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United Breweries Limited bags the prestigious award by INCA for the 'Back to the Bars Initiative'



– United Breweries Limited uplifts 5000+ on premise bars with their ‘Back to the Bars’ initiative

BANGALORE, India, April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — United Breweries Limited (UBL) was recognized by the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) for the ‘Back to the Bars’ initiative at the recently concluded India Nightlife Convention & Awards (INCA) 2021. As the world reels from the effects of the pandemic, especially the F&B industry, United Breweries Limited was recognized for strategically supporting the re-opening of bars by running the Back to the Bars initiative from early September 2020. 

The foundation of the campaign was built via three pillars: 1) Solidarity, 2) Safety, and 3) Building traffic for outlets. Keeping these three as the central thought, UBL supported several bars to re-open for business by uplifting 5000+ on premise bars post the lockdown. Recognizing this effort, UBL was ranked as one of the top contributors who supported in the revival of the industry and the society at INCA, 2021.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Head Marketing, United Breweries limited said, “The F&B industry witnessed unprecedented challenges over the last year. It was heartening to see NRAI, INCA and prominent stakeholders stand in solidarity to support the industry. We thank NRAI for recognizing United Breweries’ efforts in re- building the F&B industry after a rather difficult year. The ‘Back to the Bars’ initiative is United Breweries’ way of giving back to the larger F&B community, support its patrons and stand in solidarity with the community. It also represents a celebration of the human spirit, the efforts of the hospitality industry, as well the pride it collectively takes in its work.”

To ensure the back to the bars process is seamless, UBL was instrumental in distribution of safety kits which consisted of face shields, masks, gloves, sanitizers, bar blades and pop-sockets, as well as disposable serve-ware like menu cards, table mats, tent cards, and draught easels. In order to guarantee that maximum safety standards are followed, sanitizer stands, table separators and sneeze guards were installed across thousands of outlets across the country as they were preparing to welcome patrons back to their favourite watering holes. Various digital activities were undertaken to drive customer footfalls to the outlets while all along driving the message towards the need for exhibiting social distancing norms and safety measures. Posters were created reminding patrons of the social distancing norms and these were put up on easel standees across the outlets, including sharing this message in their washrooms, corridors and on table mats, all to help people enjoy themselves while following the rules.

Anurag Katriar, President, National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI), said “The NRAI is proud to recognise United Breweries Limited with the – Contribution in the Pandemic- award for their ‘Back to the Bars’ initiative. The brand has been awarded for their strategic approach in uplifting over 5000 bars across the F&B industry in India. As one of the key players in the AlcoBev industry, they stood in solidarity with their partners and stakeholders which ultimately helped in the revival of the industry and the people associated with it. We thank UBL for their unstinted support towards the F&B community.”

Adding to the occasion, Mr. Aman Anand, Founder & MD, INCA says, “Last year has been a challenging one for industry players from across sectors. From witnessing a change in lifestyle to adapting to the new normal, we have gone through a time that will be written down in history for our future generations to read. We have changed the tone for this year instead of awards and jury votes, this has moved towards contributions in the pandemic. INCA 2021 celebrates the industry heroes from the hospitality sector who have not only kept the momentum going but have also brought about a considerable change by not giving up. With support from our sponsors, Heineken, NRAI and Pernod, we will celebrate the industry bouncing back from the standstill witnessed across the world.”

Mayank Bhatt, Business Head, Social, said “Social started doing a lot of activations online, since our outlets were shut, and UBL was right at the centre of it, starting with ‘THE Exchange’ which we did with submerge that got a lot of traction with amazing live streams with ours IP’s. Kingfisher was one brand that stood with outlets at their lowest till their resurrection, we even did a reopening video which created a lot of buzz while our outlets were reopening, so thank you to the UBL team for working closely with us and helping us coming back on our feet.”

Angad Singh – Owner, Tipsy Bull expressed, “KINGFISHER/UBL gave us a lot of support during the pandemic, I remember before we could open, we got a call from the brand guys of how they can help and that was great proactive step. I really thank UBL for standing by us in various ways like Offers, event support and other safety specs through this time.”

