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[Forebes India] The changing landscape of CSR in India

It’s been a little over a year since the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) law came into effect on April 1, 2014. Within such a short period, the entire landscape of CSR in India has taken a radical flight. Discussions over the long term CSR vision and trends with new breed of  leaders in the corporate landscape lead to some interesting findings.

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Workshop on Corporate Fundraising

Dates: November 14-15, 2014

Location: Bangalore

Resource Alliance brings to you a Game Changing Workshop that will guide you step by step to reach corporates and create partnerships.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand CSR and details of Companies Act 2013 as applicable to NGOs.
  2. Initiate Corporate Fundraising including CSR funds in their organizations.
  3. Articulate the same with SMT/Board
  4. Design a program to build up with Corporates.
  5. Understand nuances of the Dialogue with Corporates.
  6. Create Partnerships for a Win-Win situation.

This 2 day workshop will apprise participants with knowledge, skills and different techniques in the above mentioned topics – enough to get into action!

To register, kindly email your name, designation, name of your organization following details to [email protected].

Tapping into CSR funds – Pune

The need Register Today

With the Companies Act 2013 mandating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for companies in India, the social sector holds the potential to transform and expand. Increased corporate engagement in India’s social development arena paves the way for opportunities of collaboration between companies and social organizations (primarily comprising of NGOs and Social Enterprises).

Companies, starting June 2014, will have allocated CSR funds to support programs undertaken by social organizations. However, this would require social organizations to effectively conduct outreach, corporate engagement, and understand the nature of a strategic and sustainable partnership in order to establish and implement large-scale, impactful social interventions.

The offering

Having successfully undertaken CSR projects and events with a wide network of NGOs and SEs, as well as facilitating partnerships between companies and social organizations, Samhita is well placed as the knowledge leader to effectively create a platform where both companies and social organizations can interact, grow and sustain, pushing evidence-based social impact at the forefront of strategic CSR.

Some of our past trainings and conferences include TechCamp Mumbai (in partnership with US Consulate Mumbai), TechCamp Bengaluru (in partnership with US Consulate Chennai), CSR in Healthcare (in partnership with USAID) and CSR in Education (in partnership with DFID). Samhita is also one of the learning and development partners of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (affiliated with the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs) and is taking an active role in norming and educating all key stakeholders of the Companies Act 2013.

The offering is a one-day capacity-building event that addresses the core needs of social organizations and equips them to better access companies and tap into CSR funding, while also giving companies the opportunity to interact and gain exposure to the work being done on the ground.

Objectives

  • Increase awareness among social organizations about the life cycle of corporate engagement and insights into nature of partnerships
  • Training social organizations for appropriate skills and resources for establishing and developing partnerships with companies and maintaining effective engagements with them
  • Create a platform for social organizations to understand objectives, model, existing infrastructure, organizational requirements, and functional structure of Companies and vice versa.
  • Record best practices and case studies from past successful social organization-corporate engagements
  • Provide an opportunity to social organizations to pitch programs, collect feedback from companies and potentially kick-start some dialogue that can lead to partnerships

Registration fees Register Today

  • Rs.5,000 (excl. taxes) per head

Note: You can avail of a 10% discount if more than one person from your organization is attending the event.
Note: Limited seats available. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Proposed Agenda

09:00 – 09:30am Registration
09:30 – 10:30am Companies Act
10:30 – 11:15am Session I: Proposal writing & budgeting
11:15 – 11:30am Coffee and conversations
11:30 – 12:15 pm Session II: Monitoring & evaluation
12:15 – 12:45 pm Session III: Corporate interaction
12:45 – 01:30 pm Lunch
01:30 – 02:15 pm Session IV: Measuring impact
02:15 – 02:45 pm Session V: Communicating Impact
02:45 – 03:15 pm Session VI: Using technology effectively
03:15 – 03:30 pm Coffee and conversations
03:30 – 04:15 pm Session VII: Preparing a pitch
04:15 – 06:30 pm Networking with Companies

Tapping into CSR funds – Mumbai

The need Register Today

With the Companies Act 2013 mandating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for companies in India, the social sector holds the potential to transform and expand. Increased corporate engagement in India’s social development arena paves the way for opportunities of collaboration between companies and social organizations (primarily comprising of NGOs and Social Enterprises).

