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Top CSR Projects in Karnataka

Karnataka is among the top spenders for CSR funds. As per data from National CSR portal, Karnataka holds the 3rd rank in terms of the top 10 states getting CSR expenditure in India. In the financial year 2020-21, the total CSR expenditure in Karnataka has been Rs 1205.23 crores, with a total of 1936 companies investing in 31 districts of the state under 10 different sectors.

Top 3 districts

The top 3 districts to get CSR benefits in Karnataka are respectively Bangalore Urban (amount spent towards CSR 75.48 cr), Dakshina Kannada (44.29 cr) and Ramanagara (33.25 cr). Dharwad, Mysore, Bangalore rural, Bellary, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Chitradurga feature among the rest of the top 10 districts enjoying CSR benefits in the state.

Top 3 sectors

The top 3 sectors in which most of the CSR activities have been performed in the state are
• Education, Differently Abled, Livelihood (CSR spent 516.04 cr)
• Health, Eradicating Hunger, Poverty and Malnutrition, Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation (CSR spent 398.69 cr)
• Environment, Animal Welfare, Conservation of Resources (CSR spent 142.8 cr)

Top 3 companies

The top three companies spending for CSR in Karnataka in FY 2020-21 are respectively
1. Infosys Limited (153.68 cr)
2. Wipro Limited (52.4 cr)
3. Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (23.12 cr)

Infosys Limited

Infosys is the flagship company of India’s mighty ITES (Information Technology Enabled Services) sector. Along with sustained financial performance, the company was an early adopter of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
Infosys addresses some of India’s most pressing development challenges in the areas of Education, Rural Development, Gender Equality & Women Empowerment, Environment Sustainability, Preserving National Heritage & Culture, Hunger, Poverty, Malnutrition and Health. Infosys Foundation has been spending on development projects through its CSR initiatives before it became mandatory for companies in India to spend 2% of their net profits on Corporate Social Responsibility Activities.
The total amount spent by the company on CSR for the FY 2020-21, is Rs 361.82 cr. Out of this, 153.68 cr has been spent in Karnataka alone, as per data from the National CSR portal.
Highest spender in CSR projects in the state, the company has spent in CSR projects under various sectors like Healthcare, Livelihood Enhancement Projects, Animal Welfare, Education, Art and Culture, Special Education, Vocational Skills and Safe Drinking Water.
Some of their top CSR projects in Karnataka in the FY 2020-21, are:
• Infosys has spent towards construction of a school building at the Chethana Residential School in Dakshina Kannada district
• They have constructed roads at Mudipu in Dakshina Kannada district
• A 300 girl students hostel has been constructed at the Indian Institute Of Information Technology in Dharwad district
• An animal-friendly enclosure for gorillas has been built at Sri Chamarajendr
• A new state-of-the-art museum has been built
• The company has built a a high school building at the Ramakrishna Mission Shivanahalli
• Encouraging smoke-free kitchen through installation of biogas units and promoting organic farming
• A 300-Bed hospital block has been built at the Sri Jayadeva Institute Of Cardiovascular Sciences
• Spent towards training and research to help cybercrime investigations
• A skill development training centre has been made for The Indian Red Cross Society
• Promoting digital learning by distributing computers and laptops to under privileged students
• The company has constructed a multi-purpose hall for the purpose of vocational skills training
• They have also built a 100-Bed maternal and child care hospital in Ramanagara district
• They have spent towards clean drinking water project in villages of Ramanagara district

Wipro Limited

Wipro Limited is a leading technology services and consulting company. While the main focus areas of Wipro corporate social responsibility are Education, Ecology, Primary Health Care and Disaster Response, the CSR activities of Wipro projects span various sub-categories including Urban Ecology, Access and Inclusion in Education to public spaces.
Wipro’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy mentions, “At Wipro, we think that it is critical to engage with the social and ecological challenges that face humanity. It is our conviction that the engagement with social issues must be deep, meaningful and formed on the bedrock of long term commitment; for that is the only way by which real change can happen on the ground. We run our social programs on a strong foundation of ethical principles, good governance and sound management.”
The total amount spent by the company on CSR for the FY 2020-21, is Rs 246.99 cr. Out of this, 52.4 cr has been spent in Karnataka alone, as per data from the National CSR portal.
Second highest spender in CSR projects in the state, Wipro has spent in CSR projects under various sectors like Art and Culture, Education, Environmental Sustainability and Healthcare among others.
Some of their top CSR projects in Karnataka in the FY 2020-21, are:
• Spending towards protection of national heritage, art and culture including restoration of buildings, sites of historical importance and artworks
• The company encourages education, including special education and employment enhancing vocation skills
• They have also been ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna and animal welfare.
• Wipro’s rainwater harvesting project near Devanahalli (in Bengaluru Rural district) is supporting more than 1000 children in government schools.
• Wipro’s Santoor Scholarship Programme launched in 2016 offers scholarships annually to girl students to support their higher education. Students are selected especially from backward districts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. As many as 900 female students from low-income backgrounds get access to this scholarship annually for a degree in science, arts and humanities.

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals limited

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, a subsidiary of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, is a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. MRPL is located near Mangaluru city, in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka.
MRPL’s social welfare and community development initiatives majorly focus on education, health care and sanitation, and development of basic infrastructure in and around its operational area within Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.
The total amount spent by the company on CSR for the FY 2020-21, is Rs 25.13 cr. Out of this, 23.12 cr has been spent in Karnataka alone, as per data from the National CSR portal.
Being the third highest spender towards CSR projects in the state, the company has spent in CSR projects under various sectors like Education, Art and Culture, Rural Development, Healthcare, Livelihood Enhancement Projects, Sanitation, Safe Drinking Water, Socio-Economic Inequalities, Vocational Skills and Animal Welfare among others.
Some of their top CSR projects in Karnataka in the FY 2020-21, are:
• Construction of a community hall in Huvina Hadagali, Bellary
• Construction of an uditorium for Government High School, Katipalla 5th Block, Krishnapura
• Construction of a classroom building and science laboratory at Govt. Junior College, Chikkamagaluru.
• Building an indoor stadium At Gonikoppal High School Ground, Dakshina Kannada district
• Building Model Anganwadi Building in three locations in Dakshina Kannada district
• Providing for 55 toilets for government schools In Belthangady Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district
• Building an OPD Block for primary health in Dakshina Kannada district
• Contribution to local Covid-19 fund
• Medical equipments for Moodabidri Samudya
• Construction Of Ranga Mandira and gymnasium building for Kodikal Mogaveera Mahasabha, Kodikal, Mangal
• Installation of solar street lights in Bala Grama Panchayat
• Support for construction of community hall by Dakshina Kannada Mogaveera Mahajana Sangha in Uchi
• Infrastructural Development for SC/ST Community
• Gouswarga – construction of research center on cow breeding and products at Siddapura, Uttara Kannad

Other companies spending towards CSR in Karnataka

Prestige Estates Projects Limited, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Titan Company Limited, Tyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Karnataka State Minerals Corporation Limited, Mphasis Limited and Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited feature among the rest of the top 10 companies spending towards CSR in the state.