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Rising to Corporate Renewable Responsibility

India’s renewable energy sector has been ranked third in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) with US and China at first and second place respectively. The so-called emerging markets now represent half the countries in the 40-strong index, including four African markets featuring in the top 30. Only a decade ago, China and...

Proactive Rather Than Reactive CSR Efforts Needed

On 30 April, Etihad Airways announced that it will forego the traditional water cannon salute for the maiden flight of its Airbus A380 to Mumbai on 1 May. Provided by airports to mark the arrival of a first flight, Etihad took the decision to do away with it because of the drought in Maharashtra. Taxi...

175 Countries Sign The Paris Agreement On Earth Day

The historic agreement on climate change marked a major milestone on Friday with a record 175 countries, including India, signing on to it on opening day. But world leaders made clear more action is needed, and quickly, to fight a relentless rise in global temperatures. With the planet heating up to record levels, sea levels...

Everybody Wants A Slice Of The (tiny) CSR Pie

On 1 April, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Rules complete two years of existence. The two years have been a learning curve for all stakeholders. They have also seen an ever-increasing number of claims being made to funds available under the head. Given the level of interest, one would think that the corpus available under...

Taking Swachh Bharat A Step Ahead

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan seeks to promote a culture of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation. Eager to gain momentum, the Centre is considering a proposal to ask private companies and PSUs to spend around 25- 30% of CSR funds on the cleanliness programme. It expects to garner close to Rs 2 lakh crore...

How Agriculture May Miss Out On CSR Funds

A recent news report based on income of Indian farmers will shock you with its startling figures. These figures can negatively affect the CSR funding towards the plight of poor Indian farmers. In a written RTI reply to News Nation, in 2011-12 nearly 6.50 lakh farmers earned Rs 2 thousand lakh crore (approx) which was...

Celebrate Colours With A Change

Holi is all about colours and water. But with the nation facing severe dearth of water, citizens are ensuring that water is not wasted by playing Holi and still keeping the spirit of the festival intact. It is good to see common citizens taking the charge on themselves and ensuring they don’t add to the...

This World Water Day, Vow To Conserve Water

While Holi is just a couple of days away and everyone is planning to celebrate it, take some time out to think about the World Water Day too. United Nations designated March 22 as ‘World Water Day’ since 1993 with an aim to raise awareness about importance of water and various issues around it. Each...

Baksa to be the first Smart Village of Northeast India

Mushalpur, Jan 25: A nondescript insurgency afflicted village in the foothills of Bhutan in Baksa district has emerged as the first 'Smart Village' of the Northeast. Life at Barsimlaguri, about 18 kilometer north of Nalbari town, has changed a lot ever since the implementation of a corporate social responsibility (wp) initiative that set to naught...

Illuminating Lives

Philip Earis, a Physicist from UK is the man behind Project-light. His  mission is to help the marginalized section get access to basic light through solar electricity. Philip’s job involves networking and working with new scientific researchers. This has helped him connect with scientists all over the world especially in alternative energy. India was...

Skill training center set up for children

Avashya Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Allcargo Logistics set up a skill development center to train under-served citizens especially the children of farmers who have committed suicide due to drought in the region. The foundation recently also launched an environment conservation program ‘Maitree, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (wp) activity. The skill development...

Cairn’s New Year Gift Of Light For Barmer Village

UNTIL recently, Malaram, 80, had to walk up to a nearby store and spend Rs. 20 to charge his mobile phone. His village- Meghwalon ki Dhani, is situated at the border of Barmer district, in middle of the Thar Desert, Rajasthan. The village with a population of around 600 people, had no access to...

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