Chasing the Virus

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As we continue to get back to functioning in the ‘new normal’, we wanted to bring your attention to the situation on ground and share some insights based on facts that belie our growing sense of relief and inclination to now look beyond the virus. Although we are witnessing a reduction of active COVID-19 cases […]

How India Inc can craft an effective response to the pandemic

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The ongoing pandemic has shaken everyone – economies are clutching at straws and societies are suffering from a plethora of problems. While government and international agencies are at work trying to craft strategies that can help control the spread of the novel coronavirus and extend aid to those affected, a bigger challenge lies ahead: restarting […]

Solutions for a Pandemic

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We can’t have everything. Firing up the economy is a priority, but so is controlling the spread of the disease. Businesses have challenges and need to be rescued, but not at the cost of our workers. Indian corporates are posed with an enormous opportunity to intervene. Corporates today stand at a crucial juncture and have […]

Decoding CSR Trend In India – Looking Back to Look Forward

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It’s been five years since India became the first country in the world to mandate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending for eligible companies, generating a lot of local discussions, national debates and global curiosity. Did the companies comply? How did they perform? How were the CSR funds spent and on what? Did the NGO sector […]

Guest Post: Investing CSR in Incubators – A Unique Model of Partnership

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Guest Post: Investing CSR in Incubators – A Unique Model of Partnership Authored by P.R. Ganapathy, President ( India), Villgro Innovations Foundation  After, USA and China, India has the largest incubator and accelerator ecosystem in the world. But few companies have sufficient information on this ecosystem to be able to invest in it. Samhita, and Villgro, supported by […]

Looking Back to Look Forward

CSR Trends in India

It’s been five years since India became the first country in the world to mandate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending for eligible companies, generating a lot of local discussions, national debates and global curiosity. Did the companies comply? How did they perform? How were the CSR funds spent and on what? Did the NGO sector […]

Corporate Engagement in Women’s Economic Empowerment

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As one of the first countries of the world to formalise the role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), India is creating pathways for corporates to actively participate in nation building. Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 includes Schedule VII that states ‘promoting gender equality and empowering women’ as a key cause area for corporate […]

New Frontiers in CSR

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India has been at the forefront of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) paradigm, much before the introduction of Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013, which made CSR a regulatory requirement. As per data filed by companies on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs portal, around 20,000 companies had reported spending on CSR, with total spend amounting […]

Making Skills and Livelihoods Training Count

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Companies are spreading their efforts thin, focusing on the entire value chain rather than working in their areas of strength. A collaborative approach, where companies focus on what they do the best and strike partnerships to add value and plug gaps, is the way forward. Samhita, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ambuja Cement […]

CSR Cafe #4 – Beyond the Boardroom

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Samhita and Ambuja Cement Foundation organised the fourth edition of CSR Café in Mumbai on January 31st, 2019. The topic for this edition of the CSR Café was ‘Beyond the Boardroom‘. At the Café we discussed bridging boardroom expectations and ground realities. CSR leaders communicated challenges faced in boardroom engagement, and through discussions, the Café sourced solutions and advice […]