All efforts for sustainable growth and development are only efforts worth making if there exists a population to be impacted with their progress. It is this importance of a stable and healthy populace that is celebrated on July 11, the World Population Day as declared by the UNGA in 1989. The demographic composition is not the only point of importance to this awareness method; it aims to highlight the issues that impact the population and their relation to development and the environment. Read More »
Mr. Anirban Roy marks his auspicious presence at the CSR Summit on Corporate and Civil Society Dialogue organised by Delhi Management Association. He highlighted the importance of CSR and how we can help Corporates in implementing CSR in India. Along with this he also emphasize on the identification of CSR Implementation Agencies. Also he highlighted the innovative approach towards the CSR Implementation for the MNC’s and Corporates . At last he added the process to be follow and adopted way ahead.
Renew Power in partnership with SEED CSR launches “Rural Development” Sustainable Village Development Program on 15th April at Dichipalli, Telangana. The Chief Guests for the launch event were Mr. Sumant Sinha Founder and Chairman Renew Power and Mr. Parag CEO Renew Power. Mr. Sumant Sinha & Mr. Parag talked about the benefits of Digital Education by leveraging technologies like Digital Class. Not only this, the emphasis was also on Women Empowerment and for the same Regional Sarpanch of Dharmaraopet Village was also invited. After the curtain unveiling, Digital Class Room was inaugurated. The new computer lab is well equipped and has all the latest technology and infrastructure. All necessary equipments like latest Computers, Computer Tables, Chairs, UPS and Internet facility are provided in the lab. This will benefit students to learn latest techniques and with internet facility they will also get exposure to new technologies being used globally. This is a Big Step in Digital India movement for school children in Dharmaraopet Village at Dichipalli, Telangana.
The Chief Guests also interacted with students and emphasised importance of education in career development and how Digital Class can be beneficial for them. The Chief Guest also talked about importance of Sports in our daily life and shared his thoughts and importance of sports with both Students & Parents. Renew Power projects also committed in improving the sports facility by providing necessary sports equipments to school.
To ensure the students and parents also know benefits and importance of Environment, Chief Guest also did Sapling plantation in the School Premises. The motive is to take one step forward for future generation by Environment Sustainability.
The program ended with discussion between Chief Guests and the Head Master for the Future of Children’s in the village and importance of CSR education in the village. Unlike earlier time this initiative, the proper method of Practical Teaching via Smart Labs is also adopted in the village. Also Headmaster expressed vote of thanks to Renew Power and Seed CSR for this value addition to the society.
This is a big step in the Digital India initiative and this is just a beginning to educate thousands of people in Dharmaraopet Village, Dichipalli.
Convocation Ceremony for Skill Development Batch @ Kohlapur
On 11th April 2017 , Convocation of the second batch of students at the DHFL Skill Development Centre was held at Shahu Samarak Bhavan, Dasara Chowk Kohlapur .
The event was graced by chief guests Ms. Hasina Faras (Mayor of Kohlapur) and Mr Abhijit Magdum (Chairman and MD Bhima Builders) and Mr Sachin Shirgaonkar (MD RB sheller Pvt Ltd.). More than 400 students in batches have completed the Skill Development Course. The Major traits taught were Carpentry, Electrical Work , Plumbing and Missionary.
At the end of the event certificates were handing to the Students by Ms. Hasina Faras (Mayor of Kohlapur) and other Chief Guests as well
Skill Development Convocation Ceremony @ Chandarpur
SEED CSR conducted the Convocation Ceremony for the Skill Development Second Batch at DHFL Skill Development Centre Chandarpur at ND Hotel , Bapat Nagar Chowk, Nagarpur Road , Chandrapur.
Mr. Madhusudan Roongta (President , Chandarpur Industry Association ) was the Chief Guest at the Ceremony. Expressing happiness ahead of the Convocation Day, importance of Skill India was highlighted by Mr. Madhusudan Roongta.
During the event student were awarded with certification for completing their course. With this Major traits taught during the course were mainly Carpentry , Electrical Works , Plumbing and Missionary
About 76 million people in India are without access to clean and safe water. The reasons are numerous out of which some of them are, pollution and over-exploitation, rapid pace of industrialization and greater emphasis on agricultural growth combined with financial and technological constraints and non-enforcement of laws. Accessing drinking water is a problem and assuring it is safe is a challenge by itself.
As Per the Water Aid’s report on Wild Water- The State of the World’s Water 2017,
without access to clean water, 63 million people are living in rural areas in India. Diseases such as cholera, blinding trachoma, malaria and dengue are expected to become more common and malnutrition more prevalent.
Climate change is another major factor resulting in water availability. Unpredictable weather patterns are particularly challenging to the water and food supplies of agriculture-reliant rural communities. Longer dry spells result in crop failure and shortages of food and clean drinking water. Flooding can pollute clean water sources and may lead to cholera outbreaks. Climate change is likely to exacerbate these challenges and place an even greater strain on people. Also, water, sanitation and hygiene have a critical role to play in helping poor communities cope.
