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United Nations in India recently conducted the National Validation Workshop on the draft Government of India - United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2023-27). The Government of India and United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (GoI-UNSDF) is a framework of cooperation, results, and strategies that contributes to the achievement of national priorities. This framework is the single-most important instrument capturing the entirety of 26 UN entities’ plans and programmes in India for a period of 5 years.

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Capacity Building Commission (CBC), held a meeting with Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE, on CPSE Leadership Development and Succession Planning recently. Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has asked the CBC to take a look at how succession planning and leadership development for senior executives who are likely to make to the Board level positions can be strengthened. DG, SCOPE, presented SCOPE’s views, role and initiatives in strengthening the succession planning in CPSEs.

Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE and participants during Asia Pacific Regional EBMO Conference organised by ILO ACTEMP and IOE.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) orga­nized the Technical meet­ing on the impact of digitaliza­tion in the finance sector from 24th -28th January, 2022. Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE, was one of the eight employers’ representatives from different countries, nominated by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). The Technical meeting was organised on the impact of digitalization on the future of work in the finance sector. It focussed on global trends and on policies, strategies, and good practices to advance decent work in the sector. The tripartite meeting brought together Governments of ILO member States, eight Employer representatives, and eight Worker representatives nominated by the Employers’ and Workers’ groups of the Governing Body, as well as advisers and observers.

DG, SCOPE, during the core group meeting of employers, gave his insight on how digitalization has revolutionized the Indian financial sector. Mr. Sobti spoke on the current financial landscape of India, various steps taken by the government to promote financial inclusivity and digital financial literacy, among others.

During the five days meeting, DG, SCOPE, was involved in deep discussions with other employers’ organizations from across the globe and gave his valuable inputs to form the conclusions and recommendations for future action by ILO and its members.

 

SCOPE represented Public Sector Enterprises employers in the second and final session of the 109th International Labour Conference (ILC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, as Member of the Council of Indian Employers (CIE) held virtually. The final session concluded with a call from Member States for the ILO, to develop new strategies to tackle inequalities and boost skills and life-long learning.

One of the areas under discussion was General Discussion on Skills and Lifelong Learning. In this regard, International Organisation of Employers (IOE) invited Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE to be a part of 8-member drafting group to deliberate and present the desired expectations on behalf of the Employer's group in the upcoming session of the ILC. The members of the drafting group represented employers from nearly 180 countries and comprised of members from India, Spain, Brazil, Greece, France, Morocco, Indonesia and Lesotho (South Africa). The November session of the

ILC, conducted between 25th November to 11th December, 2021 was attended by around 4,900 delegates, representing Governments, Workers’ and employers’ organizations.

SCOPE had also participated in the first session of the ILC held in June, wherein DG, SCOPE as a member of a tripartite delegation comprising of Employers, Workers and Government representatives led by Mr. Santosh Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of Labour and Employment (Mo-LE,) represented Public Sector Employers.

SCOPE represents PSEs at 'International Organization of Employers (IOE), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the UN Development Coordination Office (DCO), Virtual dialogue series’ on achievement of the SDGs by 2030.

December 2021

SCOPE represents employers at Ministry of Labour & Employment and International Labour Organization's National Tripartite Dialogue on Human Centric COVID Recovery.

June, November & December 2021

The 109th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) was held virtually for the first time in the history of International Labour Organization (ILO) due to prevailing circumstances of COVID-19. ILC is the highest decision - making body of ILO and meets annually in June in Geneva, Switzerland bringing together the tripartite delegations comprising of Governments, Employers and Workers from the Organization’s member States. India is founding member of ILO since 1919.

