A key concern for policy makers and industry is to include Indians from all strata of society in the country’s impressive growth story. At the present, the majority of the population remains at the periphery of development. India’s growth story has captured the world’s attention and admiration. However, we cannot in all conscience begin to celebrate the Indian success story while a majority of our 1.1 billion people still live in poverty. There are disparities amongst regions, states, sectors, and communities. Amongst the States, the North-Eastern and the central regions, which have large tribal populations, are lagging behind. Amongst sectors, agriculture has fallen behind industry and the service sector. Religious minorities, large sections of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribal (ST) groups, and women still do not have access to many job opportunities and human development. While the top end of the economy is experiencing phenomenal wage growth, the informal sector, which is the largest job creator for the country continue to be characterized by low wages and income insecurity. Public health indices for India continue to stagnate at very low levels with large- scale incidence of malnutrition. There is need to address these issues with urgency. We are way behind if we assess ourselves against the Millennium Development Goals set up by the United Nations. India can move up on these parameters only if every segment of civil society comes forward to forge “public-private-people partnerships”. Each segment of society has competencies that the other needs, to achieve its goals. Pooling resources such as knowledge, finances, infrastructure, technologies etc. can hasten the process of reaching out to those that are at the bottom of the pyramid.
CII has been in the forefront of bringing in economic change and has been playing a significant role in the formation of a new and competitive India. It was almost 15 years ago that CII realized that all round evelopment was essential for sustaining the growth process and role that Corporates can play a major catalytic role in bringing this about, expanding the coverage of creation of wealth and catalyzing social change. Over the years, CII’s agenda has, therefore, expanded to include “inclusiveness” and “sustainability” over and above its running theme of “competitiveness”. The imperative for inclusive growth needs no repetition in the context of India's long-term growth prospects. Interestingly, a noticeable shift in policy is being materialized in policy making from subsidy-based programmes to those enabling more income generation. In a parallel process, voices in this debate for marrying market elements with social objectives are gaining strength. Encouragingly, there is a growing consciousness and conviction amongst companies that businesses have dual roles - to create shareholder value and as well play a proactive role in the community in the environment in which they operate. This is where we see a CII role in creating new partnerships for development, especially between wealth creators and the NGO community and Self Help Groups in catalyzing win-win growth stories. To achieve equitable, inclusive growth, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), seeks to bring in social transformation through a complete programme of policy advocacy, knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination and “on-ground” model projects. Through a series of focused interventions, CII hopes to mainstream economically and socially challenged groups and draw them into a cycle of growth, development and empowerment. All these interventions are undertaken under CII’s broad canvas of “Development Initiatives”.
Key Initiatives / Information
Corporate India is thinking out of the box to fulfill the government’s affirmative action agenda of ensuring inclusive growth through sustainable livelihoods for the weaker sections of society. The article which was published in the Economic Times on 29 April dwells upon two PPP strategies that could change the discourse on affirmative action between government and industry.
Mr S Gopalakrishnan, who has taken over as CII President, offers his views on accelerating growth through innovation, transformation, inclusion and governance in this set of interviews to various newspapers.
The Small Grant Programme will support small-scale coastal restoration and management efforts, prioritised, designed and where possible implemented by local communities, small-scale business or research organisations. Funding will be primarily provided for projects according to the geographical selection defined in the MFF India National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP), including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. SGP will support projects which:
IAF in collaboration with Ministry of Defence has taken an initiative to set up an academy for the resettlement process of the Air Warriors. The IAF along with CII will take this initiative forward to prepare Air Warriors for resettlement with intent:
Industry associations need to promote ethical best practices. CII's Code of Business Ethics 'breaks the ice', says columnist Professor Nirvikar Singh in The Financial Express column 'Corporate Virtue in India' on 28 Dec 2012.
Presentations of Edu Summit 2012 “Taking Higher Education to the next orbit – Agenda for Reforms in the North” 13 October 2012 at Chandigarh.
