R S Sodhi, Managing Director of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets the Amul brand of milk and dairy products, has been conferred with the QIMPRO Gold Standard Award 2013 (Business) for implementing world-class practices in Amul and achieving outstanding performance.
Accepting the award, R S Sodhi stated that the award was a recognition of the wisdom and efforts of dairy farmers of Gujarat who have always insisted on excellence and adherence to the highest standards of quality in Amul’s entire value chain. He said, “I humbly accept this award on behalf of 3.2 million farmers of Gujarat whom I serve and whose unwavering commitment towards excellence in every dimension of Amul is reflected in this recognition.”
Sodhi further added that the award revalidated his staunch belief in the values of integrity, honesty, courage, dedication, commitment to farmers and to consumers, as well as commitment towards excellence, which his mentor, Dr. Verghese Kurien, had instilled in Amul.
QIMPRO Award was conceptualised in 1989 by Dr. J M Juran, the Quality Guru, to recognise individual excellence in quality management. In the past, Naresh Goyal, Chairman Jet Airways; Sunil Mittal, Chairman Bharti Enterprises; and Rajiv Bajaj, MD Bajaj Auto, among others have received the honour .