Social Innovation For Food
Auspice Social is a purpose driven social enterprise perusing meaningful profits. We produce 35 varieties of naturally dried culinary herbs, spices and seasonings. Our products are handcrafted and are free from any artificial additives, colors, preservatives, essence or MSG. All our products are processed, cleaned, sorted, packaged and labeled by persons with autism. We are based in New Delhi, India
Our Social Commitment
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects nearly 1% of world’s population. What causes Autism is still not known and there is no cure for Autism. It is a lifelong condition that affects the way that a person interacts with and experiences the world around them. The vast majority, 84%, of adults with Autism are either unemployed or underemployed, despite their ability, desire, and willingness to engage in meaningful work. Unemployment rates among adults with autism are double compared to other disabilities.
We provide hands on training and skill development to adults with autism. Training programs vary between 3 weeks to 6 months depending in individual needs. All trainings necessarily culminate in employment with Auspice Social.
By virtue of our inclusive business model, our work supports the principles of “Equal pay for equal work” and “Reasonable Accommodation” as defined in UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). We are also working in accordance with UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 10 – Reduced Inequality.
Our goal is to create 10,000 jobs for persons with autism, where ever they are. This will be accomplished in 4 phases:
1. Phase 1 – Pilot : successfully completed in early 2020
In April 2019, Auspice and Action for Autism National Center For Autism, New Delhi, conducted a pilot project to evaluate the abilities of Autistic persons to engage in food processing activities. We selected a small group of 12 interns, aged between 15 and 35 – all of them with Autism. They were engaged in cleaning, sorting, packaging and labeling of herbs and spices. The high point of the whole exercise was a sense of joy and accomplishment among all interns. During this pilot, 2500 units of finished goods were produced and they were placed at 2 supermarket stores. They all sold out.
2. Milestone 1 – 100 jobs for persons with autism by Dec 2022
This phase is in action since early 2021. Once these jobs are created, they will collectively create economic activity of $ 200,000 annually and generate a profit of $50000.
3. Milestone 2 – 1000 jobs for persons with autism by Dec 2025
4. Milestone 3 – 10000 jobs for persons with autism by Dec 2030
Our founders bring in the complimentary skills and years of experience in food processing and understanding the aspirations of autism community. We, however, lack expertise in sales and distribution. We are seeking a partner who would be willing to:
(a) Provide access to their distribution network and allow us to capitalize on their expertise. Our aim is to reach far and farther with our products so we can expand the impact of our social commitment. Ideal partner would have presence in USA, UK, MENA, EU and South Asia. We would be happy to discuss the commercial terms and pre-requisites.
(b) Provide us with a start by providing training and help us develop our skills in the areas of marketing, sales and distribution up to a point where we can recruit a team and be able to grow our outreach.
We would welcome proposals from either of the two options above, our preference is for the first option as it allows us to focus more on our work and meet our goals.
Learn more about us
PARAG GHOSH, Founder
Parag is a food business professional with executive and hands on experience, ability to develop strategic business initiatives and deliver bottom-line benefit and growth. He has led initiatives by leveraging technology capabilities and human innovation to deliver lasting and measurable benefits. Parag can analyze complex issues while never losing sight of details that deliver results.
MERRY BARUA, Co-Founder
Merry is the pioneer of Autism movement in India. IT was due to her tireless efforts that Autism was included in the Disabilities Act 2006. Merry is also the founder and director of Action for Autism, an NGO that provides a range of services for autistic children and their families.
For more information about autism, our work and our impact, please visit http://www.auspice.org
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