Dr. Nayan Mitra is an international authority on the subject of Sustainability, CSR and Corporate Governance. Her Company Sustainable Advancements (OPC) Private Limited is a woman-led company that broadly aims to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through advocacy and implementation (www.sustainableadvancements.com). Under her leadership, Sustainable Advancements has established itself as a holistic institution of international and national repute in the area of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Coaching, consultancy, research. Sustainable Advancements specialises on conducting international and national researches on various topics of sustainability that includes, but does not limit to researching the first ever comprehensive Women@Work study in partnership to Aspire For Her Foundation; topics on supply chain sustainability to name a few.
She feels deeply for women’s issues and is the founding President of the Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI) West Bengal Sustainable Businesses Council; mentor at the Aspire for Her Foundation and Influencer at the Womennovator – where she continuously strives to bring in innovative programmes to contribute to the impact of SDG 5. She is also a pro-bono member of the Advisory Council and Board of some of the eminent NGOs in India, whose work with women and children has received global recognition.
She is the series editor of Responsible Business and Sustainable Management by Springer, whose first two books are on Diversity and Inclusion; and Emerging Economic Models. Dr. Mitra is the editor of the books 'Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Cases and Development after the Legal Mandate' in India (2017), ‘Mandated Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from India’ (2019) and ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in Rising Economies: Fundamentals, Approaches and Case Studies’ (2020) with co-editor, Dr. Rene Schmidpeter (Germany) that has been published by Springer International (Switzerland). Dr. Mitra has published over 40 peer reviewed research publications in International journals and books; and is Academic Council member and Science Board member in International Academic forums. Recently she edited the special issue ‘Business and Benevolence’ of the ‘Journal of Human Values’ by the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata (India) alongwith Fullbright scholar Dr. Deonnie Moodie, Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions at University of Oklahoma, USA. She is often invited by thinktanks like the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Niti Ayog to conduct trainings and provide advisory. She spearheads the India CSR Leadership Interview Series by IndiaCSR, where she brings together the collective thoughts, ideas and practices of distinguished corporate leaders on Sustainability and CSR.
Dr. Mitra is the recipient of the prestigious Author Award at the Indian CSR Leadership Summit three years in a row: 2017, 2018 and 2019; adjudged as one of the 25 most impactful CSR Leaders in India 2019 and many other international awards for her contribution to CSR and recognised as an Exceptional Woman of Excellence at the Women Economic Forum, 2019 (New Delhi, India).