CHENNAI: Confederation of Indian Industry-Southern Region (CII-SR) launched the ‘CII-SR CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Gateway’ on Tuesday, an online platform connecting businesses with other CSR stakeholders to facilitate effective application of CSR funds as mandated by the Companies Act. The gateway is open to industries pan-India and is a single window solution for CSR needs with respect to capacity building, programme designing, monitoring and evaluation.
Speaking at the launch of the portal coinciding with CSR conference and exhibition on ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ organised by the CII-SR and UNICEF, Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah said, “We may boast of being one of the first countries to create a space for collaboration between the government and the NGOs (non-government organisations) to bring about development, yet we have a long way to go to fully utilise this as a springboard to strengthen our corporate and environment responsibility.”s
“The CSR Gateway will also give an opportunity to engage with a wide range of pre-designed and select projects ideal for individual and collaborative CSR initiatives besides providing access to diverse set of expertise and intermediary services to strengthen CSR initiatives in industry organisations” Rajshree Pathy, chairperson, CII Southern Region, and CMD of Rajshree Sugars & Chemicals said.
Drawing the attention of CII and its members on the benefits of investing in sanitation, Job Zachariah, chief of state office for TN & Kerala at UNICEF, said, “It is estimated that CSR fund of corporates in Tamil Nadu is about Rs 1,000 crore per year. If they spend half of the CSR funds in promoting construction and use of toilets, it will be the best investment.”
The CSR exhibition also saw the participation of many agencies involved in a variety of sanitation projects and created a platform for peer-to-peer collaboration.
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