This year, the virtual 109th International Labour Conference (ILC 2021) is being held in two parts. 1st Part was held from 3rd June to 19th June, 2021 and 2nd part being held from 25th November to 11th December, 2021. The focus or theme of the 109th ILC was the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work and how to ensure a human-centered, inclusive recovery focused on response of the World to COVID. SCOPE is a member of Council of Indian Employers (CIE) and represents public sector employers in the ILC and its associated committees. This year, Indian tripartite delegation to 109th ILC comprising of Government, Employers and Workers representatives was constituted by Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE), Government of India and DG, SCOPE, Mr. Atul Sobti was nominated as an Advisor of Employers’ Delegate by MoLE. Prior to the Conference a briefing meeting was held by the Ministry of Labour on the forthcoming agenda thereby enabling government to solicit the views of social partners.

SCOPE is a member of Council of Indian Employers (CIE) and represents public sector employers in the ILC and its associated committees.

Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE represented the PSEs/SOEs employers at the Conference as part of Indian Tripartite Delegation. He was an Invitee to two committees in the ILC- Recurrent Discussion (Social Security) Committee and Employers’ Group Meetings: full Group and COVID Committee. SCOPE provided vital inputs to the address of Employers Delegate delivered during Plenary Session of the Conference. The Indian Tripartite Delegation was led by the former Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) Labour & Employment, Shri Santosh Gangwar.

The ILC was set in motion on 20th May 2021. The June sessions started with meetings of the Conference committees that continued for two and a half weeks followed by the commencement of the Plenary Session with the address by the President of the Swiss Confederation. Subsequently, Report by Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Office and Mr. Apurva Chandra, Chairperson of the Governing Body and Secretary (Labour & Employment), MoLE, Government of India was also tabled and deliberated in the Plenary. ILO Director General Mr. Guy Ryder underlined that the “cataclysmic” effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work has highlighted the necessity of human- centred recovery policies. He acknowledged the efforts and commitment of governments to do whatever it takes to overcome the health crisis and mitigate its social and economic consequences. The Chairperson of the Governing Body, Mr. Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Labour & Employment, presented his reports which covered two years’ work. This was followed by the introductory statements of the Presidents of the ILC’s Employers and Workers groups.

During plenary discussions, delegates addressed the Director- General’s report to the Conference on Work in the time of COVID, which applied the human-centred approach of the ILO’s 2019 Centenary Declaration to achieving a sustainable and inclusive global pandemic response.

Mr. Pradeep Bhargava, Independent Director, Persistent Systems Ltd. was nominated as an Employers Delegate (Council of India Employer) to International Labour Conference. He delivered his address as an Employers

Delegate on 11th June, 2021.

Mr. Himanshu Jaydev prasad Panday was Worker’s Delegate and delivered his speech on 10th June, 2021. Another, key highlight of the 109th ILC was World of Work Summit which focused on the need for a global response to the COVID-19 crisis and the action required to build a better future of work. The Summit featured addresses from prominent world leaders like Pope Francis; US President, Joe Biden and other important Heads of different countries.

DG, SCOPE who has been invited as member of the delegation to participate as Advisor in the Conference actively participated in the deliberations of following Committees:

COVID-19 Response Committee

The ILC adopted the Resolution concerning a global call to action for a human-centred recovery from the COVID-19 crisis that is inclusive, sustainable, and resilient on 17th June 2021. This Resolution provides clear guidance on what the ILO needs to do to support its constituents for a focused and accelerated implementation of the Centenary Declaration post COVID and on how the ILO can be empowered within the multilateral system to build forward better.

Recurrent Discussion: Social Protection (Social Security) Committee

The ILC adopted the Resolution concerning the second recurrent discussion on social protection (social security). As a part of the discussions in this Committee, Sustainability was the key driver behind the Employers’ position as a necessary underlying condition to realise universal social protection.

During the 109th ILC, International Organization of Employers (IOE), an international organisation established for promoting sustainable economic environment to benefit both businesses and society, held preparatory meetings of Employers on regular basis which was also participated by DG SCOPE.

The ILC was attended by nearly 4,500 delegates, including 171 ministers and vice-ministers and high-level representatives from workers and employers, from 181 ILO Member States. It featured discussions on the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work and deliberated on ways to ensure a human-centered, inclusive recovery. The Conference deliberated on the importance of promoting employment and decent work in a rapidly transforming world of work emphasizing the need to develop, implement, monitor and review policies and programmes rooted in International Labour Standards. Discussions on social protection focused on the impact of COVID-19 and on the rapid changes occurring in the world of work.

