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CSR Helps Create Engaged Employees: Sridhar Sarathy, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, TATA Capital

The few working areas TATA Capital has identified for their CSR activities are mainly Employability, Healthcare & Sanitation, Education and Environment. Sridhar Sarathy, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, TATA Capital speaks on the need to identify the right kind of projects, the target market that needs to be addressed inorder to make the desired...
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CSR Mandate May Increase to 8-10% in Next 10 Years: Pratyush Panda, Head, CSR, ACC Cements

No plan can be executed without considering the needs of beneficiaries who are an important stakeholder. It is crucial to align business practices in line with sustainable methods for the environment. In conversation with The CSR Journal, Pratyush Panda, Head, CSR, ACC Cements says, “In the cement sector, all the competitors work together to...
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CSR Is Turning Focus Into Long Term Solutions and Not Knee-jerk Reactions: Naghma Mulla, COO, EdelGive Foundation

All stakeholders have to work towards bridging the gap, keeping in mind it is towards the benefit of the beneficiaries. Corporate houses are working towards projects, which were not spoken about a few years back. “We are so streamlined, we are so process oriented, that fine-tuning around the need of the beneficiary is something...
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Businesses Can Play A Role In Stakeholder Value Creation: Vivek Talwar, Chief Sustainability Officer, TATA Power

“A whole range of programs is needed to be really effective for it to benefit a community”, says Vivek Talwar, Chief Sustainability Officer, TATA Power while in conversation with The CSR Journal. The final stage of every good program is when there is an exit strategy and the community is self-reliant.
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CSR Should Not Be Used As An Image Branding Activity : Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President & MD, Volkswagen India

Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President & MD, Volkswagen India says, “There were a lot of uncertainties in the beginning as to, which activities qualify and come under CSR. The problem now is sometimes in the community itself. This is because the expectation is high and the question arises if this is a CSR activity or something...
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Rural Areas Are Under- Invested Areas: Apoorva Oza, CEO, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

“The ground reality is largely getting professionals to work in rural areas. Therefore, a mixed staffing process has been implemented of a few professionals and training the locals in groups” says Apoorva Oza, CEO, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme. Rural economies grow if the agriculture grows along with job creation. But it needs investment...
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CSR is Responsible Spending: Sanjukta Raiguru, Managing Director, SBI Foundation

We decided to have a foundation so as to bring into focus the activities initiated. The PSUs and corporate have the funds, but they need the right place to invest it., says Sanjukta Raiguru, Managing Director, SBI Foundation while in conversation with The CSR Journal. She believes any activity taken-up on ground for upliftment...

Google and Tata Trusts Expand ‘Internet Saathi’ Program to Four More States

Google India and Tata Trusts have expanded their program ‘Internet Saathi’ in four more states namely - West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Tripura. The program launched in July, 2015, trains women in rural India about the benefits of Internet.  The joint initiative aims to overcome the digital gender disparity in rural India and empower...

Rising to Corporate Renewable Responsibility

India’s renewable energy sector has been ranked third in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) with US and China at first and second place respectively. The so-called emerging markets now represent half the countries in the 40-strong index, including four African markets featuring in the top 30. Only a decade ago, China and...
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To Make Giving Sustainable, It Has To Be Systematic: Rati Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall Ltd

Rati Forbes, is a Director at Forbes Marshall Ltd. She is responsible for the social initiatives which the company supports; in the areas of community health, education and women's issues. The initiatives include a reading/learning enhancement program which runs in 90 low-income primary schools; catalyzing and coordinating the effective functioning of over 300 small...
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Corporate Houses Need to Find Their Own Way of Fulfilling CSR: Romesh Sobti, MD & CEO, IndusInd Bank

Romesh Sobti is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IndusInd Bank Limited since February 1, 2008. He has 33 years of banking experience in large state owned and multinational banks, including ANZ Grindlays Bank and State Bank of India. In a brief chat with The CSR Journal on the inclusion of other...
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As Long as You Are in Something For the Good, the Rest Will Follow: Deval Sanghavi,Founder & Partner, Dasra

Deval Sanghavi is a Founder & Partner at Dasra. He has been awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the 'Crossover Leaders' category for 2014 for successfully transitioning from a thriving career in investment banking to work for the non-profit sector. While speaking with The CSR Journal on philanthropy and more, he says, “Solution for...
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