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National CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
HighLights
 
  • “Corporate sector and civil society organisations need to focus on the community as an important stakeholder in the development dialogue”
  • “CSR should not be about palliating industry’s conscience, but about activating it”
  • CII CSR CSO bridge highlights projects of grassroots NGO’s; Handbook on CSR released 
  • “Inclusiveness is an important goal in the growth story. The Planning Commission has created a nodal window for receiving suggestions from grass roots NGOs and Civil Society so that ideas are received from the people most impacted by the decisions taken. This will help in bringing in creative and relevant ideas for catalyzing change. ” said Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed,  Member  Planning Commission, Government of India at the 3rd  CSR-CSO Bridge organized by CII  in partnership with the National Foundation for Corporate Governance with the World Bank as an institutional partner, in New Delhi on 2 and 3 December 2013.
  • Dr Hameed congratulated CII for this initiative and for creating a platform that could enable the ingenuity of the corporate sector and the strengths of Civil Society organisations to reach pockets of the greatest deprivation.
     
  • Mr Onno Ruhl, Country Director India, The World Bank pointed out that the estimated Rs 20,000 crore that would become available to the country as a result of the 2% CSR contribution  from the corporate sector would place India in a unique position and enable it significantly to impact the gaps that exist in areas such as Education, Health Care, Nutrition and Gender. ´
     
  • Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Chairman, CII Development Initiatives Council and Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises reiterated CII’s continuing agenda to make India’s growth story more inclusive in consonance with India’s growing economic strength.  While the growing number of millionaires as also the growth in the size of the middle class was a matter of satisfaction, we need to urgently address  the problems of poverty, the low levels of literacy, sanitation, health, and regional and sectoral imbalances, he said.
     
  • Mr Pradeep Bhargava, Chairman, CII Industry-Civil Society Interface Committee and Director, Cummins Generator Technologies said that “Inclusive growth means that we should shed our exclusivity”, i.e the strengths of the CSOs at the grassroots level and the focus and delivery of corporates could very effectively complement the goals of Government.  He also spoke of CII’s new Industry Civil Society Interface Committee that had been set up to facilitate dialogue between the stakeholders.
  • Mr Vijay Mahajan, Co-Chairman, CII Industry-Civil Society Interface Committee and Founder and Chief Executive Officer BASIX Social Enterprise Group spoke on the need for negative feedback for improving the functioning of any system.  This is particularly important when stakeholders with diverse strengths work together. He opined that CSOs can play an important role in this,
     
  • After the Inaugural session, two important documents, a handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility in India,  as also a catalogue of Development Projects by grassroots NGOs which had undergone due diligence were released.  A  CSO Haat which showcased the strengths of NGOs was inaugurated.  This  provided corporates an opportunity to interact with  NGOs.
     
  • During the conference, Mr Salil  Singhal, Chairman & Managing Director, PI Industries Ltd, said that  today’s advanced communication networks  enable people in the most deprived sectors to become aware of the progress that has taken place in other areas. This means that their needs must be addressed with speed. Ms Yashashree Gurjar, CEO, Avantha Foundation said that Partnerships between corporates and NGOs lead to valuable cross learnings.  Ms Chhavi Rajavat, Sarpanch, Soda village, Rajasthan emphasized that the problems regarding the disbursal of funds and of the mis -match between the policy, and the needs of the grass roots, needed to be addressed with urgency. She said Corporate sector and civil society organisations need to focus on the community as an important stakeholder in the developmental dialogue.  Ms Poonam Natarajan, Chairperson, National Trust and Chairperson, Credibility Alliance made a stirring appeal to include the concerns of the disabled under CSR programmes, Dr Shabnam Sinha, Senior Education and Institutional Development Specialist, The World Bank, stressed on the need for building the capacity of NGOs to build their professional skills to enable them to carry out their fiduciary responsibility while implementing projects. . Mr Ravichandar, Chairman, Feedback Consulting pointed out the need to cross-pollinate their expertise, the need for CSOs to communicate well and position themselves as ‘not for loss’ instead of ‘not for profit’.
     
  • Eminent thinker and administrator, Mr Gopalikrishna Gandhi, while delivering the valedictory address said that the new Companies Act, while personifying the integrated aspirations of various stakeholders, has some inherent and eloquent anamolies. The act in its Clause 135 on CSR , necessitates companies to spend 2% of profits on CSR vis-a vis article 293 A 1A, which has created a provision for corporate contribution to political parties upto 5% of their profits.
  • Mr Gandhi also said CSR should not be about palliating industry’s conscience, but about activating it.
     
  • The CSR-CSO Bridge saw six leading companies presenting their CSR plans and NGOs presenting projects eligible for implementation.
  • Through the programme, eminent speakers representing the Industry, Civil Society and Government, participated in the third edition of this unique platform, the CSR-CSO Bridge, which aims to channelize the capacities of change makers: individuals and organizations, by integrating them with the CSR aspiration of corporates, for attaining the goal of inclusive and sustainable development through collaborative arrangement.
 
Description

The CSR – CSO Bridge organised on 2-3 December, 2013 at New Delhi in partnership with NFCG and the World Bank as the Institutional Partner, has been held against the backdrop of the recently passed Companies Bill, which necessitates the provision of 2 percent spend on CSR, is a defining moment which will catalyze and strengthen corporate engagement in societal  development. It is a  time when many companies are strengthening their partner base for implementing their CSR aspirations. On the other hand, the voluntary sector, direct representatives of communities, are also increasingly reaching out to the corporate sector, to support their interventions and programs on a sustainable basis. 

 

It is, therefore the right time for both the sectors to enter into collaborative arrangement and develop partnerships that will be critical for achieving the development goals of the country. However, there is a growing need for interventions to catalyze such connects and develop institutionalized mechanisms for sustaining and strengthening such initiatives.

