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Using AI-powered drones to catch poachers

The United Nations estimates that illegal wildlife trade worldwide could be worth $8 billion to $10 billion annually. The value of the ivory trade alone contributes about $1 billion. For now, foot patrols and drone-based surveillance have not been effective at preventing poaching, and these efforts are labour-intensive and under resourced. One AI-based solution has...
Pulwama attack martyr

Pulwama attack: What is corporate India doing?

40 Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) jawans were killed in the biggest terrorist attack in decades on the armed forces in Kashmir last Thursday. While the Bollywood and sports world is rising up in support of their families, corporate India is waking up to its social responsibility in the wake of the attacks. Infosys Foundation...
Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar

Pulwama Attack: Bollywood and Sports Stars Give Generously To Martyrs’ Families

The aftermath of the Pulwama attack has united the republic of India like no other event in the past has. Celebrities and sports stars are coming to the aid of the martyrs’ families, and urging their fans to do the same. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, has announced on Twitter that actor...
AI for visually impaired

CSR: How AI could give sight to the blind

Better medical care, nutrition, and other measures can help prevent blindness or ease the suffering of those afflicted by it. Alongside these solutions, AI has the potential to make life easier for the visually impaired by providing navigational assistance via smartphone. Applications Artificial Intelligence’s computer vision capabilities can identify objects and read text, converting handwriting or...

Running became the latest sell for Menstrual Hygiene awareness

After formally-trained Sani Warriors and the Delhi government's Period Fest and Pad Yatra, the realm of Menstrual Hygiene gets more peculiar. At least two 'marathons' believe running is an effective 'tool' for menstrual hygiene awareness: Veera Di Pad-O-Thon and Run4Niine. Last Sunday, over a thousand runners traversed 1-6 kms for the Pad–O–Thon in Mumbai. It ...
Corporates and Sustainable Development Goals

India’s top companies and the SDGs

Since the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have to be implemented by 2030, it requires immense effort not only from the government but also from businesses. The Indian Government is already using SDGs as a roadmap for formulating national policies and regulations. It is incumbent upon corporations to complement these actions. Reporting of SDGs is a...
Disha Skill Sakhis

CSR programmes successfully addressing mobilisation

Mobilisation entails not only getting people to enrol, but also ensuring that the right people, in terms of ability, interests and expectations, participate in programmes. For both companies and NGOs, an inability to mobilise properly results in a failure to meet targets and, more importantly, excludes potential beneficiaries who would be in need of...
Satellite

CSR: Using AI for disaster relief

Natural disasters kill more than 50,000 people and displace tens of millions more each year. The total economic damage amounts to more than $100 billion annually. Populations in less developed countries are hardest hit: in countries with a medium or low human development index, up to six times as many people can be affected by...

CSR: Corporates step up to Climate Change

2018 drew to a close with a hotly-contested ‘Katowice Climate Package’ finalised at COP24 establishing a set of guidelines to make the Paris Agreement operational by 2020. It was also a year that saw extreme weather events cause devastation throughout most of the world as in India with unprecedented flooding in Kerala and hurricanes battering...
Deepa Menon, PVR Ltd.

The Government Should Have A CSR Ministry: Deepa Menon, Senior Vice President (CSR), PVR Ltd.

The ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) established a centralised scrutiny and prosecution mechanism last year for enforcement of corporate social responsibility (CSR) provisions, according to P P Chaudhary, Union Minister of State for the Law and Justice and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Based on inquiry, preliminary notices have been issued to 272 companies. On...
Topher White

CSR: 10 ways to apply AI to social good

Artificial intelligence, while not a silver bullet, could contribute to the multi-pronged efforts to tackle some of the world’s most challenging social problems. Here’s how AI could be applied to 10 social impact domains used by social-sector organizations and CSR committees, according to a report by McKinsey Global Institute. 1. Health and hunger Addressing health and...
food wastage in retail

CSR: Food wastage in retail

The average consumer is not aware of the staggering and depressing extent of food wastage and food loss in retail. If food has not been sold by its best before date, or if it is unsold close to, or past the best before date, retailers can send product back to the processor or manufacturer, and...

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