Walking the Talk in Business

A blog by Ignacio Packer, Executive Director

Ignacio India blog


Asia Plateau Ignacio Jacqueline Vivek January 2024
Ignacio Packer with Jacqueline Coté and Vivek Asrani, council member
of the Caux Initiatives of Change Foundation

On 25 - 28 January, Initiatives of Change for Business, a programme affiliated with Initiatives of Change India, organised its 9th Biennial International Conference on "Sustaining Business through Integrity and Trust" at Asia Plateau, the Indian IofC centre located 1,300 meters above sea level in the hills of Panchgani.

Our Executive Director and President, Ignacio Packer and Jacqueline Coté, were part of the experience:


A sustainable future requires us to explore ways of creating real and ethical values in our businesses - values for our customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and all other stakeholders.

Unfortunately, existing business growth models have contributed to the deterioration of our planet, eco-systems, relationships and, possibly most importantly, our core values. Many of us are recognising the urgency to address these issues, including placing energy transition high up on the agenda.

To help find some of the answers, Initiatives of Change for Business, in cooperation with  Initiatives of Change India, dedicated its focus to this issue during an international converence on "Sustaining Business through Integrity and Trust" which took place in Asia Plateau, the Indian IofC centre located in Panchgani.


Panchgani group Ignacio January 2024
Work group during the conference (photo: Philip Ng)


On 25 - 28 January, some 60 CEOs and other senior staff came together under Chatham House Rules to share personal experiences on how to balance a sustainable business with integrity and trust.  

From Japan, India, Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, France, UK, Spain, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Canada and Kenya, we learned about successful businesses that make a positive impact on society by deciding to prioritize fairness, integrity, social responsibility and thus contribute to building a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

In his keynote address, T V Narendran, CEO and MD of Tata Steel Ltd, spoke about the the importance of building trust between management and employees, challenges along the process and the solutions his company has implemented to create a culture of trust. But the decarbonisation of operations within a company can also be a major challenge, impacting the supply chain for the construction and manufacturing sectors where  thousands of jobs are at stake.
Asia Plateau Ignacio Jacqueline January 2024 Group
Conference participants at Asia Plateau (photo: IofC India)
In the inspiring environment at Asia Plateau, we heard testimonies, experiences and best practices for an ethical leadership, mainly from the manufacturing sector, sparking honest conversations on how to achieve a delicate balance. Together, we explored the main reasons why business ethics are important for companies, how to "walk the talk" and live ethical values in order to create trust with employees, consumers, suppliers and the communities. For budding business professionals it was an inspiring and catalytic moment.
Already in full preparations for the hosting of this summer's Caux Democracy Forum (15-19 July 2024) which will take place at the Caux Palace, and its workstream on Human Rights Economy, I return with inspiring stories about the “high integrity and honesty” of CEOs who know and have experienced that it is more important than ever for companies to carry out work the right way.


Asia Plateau outside group January 2024
In conversation between sessions


I am grateful for what I have learned from these men and women, demonstrating and sharing a high level of ethical conduct, honesty, and principled behaviour in their leadership roles. 

Thank you, Vivek, David, Rashida, Ashish, Rahul, Shas, Deepika, Mike, Norma, Zacharia, Kenichiro, Nobuaki, Rishi Sher, Yukoko, Yuko, Hiroshi, Luis, Neha, Damko, Gordon, Mounir, Margaret, Ahmet, Yano, Jacqueline, Kanika, T V, Folker and many more.

By Ignacio Packer



View near Asia Plateau


The conversation around sustainable business through integrity and trust will be brought to the four-day residential Caux Democracy Forum (15-19 July 2024) as a specific workstream on Human Rights Economy, exploring “The Role of Europe in Promoting Democracy".

You would like to know more and stay in touch? Watch this space and register to our newsletter.


Photos: IofC India & Ignacio Packer


Featured Story

related stories

Viki square EN no logo.png

Europe: A Mindset of Diversity

Spanish journalist Victoria Martín de la Torre is passionate about Europe, diversity and interfaith relations. Here she reflects on different aspects of Europe, based on her PhD research which led her...

Polina and Katya square faces EN

What is the meaning of home?

Amid escalating conflicts worldwide, the arts emerge as a potent force to challenge misconceptions and foster positive perspectives. The pivotal role of artists in creatively raising awareness has nev...

Save the date Caux Forum 2024 EN

Caux Forum 2024: Save the Date!

Save the date for the Caux Forum 2024! This summer Caux Initiatives of Change, in partnership with Initiatives of Change International and supported by other civil society networks, UN agencies, phila...

Caux Forum opening square website EN

Filling the gap in global efforts for peace and democracy

The Caux Forum 2023 Opening Ceremony set the tone for the conference with the theme, ‘Strengthening Democracy: The Journey from Trauma to Trust.’. Discover the report and relive the highlights of this...

Tsvetana 13 Sept 2023

Finding purpose and harmony through music and the Caux Palace

In a world filled with diverse cultures and languages, the journey of musician Tsvetana Petrushina is an inspiring tale of how she discovered her purpose. Her remarkable story led her to the Caux Pala...

Save the date 2023 square no date

Caux Forum 2023: Save the Date

We are excited to announce the Caux Forum will be back in Caux next summer! Find out more and save the date! ...

Arpan Yagnik

Arpan Yagnik: Mountains to climb

Arpan Yagnik, a participant of last year's Creative Leadership conference and team member of the IofC Hub 2021, talks to Mary Lean about creativity, fear and vocation. ...

YAP 2021 article square

Young Ambassadors Programme 2021: Learning to listen

When Indonesian law student Agustina Zahrotul Jannah discovered the Young Ambassadors Programme (YAP) on Google she felt both excited and hopeless: excited because she hoped it might give her the skil...

Zero waste square for social media

Sofia Syodorenko: A zero waste lifestyle is a mindful lifestyle

How did Sofia Syodorenko become involved in the zero waste movement, and what does it mean to her? Now Chair of Foundations for Freedom, she is also a representative of the Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine...

Patrick Magee 600x600

‘Where Grieving Begins – Building Bridges after the Brighton Bomb’: a live interview with Patrick Magee

The second in Tools for Changemakers’ series of Stories for Changemakers took place on 25 August 2021, with an interview with Patrick Magee, who planted a bomb at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, in 1984, w...

Summer Academy 2021 screenshot square

Forging a network of problem-solvers to build a secure and sustainable future

The Summer Academy on Climate, Land and Security 2021 brought together 29 participants from 20 countries. From Egypt and Senegal to the United States and Thailand, zoom windows opened for six hours ev...

Salima Mahamoudou 21 July 2021 FDFA workshop CDES 2021

Remaking a world in peril

The Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security (CDES) 2021 ran online from 20 July until 30 July, for the second consecutive year, comprising three open plenaries and seven workshops. This year’s discu...

CL 2021 Hope square

A Journey from Uncertainty to Possibility

2021’s Creative Leadership conference took participants on a six-day journey ‘From Uncertainty to Possibility’. Between 25 to 31 July around 150 online participants living in over 50 countries engaged...

FDFA Baobabcowherd-1 Noah Elhardt through WikiCommons square with logos

A pathway to peace and prosperity in West and Central Africa

In the context of their partnership, Initiatives of Change Switzerland (IofC) and the Peace and Human Rights division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs organised a webinar on the them...