SEED CSR is a Corporate Social Responsibility advisory and implementation agency. At SEED one of our thematic area is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
To ensure that community members do not develop water-based ailments and to make clean drinking water easily accessible, installation of hand pumps and boring water arrangements is prioritized in all operational areas. Moreover, to create awareness about better sanitation, street campaigns and cleanliness drives are organized.
In one of our projects, toilets Installation that was initiated at Varanasi Ghats where we encouraged the correct way of washing hands and discouraged open defecation. The objective of this activity was to stop the wastage of water and reduce open defecation by tourists, local vendors at Ganga Ghats.
Such activities are done to advocate the practice of good hygiene and sanitation. SEED CSR along with client companies thrives to achieve accessibility of safe drinking water and clean rural India.
Highlights of World Water Day Celebration’s at few project sites:
1. CMA CGM, Uran Mumbai :
Painting and Essay Writing Competition was organized at ZP Digital School at Jaskhar, Uran, Maharashtra on World Water Day. The Sarpanch of the village was the chief guest for this event and all the VDC Members were present. The themes of competitions were based on water and biodiversity conservation. The winners of the competition were awarded. Also, saplings of endangered plants were given to the guests who pledged to plant those in their respective homes.
2. DHFL Chandarpur
On world water day the Centre at Chandrapur celebrated World Water day. The event started with understanding the importance of this day in our lives. Later, ways to save and conserve water were discussed. Finally, a ‘Sankalp’ (Pledge) was taken by nearly 300 trainees from different traits like BFSI and Constructional Sector to save the water.
3. DHFL , Kohlapur :
On 22nd March 2017, we have organized water awareness drive at Skill Development Centre, Kolhapur where we conducted rally from center to Sasane ground and back. A total of 90 trainees of BFSI and Construction participated in the drive. In front of Sasane ground, Our BFSI trainees did two street plays and spread the message about water conservation, don’t waste water and importance of water and educate people those who were wasting water on road while washing car etc.
3.Technip , Suva :
On the eve of World Water Day , we organized a wide spread Water Awareness Session at Suva Village , Bharuch . The Awareness Session was organized in School to make students aware about importance of Water and how to save water . Secondly another awareness session was organized with Women Self Help Group with an objective to spread the awareness on Save Water. The Objective of both session was to Save Water for Future. At the end of both session a pledge was taken by both Children’s and Women’s to save water from getting wasted through running taps.
Women are the backbone of our society. Their status has improved through the years, yet complete emancipation is still a far fetch dream due to various social and psychological reasons.
SEED CSR’s endeavour is to make women self-reliant, develop personality skills and discover their own self through projects under our mandate to implement CSR Project.
International Women’s Day is celebrated in the month of March. As our projects focus on women empowerment, highlights of some of the projects specifically aiming towards this area in form of skill development and Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) are as follows:
Women Day Celebration @ DHFL
At our Chandrapur training centre, PMC members and women trainees participated in women’s day celebration event. They shared their successful experience. Also, girls from the ongoing batches shared their experience of learning at one of our centres. At the end of the program, refreshment was provided to all the attendees.
Women Day Celebration @ Technip Suva
On 8th March, 2017, International Women’s Day was celebrated at Technip CSR Training Centre at Suva. Female teachers and members from Self Help Group (SHGs) Committee participated in this event. The event started with a speech on importance of Women Empowerment by Ms Hetal Ben, government school teacher. Women participating in the event shared their contributions to the rural community. Moreover, they also shared the challenges which are faced by women in the society and how the Women Empowerment Program under CSR Approach helped these women folks in Suva. The event concluded with a vote of thanks and Mid-day refreshment were given to all the attendees.
Women Day Celebration @ FIS
Women’s Day was celebrated at FIS CSR Training Centre, where the focus was on Women Empowerment.
About 56 girls and women along with members from Mahila Samiti Committee participated in this event where they shared their experience.
The first 3 best stories were awarded. Trophies were given by Chief Guest who was the principal of Zilla Parishad School Barfpada. She encouraged women to participate in this activity. Also, all participants took an oath to ensure their sons & daughters would be getting equivalent educational opportunities.
Recently Somany Ceramics inaugurated their CSR Project for Sustainable Village Development in Mehsana, Kadi District of Gujrat. The Chief Guest of the program was R.GG Trivedi, CEO for Somany Ceramics.
The main objective of this CSR initiative is to enhance the Skill of youth by Skill Development initiative with giving a beneficiary to a batch of 20-25 students every month. The major skills traits are Stewing & Stitching and Refrigeration and Cooling.
The Inauguration event went well. To add value to this CSR Initiative Village Sarpanch had visited the Centre and addressed the localities with the benefits of this initiative.
Technip in collaboration with SEED, one of the leading CSR implementation Agency has inaugurated their CSR initiative in Dahej Gujrat.
The main objective of this CSR initiative:-
- Improve education infrastructure and promote eLearning amongst students.
- Encourage financial literacy and promote micro-enterprising.
- Enhance awareness on health care, hygiene, and sanitation, especially for pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children.
- Raise awareness on disaster management.
