Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Cases and Developments after the legal mandate, an overview

By Rusen Kumar

Your favourite news portal India CSR is very happy to initiate a series of articles by some of the stalwarts of CSR policy-maker, academic and practitioner fraternity from all over the world that forms the various chapters in the recently released Book, Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Cases and Developments after the legal mandate, edited by Ms. Nayan Mitra (Developmental Consultant, India) and Dr. Rene Schmidpeter (Dr. Jurgen Meyer Endowed Chair for International Business, Ethics and CSR, Cologne Business School, Germany).

This is a first-of its kind Book that unveils to the world the implication, implementation and the way forward of the historical CSR mandate in India. Comprising of thirteen well thought out chapters, the Book has been published by Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.

The first chapter authored by the editors provides a brief preview on ‘The Why, What and How of the CSR Mandate: The India Story’ that presents a brief background of the mandate in relation to the socio-economic realities of India as well as the historical evolution of CSR in India.

The next chapter by Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, also known as the Father of CSR in India, for the first time in this Book, elucidates through an entire step by step process, the genesis of the Section 135 and Schedule VII under the Companies Act, 2013 in an interview to Ms. Nayan Mitra, one of the editors.

Further, through another Chapter on ‘CSR Implementation: How it is done in India’ he details how CSR is expected to be accomplished under the new mandate. Since, the two chapters use an interview technique of deliberation, the language and the logic flow is conversational and succulent to provide a touch-feel effect.

Infact, to reinforce the academic and industry corroboration, this Book has a rich anthology of Case Studies from some of the most eminent Companies in India like Tata, ITC, Jindal Steel, Ernst & Young, authored by Ms. Sukanya Patwardhan, Dr. Ashesh Ambasta, Brig. Rajiv Williams and Mr. Sridhar Iyer respectively. Other chapters too, like that of Ms. Meeta Sengupta’s, ‘Impact of CSR on Education Sector’ has abounding case studies, all in real time and space.

Academic interceptions like Dr. Sumona Ghosh’s empirical study on CSR reporting and the thought-provoking deliberations of Dr. Ananda Das Gupta, Dr. Asif Akhtar and Dr. Ahmad Faraz Khan on the future of the mandate further enhances the rich content of the Book.

The views of Dr. Vikrant Shirodkar of University of Sussex and Dr. Rene Rueth of the Institute for Management Education and Culture in two separate chapters brings together the world view to this mandate.

In a nutshell, this Book provides a holistical vision of the CSR environment in the early years of the CSR mandate, by documenting its past, present as well as its predicted future by some of the most illustrious CSR stakeholders – policymakers, academics and practitioners.

‘Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Cases and Developments after the legal mandate’ was first soft launched  at the Industrie-und Handelskammer zu Koln (Chamber of Commerce) in Cologne, Germany in August, 2016 by Springer, where it caught the eager attention of over 300 key global audience at the 3rd International Conference of CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance; then, on September 2, 2016 at the Imperial Hotel, New Delhi by Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee.

Also Read: Contents of the Book Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Cases and Developments after the legal mandate

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(Rusen Kumar is the editor at, India’s largest CSR & Sustainability News portal. He can be reached at