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Million Jobs Mission

CSR: Collaborative Philanthropy For Creating A Million Jobs

Every year, some 12 million young Indians join the workforce, according to a recent EY study, and 64% of the population is likely to be of working age by 2020-21. That’s at the heart of India’s much-vaunted demographic dividend, which is supposed to propel its GDP—but there is a huge disconnect between job creation...
portfolio approach to philanthropy

CSR: Portfolio Approach To Philanthropy

With the goal of instilling clarity and focus in one’s philanthropy, the first step is to conduct a review of the current philanthropic portfolio. For philanthropists who have already been giving and are looking to steer themselves in a more strategic direction, a portfolio review can help them recognise and learn from inefficiencies and...
e-waste

CSR: What You Can Do With e-waste

Would you believe: The average home has 24 electronic products! Do you ever think about what happens to these gadgets when you are done with them? When you stop using them and are ready to dispose of these products, they are sometimes known as electronic waste, or “e-waste.” Many old electronic goods gather dust in...
corporate sustainability

CSR and Corporate Sustainability

Corporate sustainability is derived from the concept of sustainable development which is defined by the Brundtland Commission as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Corporate sustainability essentially refers to the role that companies can play in meeting the agenda of sustainable...
SMEs

How SMEs Can Contribute To CSR

While the quantum of revenue available for CSR with individual SMEs is expected to be small, all eligible companies in a specific geographical cluster, who single handed as well as collectively impact the same community, can pool their resources to create a sizeable CSR fund. Low involvement CSR is for all companies. SMEs in India have...
Paul Allen

CSR: Paul Allen – Legacy of a Philanthropist

Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul Allen was still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and working to change the future. Through his company Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Allen was working to save endangered species, improve ocean health, tackle contagious diseases, research the human...
skill programmes

CSR: Govt. Moves To Standardise Skill Programmes

About 2.5 crore individuals have been trained under various skill programmes of the government. Out of this, more than 50 lakh have been trained under the ministry's flagship scheme – Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). The scheme has been criticised in the past for its poor track record in placing candidates. The PMKVY dashboard,...
safer workplaces for women

CSR: Safer Workplaces Post #MeToo

As more incidents of sexual harassment in the corporate sphere emerge from #MeToo in India, the discussion on making workplaces safer for women gets bigger. Only when an incident of harassment is reported do more stories come out in a kind of chain effect with everyone suddenly voicing their opinion. Ever wondered why women who...
diversity at work

CSR: Diversity At Work

The work environment is no longer as it used to be. It is no longer easy to hold the simplistic vision that workers are the same as “human resources” or as “labour force”, terms used to dehumanize and clear out any personal characteristic from this environment. The diversity of people, situations, perspectives and expectations, force...
gender sensitivity

CSR: Gender Sensitivity Is Antidote To Sexism

In the wake of the #metoo explosion in India, we explore the sexism debate. Sexism exists in women as well as in men; it has no respect for individual aspirations, potential or abilities. In obvious and subtle ways, it influences the outcomes of a myriad of life situations the world over. The concept of gender...
Art therapy for prisoners

CSR: Prisoners Find Catharsis In Art

Punishment for its own sake is pointless, if it doesn’t transform the mindsets and attitudes of offenders. A prison can become a dangerous breeding ground for criminals, fuelling the very activity it seeks to deter. Incarcerated individuals have little control over their circumstances or future. Years of confinement result in greater loss of self-worth, a...
breast cancer awareness

CSR: Making Cancer Curable

On the occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are turning our gaze to this deadly condition. Cervical cancer and breast cancer are the most common cause of cancer deaths among women in India, but early detection and proper treatment can improve this prognosis and can make cancer curable. A study conducted by E&Y and...
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