Mauritius:Terra spurs innovation with NPCC training and “Innov@Terra” contest
Mauritian conglomerate Terra Group is undertaking the ambitious exercise of training its 1300 employees towards greater innovation and creativity, under which an innovation-centred training from the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) and an internal competition, namely “Innov@Terra”, have been organised to mark the“Year of Innovation.”(Image:Terra)
The official launch of the training and the competition took place on Thursday, 23 April 2015, at the“l’Aventure du Sucre” premises, in the presence of the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation (TCI), Pravind Jugnauth.
If 2014 was dedicated to integrity, this year the Terra Group wishes to highlight one of its key values of innovation, which is not just a crucial element in the development of any company, small or big, but also in the economic growth of a nation.
This innovation is present in various forms and lies at the heart of Terra’s activities. The group’s desire to innovate continues year by year with each of the group projects, which start off asmere ideas and abstract concepts which the Terra employees, men and women alike,strive hard to transform into reality.
Pravind Jugnauth congratulated the group on inculcating such values in their employees.“This competition is not only a perfect example of creativity but is also a brilliant initiative to embark on establishing a culture of innovation within Mauritian families. My wish is that this grand initiative serves as a model to other companies, whether in the public or private sector ,”he said.
For six weeks, around 1,300 employees of Terra at every level of the hierarchy will undergo a training course of 3 hours dispensed by the NPCC.According to Christopher Park, the group HR Manager, the objective of this training is to help all the members of the group to understand better the role and the importance of the innovation within a company, while contributing to the production of ideas.
The event served as an opportunity to launch the internal competition” Innov @Terra”which is open to all the employees of the group, aims at encouraging innovation and at valuing innovative ideas to improve the efficiency of products, procedures or services within the group.
During this official launch, some employees who were at the heart of key innovative projects were also rewarded. Reynolds Laguette, Georges Lim and Jean-Claude Desvaux were given accolades for innovating 12 varieties of special sugars, created and marketed by Terra Milling; honours went to Jean-Marc Jauffret, Marc Lincoln and Vedalall Bhujun, of Terragri for their “New Farming System”; Deepa Manrakhan and Didier Noël won prizes for innovations centred around KGB vodka and New Grove rum respectively, two products made locally by Grays; and, finally, awards were also given out to Lauriane Mietton, Charles Vaulbert and Jean-Michel Gérard for introducing the recent project of Terragen aiming at better biomass use for power production.