Confederation of Indian Industry
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|Predecessor||Confederation of Engineering Industry|
|Type||Non-Governmental Trade Association, Chamber of Commerce|
|Purpose||Create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
Strengthen Economic Relations
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a business association in India.
CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization. Founded in 1895, it has over 9,000 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from around 265 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.
CII works with the Government on policy issues. CII has been a catalyst of change in India’s economic policy reforms. CII played a very important role during economic liberalisation in 1991 which knocked down the high walls of protection between Indian industry and the rest of the world.
With 65 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 11 overseas offices in Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States, as well as institutional partnerships with 355 counterpart organizations in 126 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.
The CII Theme for 2018-19 is ‘India RISE : Responsible. Inclusive. Sustainable. Entrepreneurial.'
In April 2019 Vikram Kirloskar, Chairman and Managing Director, Kirloskar Systems Ltd, appointed the new President of CII for the year 2019-20. Uday Kotak, Managing Director & CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited is the President-Designate and T. V. Narendran, MD and CEO of Tata Steel is the Vice President. Chandrajit Banerjee is the Director General.
CII has over 500 ‘Intellectual Groups’ – Councils, Committees, Task Forces, Working Groups, among others – working at the national and regional levels, across industry sectors. These Groups give shape to and articulate Member concerns to Government policy makers, Regulators, Think Tanks etc. They work pro-actively with Government to formulate policies that would empower businesses.
International and Business Development
CII aims to sustain India’s international worldwide and also perform towards building CII as the first port of call for foreign delegations that wish to enlist with India and for the national industry that wish to approach traditional and emerging markets overseas.
CII International works under CII International Policy and Trade Council. The principal goal of the CII International Policy and Trade Council is to commence activities to relate Indian & global businesses. The council also work towards developing market approach for Indian exporters; identifying the requirements of the minor sectors to make them extra ambitious; promoting cooperation with counterpart systems; adopting an aggressive approach with foreign governments on various international affairs regarding the Indian economy; restoring the industry about the current Round of negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization and the Free trade agreements that India has signed or is negotiating with various countries / regions.
The CII International works at close proximity with the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Indian embassies / missions’ overseas for creating helpful policies and agendas for trade and investment. They also work closely with the foreign embassies / missions in India, international institutions / multilateral agencies, think tanks and the various universities.
From 2013, CII has broadened its focus of work through more Regional and Country Committees like: Africa, ASEAN + ANZ, East Europe, GCC, LAC, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea and Sri Lanka. CII's International work is backed by seven overseas offices in Australia, China, Germany, France, Singapore, United States and UK that helps us propagate important information pertaining to markets and joint venture possibilities to both Indian and global companies.
Centres of Excellence
In 1995, it began offering customised advisory and consultancy services and training programmes through its "Centres of Excellence". Today, CII has 9 Centres of Excellence across India, each focusing on different aspects to offer services to industry from diverse sectors.
- CII Institute of Logistics, Chennai
- CII Institute of Quality, Bangalore – CII Institute of Quality promotes awareness of Quality for enhancing the competitiveness of Indian industry; provides education, training and counseling services in 'soft technologies', relevant to the Quality process; recognizes organizations for excellence in quality; and provides a knowledge sharing platform of best practices, performance and strategies for enterprise competitiveness. The institute conducts research in select thrust sectors for the development of implementation models on Quality.
- CII – ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, Delhi – The Centre provides direction to the business community towards achieving sustainability with the right tools to build their business and frame their policies such that they attain the social, environmental and economic objectives.
- CII – AVANTHA Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs – The Centre works exclusively to enhance the competitiveness of MSMEs in India and provide consultancy and trainings in areas such as Manufacturing Excellence, Energy Efficiency, Cost Management, Total Employee Involvement, e-Learning, Corrosion Management etc. By the ‘Cluster Approach’, the Centre enables SMEs to learn through sharing of knowledge with other cluster companies.
