Indore : Executive post graduate programme in management (EPGP) batch 2017-18 conducted corporate social responsibility (CSR) conclave at IIM Indore on Saturday.
The objective of the conclave was to assimilate and analyze social responsibility initiatives carried out by private and public sector and debate the effects on Indian society.
The conclave began with the lamp lighting ceremony by all the guests present, along with Professor Ashish Sadh, faculty, IIM Indore and chair, EPGP. Professor Kamal K Jain, dean (academic) gave the welcome address.
In her keynote address, Sonia Shrivastava, head, Vodafone Foundation, spoke on — ‘Connecting for good’, a Vodafone initiative. She noted how mobile technology can be leveraged for the social welfare with various apps.
The second keynote speech was by Prerana Langa, CEO, Yes Foundation. Her talk revolved around the Yes Foundation’s initiative—‘Yes! I am the Change’ and examples of persons who are bringing change in the society via their campaigns.
The conclave also witnessed a talk on ‘CSR from PSU perspective’ by G Sridhar, AGM, CSR, NTPC. He discussed about the challenges of CSR and noted how important it is to educate the people in the rural areas.
The second half of the event began with another keynote address by Kruti Bharucha, country director, ARK India on the topic—‘Using public private partnerships to revitalize government schools’.
The last talk was on the topic—‘CSR—Hunt for a definition’ conducted by Kajari Mukherjee, faculty, IIM Indore. Her talk revolved around various definitions of CSR in developed and developing countries.
The most interactive session of the conclave was a panel discussion with Professor Kajari Mukherjee as the moderator and Dimple Gujral, CFO, Teach for India, Sonia Shrivastava, Prerana Langa, G Sridhar and Kruti Bharucha as panelists. The topic of panel discussion was ‘Mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility in India’.
The panelists discussed about how corporate sectors should work on niche areas where they can have a core competence and work in a better manner. Noting that the CSR sector has now started attracting the brightest mind of the country recently, they also mentioned about Company Act 2013 (Section 135) and noted that this social law works on the power of shame and might soon be adopted by other countries.