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Clean Ganga: Holy river, unholy practices

The Clean Ganga or Namami Gange programme is, as the name suggests, a massive, central government-led initiative for the holiest of all holy rivers in India. One of the flagship programmes of the BJP government (even if it’s a continuation of previous efforts), this ‘integrated conservation mission’ was approved in June 2014 with a...
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CSR in 2019: 10 Judicial Reforms For India

A study carried out by the Ministry of Finance found that it takes, on an average, almost 20 years for a property related dispute to be resolved. By that timeline, it would take 324 years just to clear the present backlog at the current rate of disposal! The huge backlog of pending cases is a...

CSR: Interim Budget 2019 Reactions from Leaders of India Inc.

Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented the interim budget of 2019, last Friday. The middle-class segment of India had a lot of expectations from this budget since it was the last budget before elections. The middle-class segment was surely happy with the tax rebate on an income of 5 lakhs. However, India Inc is...

Budget 2019: Reactions from industry leaders

The CSR Journal got on-the-spot reactions from industry leaders across various sectors immediately after the live budget presentation on February 1, 2019, at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) headquarters. Said Piruz Khambatta, Chairman CII (Western Region) and Chairman & Managing Director, Rasna, “The Budget announcements have largely taken care of the agriculture sector, middle...
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CSR: 5 Point Strategy for Aspirational District Programme

The Aspirational District Programme (ADP) aims to address governance issues by using a combination of approaches: lifting levels of aspirations through a vision and district plan, adequate institutional arrangements, convergence in all stakeholders’ efforts and above all, ranking based public competition among the districts by setting up a real-time monitoring mechanism. Setting off a virtuous...
transforming aspirational districts

CSR: Transforming Aspirational Districts

The Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) was launched on January 5 last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Under phase-1 of ADP, 115 districts were identified based on the level of human development, physical infrastructure, threat of left wing extremism (LWE) and the views of state governments. Over 15% of India’s population lives in these...
World Economic Forum

33 ways Davos 2019 impacted the world

As the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 came to an end on Friday after five days of brainstorming by over 3,000 leaders across hundreds of sessions, the organisers said the event this year made an impact on the world in as many as 33 ways. The WEF listed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of...
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CSR: Companies in India motivating working mothers

A handful of companies in India are doing their bit in retaining and motivating the female workforce during an important phase in the life of a woman: motherhood. It may be the Vahini program, Employee Assistance Programme, Parents at work Programme of Accenture or Stock Parking, Daycare Support Program at Flipkart, Mums at Work...
Responsible Supply Chains in Asia

Asia: EU, ILO begin project to improve corporate social responsibility in Asia

The EU, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have joined hands to launch the 'Responsible Supply Chains in Asia' project. “The project aims to promote responsible supply chains in increasing corporate social responsibility/ responsible business conduct system with regards to decent work, environmental sustainability and respect for...
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10 Year Challenge: CSR then and now

As the 10-Year Challenge, or the 2009 vs. 2019 Challenge sweeps social media, The CSR Journal has its own take on the otherwise superficial trend. We are comparing the state of Corporate Social Responsibility in the country in 2009 vs. 2019. Institutionalizing CSR A decade ago, the most common CSR activity when it came to the...
financial inclusion

CSR: Progress in India on financial inclusion

India has achieved significant progress on the financial inclusion of both women and men over the past six years. The number of bank accounts has more than doubled, and the number of bank accounts held by women has almost tripled. Several initiatives have succeeded by addressing pull and push factors simultaneously, as well as opportunities...
urban forest

CSR: Optimising trees and forests for healthier cities

Traditionally, cities and urban areas were perceived as being in some kind of competition with the hinterland and rural areas. It is now clear that they are all connected. The majority of the world's population now lives in urban areas and even India, a country predominantly viewed as rural, will be overwhelmingly urbanized in another...

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