Sustainability – From Theory to Practice At IIM Shillong

A mentor had once told me that management is all about managing the three M’s – men, machines and money, that the key to success for any organisation is the effective management of these resources. While she was right in a way, I believe that not just management, but the sustainable management of these resources is more important in the present times. Today, organisations are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, minimize the environmental impact of their day-to-day activities by incorporating sustainability into their operations. Thus, there is a need for socially and environmentally conscious managers who can contribute to generating high throughput for the organisation without impacting the planet, and therein comes the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.

The one thing that got me interested in a management program at IIM Shillong is its focus on sustainability and on making “green managers”, not just on paper but as a part of the curriculum, in all practicality. I have seen this right from the moment I stepped into the campus. We as budding managers are encouraged to opt for sustainable ways of doing a job, be it switching off electrical appliances when not in use, to implementing sustainable practices in business situations.

Set amid the lush green Khasi hills, IIM Shillong operates from Mayurbhanj complex, the summer palace of the Mayurbhanj kings. The pleasant Shillong climate makes life on campus all the more enjoyable. Each batch is a diverse mix of students from varied backgrounds, facilitating in peer learning. Every year, the course starts with a foundation course on sustainability emphasizing on sustainable practices in the business environment. This course focuses on inculcating in students the responsibilities as a future leader for a larger community. This foundation course ends with a sustainability trek – a visit to the sacred forests at Mawphlang. The visit is one of a kind; the quiet untouched forests enlisting a sense of peace and tranquillity. The visit is truly an enriching experience, giving students an insight into what mankind is destroying in the name of industrialization and development.

Aditya Birla Group

As a student from IIM Shillong, I would like to work for Aditya Birla Retail Limited as a manager as I believe ABRL will provide a platform for me to hone my management skills and make a career in marketing and advertising. I believe being a part of the Aditya Birla Group will help me grow as an individual and learn new skills that will make me a better manager.


L Sowmyasree

PGP 1st Year

IIM Shillong

IIM Shillong Placement Committee

Placement Committee of IIM Shillong