 

The CSR-CSO Bridge 2013 was a two day event  which an endeavored  to facilitate the  way stakeholders approach working together towards the common goal of creating large partnerships in future.

 

The programme comprised of Conference: Moving the Growth Story Forward through Inclusive Partnerships, which will bring together thought leaders from the Government, Industry and Voluntary sectors for identifying strategies, policy interventions and other mechanisms for strengthening such connectivities.

 

The CSR-CSO Bridge additionally included a ‘CSO Haat’ - an exposition wherein NGOs, displayed a shelf of projects for Corporates’ participation and support as per their CSR strategies.

Knowledge Resources
You will get access to following Knowledge Resources by subscribing to the Digital Library of this event.
 
“Corporate sector and civil society organisations need to focus on the community as an important stakeholder in the development dialogue”
Handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility in India
Mr Pradeep Bhargava, Director, Cummins Generator Technologies at the Inaugural address of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Mr Vijay Mahajan, Founder and CEO, BASIX Social Enterprise Group at the Inaugural address of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman and MD, Bharti Enterprises at the Inaugural address of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Mr Onno Ruhl, Country Director-India, The World Bank at the Inaugural address of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Release of Handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility in India at the Inaugural address of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Release of Catalogue of Development project by grassroot NGOs at the Inaugural address of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India at the Inaugural address of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman & MD, PI Industries Ltd on “Identifying Partners for Development: Need, Approach and Challenges”
Ms Yashashree Gurjar, CEO, Avantha Foundation on “Identifying Partners for Development: Need, Approach and Challenges”
Ms Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch, Soda Village, Rajasthan on “Identifying Partners for Development: Need, Approach and Challenges”
Ms Poonam Natarajan, Chairperson, National Trust and Chairperson, Credibility Alliance on “Identifying Partners for Development: Need, Approach and Challenges”
Dr Shabnam Sinha, Senior Education and Institutional Development Specialist, The World Bank on “Identifying Partners for Development: Need, Approach and Challenges”
An open house discussion on “Identifying Partners for Development: Need, Approach and Challenges”
Mr Salil Singhal, Chairman and MD, PI Industries Ltd on “Identifying Partners for Development: Need, Approach and Challenges”
Mr V Ravichandar, Chairman, Feedback Consulting on “Bridging the Needs - Corporate & NGOs Speak on CSR Requirements and NDO Projects eligible for Implementation”
CSR-CSO- Bridging the Needs by Ms Yasmin Riaz, Deputy National Director, Fund Development and Communications, SOS Children’s Villages of India
Bridging the Needs by Ms Ambika Khurana, Director-Corporate Affairs, HCL Infosystems Ltd
Integrated Livelihoods in Urban Slums by Ms Keren Nazareth, Executive Director, Saath Charitable Trust
A Presentation by Mr Ashok Chakravorty, AGM-CSR, NTPC Ltd
Scaling Cookstove Innovation-Through Partnership by Mr Ravi Kumar, Head-Business Development, Envirofit India
Dharti Ko Arpan Nature and Bio-diversity Conservation by Ms Alka Talwar, Head-CSR, Tata Chemicals Ltd
An open house discussion on “Bridging the Needs - Corporate & NGOs Speak on CSR Requirements and NDO Projects eligible for Implementation”
Mr V Ravichandar, Chairman, Feedback Consulting on “Bridging the Needs - Corporate & NGOs Speak on CSR Requirements and NDO Projects eligible for Implementation”
Mr Vijay Mahajan, Founder & CEO, BASIX Social Enterprise Group on “Partnership Case Studies: Factoring Success”
Health and Livelihood Project: Essilor with B-ABLE in Hapur, UP by Mr Abhishek Gupta, COO, B-ABLE Ltd
Public Private Community Partnership in Natural Resource Management by Mr Giresh Mohan, Regional Manager (North), ITC Ltd
Mr John Blomquist, Lead Economist-Human Development, South Asia Region, The world Bank on “Partnership Case Studies: Factoring Success”
An open house discussion on “Partnership Case Studies: Factoring Success”
Mr Vijay Mahajan, Founder and CEO, BASIX Social Enterprise Group on “Partnership Case Studies: Factoring Success”
Ms Seema Bansal, Head-Social Impact Practice, BCG India on “Bridging the Needs - Corporate & NGOs Speak on CSR Requirements and NDO Projects eligible for Implementation”
Let’s bring change!, Let’s make change possible! by Mr Vinod Pandey, Officer-Advocacy & Projects, Caritas India
Bridging the Needs by Dr Neelam Gupta, President & CEO, AROH Foundation
CSR and Sustainability Program by Ms Pooja Grover Bhatnagar, Dy. Personnel Manager, PEC Ltd
Bridging the Need Addressing the Gaps in Primary Education by Mr Snorre Westgaard, Executive Director, Humana People to People India
Bridging the Needs by Mr Raghunath Mahapatra, VP, Strategy, Welspun Energy
An open house discussion on “Bridging the Needs - Corporate & NGOs Speak on CSR Requirements and NDO Projects eligible for Implementation”
Ms Seema Bansal, Head-Social Impact Practice, BCG India on “Bridging the Needs - Corporate & NGOs Speak on CSR Requirements and NDO Projects eligible for Implementation”
Mr Vijay Mahajan, Founder and CEO, BASIX Social Enterprise Group at the Valedictory Session of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies a& Chairman, Kalakshetra Foundation at the Valedictory Session of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
Mr Pradeep Bhargava, Director, Cummins Generator Technologies at the Valedictory Session of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
An open house discussion at the Valedictory Session of the CSR-CSO Bridge 2013
 
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