United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) announce the Fulbright-Nehru-CII Fellowships for Leadership in Management Program for the academic year 2013-2014. Indian business managers, whose employers would be willing to bear 50% (US$ 18,850) of the total cost (US$ 37,700), may compete to attend this specially designed management program at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh from May 22 to July 30, 2013. Aimed to broaden overall perspectives and to strengthen strategic, functional and leadership skills in global business, this program combines classes with group work, industry visits and networking.
Corporate responsibility and governance need to be based on principles rather than over-regulation. Companies are subjected to a complex and challenging regulatory environment. This article by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII) was published in the Business Standard on 13 June, 2012.
West Bengal, historically at the forefront of India’s industrial growth and social change, enjoys major benefits of outstanding natural and human resources. With a strong industrial base, it can transform into a manufacturing and employment-generating hub of eastern India and emerge as a central player in India’s vibrant growth story, given the right investment climate and proactive policies. This article by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII) was published in The Times of India, Kolkata on 4 April, 2012.
Raising excise duties to pre-stimulus levels would adversely impact demand, inflation and investor plans. The Budget should desist from increasing excise from present 10% to 12%, especially since GST would be ready by next year.
Opinion piece in Times of India of 2 March 2012 by the Director General, CII. It stresses that fiscal deficit and private corporate investments, growth drivers for the economy, need to be critically addressed in the forthcoming Budget.
Opinion piece by the Director General, CII in Indian Express of 2 March, 2012. The Budget must tackle fiscal deficit on an urgent basis. CII's recommendations cover possible revenue and expenditure steps.
The fiscal deficit has limited the government's ability to rev up a slowing economy. Hence, the Budget should focus on encouraging private participation in key sectors, such as infrastructure, education and healthcare. This article by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII) was published in The Hindu Business Line on 1 March, 2012.
The problems in the power sector are multifarious, relating to fuel shortages, lack of adequate finance, poor financial health of distribution utilities, absence of cost-reflective tariffs and peaking power shortages. In addition, land acquisition, environmental clearances, and administrative delays too discourage investments. CII recommends multiple interventions to reform the sector and ensure 24/7 power supply to the nation.
Overseas Indians are valuable members of the communities in which they reside, and by their hard work have brought high brand equity to India. While individuals have achieved outstanding positions of eminence in all walks of life, ordinary overseas Indians too have contributed significantly to nation-building in their adopted homelands.
Consulting / Advisory Services
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in collaboration with Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur (BESU) has established a specialized, professionally managed Centre named “CII-BESU Industrial Research, Innovation and HRD Centre” to facilitate Industry and Academia partnerships for industrial and social benefits in West Bengal. The Centre was launched by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India, during the 4th CII University-Industry Council Symposium on 1st August 2009. The mission of the Industrial Research Centre is to provide a platform of interdisciplinary teaching and innovative research in the field of science and technology, which can lead to a better integrated R & D delivery system in India.
Spearheading the Green Building movement in India is the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) part of the Confederation of Indian Industry.
IGBC has launched rating programmes to conceive, design & construct buildings as green buildings. In light of this, IGBC has launched green building rating system for New Construction (Government, Commercial, Institutional buildings, etc), Core & Shell (IT Parks, Malls, etc), Homes and Factory Buildings.
Sustainability Performance Assessment aims to examine how effectively businesses have succeeded in integrating factors for their social, economic and environmental performance at the decision-making and management levels. It also serves as the Secretariat for the Sustainability Awards.
Facilitating in Design, Implementation and Updation of various management systems such as Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems as per OHSAS 18001:2007; Environmental Management Systems as per ISO 14001:2004; Social Accountability as per SA 8000:2008; Integration of Management Systems (IMS
The CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is pioneering Corporate Sustainability Management (CSM) for Indian industry in the belief that future competitiveness requires internalization of sustainability management through a clear, practical, integrated framework.
CII-IQ has been working closely with several government agencies to improve governance processes.
