Category — Human Resources

Siemens Leverages Indian Engineers and Managers Globally

Janina Kugel, head of human resources, people and leadership, and chief diversity officer of Siemens AG spoke to Mint on a recent visit to India, where Siemens employs 18,000 people at its 22 factories.

When asked about the context of her visit she said, “India is a very relevant market not only in terms of business but also in terms of talent. India is playing a major role in our business, in everything we are doing in digitization, in software, and also in terms of infrastructure…India is one of our top five countries in terms of people and growth. Indian talent is for us global talent. We have an increasing number of people of Indian origin who are in management positions worldwide.”

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When asked about what changes she saw in the country since her visits 10 years ago, she said, “When you see the changes that are happening, they are dramatic. Of course, I don’t have to tell you how big India is. But when it comes to infrastructure, education, development of society, the topics that are addressed and discussed in the government, I see a very steady growth.”

September 19, 2016   No Comments

Largest Number of Businesses in India are Retailers

With over  16 million  retail shops in the country — about one for every 15 families — this sector of work surpasses others in its numbers.

Manufacturing is second to retail with over 10 million units. However, the number of employees in this sector is greater than those in the retail trade. Most retail stores are tiny by Western standards and employ less than ten people.

Phoenix Mall in Mumbai

Phoenix Mall in Mumbai

Transport companies, warehousing, hotels and eateries, and healthcare-related enterprises are other major occupations, while educational enterprises have emerged as major employers.

These facts emerge from the 6th Economic Census conducted by the Government of India in 2013, detailed results of which were released earlier this year, reports the Times of India.

September 13, 2016   No Comments

LinkedIn Launches 3 Products for India

On Monday, September 12, LinkedIn unveiled three products — a stripped down mobile site called LinkedIn Lite; a product aimed at the college placements market called LinkedIn Placements, and a LinkedIn Starter Pack aimed at startups and small businesses.

Jeff Weiner, chief executive of the social network for professionals said, “All the three products were entirely developed by the company’s 250-person-strong R&D outfit in Bangalore. The fact that LinkedIn has chosen to build customized products for the country underlines India’s importance.
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India is LinkedIn’s second-largest user base with 37 million members, only behind the U.S., which has over 130 million users.

“There’s a lot of learning from what we are going to do here that we think can be extended elsewhere beyond India,” Weiner told Economic Times in an exclusive interview.

September 13, 2016   No Comments

Pope Francis Canonizes Mother Teresa

Already regarded as a saint by her followers, Mother Teresa was officially canonized on Sunday, 4 September in Rome, by Pope Francis, and she is now known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Mother established the Missionaries of Charity, a family of Sisters, Brothers, Fathers, and co-workers, in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) in 1950. By 1997, the Missionaries of Charity had almost 4000 Sisters working in 610 foundations, in 450 centers in 123 countries across the six continents.

Mother Teresa’s first visit to the U.S. was in 1982 when she visited three campuses: Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Thomas Aquinas College, where she served as that year’s Commencement Speaker and received the college’s highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion.

The first Missionaries of Charity home in the United States was established in the South Bronx, New York. By 1984, it had 19 establishments all over the country. On Christmas Eve of 1985, Mother Teresa opened “Gift of Love” in New York, her first house for AIDS patients. In the coming years, this home was followed by others, in the United States and elsewhere, devoted specifically for those with AIDS. In 1994, she spoke passionately against abortion in her address to 3,000 guests at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington D.C. February 5.

Mother Teresa’s 1995 visit to the U.S. ended in Mahanoy City, PA, where a branch of her Missionaries of Charity had just been established at St. Joseph Church.

At 9:30 pm, on 5 September, Mother Teresa died at the Motherhouse, Calcutta. The Government of India honored her with a state funeral on 13 September: her body was taken in procession on a gun carriage, that had also borne the bodies of Mohandas K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, through the streets of Calcutta.

Navin Chawla, a biographer of Mother Teresa and a former Chief Election Commissioner of India, says: Mother Teresa’s greatest miracle was her life itself. Armed only with an abundance of faith, she created a multinational organization that served her special constituency of the ‘poorest of the poor’.

India’s Department of Post has released a new commemorative postage stamp, on the event. A specially designed cancellation featuring the Mother on a silk envelope that includes a five-rupee commemorative coin issued by the Indian government in 2010 to mark her centenary birth celebrations, is shown below:

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 3, 2016   No Comments

Sustainable Cotton Program Extended to 10,000 Women Farmers in India

Primark, a retailer in the U.K. that markets readymade apparel, home goods and beauty products, has extended a sustainable cotton initiative in India to 10,000 women farmers. The initiative involves a partnership between Primark, CottonConnect and the Self Employed Women’s Association.

Under the Primark Sustainable Cotton Program, women in Gujarat, are trained to improve cotton yields, increase their incomes, and introduce sustainable farming methods, reports cips.org.

A pilot, launched three years ago, saw 1,251 women smallholders increase their average profits by 211% and yields by 12.6%. There was also a 5% cut in input costs, a 12.9% reduction in water use and fertilizer and pesticide use fell.

One of the cotton farmers in the program

One of the cotton farmers in the program

Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team said, “Primark has been working hard for the last decade to ensure that the rights of workers within our global supply chain are respected, and the lives of people working within the garment industry in emerging markets change as industrialization brings new jobs and opportunities.”

Alison Ward, CottonConnect’s CEO stated, “We find that women do not attend mixed training sessions, so the knowledge that this program has brought them will go a long way to building a better life for them and their families in the future. It’s also great to see how proud their husbands are of their work.”

Reema Nanavaty, leader of Self Employed Women’s Association remarked that giving women access to full employment was one of the best ways to drive societal and economic change.

April 11, 2016   No Comments