Sanju Walia, the owner of Summer House Delhi added, “We thank Kingfisher for being the most trusted partner all through these months especially when business was impacted post lockdown. We are delighted by the continuous support that was extended to us in terms of rebates, promotional support, COVID gears and materials that helped us follow social distancing and hygiene norms. We appreciate your responsiveness and professionalism in business. We vouch on your reliability.”  With provision of necessary amenities and utilities – Back to the Bars initiative won hearts and received appreciation from outlet mangers/owners which made it a win-win scenario for the industry and for UBL.

INCA 2021 cherished and celebrated UBL’s victory for they have had long term associations with the brand. Along with a history of great partnerships with on-premise outlets, they have brought about a significant change in the trends of the industry. Below is the award given to UBL by NRAI for their tremendous contribution towards the industry at INCA – 2021, Goa.

About United Breweries Limited:

United Breweries Ltd. is the market leader of the Indian beer market. It has an extensive production footprint with 21 own breweries and 10 contract units providing Pan-India coverage. United Breweries Ltd. sells beer under its flagship brand ‘Kingfisher’ and Kingfisher Strong is India’s largest selling beer. International beer brands Heineken and Amstel, along with the imported portfolio complement United Breweries’ Kingfisher franchise and offers consumers the best portfolio of national and international brands in India. In 1915, the foundation of Good Times was laid with the coming together of 5 breweries in South India. Today, the beer business has shown tremendous growth and the Kingfisher Premium Lager beer is currently available in 50 plus countries outside India, leading the way amongst Indian beers in the International market.

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CGTN: What does a people-centered philosophy mean for China?



BEIJING, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In China’s fight against COVID-19, more than 39 million members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) fought the virus on the frontline while over 13 million volunteers rendered their services at the community level. Nearly 400 of them laid down their lives in the process of saving others.

United as one and determined to save every life at all costs, China has been one of the most successful in containing the virus.

This is one vivid example that demonstrates China’s commitment to a people-centered philosophy.

Rooted in history

Adherence to a people-centered philosophy has been the key to CPC’s success in the past 100 years. From 57 members represented by 13 deputies at the first National Congress in 1921, the CPC has grown into a 91-million-strong entity that governs a country of 1.4 billion people.

Laying the basis of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the CPC led China to overcome obstacles in the way of its development, helping it stand on its feet and grow stronger till it eventually became the world’s second-largest economy.

“People are the creators of history. They are the fundamental force that determines our Party and the country’s future,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

Commitment to the world

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, many countries have restricted grain exports. Resultantly, the number of people facing acute food insecurity hit 155 million last year – the highest in last five years.

However, China is doing its part to ensure global food security by reducing grain imports and moderately increasing the exports of wheat and rice. It also continues to assist other developing countries within the framework of South-South cooperation.

Domestically, China met its poverty alleviation target by the end of 2020, lifting nearly 100 million people out of poverty over the past eight years.

In the next five years, China plans to take a series of measures, such as improving people’s incomes, boosting employment and building a high-quality education system.

“To ensure that the people enjoy a happy life is the ultimate goal of all our work and is an important manifestation of our Party’s fundamental purpose of serving the people wholeheartedly,” Xi said.

Xi has constantly urged the CPC members to stay true to the Party’s founding mission, which is to serve the people.–10bpBSe50hG/index.html

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How Will Blockchain Affect The Future of Education and Learning? Tim Miller, CEO Certif-ID Shares His Views




Madhuri Dubey, Founder – National Skills Network, recently conducted an online interview with Tim Miller, Co-Founder & CEO – Certif-ID, to talk about how blockchain technology can better facilitate digital transactions.

BANGALORE, India, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Tim Miller is an enthusiastic, driven thinker with a global perspective and is involved in the strategic development of future-ready learning, training and consultancy solutions. With diversified international work experience covering digitalisation of learning solutions, management system certification, product certification and training – across 25 countries, Tim has his finger to the pulse of the technologies and trends that fuel the market. Recently, Madhuri Dubey, the Founder of National Skills Network, sat down with Tim to discuss how breaking down fundamental constraints by applying technology in innovative ways has led him to create a blockchain-powered platform.

Read their conversation below.

Why did you turn to blockchain technology for Certif-ID? 

