Saturday, December 6, 2014

CSR : Nuts and bolts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) under Companies Act 2013, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore, ISB, IIM Ahmedabad

Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives are mandatory under the Companies Act, 2013, among others, for all companies with a minimum net profit of 5 Crores. Whether you already have a CSR program, or need to set up a CSR initiative, you will not only find this workshop informative, but will also meet and interact with practitioners of CSR from different industries with several years of experience.

Attend this workshop to:

Learn more about mandatory CSR, Companies Act and other regulatory and enabling enactments
  • How to set up and manage CSR initiatives in your company
  • The Practical and Innovative aspects of CSR work - how to make a real impact
  • Talk and network with legal experts and corporate practitioners of CSR
  • Be a part of a forthcoming interactive platform for corporate practitioners of CSR and NPO’s
Objective / Session Outline
CSR Guidelines under the New Companies Act, 2013
Amber Sinha, NovoJuris
Session will cover CSR under the New Companies Act and other regulatory and enabling enactments  with a focus on the guidelines and mandates for corporates
Corporate Case Studies
NE Sridhar:  Titan Industries
Archana Sahay – CISCO
Insights and case studies from practitioners on the structured CSR work they have been doing on the ground.
CSR in Practice: Panel Discussion
NPO’s founded by Alumni of IIMA, IIMB and IIMC and CSR Reps from Corporates
Moderated by: Mayura Balasubramanian (ISB)
This session will seek to bring out perspectives of both the donor and the receiver on implementing CSR
Structuring CSR
Priya Naik, Founder of Samhita Social Ventures
- Importance of structuring long-term CSR programs
- Case studies on the structured CSR initiatives Samhita has enabled
- Social Impact measurement methods
Group Exercise on Structuring CSR
Priya Naik, Founder of Samhita
Participants work in groups to become familiar with possible methods to structure a CSR strategy using frameworks and tools provided


NovoJuris: Amber Sinha, Senior Associate

NovoJuris is a boutique legal consultancy located at the heart of India’s Silicon Valley and has deep roots and connections to the startup ecosystem. They work with entrepreneurs, investors and accelerators and their lawyers are experts in areas on technology, corporate, employment and IP laws. NovoJuris has structured more than 100 investment deals over the last three years and have worked with various aspects of private equity. They are regarded as the best law firm for start-ups.

TITAN Industries: NE Sridhar, Head – Corporate Sustainability

A Mechanical Engineer with a Post-Graduation in Statistics and Operations Research from Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata, Sridhar has been with Titan since 1991.

His current role as Head Sustainability includes Corporate Social Responsibility, Affirmative action, Safety and Climate change and heading business excellence for Titan in the form of Corporate Quality head for Titan. The role includes defining and driving long-term sustainability and CSR strategies for the company, helping create a vision for the future and implementing initiatives that will help create a sustainable organization.

Sridhar is a lead panel member on CII sub committees on CSR, Affirmative Action as well as skill development, including key policy formulation committees in the Tata Group. He has been inducted into the “Titan Hall of Fame” for his numerous achievements and contributions.

CISCO: Archana Sahay, Corporate Responsibility - Asia Pacific Japan China

Archana has 12+ years of work experience in working with local N
PO’s like Development Alternatives, Propoor International Foundation, to International NPO’s and funding agencies like – Action Aid, Care India. Prior to Cisco, she started her career with Corporate sector at Wipro where she established their social wing – Wipro Cares, then moved to SAP for 7 years and had a short stint at Vodafone India.

Her core expertise includes CSR strategy, planning, project execution, corporate giving and fundraising, sustainability reports, N
PO partnership and employee engagements. She is on the steering committee of NASSCOM Foundation’s Business Responsibility Bangalore chapter and recently was a Grand Jury Member at the Manthan Awards.

Samhita Social Ventures: Priya Naik, Founder and Joint Managing Director

Samhita Social Ventures evolved from Priya’s work with the Nadathur family’s social initiatives in the areas of nature conservation, art, education for differently-abled children, and livelihood generation through microenterprise. Her career is an interesting fusion of on-the-ground grassroots solutions through enterprise and strategic consulting experience with established companies, a perfect combination for understanding and implementing CSR projects across the board. Priya has a Masters in Economics from Yale University, USA, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and a Masters in Commerce from Mumbai University where she stood first in the entire graduating class.

Samhita helps people and organizations “do good better” by creating symbiotic relationships between those who are bringing about change on the ground and those who have the means and resources to enable that change. The “Samhita ecosystem” provides a credible platform and thought leadership to enable N
PO’s, companies, donor agencies, individuals, philanthropists, foundations and researchers to achieve their specific goals and make informed decisions that translate into purposeful action and large-scale social impact.

Craftizen Foundation: Founder, Mayura Balasubramanian

Mayura is a social entrepreneur and an alumnus from ISB’s Class of 2004. Her venture Craftizen Foundation works with craft groups across the country to enhance artisan livelihoods by building capacity, improving design, facilitating market reach and access to working capital, primarily by enabling the corporate sector to engage with the crafts sector. Initiatives include their pioneering ‘Patron’ program for structuring long-term CSR, customized corporate merchandise and curated artworks. Craftizen is currently working with over 150 artisans across 15 craft groups in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Orissa, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. Mayura is a recipient of the innovative ‘Salaried Social Entrepreneur’ (SSE) fellowship from NABARD as part of their rural innovations fund, 2013-14.


Mayura Balasubramaniam is co-ordinating the workshop on behalf of the Alumni Associations


Date:  Friday, 12th December, 2014
Time: 9.00 A.M. - 3 P.M. including lunch
Venue: Royal Orchid Hotel, Old Airport Road, Bangalore
Registration Cost: Rs. 1,200 per participant - At the venue and online after 30th Nov 2014

Online Registration Link:
Questions? email:; tel: +919880196522

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