National CSR Summit: Partnering the National Agenda

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an integral part of corporate management in India. On April 29, Women on Wings participated in the National CSR Summit focusing on key national priorities and programs that the Government has articulated. As one year of CSR mandate gets over, it is the right time to take stock and try to make CSR more effective and impactful.

Scope and Objectives
The National CSR Summit aimed for the creation of a knowledge platform at national level by bringing together policy makers, corporate representatives and civil society to discuss the CSR mandate in Companies Act. Anupama Mairal, Senior Fundraising Consultant of Women on Wings: “There was a lot of sharing about good and innovative CSR practices, and bringing out a shared vision for national development priorities and the role of the industry to make India a stronger nation. I met new interesting contacts which we shall be following up to see if and how to collaborate with”.

Introducing The CSR Exchange
The event was graced by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, who also unveiled the logo of Sammaan: The CSR Exchange, a joint initiative of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA). Designed as a platform to facilitate interactive collaboration on Corporate Social Responsibility, the BSE enabled technology platform will bring together the strength of CII’s member corporate base and the Implementation Agency Hub (IA Hub) of the IICA. Sammaan is the world’s first CSR exchange and will facilitate CSR initiatives of corporates.