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Technology – An Enabler for Corporate Social Responsibility

Over the past four years, India Inc. has progressively adopted the national CSR directive having spent more than INR 30,000 Crores, with over INR 9,000 Crores invested in FY 2017-18 alone. This expenditure surpassed expectations and brought to fore the need for enhanced governance and accountability measures, strengthened with quantifiable social impact. Given that...

Salman Khan’s Latest Ad Campaign Features Unsung Heroes Of India

The fashion industry gets a bad rap for promoting capitalism and a culture of excess. Various fashion houses around the world (Prada, Tsumori Chisato, Prabal Gurung) are preserving the art and heritage of indigenous people. Closer home in India, fashion designers like Gaurang, Krishna Mehta, Samant Chauhan and Shruti Sancheti are supporting families of...

Encapsulate the NCC Module in the National Scholastic Methodology

The mellifluous notes of the NCC Song “Hum Sab Bharatiya Hain, Sartaj Himalaya Hain, Desh Ki Raksha Ki Khatir,Hum Shamshir Utha Lenge...” reverberates in the air around the school wherein the NCC cadets’ Parade is being held. These words speak volumes of the goals of the cadets-the grit to defend the country’s frontiers with...

US Firms’ Refuse To Join Trump In A Race To The Bottom

A bird’s eye view of 2017 paints an interesting picture, despite the initial darkness of the year’s low points. Without doubt, there were global shocks from Trump, overall climate change, and multiple cases of Human Rights violations. However, it has also been a year where the control of sustainable practices has shifted from the...

The Power Of Films To Bring Social Change

Entertainment, perception, emotions and outlook are some of the terms that can be associated with media. The amplifying power of media and its influence on society is undeniable; especially, Visual media combined with the easy access to Social Media has unleashed the power of imagery. Leveraging Visual media, particularly videos, to highlight a social...

Are Corporates Doing Enough On Sustainability?

Sustainability is a business issue. With consumption growing rapidly due to growing population and rising income, there is unprecedented strain on natural resources. In response, many companies have set environmental performance targets. A lot of action has been taken over the last decade by corporates and it is no longer difficult to get case...

An Ode To India’s Mr. Consistent Genius!

When it comes to sport in India, the word consistency has applied to but a few. Sporting talent has seen but not always conquered, other times it was the potential not living up to expectation. India has held its breath, waiting patiently for those few who can take our collective breath away. But in...

We Cannot Create Or Recreate It, Save Water…

Human beings have taken over the world. They have created and introduced many elements, which are of utmost importance to them. But water is one such natural resource that is depleting at an alarming rate and at the same time is vital for sustenance. It is the need of the hour that we get...

Corporate Citizens Initiate Water Conservation, Replenishment Initiatives

The well-known Bengali Poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore had once rightly pointed out that, “You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Looking at the dire water supply and conservation scenario nationwide, it is similarly pertinent that every section of society – the governmental agencies, citizens and corporates...

Leveraging Solar For India’s Sustainable Development

It is always heartening to hear PM Modi speak – he lays down plans that turn far-fetched dreams into reality. Be it the aggressive targets like 175 GW renewable energy by 2022, or complete e-mobility by 2030, the PM is a visionary and has placed India at the helm of achieving Sustainable Development. I...

Climate Change, Risk And Sustainability

Tsunamis can occur in any large body of water. They were so infrequent that the word was not even known to most people. Then came the tsunami of 2004. It caused destruction from Indonesia to India and pictures of a tall wall of water crashing onto the shore and washing away everything that came...

The Quandary of Social Organisations – Depth Vs. Width

In the recent past, I have had the opportunity of working with some really smart, bright, passionate social entrepreneurs – people looking to address complex social issues through for-profit and not-for-profit models. While their energy and enthusiasm is infectious, one of the questions we always struggle with is, in defining the actual issue that...
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