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The Social Poverty Of Women

Margaret Atwood, well-known as an author of feminist dystopia, said recently, so much about the state of women has changed and yet so little!  Most of us raised in cities with reasonably enlightened parents are oblivious of the discourse around the feminisation of poverty, though the discourse around inequality is loud and clear. When...

Stakeholder Engagement for Lasting Impact

As individual philanthropy, policy backed-business responsibility and corporate commitment to society takes prominence in India, change agents find themselves constantly grappling with the issue of effectively navigating through a complex ecosystem to create lasting impact. Stakeholder engagement lies at the heart of enabling change and achieving outcomes that are lasting and impactful. Change agents –...

Business and Climate Change – Sustainable Solutions

Climate change is emerging as one of this century's greatest destabilizing forces, undermining the global economy, impacting food and water security, and affecting health and wellness. It is now firmly on the global agenda and governments, corporations, and communities are joining hands towards securing the planet’s future. The historic Conference of Parties (COP21) at...

Philanthropy To Purpose: India Inc. Is Finding Its Socially Responsible Feet

It’s four and a half years since we started working with great Indian companies on their social responsibility. In that time we’ve been watching and learning as India Inc. has started to find its socially responsible feet and grappled with the world-first CSR legislation that came into effect in 2014. At the close of...

Realising India’s Dream of a Great Sporting Nation

When I started playing squash in 1986, I hardly had an idea about what an attractive, mobilizing and inspiring force “Sport” could be. Sport has the power to rescue us from the daily grind of life. A heroic act, a sporting gesture, an impromptu quote, talking tough, looking mean, a brave decision and an...

Adidas, Nike and Puma’s 2015 For Sustainability

Amongst the leading multinational sportswear manufacturers are Adidas, Nike and Puma. Germany’s Adidas is ranked as the 5th most-sustainable corporate in the World (as per The Global 100, calculated by Solactive, January 2016), whereas both Nike and Puma are yet to introduce themselves to the list of top-100. Nike faced boycotts and public anger throughout...

Changing Landscape of Philanthropy In India

The recent Hurun India Philanthropy List 2015 reported Azim Premji as the most generous Indian, donating INR 27,514 crore (USD 4200 million) on education initiatives, through the Azim Premji Foundation. The same report also listed individuals like Nandan and Rohini Nilekani, NR Narayana Murthy, K Dinesh and family, Shiv Nadar, Sunny Varkey and family, Ronnie...

Is there a conflict between the profit motive and CSR?

CSR is, after all, yet another mandatory cost to the company which cannot be deducted as expense to avail a tax benefit. However, in a developing economy, your company may benefit tangibly from increased total CSR spend. Lack of adequate infrastructure, power, healthcare & education are the very factors that adversely affect profitability. Here the...
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