Developing a CSR Strategy & assessing the needs of stakeholders

The introduction of the CSR mandate has seen companies move away from ad-hoc donations and events towards a long-term engagement with CSR that ties in with their philosophy, values and business.

Samhita engages with companies to define their CSR strategy in the following ways:

  • Conceptualizing CSR strategy and defining CSR philosophy and objectives
  • Defining vision, mission and funding strategy of the foundation
  • Recommending causes or social initiatives that complement your corporate mandate
  • Conducting a stakeholder needs assessment and recommending initiatives that leverage your expertise and meet your stakeholder’s expectations
  • Evaluating internal process and making recommendations to align them with your CSR objectives

 

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Focus group discussion being conducted in Halol, Gujarat as part of a community needs assessment

Assessing the needs of stakeholders

Samhita also undertakes stakeholder assessments to map out the needs and requirements of stakeholders. We undertake a range of activities that include :

  • Primary and secondary research using quantitative and qualitative methods (such as household surveys, interviews with key stakeholders with sarpanch, asha worker, anganwadi worker etc, and interactive participatory research exercises with beneficiaries)
  • Mapping community needs to company resources and interest and making recommendations for CSR programs