Category — Human Resources

P&G Champions Gender Equality in India

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Procter & Gamble announced that it will source as much as $30 million from women-owned businesses across India in the coming three years. The move aligns the company’s global commitment to building greater gender equality with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

Working in partnership with WEConnect International in India, a non-profit that allows qualified buyers to connect with women-owned businesses, the companies hopes to  develop capability among women entrepreneurs through training and workshops.

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P&G India sub-continent managing director and CEO Al Rajwani said, “The impact of our spending with women-owned businesses helps to stimulate economic growth in communities who are often overlooked, which in turn promotes job creation and further opportunities.”

February 17, 2018   No Comments

Amazon Launches Silent Delivery Stations in India

Amazon India launched a Silent Delivery Station in Mumbai in collaboration with Mirakle Couriers a Mumbai-based service partner that employs people with hearing loss. The silent delivery station is part of the last-mile service partner program of Amazon Logistics, where entrepreneurs act as Amazon India’s local distribution network providers, and create the last mile delivery footprint.

All associates working in Amazon’s silent delivery station are trained on safety procedures and customer experience behaviors by the team at Mirakle Couriers via sign language. They use the same technology as hearing associates with some modification in the processes to ease their delivery experience. They deliver packages over a radius of less than 2 miles from the delivery station either by bus or by walking to the destination.

Logo of Mirakle Couriers

Akhil Saxena, vice president, India Customer Fulfillment, said “We are committed to using our resources and infrastructure of innovation and technology to enable diverse communities to succeed. We are proud to have pioneered the ‘Silent Delivery Station’ which is a first-of-its-kind, India-specific innovation from Amazon.”

January 22, 2018   No Comments

14 of 40 Science Talent Finalists have Parents Born in India

33 of the 40 finalists of the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search–the leading science competition for U.S. high school students, now known as the Regeneron Science Talent Search–were the children of immigrants. Additionally, 30 of this group had parents who worked in America on H-1B visas, the option that is no longer available for expedited processing due to a recent policy change.

A report from the National Foundation for American Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to public policy research on trade, immigration, and education, calls the science competition the ‘Junior Nobel Prize’. It says that if children of immigrants somehow disappeared from the U.S., America would be in a serious science talent deficit; their ranks have been steadily increasing since 2004.

National Foundation for American Policy graph

Among these 40 finalists, 14 had parents both born in India, 11 had parents both born in China, and 7 had parents both born in the United States. To put these numbers in perspective, people of Indian and Chinese birth represent only about 1 percent of the U.S. population each, according to the Pew Research Center.


January 16, 2018   No Comments

India Tops List of Migratory Populations

According to the 2017 International Migration Report released by the United Nations, India tops the list of people living abroad at 17 million with approximately 5 million Indians residing in the Gulf region alone.

In 2017, India was the largest country of origin of international migrants at 17 million, followed by Mexico at 13 million, Russia at 11 million, China at 10 million, Bangladesh at 7 million, Syria at 7 million and Pakistan and Ukraine at 6 million each. International migration is a critical concern for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the report said.

Integration of People

The report shows that international migration makes an important contribution to population growth in many parts of the world and even reverses population decline in some countries or areas. Between 2000 and 2015, migration contributed 42 percent of the population growth in Northern America and 31 per cent in Oceania. In Europe, the size of the total population would have declined during the period 2000-2015 in the absence of migration, says Business Line quoting from the report.

December 23, 2017   No Comments

In India, Lockheed Martin to Focus on Women-led Startups

Having supported startups in India for more than a decade, many of which were led by women, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin plans to invest in technology startups, with a special focus on women-founded ones, says its deputy executive vice president Lorraine M. Martin.

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Martin recounted initiatives to encourage women to join the technology manufacturing workforce and toward inspiring them at early ages towards science, technology, engineering and math. She said, “We (at Lockheed Martin) would like to have half the workforce as women, which is what our population is. All the studies have shown that diverse workplaces are more productive. Studies show that companies with women in senior leadership perform better.”

 Lockheed Martin’s India Innovation Growth Program offers $2 million a year of resources and mentoring to startups through competition. The company has partnered with the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, and with the Tata Trust, that has helped to double their resources, Martin told the Economic Times.

December 22, 2017   No Comments