Confederation of Indian Industry

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Confederation of Indian Industry
CII Logo.png
Type Association
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Region served World wide
Staff 1000
Former name Confederation of Engineering Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is an association of Indian businesses which works to create an environment conducive to the growth of industry in the country.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process. Founded in 1895, CII has over 7100 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 90,000 enterprises from around 257 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.[1]

CII works closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages.

With 64 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 7 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Singapore, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 224 counterpart organizations in 90 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.[2]


Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) represents the interests of Indian businesses in various sectors, chiefly including engineering, manufacturing, consulting, and services.[3] The organization was founded in 1895 when 5 engineering firms, all members of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, joined hands to form the Engineering and Iron Trades Association (EITA).[4]

The CII theme of ‘Accelerating Growth, Creating Employment’ for 2014-15 aims to strengthen a growth process that meets the aspirations of today’s India. During the year, CII will specially focus on economic growth, education, skill development, manufacturing, investments, ease of doing business, export competitiveness, legal and regulatory architecture, labour law reforms and entrepreneurship as growth enablers.


Ajay S. Shriram, Chairman and Senior Managing Director of DCM Shriram, has been elected President of CII for the year 2014-15. Sumit Mazumder, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of TIL, has been named President Designate. Dr Naushad Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall, has been elected Vice President. Chandrajit Banerjee is the Director General.[5]

Centres of Excellence[edit]

One of the USPs of CII is that it provides opportunities to its membership to perceive global trends, establish technical competencies and then create awareness about the latest trends among the industry members. This was the main reason for them to set up Centres of Excellence. Since 1995, CII's centenary year, CII has been creating Centres of Excellence with the objective to meet a huge unmet need of the industry.

The Nine Centres of Excellence have a reach through the 64 CII offices within India and 7 overseas offices and India’s missions across the globe. The 9 Centres of Excellence are located as follows:

  • CII Institute of Logistics, Chennai - CII Institute of Logistics (CIL) was established in 2004 by the Confederation of Indian Industry as a Center of Excellence in Logistics and Supply Chain. To deal with the need of sharpening India Inc’s competitive edge through enhanced Logistics and Supply Chain practices.
  • CII Institute of Quality, Bangalore - With the winds of liberalization, privatization and globalization far-reaching across the world, CII felt the need for sustaining the Indian industry to improve its competitiveness through the Quality route. This led to the formation of the Total Quality Management Division, over the years; the TQMD has changed into its current-day form, the CII-Institute of Quality.
  • CII - ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, Delhi - In 1992, CII set up the Environmental Management Division which was rechristened the centre in 2006.[6]
  • CII - AVANTHA Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs - CII – AVANTHA Centre for Competitiveness, Chandigarh was establish to provide consultancy to SMEs for various apparatus of competitiveness.[7]
  • CII - Naoroji Godrej Centre of Excellence, Mumbai - The objective of this centre is to organize short duration management development programmers for the middle and senior level executives. The centre encourages learning through small groups and intensive interaction, which is mainly drawn from industry experts. [8]
  • CII - Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad - CII - Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre is one of the 10 Centres of Excellences of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It offers advisory services to the businesses in the areas of green buildings, energy efficiency, water management and so on.[9]The Centre is housed in a Green Building which received the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Rating in 2003. This was the first Platinum rated Green Building outside of U.S.A and the third in the world. The Centre was inaugurated by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, the then President of India, on July 14, 2004
  • CII - Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership, Kolkata - The CII-Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership was formed with an objective to facilitate the development of the leaders, thus promoting economic and industrial growth in India. The centre also works to establish partnership for maximum mutual benefits for entrepreneurs. [10]
  • CII - Triveni Water Institute, Jaipur - CII-TRIVENI Water Institute brings government, industry and civil society together to address on the water related issues in a holistic manner. It is among CII’s 10 acclaimed centers of Excellence. It focuses on water and waste water management in industrial, agricultural and environmental sectors. [11]
  • CII - Jubilant Bhartia Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence, New Delhi- Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE) was setup by CII to contribute to the ongoing policy dialogue related to agriculture and food-security concerns. The Centre through its incorporated approach of action oriented programs addresses the concerns from the farm gate to the consumer end.[12]


CII has direct membership of over 7100 organisations and indirect membership of over 90,000, from around 257 national and regional sectoral associations.[13]

The membership is open to any company or firm in India engaged in manufacturing activity or providing consultancy services. India Liaison Offices operating with the approval of Reserve Bank of India, without any Sales Turnover in India, are eligible for the "Associate Membership". There is no Individual membership in CII. Companies from the same group can take up membership separately, since there is no group membership.

Their Members get access to opportunities like networking with the corporate majors of Indian and global industry to assisting in framing economic and industrial policies, through close linkage with the government. CIIs proactive approach focuses on helping members to increase efficiency and competitiveness.


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