Companies, starting June 2014, will have allocated CSR funds to support programs undertaken by social organizations. However, this would require social organizations to effectively conduct outreach, corporate engagement, and understand the nature of a strategic and sustainable partnership in order to establish and implement large-scale, impactful social interventions.

The offering

Having successfully undertaken CSR projects and events with a wide network of NGOs and SEs, as well as facilitating partnerships between companies and social organizations, Samhita is well placed as the knowledge leader to effectively create a platform where both companies and social organizations can interact, grow and sustain, pushing evidence-based social impact at the forefront of strategic CSR.

Some of our past trainings and conferences include TechCamp Mumbai (in partnership with US Consulate Mumbai), TechCamp Bengaluru (in partnership with US Consulate Chennai), CSR in Healthcare (in partnership with USAID) and CSR in Education (in partnership with DFID). Samhita is also one of the learning and development partners of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (affiliated with the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs) and is taking an active role in norming and educating all key stakeholders of the Companies Act 2013.

The offering is a one-day capacity-building event that addresses the core needs of social organizations and equips them to better access companies and tap into CSR funding, while also giving companies the opportunity to interact and gain exposure to the work being done on the ground.

Objectives

  • Increase awareness among social organizations about the life cycle of corporate engagement and insights into nature of partnerships
  • Training social organizations for appropriate skills and resources for establishing and developing partnerships with companies and maintaining effective engagements with them
  • Create a platform for social organizations to understand objectives, model, existing infrastructure, organizational requirements, and functional structure of Companies and vice versa.
  • Record best practices and case studies from past successful social organization-corporate engagements
  • Provide an opportunity to social organizations to pitch programs, collect feedback from companies and potentially kick-start some dialogue that can lead to partnerships

Registration fees

  • Rs.5,000 (excl. taxes) per head

 

Note: You can avail of a 10% discount if more than one person from your organization is attending the event.
Note: Limited seats available. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Register Today

Proposed agenda

Training and sharing

08:30 – 09:00am: Registration
09:00 – 09:30am: Introductory Session: Primer of the Companies Act
09:30 – 10:00am: Session I: Accessing companies
10:00 – 10:30am: Session II: Models of effective partnerships between social organizations and companies
10:30 – 11:00pm: Session III: Writing Proposals
11:00 – 11:15am: Coffee and conversations
11:15 – 11:45pm: Session IV: Designing a Program
11:45 – 12:30pm: Session V: Co-Implementing Programs
12:30 – 01:15pm: Session VI: Measuring Impact
01:15 – 01:45pm: Lunch
01:45 – 02:30pm: Session VII: Communicating Impact
02:30 – 03:15pm: Session VIII: Engaging companies and employees in your programs
03:15 – 03:30pm: Coffee and conversations
03:30 – 05:00pm: Networking with Companies

Kaarmic Education Services – Bridge between education and employability

The Challenge

India has made progress in enrolling children in school but it has failed to deliver quality education. Thus, the next big challenge is bringing quality in education. Learning assessments show that children are not learning basics of literacy and numeracy. Almost 34% of students do not complete primary school (2010)[i] and about 80% never make it to college[ii] and those who remain in school receive low-quality instruction. A global study Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranked India nearly at the bottom in mathematics and reading skills underscoring the magnitude of the problem of quality of education[iii]. As a result, India faces significant shortages in skilled labour and individuals with minimum levels of cognitive skills and the public education system has struggled to meet this demand. India is banking on half its population being below the age of 25 for sustainable growth. We will be unable to reap the benefits of this demographic dividend unless we make investments to provide quality education and emphasize on learning outcomes that prepare young people with skills to be productively employed.