The second segment of the Conference taking place from 25th November to 11th December this year will focus on inequalities and the world of work, as well as skills and life-long learning. International Labour Organization (ILO), established in 1919, is the only tripartite UN agency bringing together Governments, Employers and Workers from various countries to set labour standards develop policies and devise programs to promote decent work thereby fostering social and economic progress. The member States of the ILO meet at the ILC held every year in Geneva, Switzerland, in the month of June. The ILC has the key responsibility of crafting and adoption of international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations and its application at the national level.

 

November 2021

SCOPE represented Public Sector Enterprises employers in the second and final session of the 109th International Labour Conference (ILC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, as Member of the Council of Indian Employers (CIE) held virtually. The final session concluded with a call from Member States for the ILO, to develop new strategies to tackle inequalities and boost skills and life-long learning.

One of the areas under discussion was General Discussion on Skills and Lifelong Learning. In this regard, International Organisation of Employers (IOE) invited Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE to be a part of 8-member drafting group to deliberate and present the desired expectations on behalf of the Employer's group in the upcoming session of the ILC. The members of the drafting group represented employers from nearly 180 countries and comprised of members from India, Spain, Brazil, Greece, France, Morocco, Indonesia and Lesotho (South Africa).

The November session of the ILC, conducted between 25th November to 11th December, 2021 was attended by around 4,900 delegates, representing Governments, Workers’ and employers’ organizations.

SCOPE had also participated in the first session of the ILC held in June, wherein DG, SCOPE as a member of a tripartite delegation comprising of Employers, Workers and Government representatives led by Mr. Santosh Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of Labour and Employment (Mo-LE,) represented Public Sector Employers.

SCOPE participates in final session of the International Labour Conference

November, 2020

Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE, was invited by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France as the Asia representative to share India’s experience on Broadening the Ownership of State-Owned Enterprises during their virtual meeting on 27th November 2020. The virtual meeting was organised in association with Mauritian Financial Services Commission’s Regional Centre for Excellence. The meeting was extremely constructive with policymakers and experts participating from various countries of Asia, Africa, etc.

October 2021

SCOPE represents PSEs at 'International Organization of Employers (IOE), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the UN Development Coordination Office (DCO), Virtual dialogue series’ on achievement of the SDGs by 2030.

March 2021

SCOPE represented PSEs at Tripartite Progress Review of India Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), chaired by Mr. Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment.

DG, SCOPE taking part in ILO's discussion on 'India United Nations Sustainable Development Country Framework (UNSDCF)' held on 21st October 2021.

Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE during virtual meeting of the 14th Meeting of The Asia-pacific Network on Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises.

Mr. Atul Sobti, DG, SCOPE addressing the participants during the 14th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Network on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises

September, October & November, 2020

OECD-Asia Network on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises held its 13th meeting through video conference with the support of the Korea Institute of Public Finance and Asian Development Bank. The Network provides a unique platform for policymakers and experts from Asia and other parts of the world to discuss important steps towards identifying priorities for SOEs reform and implementation of the aspirational standards of SOE governance.

The meet had representation from Government and relevant non-governmental stakeholders from major economies in Asia and the World to share experiences, identify good practices and develop recommendations for reform to improve state ownership practices and strengthen corporate governance of SOEs. In this regard, meetings are held annually where representatives from different countries participate to exchange views and best international practices to improvise the corporate governance in SOEs across the world. SCOPE is an active part of the Network and has been participating in the annual meetings representing the best practices and concerns of the Indian public sector in the forum and also sharing the key takeaways with the PSE fraternity through workshops and symposiums.

In 2020, the meetings of the Network were held virtually on 22nd September 2020; 8th October 2020, and 4th November 2020 respectively with the agenda of identifying important steps for SOEs reform and implementation of the aspirational standards of SOE governance established by the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE Guidelines).