The vision of Certif-ID is to bridge the gap between ‘New Economy’ skills and employment prospects. To bring trust and transparency to digital transactions. Through Certif-ID, one of our goals is to harmonize educational standards and bring equal opportunity to technical professionals around the world. In line with this, we have focused on building a community of professionals in developing markets, helping them to showcase their skills and find employment in developed markets. 

We therefore needed a technology that would help us build a system to support the coexistence of traditional services and new services. And blockchain technology combined with data analytics and automation was our ideal choice. Its decentralised ledger system offers us the much-needed transparency and traceability. 

What is the foundation of the Certif-ID platform?

Our primary mission is to harmonize educational standards and bring equal opportunity to technical professionals around the world. For this, we needed a process which would align with existing training providers to explore current levels of training and expected competency outcomes. To achieve this, Certif-ID uses European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) framework and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The ESCO framework provides an excellent guide and can support the process of skill and competency mapping to job roles and occupations. It identifies the key indicators and the core skills, which are required to meet industry specific needs, while also describing the steps required to achieve global standards. 

Additionally, we addressed the lack of transparency in the certification process by digitising and powering it with blockchain technology. This ensures that the digital certificates issued through Certif-ID are verifiable instantly and immutable

AI on our platform furthers our mission in various ways, whether it is our smart search feature or providing course and job recommendation based on members’ skills. 

On the whole, Certif-ID is designed for individuals who want to learn new skills, providing easy access to credible courses and institutes for enrollment. After completing a course, learners can earn digital certificates via the Certif-ID platform. We are facilitating a continuous upskilling, in turn, improving a learners chance of landing a job and achieving professional equality.

How has Certif-ID grown since its inception in 2019? 

We had a great experience working on Certif-ID. It has certainly been challenging considering the current times, but we have been welcomed by people in the industry, communities and beyond. 

Certif-ID is unquestionably solving current challenges, from making it a possibility for institutions to issue contactless digital certificates which can be verified instantly to providing a secure space for technical professionals to build a profile and gain visibility. 

We began our journey focused on helping Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in their certification and accreditation processes. Today, we have multiple offerings for institutions such as data analytics to gain insights and business value. 

Technical professionals or members on Certif-ID can build their SkillPass. It is an online profile that one can use to showcase their skills and experience. SkillPass offers a range of features including, a self-assessment to gauge one’s job-readiness, CV generator to create different CVs to suit the job role one is applying for, Video CV to show off their personality and much more. SkillPass is beneficial because it allows members to store, access and share their credentials securely at any time from anywhere. 

Again, recruiters on the platform can list jobs, screen candidates based on their skills, access and verify their digital certificates and make an informed decision on shortlisting the candidate for an interview.

What are some of the big events in the life of Certif-ID?

Every small step we take toward bettering our platform and services, has been a big event for us and I would like to thank an extremely dedicated team behind the scenes for this. 

We are extremely proud of our partnership with leading institutions of the likes of, TÜV Rheinland Academy, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), ASTS Global Education India Pvt. Ltd., ICICI Foundation, and UNNATI Skill Center, publishing over 50,341 blockchain-powered digital certificates.

In 2020, we were able to run a large-scale event, titled ‘Next Step Seafarers’, focused on getting seafarers in the Philippines back to work, as a response to the impact of COVID. This event was a big success, with the support of UNESCO, multiple industry players, including Q2 Hr Solutions, 

TESDA (Technical Education and Skill Development Authority) and importantly an endorsement from the Vice President of the Philippines, Ms. Leni Robredo.

Recently, we have entered a new market of upholding environmental sustainability. We have partnered with Woodify, a startup focused on planting new, climate-resistant mixed forests across Germany. They are set to issue carbon credits digital certificates per year via Certif-ID to ensure that the issued carbon credits are encrypted, secure and instantly verifiable. 

How do you foresee Certif-ID shaping the future of businesses?

Most companies we converse with are faced with the similar challenges of not being able to track or monitor digital transactions. Using blockchain technology to secure transactions, making it possible to track assets from production to delivery or use by end users, will solve this issue. 

This need for visibility will only increase for business across all sectors, from supply chain to healthcare. Blockchain technology will continue to play a critical role in reducing fraud, losses from counterfeit and gray market trading, as well as increase confidence in end users. 

