Thiruvananthapuram, December 21: With an aim to empower women, a Kerala-based startup has inked an agreement with the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles. This is for the first time that a woman majority startup named Vydyuthi Energy Services (VES) has signed an agreement with the United Nations body. With the signing of the agreement, the VES will establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, promote education, training and professional development for women. It will also implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that has the capability to empower women, promote equality through community initiatives and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

In India, Kerala is already in the top list of the Niti Aayog for implementing the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles. According to a report by IANS, of the 170 companies from India which had signed for the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles, 64 companies are from the private sector. The Vydyuthi Energy Services is the 65th company from India and the first from Kerala to have signed the pact.

As per details available, at Vydyuthi Energy Services (VES), the woman help businesses and organizations across sectors to identify energy efficiency drivers and enable them to adopt viable action plans. The start-up firm was established by an NRI, Anoop Babu from Thiruvananthapuram. Meanwhile, Kerala State Electricity Board Energy Efficiency Department is the patron head of VES. The founder, i.e. Babu has a vast experience in the renewable energy sector and is involved in multinational projects in various countries, including the Middle East.