- CII – Naoroji Godrej Centre of Excellence, Mumbai – CII – Naoroji Godrej Centre of Excellence, Mumbai organizes short duration management development programmes for the middle and senior level executives of Indian industries covering manufacturing sector. The centre also offers MSc in Engineering Business Management of University of Warwick, UK and Programme for Visionary Corporate Leaders in Manufacturing (VLFM).
- CII – Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad – CII – Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre offers advisory services to the industry in the areas of Green buildings, energy efficiency, water management, environmental management, renewable energy, Green business incubation and climate change activities. The CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, with its headquarters in Hyderabad and representative wings in several places in India focuses on an internationally accepted pattern for construction of buildings in the ‘green' category. After spearheading green buildings concepts the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry hopes to enthuse developers and authorities to go for green towns. Over the last decade, the IGBC has promoted the concept of green building in India. Compared to a conventional building, these save up to at least 20 per cent of the resources and can go up to 40 per cent saving. The council has facilitated the creation of over 1,745 green buildings with a footprint of 1.21 billion sq. ft. These include commercial and residential spaces, hospitals, retail, factories, townships and SEZs. IGBC standards for green homes are of international standards.
- CII – Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership, Kolkata – The CII-Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership serves as a facilitator for development of leaders in India. The Centre works to establish partnerships with similar organisations and global institutions for maximum mutual benefit. The centre currently organizes special programmes on leadership development for Government officials, including managers of public sector undertakings and institutions to meet their special needs.
- CII – Triveni Water Institute, Jaipur – CII-TRIVENI Water Institute is the first of its kind in the world where government, industry and civil society have come together to address the water related issues in a holistic manner. The Institute provides, consultancy, training and research on water and waste water management in industrial, domestic, agricultural and environmental sectors.
- CII – Jubilant Bhartia Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence, New Delhi- CII – Jubilant Bhartia Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence works closely with government, industry, farmers and consumers to improve on and off-farm productivity through the introduction and dissemination of global best practices and technological innovation, enhance capacity building by providing training and consultancy services in the area of food safety, and strengthening linkages across the agriculture and food value chain with an objective of reducing spoilage, increasing value add and farmer incomes.
Awards/Recognition by CII
CII and Exim Bank collaborate on contributing the CII-EXIM Bank Award for Business Excellence through the CII Institute of Quality. CII works with the World Economic Forum, Geneva, to offer the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the yearly India Economic Summit. Woman Exemplar Awards are bestowed to underprivileged women annually who have favorably conquered challenges to establish themselves as leaders in social or economic realms.
CII also takes an active interest in certification and CSR-related evaluations in order to improve corporate values and business image. The Sustainability Awards, instituted by the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in 2006, identifies and recognize exemplary performance in economic, social and environmental dimensions of Indian business. Instituted in 2002, The Leadership and Excellence Award in Environment Health & Safety (EHS) Award aim to recognize, motivate and facilitate corporates to adopt innovative practices in EHS. In order to create a positive and competitive work environment, CII Southern Region also organizes the 5S Excellence Award annually to motivate and recognize member companies which successfully implement and sustain 5S practices in the organization.
CII correlates with Government, NGOs, and civil society to help industry flourish effective programs for social development. It provides numerous stances through which representatives can undertake on various issues, such as gender equality, microfinance, development of backward districts, HIV/AIDS and public health. Through focused interventions, CII endure to mainstream economically and socially challenged entities and bring them into a phase of growth, development and empowerment. All these interventions are launched under CII’s broad canvas of "Development Initiatives".
How to attain Membership
CII has direct membership of over 9000 organisations and indirect membership of over 300,000, from around 265 national and regional sectoral associations.
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.
myCII – Online Knowledge Resource Centre of CII
CII as a part of its knowledge management initiatives has developed a unique Knowledge Portal 'myCII' which is a state-of-the-art online knowledge resource centre of CII. This includes premium research reports, recordings of conference proceedings, thousands of sector specific presentations, online master class videos, Webinar recordings, Investment and Policy Trackers, B2B Opportunities and online database of member companies.
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