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Marico ties up with UNDP to upskill, empower India’s women & youth

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Marico, the Indian FMCG company, has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other implementing partners, to digitally train over 12,000 women and youth across India through various upskilling initiatives in this financial year. The objective is to enable women and youth to bag skill-based employment — about 7,000 jobs in all — which will add around Rs 31 crores in incremental income. This project will help further Marico’s commitment towards creating inclusive and sustainable growth across communities.

The Digital Women Economic Empowerment Initiative by Marico will match the needs and aspirations of women and youth with the requirements of potential employers through collaborative platforms that offer skill-based, vocational and technological training.

Training will be imparted on emerging skills that are required in the ITES and BFSI space, such as cloud architecture, data analytics, Python programming, BPO operations, banking and financial literacy and soft-skills. The initiative will also ensure job opportunities for the trained beneficiaries, by connecting them with potential employers and organising monthly job fairs and recruitment drives.

The project aims to increase awareness, enhance employability, facilitate linkages with potential employers, provide mentorship support, and nurture youth’s innovation potential. It will be especially beneficial for the economically underprivileged.

Around 5000 participants will be trained in Bhopal and Indore and the beneficiaries will receive aid in the form of placement opportunities, thus creating lasting change in the region.

Udayraj Prabhu, executive vice president, business process transformation, IT and head – CSR at Marico, explains that ”Our belief of giving back to the society, which forms a core tenet of our ESG framework, drives our social and community engagement initiatives. In line with this objective, we have collaborated with UNDP and various implementing partners to launch upskilling initiatives that foster inclusive development and economic independence for women and young individuals in India.”

Marico hopes to “transform lives” by equipping members of the community with the knowledge and tools they may need for their chosen career, and “by aiding them with a platform to gain momentum in achieving their aspirations.”

Amit Kumar, team lead, inclusive growth, UNDP, said, this tie-up is part of UNDP’s commitment to drive inclusive social and economic growth by providing opportunities to women and youth in Madhya Pradesh. “UNDP places social development and sustainability at the heart of all its initiatives to foster economic growth, create income and jobs, reduce poverty and inequality, and strengthen the foundations and living standards in all the regions we work in.”

Shanmuga Priya Misra, IAS, and CEO of the Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development & Employment Generation Board, said that on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day,”it is essential to recognise and emphasise the importance of vocation learning and skilling. The UNDP has been setting an example worldwide in education, women empowerment, providing better livelihoods, and more.”

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KM Birla steps down as Vodafone Idea chairman; Kapania to take his place

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Kumar Mangalam Birla has stepped down as the non-executive member and non-executive chairman at Vodafone Idea. On August 4, 2021, the board accepted Birla’s request to make this move and has elected Himanshu Kapania — a veteran in the telecom industry who is currently a non-executive director and non-executive chairman at the company — to take his place.

The board has also appointed Sushil Aggrawal, a nominee in the Aditya Birtla Group, as an additional director at Vodafone Idea.

Last month, Birla had written to the Government to support the Company as it is under heavy debt, and required aid to keep the telecom company afloat in the market. Now, with the Supreme Court rejecting the plea of the Company to correct the pending dues, the very survival of the Company is under question. Moreover, the liabilities of Vodafone Idea increased when the Supreme Court allowed the Government to levy statuary dues on the non-core revenues of the Company.

As per ICICI securities, the Company’s liabilities stand at Rs 23,200 crore, which is due to be paid within the next 12 months. In contrast, the Company’s cash and cash-equivalent assets stand at Rs 350 crore and land and tax refunds account for Rs 3000 crore. Earlier, telecom companies including Vodafone Idea, Tata Teleservices, and Bharti Airtel pleaded with the Supreme Court to r- calculate the statuary debts to the telecom department, their plea had been dismissed on July 23.

In 2019, the Supreme Court passed a verdict allowing non-core revenues to be included in the statutary dues ending a 14-year long battle on the definition of AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue). This increased the liabilities of companies such as Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel to more than Rs 90,000 crores.

With the stepping down of Birla, the stock price of Vodafone Idea also slid 34 per cent in three days.

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Pfizer asks staff to get vaccinated or get tested weekly

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Pfizer, the US-based pharma company has asked all its US employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or be ready to get tested for the virus every week, at the office. Seeing a spike in the number of cases in the US with the delta variant being active in the community, many companies in the US have asked their employees to get vaccinated against the virus before returning to office. However, those who cannot get vaccinated due to medical issues and religious beliefs are being accommodated. Pamela Eisele, the company’s spokesperson shared with the media that Pfizer has taken this decision because it cares about the safety and health of its employees and the very community it serves.

