring about a conducive culture in which it can thrive.  The activities that this Foundation envisages are an annual ‘JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics,’ recognition and presentation of the ‘JRD Tata Award for Business Ethics’ to an eminent person who has distinguished oneself in business ethics, and the setting up of the JRD Tata Chair in Business Ethics at XLRI for the advancement of research in this field.   XLRI is the first B-school in the country to introduce a core course on “Managerial Ethics” for both its HRM and BM programs.  Each year, XLRI confers a medal on the best student in Managerial Ethics at the institute’s annual convocation.

Ashish Kothari, Eminent Environmental Activist & Founder of Kalpavriksh delivers the Oration

16 th  January 2021:  XLRI- Xavier School of Management today organized the 7th Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration. Organized under the aegis of Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology and Sustainability (FACES), XLRI, in memory of the Founder of AMUL, Dr. Verghese Kurien, popularly known as “the Milkman of India,” the oration aims to provide a platform to listen to and learn from thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, development sector professionals and policymakers who have made a significant contribution to the idea of an empowered, prosperous, and sustainable society.   This year, Mr. Ashish Kothari, Eminent Environmental Activist & Founder of Kalpavriksh virtually delivered the oration on the topic “Eco-Swaraj: Recovery towards Justice and Sustainability”.   In his Address, Mr. Ashish Kothari urges that “One has to be respectful of nature and recognize that other species and earth as a whole also have inherent rights not just because they’re useful for human beings. The principles of Swaraj set out in Gandhi’s texts have never been fully realized. Yet, they continue to resonate through Indian Civic culture to this day in the country’s grassroots environmental movement. Recognizing that living harmoniously with nature is central to Swaraj. Eco-Swaraj is not a movement in itself, but it describes patterns. Juxtaposing Eco-Swaraj with COVID-19 along with other ongoing global crises such as climate, biodiversity, and inequality will provide us an opportunity to rethink what development should really mean”.   In his speech Fr. P. Christie, S. J. Director of XLRI stated, “Dr. Verghese Kurien was an ingenious thinker, a revolutionary, and a social entrepreneur who ideated the world's biggest agricultural development program. Dr. Kurien’s remarkable life and achievements are an embodiment of his faith in the common man's ability to exercise control over his destiny. His life and work exemplify the model for a responsible management leader, combining business skills with the larger good of the society and nation-building. XLRI instituted the oration in his memory to commemorate his legacy through propagating and disseminating the idea of an empowered, equitable and sustainable society   Fr. P. Christie, S. J. Director of XLRI welcomed Ashish Kothari and said, “We are delighted to have Ashish Kothari to deliver the 7 th  Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration this year. His vast work on environmental issues like the environment interface, biodiversity policy, and alternatives would help our students understand the current global environmental issues and inspire them to work for the greater good”.   Prof. Raghuram Tata, Convenor of XLRI’s Fr Arrupe Center for Ecology & Sustainability (FACES) said in his address, “FACES at XLRI was established with the mission to promote practices, policies, and dialogue that have an impact on holistic and sustainable development of society and enterprises. Dr. Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration on Sustainable Development is our humble initiative to pay tribute to the great visionary.”   “The Oration is to commemorate the memory of Dr. Verghese Kurien since, needless to say, that there is no better model for sustainable development - both in terms of his life and legacy - than Dr. Kurien. It is an honor to have Ashish Kothari, a noted environmentalist and Founder of Kalpavriksh, with us today to deliver the 7th Dr. Verghese Kurien Oration this year,” Prof. Raghuram Tata further added.   Ashish Kothari is an Indian environmentalist working on environmental & development issues. He is one of the founders of Kalpavriksh, an Indian environmental NGO. He has been associated with peoples' movements like Narmada Bachao Andolan and Beej Bachao Andolan. Kothari has also been a teacher of the environment at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He has also been a guest faculty at several universities and institutes and Mellon Fellow at Bowdoin College, USA.   Ashish Kothari has been a member of the Steering Committees of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) from 1998 to 2008. He has also been a co-chair of IUCN Inter-commission Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, and Livelihoods concerning Protected Areas (TILCEPA) from 1998 to 2008. Ashish Kothari has also served on the steering group or governing board of the CBD (Convention on Biodiversity) Alliance, the ICCA Consortium, and Greenpeace International. At present, he is the chairman of Greenpeace India's Board. Ashish Kothari has also worked as members of quite a few Government of India committees, including Environmental Appraisal Committee on River Valley Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the committee to Assess Implementation of the Forest Rights Act, and Committees to draft design the National Wildlife Action Plan and India's Biological Diversity Act. He coordinated the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process in India commissioned by the Government of India. Kothari is currently coordinating the Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence) a process that provides a forum for organizations and individuals working on development alternatives across India to come together. [7]  Since early 2016 Ashish is co-coordinator of the Academic-Activist Co-produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice (ACKnowl-EJ) project, an international, multi-partner process sponsored by the International Social Science Council.

XLRI gets AICTE approval to start XLRI Delhi-NCR campus

Xavier School of Management (XLRI), which recently received AICTE approval, has commenced the admission process for the first batch of students at its Delhi-NCR campus for the academic session 2020-2022. The first batch will comprise 120 students (two sections of 60 students each) in the business management programme.

XLRI Holds ‘27th Annual JRD Tata Ethics Oration on Business Ethics’ November 29 th , 2018 at XLRI
The 27th JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics  by Dr. Jennifer J Griffin

This year,  Dr. Jennifer J Griffin –   Raymond C Baumhart, S.J., Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Strategy, Loyola University Chicago, USA   delivered the oration   on the topic –  ‘Ethics in Action: Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st Century’ . Please find below the YouTube link for:  The Twenty-Seventh JRD Tata  Oration  on Business  Ethics  https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=xQUX2rBq5BY&t=12s

5th Dr Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration 22nd September, 2018
Day with  Dr  Jean  Dreze

Dr  Jean  Dreze ,  Development   Economist & Activist    delivered the   Dr Verghese Kurien Memorial Oration   on   "Economic Growth and Social Development"  at 6:00 pm, 22nd September 2018 in the Tata Auditorium .  For full details of the programme please visit  for the following  YouTube  link:   https://youtu.be/qiI9sT8Vk3I? t=2m27s