Inclusive growth has emerged as a major talking point for both Indian industry and the government over the last few years. The growing realisation that the country is yet to achieve balanced growth and that the majority of its people are still marginalised, underserved and neglected, is leading policy makers to focus attention on this major concern area. It is also becoming increasingly clear that until India’s development touches every single citizen of the country, the nation cannot aspire for global leadership or even achieve its long term goals.
The Indian IT-BPO industry has been one of the early proponents of inclusive growth. A number of key players in the fray have launched strong initiatives in the Corporate Social Responsibility space and rolled out projects involving employees and management, that are helping narrow the digital, gender, financial and cultural divides.
Interestingly, the initiates have been both external and internal. At the broader level, the more philanthropic within the IT-BPO industry have announced special grants for social causes and are attempting to reach the benefits of technology to the “have nots.” On the internal front, a number of companies have shown themselves as “inclusive” through their gender neutral policies and strategies and their endeavours to integrate even the physically challenged into the workplace.
At the NILF 2010, we are planning to spotlight, for the first time, companies that have taken exemplary steps to get on the path of “inclusive growth.” As part of this effort, we will be showcasing the work of five organisations within the IT-BPO sector, that have rolled out strategic initiatives to catalyse such balanced development. From social innovations, to engaging with employees in a unique fashion—these companies would have made inclusiveness a key priority within their turf.
Each of these companies will get a five minute slot to share their success stories with the delegates attending the NILF 2010 in February. We’d like you to attend this session and encourage these players who are contributing in a significant way to the country’s overall social, economic and cultural well being.
Post Contributed by Vinita Chawla, NASSCOM