CSR Made Easy – Updated CSR laws


Some of the recent amendments in the Schedule VII of Companies Act 2013 have indicated that contributions to ‘Swachh Bharat Kosh’ and ‘Clean Ganga Fund’ would come under CSR framework.
‘Swach Bharat Kosh’ has been set up to attract funds, from various entities including corporates, for activities related to Swachh Bharat initiative.

Accelerating social change through collective impact


Collective Impact could be an exciting new model for companies to tackle social issues. Samhita explores the potential for Indian companies to adopt such models for their CSR by exploring the benefits and challenges of Collective Impact.

A question of choice: How to identify and qualify NGOs for CSR

Choosing an NGO

  Companies in India appear spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing implementation partners for their mandated CSR activities. The ratio of NGOs to people (1 NGO for 600 people) currently outnumbers the ratio of policemen to citizens (1 policeman for 943 people). However ascertaining the credibility and efficacy of an NGO for a […]

Measuring for success: What’s the right approach to impact assessment?

Impact assessment

Most companies spend a significant amount of time and effort to quantify, monitor and evaluate their business parameters allowing them to set targets, create benchmarks, track progress, undertake midcourse corrections and effectively cater to stakeholder needs.

Anemia management as CSR: A stepping-stone to healthy communities


Healthcare is a popular intervention for CSR, with a diverse set of interventions and approaches available. Companies with a key focus on community development see healthcare as crucial to community well-being and undertake a range of interventions from health camps to strengthening healthcare infrastructure.

Implementing sanitation at RB: Samhita talks to Ravi Bhatnagar, Manager External Affairs


Ravi Bhatnagar, Manager, External Affairs at Reckitt Benckiser talks to Samhita about RB’s sanitation campaign, Banega Swachh India. He emphasises the need for a collaborative approach in the sanitation space, with multiple stakeholders coming together to fulfil the mission of Swachh Bharat.

Looking beyond toilets: The need for sustainable sanitation solutions


The Prime Minister’s call for a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014 has reactivated the demand to provide better health and hygiene to communities. However, the campaign seems to focus on building toilets at the expense of other equally important issues. The article talks about the need for a holistic approach when implementing WASH programs.

Government cancels FCRA of 2,406 NGOs

In a fresh move, the government has further cancelled the licences of 2,406 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the country, which includes entities that run schools and hospitals.

In conversation with Anirban Ghosh, Vice President, Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra


Anirban Ghosh, Vice President, Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra talks to Samhita Social Ventures about Mahindra’s CSR strategy. He speaks about the need to shift focus from merely implementing CSR activities to looking at creating long-term impact. He also presents a perspective on the challenges that both companies and NGOs face while implementing CSR programs and his long term goals for M&Ms CSR.

Convergence – Engagement between Companies and Social Enterprises


Samhita was the knowledge partner for “Business Catalist – Catalytic Initiative for Social Transformation” that was organized by Outlook India and Intellecap on November 10, 2014. This collaboration was supported by the Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF) Grant aimed at building stronger infrastructure for the fast growing impact investing industry in India .