The Why, What and How of the CSR Mandate: The India Story


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‘The Why, What and How of the CSR Mandate: The India Story’ is the first Chapter authored by Nayan Mitra and Rene Schmidpeter in the book ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Cases and Developments after the Legal Mandate’ edited by them and published by Springer International Publishing, Switzerland under its CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance series. The Book is available both in e-version and hard copy from Springer as well as Amazon and many other online book stores all over the world. The abstract of the chapter is as follows:

Abstract: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India has come a long way from Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Trusteeship model’ of CSR to being mandated for certain companies through a statute in the Companies Act, 2013. However, this leap from voluntary to mandatory is witnessing a period of transition. This chapter outlines a brief history of CSR in India from the mid-1850s to the present day and especially lays focus on the CSR mandate. Furthermore, this chapter introduces the readers to the structure of the Book, titled ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in India – Cases and Developments after the Legal Mandate’ and provides a brief peek into its various chapters.

The keywords are: Trusteeship model, India; Bharat, Human Development Index (HDI), Billionaire Wealth, National Voluntary Guidelines (NVG), Section 135 of Companies Act 2013

Author brief

Ms. Nayan Mitra comes with a rich mix of diverse professional experience of over sixteen years. She straddles seamlessly between academics, social and corporate sectors. As a Developmental Consultant, she has worked closely with some of the eminent Corporations and not-for profits of India as well as being in their Advisory and Board level. She has conducted several social researches for multi-lateral agencies; the findings of which have become important bases for sustainable action. She has been a resource person in eminent Institutions of higher learning in the areas of CSR and Corporate Governance and has important peer reviewed research publications to her credit in national and international Academic journals and books as well as delivered at key Conferences. She was a finalist of the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence – 2013, as conferred by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the British Deputy High Commission.

Dr. René Schmidpeter holds the Dr. Juergen Meyer Endowed Chair for International Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at Cologne Business School (CBS), Germany. He is also a professor at the Nanjing University of Finance and Economics and Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He is a series editor for Springer’s CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance books, a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility (ECSR) and an editor of the Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (DCSR) as well as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of CSR (Springer). His research and teaching activities focus on the management of Corporate Social Responsibility, international perspectives on CSR, Social Innovation and Sustainable Entrepreneurship as well as the relationship between business and society.


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