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Funding tech incubators can qualify as CSR spend

India Inc looking to lend a helping hand to the startup ecosystem will soon be able to use its corporate social responsibility corpus for the same. The government panel on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is likely to suggest tweaks to the CSR framework to allow funding to all incubators to be counted towards CSR spend, a government official privy to the...
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2019 elections: Happiness and voting behaviour

By George Ward, Massachusetts Institute of Technology For a long time, the main measure of government success has been GDP. Despite movements in the direction of going beyond such macroeconomic indicators, this is undoubtedly still the case for most if not all countries. One perfectly good reason for this focus is the extensive evidence that governments...
Agriculture in India

CSR: Government Initiatives to Bring Sustainability in India’s Agriculture

India is predominantly an agrarian country. Agriculture employs almost half of the country’s workforce. It is also responsible for providing livelihood to the majority of the country’s population. However, with the growing demand for food, the agriculture sector of the country is caught between providing food at affordable prices and generating the necessary income...
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What prevents forging collaborations in CSR?

Companies, implementing agencies and CSR practitioners have their own share of learnings from the past five years since the CSR clause within the Companies Act, 2013 came into effect. Enhancing Human Development Indices needs concerted efforts by all parties involved, including the government. No one can ignore the government’s role in public welfare. No other...
FSSAI Mandate for Food Brands

FSSAI Mandates Brands To Stop Using Misleading Words in Advertising Food Products

Pure, organic, fresh, natural, authentic are some of the words that the FMCG industry commonly use to describe their products. These words which play a huge role in misleading the customers have found a permanent place in the marketing campaigns of these products. Not only are these words untrue, but are also deceiving to...

How political interference is killing CSR in India

Rubina Akbar has given birth to 17 children. That’s high even in her village, where mothers average eight children. But here, in a rural district less than 100 kilometres from India’s national capital of Delhi, the likelihood of dying early remains stubbornly high. The infant mortality rate in Mewat district is 117 per 1,000 births,...
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Govt. bid to monitor and decrypt information is an assault on privacy: FSMI

Free Software Movement of India condemns the Ministry of Home Affairs notification issued on December 20, permitting 10 security agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt information "generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource". Under this notification, which seems to involve an expansion in the power of the authorities concerned, not only communication but...
CSR in water

World Water Day: CSR interventions in India

It is World Water Day today. Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water. The theme...
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NITI Aayog’s ‘unsustainable’ index

The SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) India Index: Baseline Report was placed in the public domain last December by NITI Aayog. By way of a background, since January 1, 2016, the UN set out 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets before 193 countries as an agenda for the next 15 years. The UN’s SDGs...
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Food Wastage At Social Functions: Delhi Government Drafts Policy

The Delhi government has drafted a policy to keep a check on the food wastage at social functions in the national capital. All organisers and caterers will have to register themselves with NGOs to manage the surplus and leftover food for distribution among the underprivileged, says the draft policy. "The caterer should make proper arrangements...
renewable energy

Accelerating India’s Transition to Renewable Energy

India’s renewables story thus far has been a huge success. No country of India’s size and low income per capita has done so much to bring the costs of renewables down, or position itself to leapfrog into a cleaner electricity system so early in its development pathway. India’s renewable policy 1.0, initiated notably with the...
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Indian government releases guidelines on responsible business conduct

Ministry of Corporate Affairs has revised the National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business, 2011 (NVGs) and formulated the National Guidelines on Responsible Business Conduct (NGRBC). These guidelines urge businesses to actualise the principles in letter and spirit. These principles are: 1. Businesses should conduct and govern themselves with integrity in a manner that...

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