National Stock Exchange and UNICEF urge business leaders and corporates to invest in children and young people
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National Stock Exchange and UNICEF urge business leaders and corporates to invest in children and young people

MUMBAI,  India 05 October 2018: UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore rang the closing bell at the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) here today to stress the need for investing in children and young people.

Also at the ceremony were Mr. Vikram Limaye, Managing Director, National Stock Exchange, Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Country Representative, UNICEF India and Mr Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO of OYO Rooms.

UNICEF Executive Director Ms. Fore said “Indian businesses increasingly understand that shared value – the idea that ‘doing good’ is ‘good business’ – is best created through supporting healthier, better educated and more prosperous populations. Businesses don’t need to profit at the expense of communities – but they can profit because the communities in which they operate, and the people who live there, are well-served and well-supported by the local business community.”

During a panel discussion panelists discussed how businesses can collaborate with organizations such as UNICEF and the NSE to create solutions for children and young people. The discussion also highlighted how businesses can do more to counter gender stereotypes and counter social barriers that reinforce gender inequalities in the workforce. Panelists pointed out that there is a need for urgent investment in education and skills training to meet the skill gaps among the rapidly growing global population of adolescents and young people.

Mr. Vikram Limaye, MD & CEO, NSE said, “A focused strategy on inclusive business models such as innovative social enterprises, cooperatives, self-help collectives, public private partnerships  and so on that would allow for the financial empowerment of the excluded categories such as women, elderly and other marginalised communities. Innovation in creating such equitable business models would be a key driver of business growth so that the profits and benefits of business percolate to a wider ecosystem. NSE through NSE Foundation strongly believes in supporting interventions which are focused, innovative and impact the poorest of poor, marginalised and disadvantaged communities which are part of India’s developmental landscape today.”

Mr. Ritesh Agarwal, CEO and Founder of OYO Rooms said “The potential of what we young people can do knows no boundaries. What we need are opportunities and the right skills. I am committed to support UNICEF’s efforts in any way that might be possible.”

Equitable investments in young people are increasingly seen as one of the best and most valuable long-term investments governments and businesses can make. Investing in young people is important on practical grounds as it yields positive benefits to economies and societies.

In New Delhi earlier this week UNICEF together with Niti Aayog launched YuWaah! - a platform bringing together young people, government, civil society and the private sector to co-create solutions that can accelerate the much needed changes for young people.

About National Stock Exchange

The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. (NSE) is the leading stock exchange in India and the second largest in the world by nos. of trades in equity shares from January to June 2018, according to World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) report. NSE was the first exchange in India to implement electronic or screen-based trading. It began operations in 1994 and is ranked as the largest stock exchange in India in terms of total and average daily turnover for equity shares every year since 1995, based on SEBI data. NSE has a fully-integrated business model comprising exchange listings, trading services, clearing and settlement services, indices, market data feeds, technology solutions and financial education offerings. NSE also oversees compliance by trading and clearing members with the rules and regulations of the exchange. NSE is a pioneer in technology and ensures the reliability and performance of its systems through a culture of innovation and investment in technology. NSE believes that the scale and breadth of its products and services, sustained leadership positions across multiple asset classes in India and globally enable it to be highly reactive to market demands and changes and deliver innovation in both trading and non-trading businesses to provide high-quality data and services to market participants and clients.

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About OYO Rooms

Launched in 2013, OYO is India’s largest hospitality company. Its network currently spans over 230 Indian cities including all major metros, regional commercial hubs, leisure destinations, and key pilgrimage towns. It also has an international presence with hotels in Malaysia and Nepal. The company’s vision is to become the most preferred and trusted hotel brand in the world. OYO was founded by Ritesh Agarwal, the first resident Asian to be accepted to the Thiel Fellowship (started by Paypal founder Peter Thiel).


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Note to Editors

Ms. Fore, who became the seventh Executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund on 1 January 2018, is known for her work in economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in public service, private sector and non-profit leadership.

In a career that spans more than four decades, Ms. Fore served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of United States Foreign Assistance from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award the Secretary of State of the USA can bestow.

From 2005 to 2007, she served as Under Secretary of State for Management, the Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of State.

Please find link- link to her CV 

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Alexandra (Sacha) Westerbeek, Chief Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships

Tel: +91-9818106093


Sonia Sarkar

Communication Officer (Media)

Tel: +91-9810170289


UNICEF Mumbai:

Swati Mohapatra

Communication Specialist

Tel: +91-9930235472


National Stock Exchange:

Kumar Kartikey

Senior Manager, Corporate Communication

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