Ms. Rati Forbes
"Rati Forbes graduated with Psychology (Honours) and Sociology from Bombay university - and has further done special courses in Human Resources, Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Philanthropy. She has been a Director at Forbes Marshall; and has been involved in overseeing the Human Resources function till a year ago. During this time, Forbes Marshall has been thrice selected as one of India's Top 25 Great Places to Work by the Great Places to Work institute; most recently, bagging 5th rank nationally in 2012.
Today, Rati focuses full time on the social initiatives the company has developed and grown, over the last 50 years. Rati also heads the Foundation which Forbes Marshall set up three years ago. She has initiated several programmes for under-priveleged women and children from neighbouring communities; the focus areas being health, education and women's empowerment.
The social initiatives team at Forbes Marshall is involved with several programs - some of them being a reading/learning enhancement programme in about a hundred municipal schools in Pune; catalysing 200 self-help groups for women, a gender sensitisation programme for 8th and 9th standard students which continues to run each year in about 30 to 40 municiapl and low cost private schools.
FM was also the first company in India to be recognised by the Social audit network of UK and awarded a certification after a rigorous process in 2010.
Rati chaired CII Western region's cell for Social development from 2002 to 2006; the main objective being to sensitise corporates to their social responsibility. She continues to be actively involved with CII's outreach programs for skill development, leading to employability. Rati is also on the board of several foundations - some of them are Mobile Creche Pune, the advisory board for Akanksha, Centre for Learning Resources, Pragati Foundation etc.
Rati is currently pursuing a part time two year Masters in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge UK and will graduate in 2013. She has two children - Riah who works for Google Business development in their corporate office in Mountain View; and Darius who is a Junior at Stanford university, California.
Forbes Marshall ranked 5th 'Best Workplace in India', 2012 by Great Places to Work Institute and Economic Times