SAI in India: Introducing Rishi Singh

Based in Bangalore, Mr. Singh will manage SAI's new programs and operations in India

November 2010

Rishi Singh is SAI's new India Project Director, who will oversee SAI's work in the recently launched GTZ-BSCI-SAI public private partnership (PPP) and DFID-funded project in the ready-made garment sector. Based in Bangalore, and a former Project Manager at Hewlett Packard, Mr. Singh has over ten years of diverse experience in supply chain management, manufacturing, supplier development and mechanical engineering, also having worked for companies such as Bharat Gears and Sona Koyo Steerings. At Hewlett Packard in India, Mr. Singh successfully developed a model for capacity building, based on the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct (EICC).

We are please to introduce Mr. Singh, and to get his personal insight on SAI's upcoming work in India:

What are you main thoughts on the GTZ-funded PPP project, "Scaling Up Indian CSR Initiatives," and your opinion of its potential impact in India?

I think that this is a good initiative that has been long-needed in India. As India moves forward with its growth and emergence on the world stage, it's important we develop and set the right practices to support and enable human rights. Especially as a democracy, we want to put forth a high degree of responsibility to re-engineer new supply chain systems to support sustainability practices.

What are you most excited about with the PPP?

From my experience, I believe that training and capacity building is one of the best approaches to make improvements in the supply chain. The PPP intends to create immense awareness in the area of sustainability and more specifically, build groups of experts in India.
 
What's the first thing you're working on?

I will be working closely working with GTZ and the BCSI on the training-of-trainer program (ToT) to develop its main structure for implementation.

Is this the right climate in India to launch this kind of project?

The recent visit of President Obama to India and subsequent discussions confirmed that there will be increased business/trade between US and India. The same was echoed by the UK Prime Minister Cameron during his visit to India earlier this year. With increased business and trade comes an even greater need for corporate responsibility and accountability, as well as the need for a sustainable industrial base. This PPP could not be arriving at a more pertinent time for the next phase of development of India.

For more information, contact Mr. Singh at RSingh@sa-intl.org or SAI Communications & Development Coordinator, Joleen Ong, JOng@sa-intl.org.