About the Project
CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation (CUTS CCIER) with support from the Indian Institute for Corporate Affairs (IICA) and Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit(GIZ) Business Responsibility Initiative is developing sector specific guidelines based on the National Voluntary Guidelines (NVGs) on Social, Environmental & Economic Responsibilities of Business for the pharmaceutical sector.
The NVGs was released by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, GoI in 2011 which lays down the basic requirements for businesses to function responsibly, thereby ensuring a wholesome and inclusive process of economic growth. Though, the NVGs are designed for use by all businesses and sectors and therefore touch on the fundamental aspects – the ‘spirit’– of an enterprise, the issues vary from sector to sector and thus, the application of NVG would also be different. The pharmaceutical sector is of significant importance, especially since the public interest element associated with various aspects of the business conduct is very high and has direct impact on consumer well-being.
The overarching objective of drafting the pharma sector guidelines is to mainstream the NVGs into the pharma sector in order to help businesses understand, adopt and implement them so as to enable the pharma industry to grow more competent and resilient by maximising benefits, and minimizing risks, and contributing to the national development goals. These are expected to help firms identify core areas that need improvement from a responsible business behaviour perspective. The process will be stakeholder led and the guidelines would be developed with guidance of pharmaceutical business associations, government bodies and expert advisors.
IICA-GIZ Business Responsibility Initiative
- Stakeholder Consultation Business Responsibility Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Sector in India
- Business Responsibility Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Sector in India
December 12, 2014, Bangalore, India
New Delhi, October 30, 2014
Udai S Mehta
Senior Programme Officer,
CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment and Economic Regulation (CUTS-CCIER)
D-217 Bhaskar Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur 302016, India
Phone: 91.141.228 2821 Fax: 91.141.2282485