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Kerala-based Majority Women Startup inks pact with United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles

In Business
December 18, 2020

For the first time in Kerala, a majority women startup based in Thiruvananthapuram, Vydyuthi Energy Services (VES), which helps in identifying energy efficiency drivers and adopting viable action plans, has signed an agreement with United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Out of the 170 companies from India which had signed for United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles, 64 companies are from the private sector. VES is the 65th company from India and the first from Kerala. Kerala is already in the top list of Niti Aayog for implementing the United National Women’s Empowerment Principles. With the signing of the agreement, VES will establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, treat all women and men fairly at work, respect and support human rights and non- discrimination, ensure health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers, promote education, training and professional development for women, implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women, promote equality through community initiatives and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality. The Women’s Empowerment Principles offer practical guidance to business and the private sector on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

VES was established by an NRI, Anoop Babu from Thiruvananthapuram, who has vast experience in renewable energy sector and involved in multinational projects in various countries including the Gulf. His experience in the renewable energy sector had helped him to establish the new venture in Kerala with the help of modern technology. Anoop Babu, the founder of VES, was in the sustainable energy sector for the last 12 years.

After research for various years, Anoop Babu, started his dream project and his mother Indira Babu, who is the co-founder, was appointed as the managing director. VES, a consultancy-cum-project management institution, which aims at empowerment of women ensures that all the key positions are held by women. Sudha Kumari, retired engineer at Kerala State Electricity Board Energy Efficiency Department, is the business head of VES. Kokila Vijyakumar, operation head and Dr Vaani Vijay, who has vast knowledge in energy sector, are also holding key positions.

VES offers consulting, training, R&D in the areas of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Power Quality assessment, E-Mobility, Climate Change, energy audit, project management and Carbon Accounting. VES is the first recognised institution in Kerala which provides certified technical training in green energy with the cooperation of Delhi-based CII-ITC Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Development.

VES had given technical support in green energy projects for various schools and engineering colleges. VES aims at establishing a ‘Kerala Model’ in green energy sector.