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“CSR Leader of India” 2017 | Shubha Sekhar
Director & Head CSR & Sustainability Coca-Cola India & South West Asia
“When business managers make business related investments, there is a rigor around the returns and a KPI focus, which is lacking in CSR spends. It is imperative for companies to come forward for cross-sector collaboration and progress towards a shared goal. It is desirable that companies and stakeholders collectively find appropriate local solutions that are equitable, scalable and sustainable. The ecosystem of CSR in India should evolve from a mere individual corporate responsibility and mandate to collectively creating sustainable social impact and shared value.”
About Shubha Sekhar
Shubha is a global CSR & Sustainability professional with international and cross functional experience of over two decades in Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business & Human Rights, responsible sourcing, compliance, Law & Government.
Shubha is presently heading CSR & Sustainability for Coca-Cola’s India & South West Asia Business Unit with responsibility to shape the vision & implement the sustainability & CSR framework across Coca Cola Business Units and bottling system.
She is part of several committees such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Water Mission, FICCI CSR Committee, American Chamber of Commerce’s (AMCHAM) CSR Committee, and Member of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – India@75 Task Force on Pro Bono Volunteering;
Prior to this role, as Director Human & Workplace Rights for Eurasia & North Africa, she was part of a global team with responsibility of implementing Coca-Cola’s Human and Workplace Rights policies for the Company, bottling partners and key supplier partners in 50 countries in the region. In this role, she played a key role in setting up the AIM Progress India Regional Forum along with seven other FMCG companies, and in setting up the India CEO’s Forum on Business & Human Rights (2012-14) under the Chairmanship of N.R. Narayana Murthy (Chairman Emeritus, Infosys) in partnership with UNGC Network India. This Forum helped in drawing a Human Rights vision and a two-year road map for businesses in India.
She was invited by UN Global Compact Network India to be Member of the Sub-Committee on Business & Human Rights, along with representatives from other businesses, civil society, human rights experts, including the National Human Rights Commission and business associations (2010-2012);
She is a Panellist/presenter at several seminars/workshops on CSR & Sustainability and Human Rights and Business. She has also been certified by United Nations ESCAP (Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific) to be a Master Trainer on Practical Implementation of Global Compact and CSR;
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she has worked with the Supreme Court of India and the Indian Government as a civil servant before joining Norton Rose, a leading British firm of Solicitors, in their Singapore office.
Shubha holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from Delhi University and is also a Solicitor England & Wales (presently non-practising).