The Summit will largely cater to companies by providing a platform for sharing and exchange of knowledge and information. Policy makers will be invited to share their perspective and take part in the discussions. Representatives from key institutions, Social enterprises and NGOs will also be invited.
The objectives of the Summit will be as follows:
- Create a knowledge platform at a national level by bringing together corporate representatives, policy makers, civil society, academics, development agencies and media to discuss and debate on approaches and strategies both conventional and new.
- Discuss new trends, ideas and approaches in the CSR sector and how it is being perceived by India Inc.
- Sharing of experiences by companies on re-thinking CSR to achieve scale and impact, given the flood of new offerings, models, ideas and innovations.
The Session Themes will be as follows:
I Scorecard CSR - The Jury is Out
Given the developments in the CSR landscape, especially in the last 3 years, the resulting perception on India Inc.’s CSR performance has also evolved. It has also been varied with companies being viewed from the lens of being creators of robust and comprehensive programs following Gandhi’s principle of ‘Trusteeship’ versus CSR as a branding exercise for companies. Also over the last few years, CSR has been viewed as an instrument of partnership with Government for meeting national development goals and priorities, while on the other hand companies are being also pulled into the ‘development agenda’ of local parties and administration.
Spotlight: How has CSR perception changed over the last few years. CSR from the eyes of media, civil society and Government.
II Triple Jump: Technology, Scale, Impact – The new buzz around CSR
With CSR continuing to gain traction, we are witnessing some big trends across industry - ever-increasing presence of technology; focus on measuring impact; and companies aspiring for scale. With boom in usage of smart devices & applications to deliver data, communicate, exchange information & knowledge, technology has become a powerful new way to drive solutions that truly solve some of the biggest social and environmental issues around the globe. Also in the recent few years, we are seeing companies looking beyond ‘pilots’ or ‘demonstration projects’ to select and support proven concepts and initiatives that provide scale. Scale has become the deal- maker & breaker in the CSR decision table. At the same time, with reporting being made mandatory and companies now putting serious amount of resources and funds, corporate India is focusing on measuring the change they have created.
Spotlight: Experiences of companies; initiatives that leveraged technology; how important impact is vis-à-vis approach; is scale an over-valued concept
III Dribble : Traditional vs Unconventional - Areas and Approach
CSR is evolving. While Education and Health remain the sought after sectors for CSR interventions, there is an emerging breed of CSR that is supporting and experimenting with unconventional approaches. Also geography-wise, while the more industrialised states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, continue to be among the top three states to receive CSR participation from companies, there has been a jump of companies (from 67 to 111 between FY 15 and 16) investing in North-eastern states.
Spotlight: How do companies decide on their choices; what are the factors that become the pivots of boardroom decisions; what fuels companies to step into unchartered territories; unconventional areas and experimental partnerships which has or can create impactful CSR.
IV DIY Vs Grandmasters: Parallel Worlds?
The last few years have seen a spurt in establishment of corporate foundations. As per a study in 2015 of the 300 top-listed companies, 142 companies had set-up 153 foundation. Most of the foundations were established post liberalization – almost 100 out of the 153.  While Corporate Foundations reflect the social commitment of companies, the fact also can’t be ignored that the country houses 31 lakh NGOs (as per CBI affidavit 2015). NGOs traditionally have been driving development within the country and have become the touch-points and voice of community and carry years of experience and expertise in delivering solutions to societal issues.
Spotlight: Corporate Foundations or NGOs - duplication or supplementing development; issues faced by both NGOs and Corporate Foundation in terms of outreach, operations and funds.
V CSR: ‘Playing to Win’ or ‘Good to Do’
Inclusive growth is the key to development. The 2 percent legislation had companies ear-marking a part of net-profits towards societal development. For many companies this comprises a large amount of funds to be disbursed for development. Many such companies are closely involved and align initiatives with the business objectives, focus on strategic choices, evaluate ROIs of the initiatives.
There is the other school of thought that believes CSR is a way of giving back to society as is the right thing to do irrespective of alignment with business goals.
Spotlight : Principles of business looking at CSR; What drives CSR choices?; How is success in social investment defined ?; How today’s companies’ look at CSR and how it should be perceived.
VI Champions’ League : How do you Think BIG, a conversation with leaders
The last few years witnessed launch of some very large scale programs in the history of corporate engagement. The scale has been national, the impact envisaged multi-fold. The programs are high value social investments; at times to support & augment national missions & programs; include multiple partnership engagements; rolling-out large resources and operational teams to deliver it on-ground.
Spotlight: What triggers the decision; what are the goals and measures for success; how important are exit plans and sustainability; managing expectations of stakeholders, particularly communities.
 CII CSR Tracker 2016
 Study on Corporate Foundations: An Emerging Development Paradigm? – Prakruthi Publication