Call Us Enquiry Now
skip to Main Content

The Manufacturing Perspective | 2022

The Manufacturing Perspective | 2022

Insights from speaking engagements in 2022

At Shahi, we believe in sharing our experiences and learning with all the stakeholders in the fashion industry and beyond. This is an ongoing post to share insights from our speaking engagements in 2022. Read insights from previous years’ engagements: 2021, 2020.

April 27 | IDH- Leadership Roundtable

Delegates at the IDH Leadership Roundtable

A refreshing conversation at the IDH Leadership Roundtable Hosted by Daan Wensing, Chief Executive Officer of IDH discussed initiatives to catalyze collaboration and partnership for growing the impact of responsible sourcing in India. Anant Ahuja, Head of Organizational Development represented Shahi and discussed how being in the middle of the supply chain, holds the opportunity to contribute directly to the sustainability of brands and retailers. The supply chain upwards can benefit through our efforts to enhance our sustainability standards.

April 26-28| Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference 2022

April 26 | ‘Revised ambition on climate: How procurement must evolve to drive Scope 3 reductions and deliver on the renewed Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action’ 

The panel was a stimulating conversation with Anant Ahuja, Sara Mariani, Chief Sustainability Officer, OTB Group, and Stefan Seidel, Head of corporate sustainability, PUMA

Anant spoke about how Shahi aims to reduce scope 3 emissions and scale them up in a strategic manner. He described the challenges for vertically integrated operations on the one hand, while also highlighting how it helps Shahi be more traceable across operations, measuring its impact and taking comprehensive action.

April 28 | What is still standing in the way of greater convergence around social compliance audits?

Srinivasa Rao Venkatesh, Chief Compliance Officer at Shahi identified some crucial gaps in convergence on social compliance across the industry. He spoke about the lack of inclusivity when looking at the dissemination and embodiment of social compliance standards on the shop floor. Increasing the ownership and stakeholdership of staff and workers needs heightened attention. 

The panel discussed some valuable insights from Holly Menezes, Senior Manager, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement at Social & Labor Convergence Program, and Don Moffet, Director of Social Compliance at Carhartt.

The labor-intensive nature of operations, general need for permission-based decision making, human error, and high attrition levels were some of the reasons Venkatesh cited for lack of convergence.

March 29 | IOM and NITI Aayog National Conclave on “Impact of COVID-19 on Migration: Benchmarking of Good Practices and Preparing for the Future”

Anant Ahuja, spoke at the National Conclave organized by the International Organization for Migration to highlight the critical importance of a ‘Multi-Stakeholder Approach’ with the Private Sector to support Transformative Change in Labour Recruitment. As migrants make up a significant portion of the workforce at Shahi, Anant described learnings from our comprehensive skilling and recruitment initiatives that go beyond ticking off formal boxes.

For a Migrant Support Center to be successful, it needs buy-in from all stakeholders involved in the supply chain and additional Governmental and Non-Governmental support. Each stakeholder offers a unique perspective. Bringing them together helps achieve a level of efficiency in responding to the needs of migrants.

March 9 | ET CIO FutureNext India Conclave 2022

There has been a staggering shift in the priorities for Chief Information Officers as they materialize latent business opportunities to deliver tangible business benefits. As the economy rebuilds itself in a post-pandemic thrust, a digital-first operating model is critical for enterprises. Puneesh Lamba, Chief Technical Officer, Shahi Exports represented how Shahi leverages trust and security to provide an agile and competitive scale of digitalization. He spoke at the ‘Leveraging Cloud Beyond Cost Efficiency, Agility’ panel alongside – Mahesh Vandi Chalil, SVP – Technology, BookMyShow, Bakshish Dutta, Country Manager, Druva, and Rajiv Sikka, CIO, Medanta moderated by Varun Aggarwal, Editor, ETCIO.

February 21-22 I OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector 

Chitra Ramdas, General Manager of Organizational Development at Shahi, spoke at two panels organized by OECD, emphasizing the pivotal role of worker voice in empowering the workforce and maintaining transparency in processes.

February 21 | ‘Women’s empowerment in garment supply chains: how to achieve impact at scale.’

At this panel, Chitra addressed our motivation to continue supporting and empowering our employees, particularly women. Anecdotal references coupled with GBL’s rigorous review of evidence to the effectiveness of our programs were critical to measuring our progress. She described how we leverage these programs to make a business case for primary focus areas like worker voice, women’s health, migrant support, and skill development.

February 22 ‘Transparency as an instrument of worker voice, wellbeing, and gender inclusion.’ 

This panel was organized by Empower@Work with panelists from International Finance Corporation, International Labour Organization, Business for Social Responsibility, Care International, and Gap Inc. Chitra presented Shahi’s operational philosophy of worker well-being through design thinking, effective implementation, and strategic scale-up of successful pilots. Programs must be designed keeping the needs of our workers in mind and aimed toward building capacity bottom-up. Incorporating their feedback at every stage and making their voice heard in program implementation and scale-up has helped the team maintain transparency. Programs like PACE and STITCH have helped many of our workers to take a personal interest in helping expand projects by becoming trainers and project planners themselves.

Social Share

    Back To Top