Mr. Bhaskar Patel, Managing Director of Technip India said,’ am confident that with our CSR project partner, SEED, we will be able to involve and train the villagers through year-long various initiatives which will bring a positive change in their living condition on the long term. This is how we build the future.”
Mr. Anirban Roy (Managing Director), marks his auspicious presence at the IILM PRME Fourth International Conference on Sustainability and Innovation Key Drivers for Responsibility Management, as the guest of honor for Social Innovations for the Bottom of the Pyramid. He highlighted the principles of innovations by Prof. C K Prahalad and also emphasized on SEED’s steps towards Social Innovations for the Bottom of the Pyramid through diverse social innovative projects executed by the team towards community sustainable development.
Major Areas covered under his intervention are:
Focus on Price Performance
Radical Redesign from Buying
Educate on product Usage
Product Work on hostile Environment, Dust, Pollution etc
Adaptable user Interface
Innovation Distribution Methods
CSR, the mandate:
According to World Bank (2002), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a process of managing the cost and benefits of business activity to both internal (workers, shareholders, investors) and external (institutions of public governance, community members, civil society groups, other enterprises) stakeholders.
In the year 2013, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was mandated by the government in the section 135 of Companies Act, 2013 which mentioned that every company having net worth of Rs 500.00 Crore or more during Financial Year or turnover of Rs 1000.00 Crore or more during financial Year or net profit of Rs 5 Crore or more will carry out CSR activities. An explicit schedule VII has been provided mentioning the areas of interventions.
During the initial years, companies which fall under the mandate focused on compliance. However, presently the aim of companies is to assess the impact of its CSR interventions.
CSR, from the perspective of companies:
One might wonder, why companies are suddenly concerned about social change and development which till few years back was a monopoly of the development sector. Though government and NGOs are taking up the role of CSR implementing agencies, the face of the companies in the form of branding is the most important aspect. With the upcoming awards, recognitions and accolades, companies are increasing competing for socially responsible initiatives. These not only help the companies to present themselves as socially responsible, but also helps them in enhancing their publicity thereby adding to their business. The market values of companies are being impacted by their image in the social sector. For example, people tend to buy products of a particular brand, if that brand advertisers that Re. 1 would be contributed for social cause even if the product price is much higher than its counterparts.
Besides focusing on profit, the social image of a company also enhances its functioning. The history of Indian environmental movements is mostly regarding industrial harms caused to society. Be it a sports company chopping off plants or a soft drinks company draining away the underground water, industries have always been blamed of causing environmental hazards. CSR has given a scope to the companies to cover-up such environmental degradation. For example, a company which causes air or water pollution builds hospitals so that the number of health issues rising from such pollution does not come to the forefront. A clean social image also helps the company to have cooperation from the community.
Companies are also focusing on skill development and education sector in their CSR initiatives so that they can develop a future workforce required in their business model. India’s topmost companies performing best in CSR had education as the most important component of their CSR initiatives in the last few years. TATA, ITC, Aditya Birla are some of these companies, to name a few.
CSR, which initially seemed to be a burden on the companies has eventually come up to be a boon. There can be numerous reasons inspiring companies to enhance its CSR initiatives. Now, it is for the companies to look for their motivation. However, companies have already been motivated enough and they are focusing on impact assessment of their initiatives so that they can present themselves as responsible companies in the reports. Reporting standards have also been enhanced by the global standards.
Impact assessment as a core of CSR:
In the global scenario, impact assessment and presenting it in reports are important aspects of any intervention. Accordingly, all companies, including the multi-national ones, which have their business outlets in India, are paying attention to impact assessment and reporting standards of their CSR initiatives. International organizations like Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have set guidelines and standards of reporting. GRI Guidelines apply to multinational organizations, public agencies, smaller and medium enterprises, NGOs, industry groups and others and focus on sustainability. Similarly, CSR initiatives are projected as not only being impactful but also as sustainable.
CSR impact assessment now a days, is mainly focusing on the impact on its stakeholders, optimal use of funds and sustainability of interventions. As discussed earlier, during the initial years, the focus was on compliance, now the focus has shifted to impact assessment. This is simply because, the companies are trying to present that over the last 3 years they have brought about changes in the society and have enhanced social growth and development.
The simple reason behind focusing on CSR impact assessment is to present itself as a responsible company. They are involving third parties for assessment and recruiting experts for writing and presenting reports. This reflects that CSR is being given utmost importance by the top most companies. While companies are focusing on impacts, critiques are of the opinion that such interventions are not adequately in-depth and much areas are yet to be explored by CSR. We can expect to have more responsible CSR interventions in the upcoming years with the companies increasingly realizing the need of CSR for their own benefits.
CSR, the ray of hope :
To sum up, CSR is not only beneficial for the society and stakeholders, but also for the companies. There is still a lot of scope for CSR initiatives. CSR has an immense potential in changing the social scenario since there is ample budget, human resource and expertise. Most importantly, CSR, as a platform provides scope to NGOs, government and companies to work together towards all-round development. With the upcoming expertise in the field of CSR and with increased recognition, we can expect to have more innovative CSR interventions in the years to come.