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

UNDP Gender Report

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

CSR Cafe Delhi

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


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 […]

Making a case for Corporate action in water- Samhita and Ambuja Cement Foundation

Water Event Samhita

Click here to download the report. Ambuja Cement Foundation and Samhita organised the ‘Investing in Water: For Today and the Future’ event on December 14, 2018. It served as a valuable platform for both new and established organisations in the water sector to learn about opportunities for investment and explore collaboration in the water sector. At the […]

CSR Café #2: Creating Impact through Corporate-Government Partnerships


Over the years there have been many successful public-private partnerships that have combined the efficiency of the private sector with government access and scale, to bring about social change. Yet, corporate-government partnerships retain an air of mystery with few frameworks available for those interested in initiating such partnerships or navigating existing ones. To discover best […]

New Frontiers in Indian Corporate Social Responsibility

Helping CSR Succeed in India

In the 4 years since the CSR law, companies have become an integral part of the development ecosystem. The mandate has opened up new streams of funding, and increased access to private sector support and partnership. Despite corporate India’s enthusiasm, CSR spending accounts for a small proportion of government spending. To give an idea of the disproportionate […]

Larger Corporate Intervention in Clean Energy is the Need of Hour | Sandhya Tenneti

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After 4 years of the law, CSR cannot at this stage remain a passive participant at the fringes of the development sector, playing a marginal or supporting role. The need of the hour and the capabilities of corporate India urge companies to the occasion and use both their financial and non-financial resources to bring about […]

Helping CSR Succeed in India


The CSR opportunity in India is expanding year on year, however, there are still some challenges and gaps that need to be addressed before companies can scale up their CSR initiative. Priya Naik, Founder and CEO, Samhita Social Ventures writes about how collaboration, innovation and eco-system building can bring about the next phase of CSR in […]