Quality Education is the foundation to achieve CII-Institute of Quality’s mission of “Leveraging the quality movement to transform India into a better place”. Also, with the increasing stress on knowledge economy, the role of education is becoming more and more important. Education does not just aff
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Mr Anand Sharma, Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textiles, India, addressing the “India Investment Roundtable” jointly organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of Ministry of Commerce and Confederation of Indian Industry in Tokyo today invited leading Japanese comp.....
Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched the first-of-its-kind Rating System to address sustainability aspects in existing buildings.
The rating programme was launched during the Conference on Green Cities & Townships held in Mumbai on .....
“India - ASEAN trade in goods has been robust, growing to $80 billion in 2011-12, doubling since 2007-08 despite the global economic crisis”, Mrs. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs said while addressing the conference on "India-ASEAN Project Partnership" at New Delhi organised b.....
CII with the support of UKFCO took up a project to develop fiscal instruments for low carbon industrial development in the state of West Bengal, Odisha and Tamil Nadu. The activities involved - a review of the state existing policies, developing a report on national and international best practices.....
The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, today launched the India Backbone Implementation Network (IBIN). The purpose of IBIN is to improve implementation of policies, programs, and projects, which the 12th Five Year Plan has located as the critical necessity for a.....
CII welcomes and applauds the renewed efforts by the US Congress to find a bipartisan solution to the critical issue of immigration reform. CII is however concerned about certain details in the bill put forward by the Senate Gang of Eight yesterday. It is of the opinion that the provisions on H1B v.....
Welcoming the announcement and complimenting the government, Mr. S Gopalakrishnan, President, CII, said that “This announcement is the right step at right time as it could revive investors’ confidence in SEZs” Besides, he applauded initiatives such as widening of interest subvention scheme, zero du.....
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has called for easing of interest rates by at least 100 bps in the current fiscal. At a press conference to unveil the CII theme for 2013-14, the new CII President, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Infosys Limited, said, ‘In order to revive gro.....
More than 500 delegates will convene for the Business for Environment (B4E) Global Summit on 15-16 April in New Delhi, India to find solutions for a sustainable future. The event, being co-hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Global Initiatives and the Club of Rome, will cover topi.....
CII Awards & Recognitions
The Sustainability Awards, instituted by the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in 2006, are for (a) Identifying and recognising exemplary performance in economic, social and environmental dimensions of Indian business (b) Promoting role models in Indian industry and recognising excellence achieved by businesses in mainstreaming Sustainability with business practices and (c) Imparting knowledge by which the Centre builds capacity in Indian businesses to adopt sustainability practices.
The CII Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Awards were constituted towards acknowledging the Vision and Exemplary Commitment of the CEO and his team for environmental responsibility, their concerns for occupational Health and Safety of employees and society as a whole. Today with growing awareness among people, companies are prompted to address the needs and requirements of all its employees first and society through initiation of various policies and programmes to build goodwill and confidence among all members of society.
The Regional and National Workskills India Competitions organised by CII, are recognised by the Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T), Ministry of Labour, Government of India.
The objective of the awards is to recognise and Award “Excellence” in Water Management in Industries and to facilitate sharing of information by excellent Water efficient companies.
The objective of the competition is to create awareness on water conservation and stimulate the young minds on the importance of water conservation to promote habits that students can adopt from an early age to ensure conservation.
With an objective of seeding green ideas in the minds of young budding professionals and also to encourage new thoughts and innovation in green design, IGBC organises the ‘Green Design Competition’ every year.
The objective of the competition is to create awareness and instill environmental responsibility among school children of today and future leaders of tomorrow.
The workskills competition is conducted at the Regional level first, followed by the National Competitions, to encourage workers in the industry by recognising excellence in skill through organised competitions in select trades.
Greening in Uttaranchal may seem to be a redundant activity, but there are alarming reports on how forests are fast disappearing in many areas.
CII, has since 2005, institutionalised an annual Woman Exemplar Award. The award promotes women empowerment at the community level by discovering & recognising those who have, against all odds, contributed in the fields of Education and Literacy; Health; and, Micro Enterprise, thereby making a significant contribution to the development process in India.