Even outside the US, the Company is encouraging all its employees to get vaccinated as soon as possible as per the availability of doses in every country. As of 2020, Pfizer had 29,400 employees in the US. Companies such as Alphabet and Walt Disney have already mandated their employees to get vaccinated.

Pfizer in collaboration with BioNTech was the first company whose COVID-19 vaccine was authorised in the US. As of now, 70 per cent of the US population has been vaccinated with its first dose and seeing a sharp increase in the number of cases, New York has asked every individual to produce their vaccination certificate to enter the state.

In a survey conducted by CNBC , covering more than 800 people, it was found that there is a sharp divide in the views of the people in making inoculation mandatory. About 49 per cent of the people favoured mandating the vaccine, while 46 per cent were against it with five per cent people not being sure what should be done.

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Target follows a similar move by Walmart, announces debt-free education benefits for frontline employees

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Target, the global retail company has joined the likes of Walmart, Taco Bell and Walt Disney in providing undergraduate certificates and associate degrees to its front-line employees. The Company has decided to offer debt-free education-assistance programme, which will benefit 3,40,000 of its employees across stores, distribution centres and headquarters in the US. The employees will have access to undergraduate and associates degrees, textbooks, certificates, bootcamp programmes, course fees and a lot more. All expenses will be covered by the Company, with no employees being required to shell out anything from their pockets.

Target’s partnership with Guild Education will provide its staff access to 250 business-aligned programmes from over 40 schools, colleges and universities. The Company has also decided to fund advanced courses up to $10,000 for master’s degrees.

The Company intends to invest $200 million over the next four years to support this programme in a bid to keep up its promise to make education accessible and affordable to its employees under the Target Forward initiative.

“Target employs team members at every life stage and helps our team learn, develop and build their skills, whether they’re with us for a year or a career. A significant number of our hourly team members build their careers at Target, and we know many would like to pursue additional education opportunities. We don’t want the cost to be a barrier for anyone, and that’s where Target can step in to make education accessible for everyone,” says Melissa Kremer, CHRO, Target.

She adds, “Our team members are the heart of Target’s strategy and success, and we have a long history of investing in industry-leading pay, extensive benefits and career opportunities to help our team thrive and have rewarding careers at Target.”

Quite a significant number of the hourly workers at Target are able to build their careers at the Company. Target realises that many are desirous of pursuing further education, but lack the opportunity due to financial constraints. With this programme, Target hopes to remove that constraint and make education accessible to all its employees.

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Tata Steel adds 16 women HEMM operators at its West Bokaro division

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Under its programme called [email protected], Tata Steel has added 16 women as Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM) operators in all shifts, at its West Bokaro Division. This is a step taken by Tata in a bid to contribute towards its diversity and inclusion agenda.

[email protected] programme aims at providing upskilling opportunities to women in the coal and mine industry and provide them jobs as well. The West Bokaro site is the first division to initiate this programme, following which it received around 446 applications. Only 16 candidates, who possessed the minimum qualification of matriculation, were selected after an interview and written test.

These women candidates will go through intensive training under the programme to hone their skills and before being deployed as operations assistants to operate HEMM at Quarry SE, which includes dumper, dozer, shovel, excavator and drill.

“Tata Steel has always provided career opportunities to the talented youth from the community, and [email protected] at West Bokaro is yet another milestone in this journey. Focused on industry-wide efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, Tata Steel is making sure it provides a safe and an enabling environment to its workforce. We take great pride in welcoming onboard the new women recruit at our West Bokaro site and wish them an empowering career ahead,” shares Atrayee Sarkar, VP-HR, Tata Steel.

Tata Steel is known for offering career opportunities to deserving young talent, and [email protected] is just another measure towards furthering this cause. The programme, it is hoped, will result in a diverse and inclusive culture. Tata Steel is already taking all necessary steps to ensure safety at the workplace.

Sushmita Mandal, a HEMM operator also shared her experience by saying, “From learning to drive bi-cycle, bike, & car, to gearing up to drive HEMM, I have come up a long way. Nothing is impossible if you are up for the challenge. I am happy that I will now share my workspace with my father and other male colleagues. This opportunity will not only weave a better future for all the aspiring girls in the region but will also inspire local housewives.”

The Company hopes that its workforce will comprise 25 per cent women by 2025 and the [email protected] programme will act as a catalyst in this endeavour. In its annual report of 2018-19, Tata Steel had revealed its aim to achieve 25 per cent women representation in its workforce by 2025.

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