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Responsible business rankings

CSR Top 10: Responsible Business Rankings 2018

Companies undertake many types of responsible business activities. It is difficult to comprehend easily the breadth and scope of their work. A new study uses a measure called the Spread, which is indicative of how broad-based the responsible business activities of a company are and is a combined score of the four criteria: Disclosure,...
water management

2018 Review of CSR Projects in Water Management

The National Water Mission targets to reduce water consumption by 20% in all sectors by 2030. To achieve this, many policy level initiatives have been taken and higher allocations were made to water based projects in 2017-18 budget. Some policy changes are: Mandate of zero liquid discharge system for some industries, Issuance of the “green...
plastic waste

2018 recap of CSR projects to manage plastic waste in India

Waste is a big environmental challenge, for companies across the board. Leading Indian companies recognise waste management as a key issue. Plastic is used in various sectors such as building & construction, consumer products (such as furniture, housewares, automobiles, electronics, etc.), industrial goods (such as machines) and packaging. Packaging forms the lion share in plastic...
Arshan Vakil

Digital learning has great potential in govt. schools: Arshan Vakil, Founder and CEO, Kings Learning

Being proficient in the English language is an advantage, often unfair, in India. Not being fluent in it could mean losing out on the job you’re qualified for. One social enterprise is trying to reduce the gap. Focusing mainly on students and blue-collared workers who are at the bottom of the pyramid, Kings Learning...
solar dryers for fish

CSR: Food wastage in India, two solutions

Food waste refers to the removal of food from the overall supply that is fit for consumption, or which has been spoiled or expired. India being one of the biggest culprits in food wastage, despite a malnourished population, here are two suggestions for positive action towards food wastage in India. Solar dryers for fish When fisherfolk...
Sébastien Hug, CEO, swissnex India

India could possibly overachieve its Paris Agreement goals: Sébastien Hug, CEO and Consul General, swissnex India

By 2030, India plans to generate 40% of its total energy requirement through renewable energy sources. “The Government of India has planned to increase its renewable energy capacity target to 225 GW by 2022, much ahead of its initial target of 175 GW. Overall, up to 8.5 GW of renewable energy capacity is expected...
Denzil Keelor

Equitable distribution of CSR is in question: Air Marshal Denzil Keelor, Founder Trustee and CEO, Special Olympics Bharat

“It has been established that through sports, people can reduce degree of disability by up to 25%. “People with disabilities have a large degree of normalcy in them and 80% of them are capable of participating in sports,” says Air Marshal Denzil Keelor, the founder Trustee and CEO of Special Olympics Bharat. Special Olympics Bharat...
CISCO partner Anudip

CSR project trained 85,000 women and youth to build careers in tech

Unemployment remains high, particularly among educated rural youth, approximately 100 million of whom are jobless or underemployed, meaning they are overqualified for the positions they hold. Buddhadev Mondal was one of these youth. Growing up in the state of West Bengal as the son of a tea-stall owner, Mondal had big plans. “I always dreamt...
CSR and millennials

CSR is critical, especially among millennials in the US

In today's tight labour market – where there is currently less than one unemployed person for each job opening – CSR is critical, especially among millennials who by 2025 will make up 75% of the workforce. These employees hope to improve the world through compassion, innovation and sustainability, with their professional lives integrated into...
Mahindra Igatpuri Plant

CSR: India’s first Carbon Neutral manufacturing plant in Igatpuri

While the international COP24 conference continues, there is another piece of good news on climate change action from a corporate house in India. The Mahindra Group took a big step forward in its commitment to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2040, with its Igatpuri manufacturing plant recently becoming India’s first Carbon Neutral manufacturing facility. This was...
Ben and Jerrys Millennials

CSR: Sustainability as we knew it is over

Sustainability among brands is undergoing a renaissance as eco-conscious consumers demand ethical practices, responsible behaviour and innovation to cut excess. In response, brands are creating products, services, packaging, and new systems that are as desirable and functional as they are eco-friendly. Make way for the New Sustainability. Late in 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on...
Heat action plan by Ahmedabad

CSR: How Ahmedabad Became South Asia’s Leader In Global Cooling With Heat Action Plan

Based on current trends in carbon emissions, by the end of this century three-quarters of humanity will face deadly heat with significant losses in economic productivity. Densely populated regions in the Persian Gulf, Bangladesh, and northeast India may become so hot and humid that they surpass limits on human survivability in absence of heat...
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