Three steps for CSR to succeed

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It’s been a year since Section 135 of the Companies Act and companies have made a considerable effort to impact the many social issues that India faces today. Priya Naik, Samhita’s Founder & CEO, writes an article for LiveMint about what needs to happen next.

An Economic Thinker with a Giving Soul: Priya Naik’s interview for Entrepreneur India


Priya talks to Entrepreneur India about her journey as a woman entrepreneur, the challenges and highlights of her work at Samhita and her unique position as an entrepreneur working in the social sector.

Be practical about philanthropy


An article in Business Standard presents a guide for philanthropists, foundations and trusts on conducting philanthropic activities in a more impactful way. Experts and leaders in the social sector like Noshir Dadrawala, Chief Executive of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy and Advisor at Samhita, also contribute their valuable insights.

Press Release: Mapping the CSR landscape in India

Samhita Social Ventures is pleased to announce that it has been commissioned by The Rockefeller Foundation to develop a ‘State of the Sector’ overview report with the aim to ‘Map the CSR Landscape in India’.

Her story, her way: Priya Naik talks to Indian Women Institutional League

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Priya Naik, Founder and CEO of Samhita speaks to the Indian Women Institutional League (IWIL) about her journey as a social entrepreneur and what motivates her to work in the social sector.

[Devex] Ending open defecation requires more than behavior change


It’s been 10 months since India officially launched Swachh Bharat, a national cleanliness drive, which, among other things, aims to put an end to the practice of open defecation in the country by 2019. Samhita Social Ventures is featured in this Devex article that talks about how behavior change is utmost important in the drive towards ending open defecation.

[Livemint] FMCG firms’ CSR spend up by 57%, Nestle misses target

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In its first year of compliance with the Companies Act 2013, consumer goods companies CSR spend rose by 57%. However, Nestle, one of the six major FMCG firms, which is in eye for the Maggi-ban storm, not only missed meeting the 2% CSR spend by a wide margin, but also saw its CSR spend fall in 2014.

[Business Standard] CSR: What keeps companies from doing good?


Priya Naik, Founder & Joint Managing Director of Samhita Social Ventures is featured in this Business Standard article. She points out, “Making CSR a board-level agenda can certainly be helpful if the board asks the same kind of questions as they would do for any other business and if they look at CSR from a long-term perspective.”

Meet the SHEROES – Priya Naik


Priya Naik, Founder & CEO of Samhita Social Ventures talks to SHEROES about the concept of ‘giving back’, the idea behind setting up Samhita and its core objectives. Furthermore, she speaks on how Indian companies should approach CSR and what are the key areas in India that require more CSR contribution.

As CSR budgets increase, IT companies look at ways to scale up programs

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FY15, the first year of compliance with the Companies Act 2013, has seen CSR spending among the top IT companies increase by nearly 5 times. Anil Misquith, Operating Partner at Samhita, talks to Mint about the challenges of scaling up CSR programs.