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Checking Out the Business Environment in India

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Thursday, May 10, 2012

Page Schindler BuchananIt’s hard to believe but the GBSN conference will be here before we know it! A new aspect of the GBSN conference in 2012 will be our focus on business and development in India. Not only will we have panels of local experts facilitating discussions around health, agribusiness, corporate social responsibility and social enterprise in Delhi, but our participants have the opportunity to go out into the field to see first hand what is happening in those areas.

Last week I was in Delhi visiting with our industry partners, and I have to tell you that I am more excited than ever for you all to see their innovative approaches to business and management. Here is just a taste of the options you’ll have at the conference – all unique and fascinating opportunities. The hardest part will be choosing only one!

Mother Dairy CartAgribusiness - Mother Dairy: A leading agribusiness in India, Mother Dairy prides itself on being a direct-to-consumer social enterprise in which 85% of revenue goes back to the rural farmers who produce its products. Their unique model helps unsure sustainability for farmers while supplying nutritious food throughout India. Plus they make some darned good ice cream. On this site visit you’ll meet with executives who will share their business model and management strategy, take you on a tour of their Delhi factory, and give you a taste of their delicious wares.

Picture: A Mother Dairy vendor at the famous "India Gate" monument





Seema, Sakha Cab driverSocial Enterprise/Entrepreneurship - Sakha: This inspiring social enterprise cab company partners with a foundation to implement comprehensive program that trains and empowers women to become independent. The foundation finds and trains women in driving, self defense and management and then the social enterprise sets them up in business as a safe taxi alternative "by women, for women” in Delhi. Participants will be picked up by Sakha cab drivers and brought to the training headquarters where they will meet with the Sakha team, trainees and drivers for a conversation about their goals, methods, challenges and business model.

Picture: Seema, my Sakha driver poses with her cab


Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

Health – Sir Ganga Ram Hospital: Meet with the chairman and department heads at a local private hospital that has been serving Delhi for nearly 100 years. Ganga Ram has a charitable mission and provides a significant amount of health care services to the poor and needy at free or reduced cost. All development activities of the hospital are financed from internal resources, with no financial assistance provided by the government or other external agencies. See how they address health care needs of the poor, manage hospital administration and address the management challenges of providing high quality health care in a developing world environment.

Picture: The Hospital's old building, part of a huge complex that includes a newer building as well



Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainable Management – GenPact: A global leader in outsourcing of business processes and technology management, GenPact has a strong focus on corporate social responsibility. On this visit you’ll meet with a leading VP and the head of CSR to learn about the evolution of the market for their services, their management and talent challenges, and their many CSR initiatives. You’ll then get the rare opportunity to tour behind the scenes to see how they service their global customers, including a major oil and gas company. For anyone interested in this sector, or just curious about one of the major global management trends of this century, this is not one to miss.

Note: For security purposes no cameras may be brought to the GenPact facility

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