 

Kaarmic Education Services Private Limited (KESPL) and its Objective

KESPL is a social enterprise, which works with private educational institutes serving low -income communities to provide quality, affordable education and skill development programs in Hyderabad and Mumbai in order to bridge the employability gap and develop a more informed and skilled workforce for tomorrow’s India. The mission of KESPL is to build a more educated, empowered and employed India. It’s objectives are to create more industry aware graduates, help students with initial internship and industry experience to help them launch their careers, identify individual talent and promote them in the right direction, provide companies the opportunity to brand themselves in colleges and develop a connect between the corporate sector and the college ecosystem.

Through its products like “The Bridge Program” and the “School Development Program” it hopes to build a pool of educated, skilled and employable talent emerging from the low-income communities. It starts its intervention early, right from Grade 6 in schools and also works with students pursuing their Masters degree. Its work is dedicated to helping students understand their competencies, passions, industry realities and also helps them find the right employment. Its programs are conducted in educational institutes, ranging from slum schools to Tier 2 – Tier 3 colleges. In schools it provides affordable career guidance, effective teacher training to under qualified teachers and student development programs such as spoken English and computer literacy. In colleges it provides self-assessment tools to students, career specific student-industry interaction through events and online platform, specialized skills training as required by the industry, experience building opportunities and job placements. Experts from over 13 countries have helped design the curriculum for all its programs to match international standards.

 

The Bridge Program

Bridge is a unique workshop designed to fill the gap that exists between the young minds and businesses in India, with a vision to enhance the quality of employability. KESPL believes that this in turn would contribute towards the competitive advantage of our workforce in the global market and lead to the economic welfare of the nation as a whole. It is a career centric workshop designed in collaboration with industry specialists and HR professionals whose aim is to expose the youth to business realities with activities, discussions, and consultations.

 

Corporate Partnerships

KESPL partners with companies and industry professionals in a unique way through the India Employability Development Network (IEDN). This is an initiative by KESPL to create a network of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals who want to play an active role in contributing towards the knowledge building, mentoring and development of the future talent pool of India. Today, there are over 25 IEDN members who are part of the network.

This network of industry professionals have comprehensive knowledge about their respective industry, hiring needs, skill gaps and understanding about the Industry’s future potential and realities. IEDN members partner with KESPL to engage with its flagship product, The Bridge Program. The charter IEDN membership is by invitation only, and subject to the due process prescribed by the KESPL-IEDN regulations and bylaws. The membership is free for both organizations and individuals, as the objective is to engage as many supporters as possible in this nation building activity of solving the issue of urban unemployment.

 

Benefits to the Social Enterprise

 

Sustainability and Quality

IEDN members participate in at least 2 Bridge Sessions conducted in KESPL partner educational institutions every year. This ensures that parts of the resource requirements for the program are fulfilled and that the program is able to maintain the quality in terms of workshops in different schools. IEDN members provide support in mentoring, knowledge building and development of the unemployed youth of India in their desired capacity.

 

Fulfilling its mandate

Any program implemented by KEPSL can only be successful if the cycle is closed and the beneficiaries are able to actually obtain employment and that mandate is fulfilled by its partnership with IEDN.IEDN members also provide any opportunities if available for internship, permanent posting and other experience building programs to support worthy and talented students.

 

Increased Visibility

Partnering with an association of highly valued and respected corporates also enables KEPSL to build its brand and gain greater visibility for the work the organization is involved in.

 

Benefits to the Corporate Partners

Access to Talent Pool

The corporate partners have easy access to  the Future Talent Networks (FTN) present in KESPL’s various partner Universities/Colleges. Even more importantly, they have access to a pool of trained referred potential hires.  Freedom to promote products, services, organizations and opportunities in the FTNs of KESPL’s various partner Universities/Colleges.

 

Access to High Quality Networks

As members of IEDN, corporates have  access to the IEDN network of high net-worth individuals from various industries and all of KESPL’s networking events. This also in turn enables these corporates to potential build other partnerships and therefore explore new territories and build in scale.