DG, SCOPE, represented the Indian PSEs in the forum and also made a presentation on ‘Broadening the Ownership of SOEs- Listing on Stock Exchange India’s Experience.’ He introduced the international participants to the strategic position of PSEs in India and the role of SCOPE as the ‘Inspiring, Innovative,
& Impactful’ apex organisation of the Public Sector in India. While highlighting the uninterrupted efforts of SCOPE to promote conducive and cohesive policy and operational environment in PSEs, his presentation enunciated the importance, evolution of ownership, and expansion of SOEs in India. He further discussed the economic advantage of listing of SOEs and added that it has led to professionalization, increase in investments, and transparency. While concluding the presentation, he highlighted that broadening the ownership PSEs in the right direction will only be a win-win situation for all.

During the Conference, a presentation was also made by Mr. Sailesh, Secretary, DPE, on the Indian SOEs and their governance. The meeting of the Network was attended by 120 national delegates and corporate practitioners representing 22 countries from Asia and 8 countries from other parts of the world.

27th February 2020

Shri Atul Sobti DG,SCOPE addressing on Climate Change Mitigation

17th December, 2019

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in collaboration with GIZ, Germany (A German public benefit federal enterprise) organized a national seminar on Climate Change. The seminar was inaugurated and addressed by Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. Other key speakers in the inaugural session included Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE, Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director, GIZ India, Mr. Kelvin Sergeant, Senior Specialist, ILO, and Mr. Ashutosh Vasant, Director (POM), RAILTEL. This comes at a time when the Indian Government is poised to play a leading role in mitigating global climate change crisis.

The Seminar saw a host of sessions on understanding Indian Climate Change Policy & International negotiations; low carbon growth and decarbonization of key sectors; carbon pricing and carbon finance among many other interesting topics. PSEs are adapting to new ways of business in the changing ecological balance of the world, adapting new technologies to not only ensure it’s sustainability but also act as a role model for society to deal with climate change and saving planet earth for future generations.

29th October 2019

An MoU was signed between Shri Atul Sobti, Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) and Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director (India), GIZ, a federal enterprise of the German Government, to work on climate change, carbon markets, Sustainable Development Goals and climate finance.

The objectives of MoU seeks to align Public Sector Enterprises with the national mission of environment protection and enhance their capacities in various areas and approaches related to climate change including identifying alternatives for Single use Plastic. The MoU also seeks to explore possibilities of working with other Asian countries to exchange best practices and promote the cause of greener environment.

14th October 2019

Director General, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), Mr. Atul Sobti welcomed Mr. Roberto Saurez Santos, the Secretary General of International Organization of Employers (IOE), Geneva at SCOPE Headquarters. IOE is the representative of global employers in ILO, across the UN, G20 and other emerging forums advocating in the areas of business in social and employment policy. During the meeting, which was attended by senior representatives from Public Sector Enterprises, fruitful discussions were held on various employment and policy issues. SCOPE and IOE have mutually agreed to work in future on areas of common interests.

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) in collaboration with IIM Calcutta organized Advanced Global Leadership Program (AGLP) for top level executives of public sector enterprises. Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE inaugurated the program which was also addressed by Dr. Saugata Ray of IIM Calcutta. The program is being attended by senior level executives from thirteen organizations such as NTPC, Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, NMDC, REC, Oil India etc.

Mr. Atul Sobti, Director General, SCOPE in his address said that AGLP is a flagship program of SCOPE which has been creating global leaders in public sector enterprises. The Program aimed at capacity building of leaders at strategic level who are responsible for accelerating industrial growth of CPSEs in a globally fast changing business environment.

Mr. Sobti said there are challenges confronting the CPSEs today and we must proactively address them in order to keep our CPSEs competitive and in sound health. He urged CPSEs to identify strategic opportunities and risks, and steer the strategy execution process with focus on discipline and effectiveness.