Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) is the apex body of Central Government owned Public Enterprises. SCOPE has all the Central Public Enterprises, a few State Government Enterprises and some nationalised banks as its members.
SCOPE, with a vision to enable member enterprises be globally competitive in a market driven environment, facilitates the endeavours of its members in improving their overall performance and promote their legitimate aspirations by strengthening their effective and sustained engagement with stakeholders. It is the only organization representing the entire spectrum of public sector enterprises (PSEs) in India. It has been advocating concerns and issues of the PSEs and is engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the government in order to have conducive public sector policy framework. Its activities are aimed at strengthening the PSEs by making them more efficient and effective and at the same time encouraging them to explore new horizons in the global market.
A registered society called "NEW HORIZON" was set up in New Delhi on September 29, 1970, with the basic objective of promoting "better understanding among the public about the individual and collective contribution of public sector." A Central Information Centre baptised as NEW HORIZON was set up on the first floor of Chandralok Building at Janpath, New Delhi. This was given the trappings of a permanent exhibition on public sector.
The people behind the transitional of this innovative idea of an apex body of Public Enterprise were : Mr. N.. Kashyap, ICS, then Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation, Mr. Mohammed Fazal, then CMD, Hindustan Insecticides Ltd: Mr. Satish Chandra, ICS, then CMD, Fertilizer Corporation of India and few others.
Gradually the amorphous concepts began to take shape. With the help and inspiration of the late Mr. Mohan Kumaramangalam, then Minister for Steel and Mr. Praxy Fernandes, then Director general, BPE, NEW HORIZON was rechristened as STANDING CONFERENCE OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES (SCOPE).