Energising Development – CSR in Clean Energy: What are India’s top companies up to?

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Approximately 300 million people in India are estimated to lack access to energy with an even higher number experiencing intermittent access[1]. Since a majority of the population resides in rural areas, energy access acquires strategic importance for poverty reduction, quality of human capital, livelihood opportunities, inclusive economic development and social justice. With the mandate of […]

Building the Bench at Indian NGOs: Investing to Fill the Leadership Development Gap

The Bridgespan Group, with support from the Omidyar Network, undertook a study surveying close to 250 NGO leaders in India. The report was launched on September 06, 2017, and the event was co-hosted by Samhita Social Ventures. Priya Naik, Samhita’s Founder and CEO, moderated a discussion at the event where Luis Miranda, Managing Trustee of […]

Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives


Samhita Social Ventures, in partnership with Ambuja Cement Foundation, DHFL (Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited), Godrej and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) releases a report which maps the CSR trends in Skill development and Livelihoods of the 100 Indian companies with the largest CSR budgets on the BSE 500.

Demystifying the CSR law: FAQs by Nishith Desai Associates

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Nishith Desai Associates compiles brief answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013. The FAQs address concerns expressed by companies about various aspects of the CSR law, including aligning business objectives with CSR, the role of social enterprises and permitted activities under capacity building.

Transforming India: The CSR Opportunity


Samhita has developed a report, Transforming India: The CSR Opportunity with support from The Rockefeller Foundation. The report seeks to understand the influence of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 (commonly referred to as the CSR law) on companies and other sector players.

Leveraging the CSR Opportunity in India – Philanthropreneurship


An article published by Samhita on the Philanthropreneurship forum, talks about how key stakeholders in the development sector can leverage the opportunity created by Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, commonly referred to as ‘the CSR law.’

The path to effectively scaling skill development programs


Every year, India adds about 12 million people to its workforce, out of which a paltry 3.1 million are trained or qualified. In order to close this gap in skills, Samhita takes a look at the five key lessons that companies need to learn to effectively scale up their programs in skill development.

Assessing impact of development initiatives: Things to remember


Samhita’s latest post on the Forbes India Business and Strategy blog examines the differences between outcomes and impact in order to help companies and their implementation partners develop a common understanding of impact measurement and what this means for CSR.

CSR in WASH: What are India’s top companies up to?

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This report maps the CSR trends in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) of the 100 companies with the largest CSR budgets on the BSE 500. It aims to understand major trends, highlight gaps and suggest potential solutions for companies who are implementing sanitation programs in line with the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).

How to successfully engage employees in corporate volunteering programs


In this article on the Forbes, Business & Strategy blog, Samhita looks at employee volunteering and how companies can successfully engage their employees and keep them happy and fulfilled while contributing to a good cause.