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CSR: Water aunties are agents of change for water safety and female empowerment

Surekha Gadpori lives in one the most socially and economically disadvantaged pockets in the city of Hyderabad. With extensive experience in active social work, the sprightly 60-year-old saw the potential for safe drinking water to improve her community's health and wellbeing. Surekha leveraged the trust and respect of her community to join the growing...

CSR: Preventing Fraud in Corporate Social Responsibility

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has made an internal CSR committee mandatory for every company spending on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India. Such a committee comprising Board members and top executives monitors the CSR policy and calculates risk. However, fraud and unethical spending by external agencies and the internal team could go undetected...

Lisa Heydlauff wants youth to become entrepreneurs

Lisa Heydlauff came from the UK two decades ago and fell so in love with India that she decided to stay back. Since then, the multi-award-winning educator has spent many years innovating tools for young Indians, whether it’s offline through graphic novels in 1,000 government secondary schools in Bihar, or online through the newly...

Get to know: National Digital Health Mission

PM Modi announced the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) this I-Day and a wave of hope for universal health coverage swept across the nation. It was welcomed more than the declarations on cybersecurity and optical fibre connectivity, for obvious reasons. Health and immunity are on top of every citizen's minds since the nation is...

CSR at NMDC is most effective in conflict zones

India's single largest iron ore producer is public sector undertaking NMDC Limited. Short for National Mineral Development Corporation, it has an incontestably large presence in the states of Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. Apart from mining iron ore, the PSU also mines diamonds, minerals and magnesite. It has been around for more than 60 years, with...
hiring women in clean energy

Hiring women in clean energy is a win-win

Women have long been underrepresented in conventional energy industries such as coal, oil and gas, whether in exploration and extraction activities or in running power-generating plants. All available information suggests that men outnumber women in most of these workplaces, and especially in technical, managerial and policy-making positions. Energy is still often seen as a...

Black stereotypes in movies

This Sunday marks an important day for the Black Lives Matter movement. August 23 is annually reserved to honour the people in Saint-Domingue who revolted against slavery in 1791 and paved the way for the abolition of this humiliating practice that reduces human beings to minions. It's a major event in Haiti and the...

Surviving in a toxic work environment

It looks like time is up for corporate entities that ignore a toxic work environment. In the US, at least. Popular American talk show The Ellen DeGeneres show has been in the news because of multiple shocking allegations of workplace harassment, racism and sexual harassment by former employees. Hollywood's darling host Ellen feigned cluelessness...

World Humanitarian Day 2020: Salute #RealLifeHeroes

Humanitarians make the world more livable. Many of these heroes risk their lives to protect refugees and victims of crises all over the world. Firefighters putting out forest flames, rescue workers delivering food in floods and earthquakes, doctors delivering babies in the middle of a war, or health workers going out on a limb...

CSR: Mira-Bhayandar residents use innovation to protect stray animals

Independence Day 2020 was a celebration of freedom not only for human citizens but also for stray dogs and puppies on the streets of the Mira Road-Bhayandar area in Maharashtra. Mira-Bhayandar residents who are volunteering with the NGO People with Paws and Wings took to the streets for a citizen social responsibility (CSR) drive. Mira-Bhayandar...
csr in rural development

Top Indian Companies Funding CSR in Rural Development

The soul of India lives in its villages. Corporate social responsibility is actively engaged in giving wings to this soul by funding rural development in a structured manner. CSR in rural development Numerous long-running CSR programmes, from HDFC Bank's Holistic Rural Development Programme to ITC's Mission Sunehra Kal are making progress in sustainable rural development. These companies...
ganga river dolphin

CSR: New 10-year Plan to Save Ganga River Dolphins

PM Modi turned his attention to an aquatic species on Independence Day 2020. He launched Project Gangetic Dolphin on 15th August, a 10-year government scheme to protect and increase the numbers of the endangered species. Needless to say, environmentalists are thrilled. It was 11 years ago that the Ganga River Dolphin was declared the...

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