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Published : Monday, 18 May, 2015 02:32 PM
The Global Summit on Corporate Social responsibility organized by Indian Institute of Management Raipur, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, New Delhi, and National Law School of India University Bangalore ended on 16 May at India International Centre, New Delhi with a galactic presence of Padma Bhusan Bindheswar Pathak, Management Scholar Pradhalad Kakar, Prof B S Sahay, Director IIM Raipur, Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, IICA and nearly 250 eminent delegates and academicians. This is for the first time industry leaders from various organizations, academicians, and members of the civil society join hands and discussed various issues pertaining to CSR in India. The summit featured 4 plenary on different topics and 105 scientific papers were presented in 8 technical sessions.
Setting the context of the summit, during Inauguration session, Prof B. S Sahay explained the importance of CSR in Indian setting and objectives of the summit. Promote balanced integration of the three dimensions (Planet, People and Profit) of CSR were the main theme of the summit. The summit also focused on the action and result-oriented approach to implementation of CSR in Indian industries.
Stress was also given to develop management tools and practice to enhance coherence, reduce fragmentation and overlaps, and increase effectiveness, efficiency and transparency, while reinforcing coordination and cooperation between organization for effective CSR initiatives. Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Ms Rebecca Tavares, Country representative, UN Women; Mr Ashish Kumar Chauhan, Managing Director & CEO of Bombay Stack Exchange Ltd. Mr Michiel Bierkens, Head of Economic and Commercial Department of Embassy of Netherlands; Mr Louis Georges Arsenault, Country representative of UNICEF, India, Dr S.K Nanda, Chairman and managing Director of Gujarat State Fertilizer and Chemical Ltd were the guest in inauguration and address the audience.
The first plenary was addressed, along with others, by Mr. Jon Miller, Partner, and Ms. Lucy Parker from Brunswick Group, UK, Mr. AmodKanth, General Secretary, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society, Mr. Mukesh Gulati, Executive Director, Foundation for MSME Clusters, Mr. Albert Peter, CSR Head, Jindal Steel and Power Limited and Ms. Namita Vikas, Senior President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Yes Bank Ltd. Mr Miller and Ms Parker shade lights on the international perceptive of CSR through their recently written book ‘Everybody’s Business’ and decade long study in various industries and countries. DrChatterjee gave detailed history of India’s unique journey in documenting and legalizing the CSR through legislation. The plenary focused in theoretical advancement; managerial dilemmas and executional challenges associate with CSR initiatives in India.
The second plenary moderated by Mr Pradhalad Kakar focused on linking CSR to recent Make in India campaign of Government of India. The key message from the plenary was to generate demand in the Indian Economy by uplifting the bottom of the pyramid and skilling a large population through CSR initiatives. The speakers of this plenary was Ms. Sonia Shrivastava, CSR Head, South Asia, Intel; Mr. Shrikar Dole, Head, IL&FS Academy of Applied Development, Mr. Rajiv Mishra, Vice President, Corporate, Communications, Samsung India Pvt. Ltd; Sh. Amir Ullah Khan, Board Member, Digital Empowerment Foundation, New Delhi; and Mr. Rajendra Ghag, Senior Executive, Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited. Apart from these two plenary sessions, four technical sessions was also scheduled in the first day of the conference. Academics from IIMs, IITs, NITs, TISS, XISS, many leading central institutions and central universities presented their papers. Various theame such as challenges and opportunities in CSR; strategy and implementation issues, measurement and assessment of impacts, and innovation and leadership related to CSR were discussed in these technical sessions.
The second day of the conference was started with a plenary with theme stakeholder engagement. A diverse group, representing many stakeholder groups, including Dr. Madhukar Gupta, Joint Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises; Mr. Jagadananda, Member Secretary, CYSD; Mr. Mathew Cherian, CEO, Helpage India; Mr. Ramesh Sahijwani, GM, Marketing & CSR, IFFCOTokio; Ms. Ruchira Gujral, Corporat Engagement Officer,UNICEF; Mr. Shankar Venkateswaran, Tata Sustainability Group Prof. Naman Desai, IIM Ahemdabad; Mr. Ashok Chakravorty, AGM (CSR), NTPC Ltd were the memner of the panel of this group. During this session as well as subsequent plenary with representation from Ms Rebecca Tavares, Country representative, UN Women, special emphasis was given to women and children as a priority stakeholder to Indian industries. Ms Tavares explain empowerment of women has direct relation with local economic development and gender parity which is essential for long run stability of the business.
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