|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 an industry 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.
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.
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 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".
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.
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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