Dr. Bimal Arora is the founding CEO of Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) which he
established to facilitate participation of Indian actors in voluntary global governance for
sustainability. Having handed over the executive leadership, Dr. Arora served as the
Honorary Chairperson of CRB. He was Reader in Enterprise at Centre for Enterprise at
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Adjunct Faculty at Alliance Manchester
Business School (AMBS), the University of Manchester, UK. He also held a Visiting
Research Fellow position at International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR)
at Nottingham University Business School, and at Copenhagen Business School. Dr. Arora
was a sustainability, CSR and ethical trade expert with extensive experience working in
practice and research with diverse sectors. Dr. Arora was an ingenious thinker, strategist
and author on business responsibility and accountability. With extensive experience of over
30 years across diverse sectors, Dr. Arora’s work has been published in several academic
journals and business magazines. He obtained his Masters’ degree from London School of
Economics and PhD in CSR and Sustainability from ICCSR, Nottingham University Business
A Tribute to CRB’s Founder – Dr Bimal Arora
From the Governing Body MembersWe the CRB Governing Body Members were shocked to learn about the sudden and
unexpected demise of our dear colleague, the Founding CEO and then Chairperson of CRB, Dr.
Bimal Arora on 2nd March 2022 in the UK.
Those who knew Bimal and his work, knew him as a passionate and tireless champion of
Sustainability and Social Development. Bimal as the CEO of CRB till 2015 brought the
organisation to a stable and self-sustaining foundation very quickly, before transitioning to
become the Chairperson of the Board of CRB.
One of his contributions - CRB’s flagship event - Indian Standards and Sustainability –
Conference and Dialogues has now become an event of national and international eminence.
For CRB, this annual affair has helped draw the attention and support of government, private
sector, academia, research institutions and civil society, both locally and internationally. Building
on his vision, CRB’s frontiers on sustainability has been expanded energetically by our CEO,
As a colleague to us Board Members, we were, and continue to be challenged and infused with
Bimal’s views of developing CRB as a leading southern voice on Sustainability and developing
CRB into a formidable think tank on the topic globally. This direction envisaged by Bimal and
endorsed by the CRB Board, will continue to guide CRB, expanding CRB’s wide ranging
activities and impacts on Sustainability.
Replacing Bimal’s untiring spirit and commitment to Sustainability will be a challenge. However,
the Board is fully committed to help evolve CRB into an entity following his aspirations. We will
miss Bimal, as surely will CRB’s leadership and staff. Needless to say, how he will be missed by
his colleagues at the University, friends, partners and the massive network of sustainability
practitioners in India and worldwide that Bimal worked to bring together.
MR. R. C. KESAR (Chairperson, CRB) | PROF. VASANTHI SRINIVASAN (Co-Chairperson, CRB) | MR. DEEPAK ARORA (Secretary, CRB) | DR. MEERA MITRA
(Honorary Member, CRB) | MR. FARHAD VANIA (Honorary Member, CRB) | PROF. PAWAN BUDHWAR
(Honorary Member, CRB)