 

Ability to ensure social impact

All of the corporate organizations within the IEDN network are able to directly work with young people from low income communities and  impact their lives through creating career awareness. This therefore enables them to play their part in eradicating urban unemployment and building India’s future talent pool.

 

Conclusion

The partnership between Kaarmic Education Services and IEDN is an extremely unique one since it is an example of collaboration between a social enterprise and a network of individuals and corporates. This partnership is also exemplary of a mutually beneficial alliance since both parties are gaining from each others’ network. Apart from fulfilling CSR mandates through engaging with young people from low income communities and there by playing a part in reducing urban unemployment, the network is also  able to tap into the pool for recruitment purposes, thereby increasing their stake and creating incentives for them as well.

 

 



[i] Tilak, B.G.J. (2010). Tangible targets at school. The Hindu. 11th February 2010. [online] Available at : < http://www.hindu.com/2010/02/11/stories/2010021150390800.htm>

[ii] Times of India (2012). Gross Enrolment at nearly 19% shows survey. Times of India. 29th September 2012. New Delhi. [online] Available at :< http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-09-29/news/34163129_1_ger-sc-students-total-student-enrollment>

[iii] Chhapia, H. (2012) Indian students rank 2nd last in global test – The Times of India. [online] Available at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/Indian-students-rank-2nd-last-in-global-test/articleshow/11492508.cms

Request for Proposals from NGOs working for women’s hygiene in Saran district, Bihar

Deadline: June 20, 2014

A multinational company manufacturing sanitary napkins for women and healthcare products for infants is looking to reach out to villages in Saran district of Bihar for selling these products in rural households. They are looking to partner with social organizations operating in Saran, who can send their women employees to different rural households for spreading awareness on menstrual hygiene & infant health, and also sell these products to the rural women. The social organization will be compensated with a margin for each product sold.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The organization must be located in Saran or Patna, Bihar
  • The organization must be working in the field of women’s health/hygiene or women empowerment
  • The organization must have considerable number of women employees
  • The organization must be in operation for a minimum period of 1 year from the date of registration
  • The organization must be registered as a non-profit that implements social development projects in India, with no religious or political affiliations
  • The organization’s physical address provided must be verifiable
  • The organization must have a valid 80G and 12A certification
  • The organization must have an Executive Board that maintains budgets, annual activity reports and audited financial statements. These yearly records must be available and submitted upon request
  • The organization must fully comply with local and central government regulations and labor laws
To apply for the RFP, please visit the link

 

Key takeaways from CSR in Healthcare – Making it Work conference

Samhita Social Ventures would like to present the learnings and key takeaways from CSR in Healthcare – Making it Work conference. The event held at U.S Consulate General, Mumbai on December 12, 2013 aimed to assist companies to play a larger role in socially relevant healthcare interventions.

This paper documents information and learnings from the conference, namely the major issues in healthcare in India, what companies can do to impact the healthcare sector, some best practices from the field and a framework that companies can use to design their CSR programs. The document particularly highlights the big messages from the conference backed by preliminary secondary research.

Click here to read the findings from the event.

 

Highlights of the mandatory CSR provision in the Companies Act, 2013

On February 27, 2014, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified the rules for Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 which pertains to the mandatory CSR provision for companies. The CSR provision will come into effect from April 1, 2014.

As per the provisions of Section 135, a company with a turnover of INR 1,000 crore or more or of a net-worth of INR 500 crore or more or net profit of INR 5 crore or more is required to spend at least 2% of its average net profit of the past three years on CSR activities. Further, the Act provides that if, for any reason, a company is unable to spend 2% of their average net profit on CSR, they are required to explain the reason for not doing the same.

In order to provide clarity on the rules, Samhita Social Ventures has prepared a brief document highlighting the workings and implications of the CSR provision. You can view the document here.

For a more detailed interpretation of the CSR provision by Samhita’s Managing Director Krishnan Neelakantan, click here.