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Govt and Corporates have to work together to see a better India: Jitendra Kalra, Reliance Foundation

Jitendra Kalra, the Chief Operating Officer of Reliance Foundation heads a 450-member-team wearing a humble smile. Prior to this position he has worked with Indian Civil Services, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Dr Reddy’s Foundation that showed him different dimensions of society. His experience in varied sectors makes him believe that bigger...

We Are Over-regulated and Over-monitored: Sanjay Dutt, MD, India, Cushman & Wakefield

“Besides capital, there has to be expertise and conviction to make a difference”, says Sanjay Dutt, MD, India, Cushman & Wakefield, while in conversation with The CSR Journal. Being in favour of the mandate, he believes it will trigger a thought process to initiate activities and put a sense of responsibility on the inconsistent....

We always had laws, but implementation is the challenge: Paresh Parasnis, CEO, Piramal Foundation

Paresh Parasnis, the CEO of Piramal Foundation, the wp arm of Piramal group believes that the corporate houses should be given time to learn and work in the social sector. Having corporate experience for about three decades in HDFC Standard Life Insurance, Parasnis joined the social sector in 2012. With close to 2000 employees,...

CSR Has Mobilised A Lot of Funding: Jonathan Addleton, Mission Director, USAID/ India

Getting more flexibility, corporates can now carry out CSR activities through non-profit entities and societies set up by governments that do not have three years' track record in undertaking such projects. With the latest amendment to rules pertaining to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), entities would have a wider choice in carrying out such works...

Greed Makes People Do Many Things: Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation (Interview Part 1)

Sudha Murthy is the Chairperson of the 20 years old Infosys Foundation. She talks about how her vision for India is very different from that of Narayana Murthy.  An ardent social worker, Mrs.Murthy says, “Nothing in life should be given free besides mother’s love. In corporate social responsibility, it is not only about the...

The TATA’s Are My Role Model: Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation (Interview Part 2)

The concept of giving to someone who is not your own has just started in India. There is still time till the understanding of ‘my personal good is not important, but my public good is important’ is part of the Indian mentality. Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, in the second part of the conversation...

CSR Should Be Free From The Pressure of Nobility Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan, a populous Bollywood celebrity,  has not only marked her presence in multi lingual films but also as a relentless philanthropist for the society. She campaigns for causes mainly related to education, sanitation, women empowerment and nutrition. In conversation with The CSR Journal, she speaks about how allocated resources need to be used...

Sadly We Have Received No Help From Corporate Houses: Chitra Iyer, COO, My Financial Advisor

Chitra Iyer in conversation with The wp Journal on how a few prevalent and pressing causes need recurring expenditure and does not always receive support. Chitra is a staunch supporter of differently abled children, autism in particular. She elaborates the manner where we need a setup to support and accommodate differently abled children, as...

In conversation with Pearl Tiwari, President (CSR & Sustainability), Ambuja Cements Limited

Pearl Tiwari, , President (wp & Sustainability), Ambuja Cements Limited in an honest conversation with The wp Journal talks about wp at Ambuja Cement Foundation. The foundation has a strength of 130 employees for wp projects at 21 locations in India and another 350 people who work on project basis. Straightforward in her chat,...

We Need To Connect The Dots Amongst Various Initiatives: Dhimant Bhayani, Founder & CEO, iRevo

There is a huge shift in consumer behaviour where applications are being used increasingly, as there is an App for everything these days. Apps when used on small screen devices, lack a PC or big screen TV experience. The iRevo Smart PC device connects to a TV screen to make any TV a PC, with the...

CSR Is Not A Marketing Campaign That Delivers Short-Term Results: Bhasker Sharma, India Giving Manager At Dell

Technology leader, Dell Inc. is well known for its presence in the IT industry. In an interview with The CSR Journal, Bhasker Sharma, India Giving Manager at Dell, shares his views about their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and how CSR is impacting communities and improving lives.  What are the activities undertaken by Dell...

In conversation with Shashi Shetty, Chairman, All Cargo Logistics

Talking to The wp Journal, Mr Shashi Shetty from All Cargo Logistics talks about the role of cleanliness and environment for a better India. He elaborates on the wp activities of the company in varied sectors.

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