Doctors by profession and humans by conduct, Dr Prakash Amte and his wife Dr Mandakini Amte have been working for tribal population in the remote areas of Maharashtra and innocent animals for decades. They were honoured with Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2008 for ‘Community Leadership’.
Their story became popular after a biopic titled ‘Dr Prakash Baba Amte: The Real Hero’ starring actors Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni was released in 2014. The couple along with their family lives in Hemalkasa, a tribal belt in Maharashtra plagued by Naxalite violence.
Veteran actor Nana Patekar is renowned not only for his acting skills but also for his programmes for poor farmers and their families. His organisation- Naam Foundation works primarily for farmers, soldiers and their families. Patekar is known to be bold and blunt about his views. Talking to The CSR Journal, he shares his views on the responsibility that each citizen bears towards the society. Working for the downtrodden, Patekar says, he has now turned to a very different person who is soft and a believer of non-violence from someone who was known to be a fierce earlier.
“There are some pages from the sport of running that can be imbibed in other sports,” said Dilip Jayaram, CEO, Procam International. He and his team have been an integral part of the Standard Chartered Marathon, which the city of Mumbai has witnessed for over a decade. In conversation with The CSR Journal, he emphasises how there is no ‘chanda’ asked for, although charity is not completely in our DNA. Instead it is commendable to see the ability to raise funds as each and every cause is a deserving one.
Gul Panag runs the Colonel Shamsher Singh Foundation, an NGO that works towards a variety of causes including gender equality, education and disaster management. It was founded seven years ago. In conversation with The CSR Journal, she highlights that there is a vast chasm between what people have and what they should have. On a more social plane, she augments the need for the education system to be looked at aggressively, without which the value system cannot be formed.
Ritu Chhabria wears two hats; one is Managing Trustee of Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF) and the second being Director of Finolex Industries.
MMF is the CSR arm of Finolex Industries involved mostly in activities strengthening the current system and not making new ones. Chhabria believes that there are many existing educational and healthcare facilities in the country that need upliftment. The foundation essentially involves itself in this upgradation.
She wishes that the social sector be free of red tapism and has clear directives so there is clarity and convenience while working for social development.
“If a minor is raped, the rapist has to marry the victim. This is an important issue we are fighting against. We are aiming to create stability and a sustainable environment for all. We want to do our best as the Nobel Peace Prize is a heavy responsibility,” said Najet Zammouri, Vice President & Treasurer, The Tunisian Human Rights League while speaking to The CSR Journal.
Himanshu Jain, MD & VP, SE Asia & Indian Sub, Sealed Air spoke to The CSR Journal on sevral topics ranging fro health and Swachha Bharat to CSR and share value. Believing firmly in the concept of shared value, Jain says it is the true way of doing CSR.
Ashish Dhawan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Central Square Foundation. The organisation works to achieve transformational standards of excellence for the Indian school education system. Speaking to The CSR Journal, Dhawan expresses his views on the need of appropriate talent in the development sector. He believes, corporate firms through CSR funds should strive to improve talent in NGOs. With an affirmative outlook, he believes that ‘Not-for-Profit 2.0’ will emerge soon and it will be outcome-focussed with strong leadership, systems, processes and succession plans which were lacking in ‘Not-for-Profit 1.0’ version.
The CSR Journal spoke to Pankaj Phatarphod and Sunil Kumar from Royal Bank of Scotland India and its foundation.
Phatarphod is the Chairperson of RBS India Foundation and Kumar is the Head of Sustainability of RBS India. They shared their views on several topics including the role of corporate foundations in India's CSR sector and the link between sustainability and livelihood among others.
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