INDIACSR News Network
NEW DELHI: Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi in partnership with INDIACSR (www.indiacsr.in), India’s largest CSR Network organised Two Day MDP (Workshop & Training) on Corporate Social Responsibility, from 29-30th October 2012 at its MDP Center –Takshila, New Delhi.
The workshop was aimed at enhancing the understanding the various aspects of CSR for executives and researchers from Corporate, NGOs, Researchers/ Academicians. Interaction with Indian and International Experts was focused on the basic principles and implications of CSR and its underpinning concepts of sustainable development, latest development and emerging issues in the field of CSR. Workshop introduction was given by Programme Director- Prof. Saurabh Mittal. Dr. D K Batra (Director AIM Delhi).
Rusen Kumar (Founder & Director INDIACSR) welcomed the participants. Rusen Kumar highlighted the purpose of programme and said, MDP is designed to impart and understanding of basic principal and implementations of Corporate Social Responsibility and its underpinning concepts of corporate sustainability, latest development and emerging issues in the area corporate responsibility.
He said that MDP shall help in improving skill, knowledge and ability to integrate responsible and sustainable business practices.
Key Resource person Prof. C V Baxi (Ex-Dean, Ex-Director, MDI) discussed CSR Agenda Formulation, Process & Content for CSR & Sustainablity, Policy and Strategies for CSR, Drivers and Motivators for CSR, Monitoring Mechanism, MIS, Implementation process and issues, CSR Reporting & Stakeholder dialogue and sustainability reporting through research, capacity building, policy advocacy, network building and outreach.
Dr. Wayne Wisser (Founder – CSR International, Kaleidoscope Futures (Over Video Conferencing) talked about CSR Practices in Europe and other parts of the World. Dr Wayne said that in the future, we will see most large, international companies having moved through the first four types or stages of CSR (defensive, charitable, promotional and strategic) and practicing, to varying degrees, transformative CSR, or CSR 2.0. But what will CSR 2.0 look like?
How will we know it when we see it? The first test is Creativity. The problem with the current obsession with CSR codes and standards (including the new ISO 26000 standard) is that it encourages a tick-box approach to CSR. But our social and environmental problems are complex and intractable. They need creative solutions, like Freeplay’s battery-free offgridwind-up technologies (torches, radios, computers, etc.) or Vodafone’s M-Pesa scheme, whichallows the unbanked to perform basic financial transactions (depositing, withdrawing, transferring) using mobile phones.
Dr Wayne said that in the future, reliance on CSR codes, standards and guidelines like the UN Global Compact, ISO 14001, SA 8000, etc., will be seen as a necessary but insufficient way to practice CSR.
Instead, companies will be judged on how innovative they are in using their products and processes to tackle social and environmental problems.
Dr. Aditi Haldar (Director, GRI India) spoke on Reporting, Disclosures and Global Reporting Initiative and its relevance. Anil Jaggi (Founder- ICT4D) and Harsha Mukherjee (Founder- Ekjaa Consultancy) discussed the CSR initiatives in India by various organizations, the reporting standard and issues relating to their applicability in India.
Workshop had participants from world famous organizations in CSR Domain like GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, DLF Foundation, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd., Johnson Matthey Chemical India Ltd., Amdocs Development Centre India Pvt. Ltd., Akzo Nobel India Ltd., Aagati Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Chirag Rural Development Foundation, CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) India, Hindustan Zinc Limited, Essel Mining & Ind. Ltd., CSR INDIA Corporate Social Services Pvt. Ltd., Asia Pacific Institute of Management ICT4D and CSR Consultant, Ekjaa Consultancy & GRI Focal Point India.