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It’s time for CSR to invest in justice

We received good news recently that India had climbed 23 points to the 77th rank (out of 185 countries ranked) in the Ease of Doing Business index. The World Bank ranking however, only looks at issues related to corporate experience with government regulations—such as ease or difficulty in starting a business, obtaining a construction permit, getting...

Aligning Corporate Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility

The evolution of theoretical thought on CSR can be viewed through three stages: philanthropy, evolution from philanthropy to value creation and shared value. The latest view of creating shared value can be regarded as the integration of CSR into corporate strategy. By conceptualizing CSR as a source of competitive advantage, Michael E. Porter and...
save girl child

Celebrating the girl child, everyday!

In a country where females constitute over 48.18% of the total population, equal opportunities is the topic of discussion amongst various conversation groups. On the occasion of National Girl Child Day, there is a need to redefine the parameters of equality, education, healthcare and safety of the girl child. National Girl Child Day is...
Odisha women

My Journey to Odisha

After his experiences facilitating healthcare in the villages of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra Dr Anantpal Singh writes about Maharashtra in his series. One of the world’s most spectacular and resounding Hindu spiritual tourism destinations, famous for “The Holy Golden Triangle” is the beautiful state of Odisha. This state is famous for its beauty, serenity, and...
technology

Leveraging Technology For CSR

This is the Social Development space, dude! Don’t you get it, we are driven by passion and sweat and the human touch. The cold tendrils of Technology have no place here. Thus went the reprise when I started working in the Social Development space, not such a long time ago, as a matter of fact....
partnerships

Partnerships that Enable Impact at Scale

“Are you implementing a local / specific solution or are you willing to subsume your approach in a collaborative approach?” “Do we work with governments or do we create a parallel delivery mechanism?” “When do we build a solution ground up and when do we adapt from other similar projects?” “Is your mandate limited by...
biodiversity

The lesser child of CSR

Usually when conversations happen in this country on CSR, it is often seen that the topics being discussed are community development, with programmes like education, health-care, sanitation, livelihood.... and of course, the newer kid on the block, the CSR law. It is interesting how when you expand the acronym, CSR becomes Corporate Social Responsibility,...
Resilience in CSR

Intersection of CSR and business resilience

Most business leaders you speak to would agree that corporate social responsibility is important. Some would rattle off a long list of things they believe their company does -- from saving energy with green buildings to empowering employees with donation matching, fundraisers and volunteer work that helps charities. But is this really enough anymore? In...
Morocco

Morocco’s development model could show India the way

In recent decades, the Kingdom of Morocco has embarked on a path that fully commits the nation to a development and civil course that is at once progressive and strongly connected to its national identity. The Moroccan model for success - with its core ideals of decentralisation, human development, multiculturalism, south-south connectivity, and participatory...

Key regulatory shifts in Indian corporate governance in 2018

The subject of Corporate Governance (CG) started to gain headway in India in the mid 1990s especially after certain unprecedented capital market events in the early 1990s. In general parlance, CG can mean some set of principals by which a company should ideally be directed and controlled. CG has come a long way since, until...

How storytelling can help achieve SDGs

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired in 2015, had little impact in accelerating global development efforts. The slow progress of the MDGs, was in large part due to low awareness amongst the general public on what the goals meant and what action needed to be taken. Effective communication, hence, will be a critical...

My journey to the interiors of Maharashtra

After his experiences facilitating healthcare in the villages of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Dr Anantpal Singh writes about Maharashtra in his series. Maharashtra is India’s second-most populous state and third-largest state by area. It is one of the few states which gave a very hard time to the Mughal invaders. It was always an important...

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