Bengaluru, 23 June 2023 – XLRI PGDM(GM) recently hosted Gaurav Sharma, Chief People Officer, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) for a fireside chat. The event was moderated by K. Krishna Kashyap and Oiendrila Mukherjee from XLRI and delved deep into the ever-evolving landscape of organizational dynamics. The event started with an inaugural Address by Krishna Kashyap, and the felicitation of Mr. Sharma, by the GST members.
One of the several topics Mr. Sharma addressed was evaluating sales team performance. He shed light on the unique challenges faced by the beverage industry, where demand forecasting can be particularly challenging due to the impulse-based nature of consumer behaviour, and how HCCB’s process-oriented measures ensure the availability of their products across markets, at all times.
In his address, Mr. Sharma also emphasized the importance of embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion; allowing individuals to express their own points of view and how this forms an integral part of the organizational purpose.
He also spoke about HCCB’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the importance of giving back to the community and creating a sustainable future. He spoke of the various CSR initiatives undertaken by HCCB, including environmental sustainability, water conservation, women’s empowerment, education, and community development. The speaker emphasized the company’s dedication to creating a sustainable and inclusive future which not only aligns with its core values but also translates to its entire stakeholder group.
This was followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Mr. Sharma concluded the event by highlighting the vision and DNA of HCCB, the 26-year-old legacy of the company and how it is tailoring its way to a promising future.