International corporate social responsibility institute set to create talent pool in country

Mumbai: The International Institute of Corporate Social Responsibility (IICSR) has curated India’s first Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in CSR for MIT WPU, Pune. This would help create a pool of trained talent across the country.

Harsha Mukherjee, founder and managing director of IICSR, said, “We are committed to contributing towards social and economic development of the country and we are sure to achieve our vision to create a pool of trained CSR professionals and bring a sustainable transformation in the employment landscape across the country.”

According to her, companies across the country have scaled up their efforts especially after coming in the ambit of mandatory CSR initiatives under Companies Act amended in 2014. More than 8,000 companies fall in this purview and each of them needs to hire CSR professionals for their operations, while CSR spending has been on the rise with a whopping 28 per cent increase in the last financial year.

“There is a towering gap for CSR professionals with a burgeoning number of over 2,00,000 workforce. In these testing times looking at future prospects for a career in CSR would be most rewarding and sought after,” she said.

Large and mid-sized private and public sector companies across industries such as FMCG, BFSI, Real Estate, Pharmaceuticals, Media, etc are now talent hunting for CSR specialists at different levels from middle to senior levels, including heads with salaries from 18 lakh to over one crore annually.

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