Development Initiatives
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”.
Sector Update
The Government has taken bold steps towards integrating environment and climate change in the first Budget of the decade and CII is confident that this will enable inclusive and sustainable growth, comments Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, in his article published in The Asian Age on 18 February 2021.
Economic activity in India has resumed and is growing stronger than expected. This new year the nation will try to rebuild everything that took a hit during the pandemic, comments Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII published in the New Indian Express on 7 January 2021.
Mr Uday Kotak, President, CII and Managing Director & CEO, Kotak Mahindra Bank spoke on the impact of Covid on the economy, risk aversion among banks, and how technology will drive businesses in the future, at an e-adda session held by Indian Express.
"The on ground experience of CII shows how pollution can be addressed by better crop residue management", comments Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, in his article published by the New Indian Express on 30 October 2020.
"Strong leadership is central to managing sectors that have the highest potential to meet our employment objectives", comments Mr Vikram S Kirloskar, President, CII in his article published in the Business Standard on 4 July 2019.
"The serious problem of air pollution cannot be addressed by any one group in isolation. The best solutions and inspiring acts can be implemented when all stakeholders join hands towards a common vision of change", comments Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, in his article published in the Asian Age on 22 November 2018.
"Enhancing skill sets of the existing workforce, defining career progression for medicos can help build the requisite human resource", comments Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII in his article published in the Financial Express on 21 September, 2018.
In this article, Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII shares his views on the current status of CSR in India and recommendations to further strengthen the CSR ecosystem. It was published in the Business Standard on 2 August, 2018.
The Budget for the forthcoming year may not have increased allocation to education but it has several notable new policies, including identifying 10 public and 10 private universities for world-class excellence. This column by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII appeared in The Times of India on 7 March 2016.
A shared and sustainable world economy would rest on partnerships between advanced and emerging economies. India, which stands at an exciting moment in its economic journey, can play a special part in this, says Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII. This article first appeared in Business Standard, 11th January 2016 on the occasion of The Partnership Summit 2016. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh organized the 22nd edition of the Partnership Summit from January 10-12, 2016, at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Recommendations of CII National Committee on Higher Education on New Education Policy (On select themes for consultation on higher education as enumerated by Ministry of Human Resource Development).
India and Germany can cooperate in six key areas including startups, advanced manufacturing, R&D, renewable energy, Smart Cities, and skill development. This article by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII appeared in The Indian Express on 5 October 2015 in conjunction with the visit of HE Ms Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, to India.
The new bill introduced in Parliament for acquisition of land meets many compulsions of development. This article by Mr Sumit Mazumder, President, CII, appeared in The Economic Times Issue of April 26 – May 02, 2015.
Representation to Government of Kerala on Incentives for Green Building Rated Projects.
As you are aware, Jammu & Kashmir has been severely hit by heavy rains and flash floods at many places in the State causing loss of valuable lives and properties. The Central / State Governments, District Administration, Defence forces & NDRF are fully involved in the relief measures. CII is in touch with the local administration to provide immediate relief items as well as look at some concrete rehabilitation projects in due course.
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CII News Update
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 organised an Awareness Session on Jaipur Cluster Programme on 16 April 2013 at Jaipur. The session and visits are precursors of the Jaipur Cluster being planned to be launched. The session was followed by preliminary assessment visits of 15 plants of participant org.....
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.....
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 and International Competitions, to encourage workers in the industry by recognising excellence in skill through organised competitions in select trades.
Recognising India's Best Organisations for Competitiveness