CII’s Leadership Summit delving on the theme of ‘Winning through Inclusion: India leading the Way’ opened to a packed house in the Capital on October 12. The two-day Summit has been conceived to highlight companies/governments and non-government institutions who have innovated their enterprise models to drive their own performance, and win in their business through inclusion of more sections of the society.
The Summit is aimed at inspiring others to reinvent their enterprise models to achieve higher levels of performance and to start winning through inclusion.
Introducing the programme, Arun Maira, Chairman, Leadership Summit 2006 and Chairman, Boston Consulting Group, said, “Innovative reforms are required to induce the private sector to do public service and create win-win solutions.”
Dr R A Mashelkar, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), stressed on the fact that innovations of poor people and artisans should be recognised, which would help in creating employment opportunities. According to him, the biggest challenge was “getting the best minds in the world to think and work on the problems of the poor”.
The second session of the day dealt with an interesting topic, ‘How on Earth we can live together: It is a small world after all’. The session, which was moderated by Boston Consulting Group’s Maira, had Harpal Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd and Victoria Hale, Founder and CEO, The Institute for OneWorld Health, USA, as the speakers.
Singh began by stressing on the need for living together. He said, “It’s a small world after all.” He spoke about the changing human perceptions and emphasised on the need for having a new thinking and new approach. He said, “New thinking must have inclusiveness as primary concern and human well being as primary objective.” According to him, education and health care were the areas that need to be looked at seriously.
Talking about development, he said, “Development must be defined more broadly and its benefits must be distributed evenly.” Singh made an interesting point when he said, “Every citizen of the country must have an opportunity to be a (Bill) Gates and a (Mahatma) Gandhi at the same time.”
Elaborating more on new approach and new thinking, Singh said, “New thinking should embrace maximising well being. It must challenge current measures of growth, it must challenge economic models and it must challenge existing national and international forms of globalisation.”
Meanwhile, Hale through her presentation brought to the fore the plight of families residing in Bihar and Hyderabad, who are afflicted with the disease Kala Azar.
Speaking on the creative and new solutions that could bring about a social change, Hale said, “We must create new models and incentives to improve health and socio economic status of the poorest. We should be less dependent on the government. There should be community based solutions and corporate engagement.”
According to her, microfinance, shared electronic university curricula, drip irrigation, low cost or free schools, and affordable medicines were some of the global initiatives that addressed inclusiveness and sustainability.