Additionally, as blockchain provides all parties access to the same information, it will reduce communication or data transfer errors. Businesses will gain more control over outsourced materials and will spend less time on validating data; ultimately improving quality, reducing cost, or both. 

For those who haven’t started adopting blockchain my message would be, to embrace this change; decentralized, identity and credentialing solutions are taking very big steps with some of the world’s biggest and most trend setting companies. It will undoubtedly play a massive role in your business’ success. 

About NSN

National Skills Network (NSN) is a digital platform dedicated to creating awareness about skill-based education and training by sharing the positive impact. NSN has helped many organizations in bringing visibility to their initiatives, networking and promoting their vision for skilling Indian youth and making them employable.


About Certif-ID

Certif-ID is a dedicated skills community. It is a global networking platform built on blockchain technology, connecting technical training institutions, industry professionals and recruiters. On the platform, technical training institutes can issue digital certificates placed on blockchain, optimising their certification and placement processes. Technical professionals can build their SkillPass to showcase their skills, record online interviews, plan their learning journeys, store all relevant information in a digital portfolio and share their credentials with potential recruiters. Recruiters can screen and source candidates based on competency, verify their digital records and reduce recruitment efforts. Connecting key stakeholders in the technical sector, Certif-ID focuses on streamlining the sourcing process, bridging the skills gap between education and employment while establishing trust and transparency.




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Burns & McDonnell India Ranks No. 63 on the Great Place to Work List of 'India's Best Companies to Work For 2021'



Burns & McDonnell India Ranks No. 63 on the Great Place to Work List of 'India's Best Companies to Work For 2021'

The Great Place to Work Institute Recognises Engineering Firm for Five Consecutive Years

VIKHROLI, Mumbai, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Burns & McDonnell India has again been recognised as a great place to work by Great Place to Work Institute, marking the fifth consecutive year the company has earned this recognition, and the first year in the large company category. More than 850 organizations applied to the assessment and around 695 organizations made the final base that was evaluated to identify the 100 Best. The firm ranked No. 63 on the list of India’s Best Companies to Work For 2021.

The awarding organisation, Great Place to Work Institute, considers itself the global authority for creating, sustaining and identifying high-trust, high-performance culture. Great Place to Work recognises workplaces solely based on employee feedback and quality of people practices in an organisation.

Burns & McDonnell India earned this recognition by excelling on the five dimensions Great Place to Work evaluates for building a high-trust, high-performance culture: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. The study is based on over 25 years of research by surveying millions of employees across organisations.

This year’s employee survey found that 96% of its employees feel Burns & McDonnell India is a friendly place to work and 97% agree that the facilities and celebrations contribute to a great working environment. The survey found 94% participants are proud to work at BMI and feel great about how the company contributes to society. Additionally, the organisation has scored highly for fair treatment regardless of gender or race, as well as on work/life parameters.

“It is truly an honor to again be recognised as a Great Place to Work in India,” says Justin Sherman, CEO and managing director of Burns & McDonnell India. “We make our people successful by creating a high-trust, inclusive culture. During this trying period, I am so proud of the tremendous support we have provided for the safety and well-being of our employees and their families, as safety always comes first. Our entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit empowered our transition to working from home, and we continued to advocate team bonding, social gratification as well as professional and personal development. We engaged our employees through various wellness initiatives, safety sessions, counselling by health experts, recreational activities, and hobbies, which involved our extended families as well.

“We feel proud to have built a deeper connection with our employees, which is well beyond business. The feedback that our employees have expressed through the Great Place to Work survey speaks to the exceptional culture that our company stands on.”

Burns & McDonnell India received nearly 8,000 applications for employment in 2020 and onboarded more than 200 new employees virtually. The organisation has supported its employees during this time of the pandemic, with initiatives including COVID-19 care leaves, vaccination support, enhanced insurance buffer, flexibility to continue working from home during the pandemic and more. One of the company’s most significant initiatives has been cross-utilisation of staff across disciplines to able to retain employees amidst a global business slowdown.

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About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies with an unmatched team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, technologists and scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs around the world. Burns & McDonnell India was established in Mumbai in 2013 as a 100% subsidiary.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. They use their unparalleled benchmark data to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the U.S. and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list published annually in Fortune.

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