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dry and wet waste

Why it’s crucial to segregate waste at home

If waste is not separated properly, it all gets mixed up in landfills. Waste segregation basically means keeping wet and dry wastes separately so that dry can be recycled and wet waste can be composted. With rapid urbanisation, the country is facing massive waste management challenge. Over 377 million urban people live in 7,935 towns...
counselling

CSR skilling programmes that address pre-training counseling

It is imperative in skilling programmes to ensure that trainees are conditioned for technical and non-technical training before their commencement and their expectations set and managed. Occasionally, people’s aspirations may not be in tune with their local realities. To ensure that skills imparted are appropriate for trainees, it is important to map aptitudes that determine...
Thimma Reddy

A child leader fighting for child rights

For a change, a burn gave birth to fire. This is the story of Thimma Reddy from Raichur, who is emerging as one of the strongest child rights leaders, and of a larger vision for children. From ensuring electricity in the primary government school of Navalkal to motivating drop-outs to re-enrol themselves along with bridging...

First transgender woman to marry legally, set for Bollywood debut

Shree Ghatak Muhuri, a transgender woman, has been cast in director Ram Kamal Mukherjee's film Season's Greetings. Celina Jaitly’s comeback movie will see the real life transgender playing a pivotal role. Shree is a terpsichorean, a theatre artist and also a social activist. Troyee foundation, a non-profit organisation, is run by Shree. The organisation specially...
Ambarish Datta

Raising financial literacy supports social inclusion: Ambarish Datta, Managing Director & CEO, BSE Institute

Financial literacy and financial stability are two key aspects of an efficient economy. Financial literacy enhances individuals’ ability to ensure economic security for their families, believes Ambarish Datta, MD & CEO for BSE Institute Ltd. and member of the WFE (World Federation of Exchanges) global committee on Financial Literacy. The BSE Institute Ltd. is a...
Jim Sarbh

Jim Sarbh Puts Spotlight On Planet Healers In India

Parsi actor Jim Sarbh has become synonymous as the conniving Bollywood baddie. His latest stint, however, puts him in bed with the good guys. The Made In Heaven star is presenting a four-part original docu-series ‘Planet Healers’ featuring eight of India’s most promising environment friendly start-ups. Jim said, “I don’t believe in the separation between...
Farhan-Akhtar-Ed-Sheeran-and-Richa-Chadhavideo

Bollywood stars Farhan Akhtar, Richa Chadha feature in video on #GlobalFeminism

Bollywood actor-director Farhan Akhtar is in the news for more than just being singer Shibani Dandekar's boyfriend. He appears alongside actress Richa Chadha in a special video on #GlobalFeminism featuring international stars and Grammy award winners Mary J Blige, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran. The initiative is led by The Circle, a global NGO formed...
fourth industrial revolution

Upskilling Women for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) flags the transition from simple digitisation in the third industrial revolution to disruptive innovation through a combination of digital technologies and platforms. These technologies are changing the ways companies will do business across the manufacturing, services, and agriculture sectors. The 4IR presents an opportunity for women to build skill sets...
CSR in water

World Water Day: CSR interventions in India

It is World Water Day today. Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water. The theme...
Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani

Redefining philanthropy together as a family

For philanthropic families, the transition of decision-making and wealth can be a critical and challenging period. Given that respect for and deference to elders is a core family value in India, conversations to redefine philanthropy for the family can be difficult for Next Generation Philanthropists to initiate. But this is also a great opportunity to...
Water project by Ambuja Cement Foundation

CSR: Water as an impact multiplier

Despite having access to reasonably extensive aquifers, the coastal regions of India face a risk of saline water intrusion, rendering their water unusable without treatment. In the 1990s, Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF) observed that the salinity had seeped inland in the Gujarat coastline to up to 15 kilometres and the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) was...
gender equality

Gender Equality In The Private Sector

While it is governments that have the primary responsibility for implementation, there are a plethora of actors who play a role in implementation, including the United Nations, international financial institutions, the private sector and civil society. These actors cannot currently be held accountable in the same way as governments can. Private businesses, for example, are...

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