International Conference on CSR in Jabalpur Today

Rusen Kumar from Jabalpur

JABALPUR: Xavier Institute of Management, an educational wing of Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies, Jabalpur is organizing two day International Conference on CSR  ( from 4 October to 5 October 2012. Jabalpur is a major town in the state of Madhya Pradesh. More than 100 participants are joining the mega event.

The conference will address relevant subjects like CSR and Sustainable Community Development, Safeguards for Industrialization and Sustainable Development, Land Acquisition, Resettlement & Rehabilitation,  Environmental Safeguards, CSR and  various Stakeholders, NGOs and CSR relation, role of Academicians in CSR, Government Regulations for CSR and Socio-Cultural Dimensions and CSR.

Shri Ishwar Das Rohani, Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha  is the Chief Guest  for Inaugural function and will inaugurate the conference at 11 am on 4 October 2012 in the institute campus.  Shri Uma Shankar Gupta, Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh will preside over the function. Mr. Charly POPPE, First Secretary, Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium is the Guest of Honour (Valedictory) for the mega function.

Director of XIDAS Dr Fr Rajnjit Tigga would give welcome speech while Professor Mehul Chouhan would present over view of the conference.

According to Department of Social Entrepreneurship & CSR  of the institute, various thematic areas like Watershed Management, Women Empowerment, Environment Protection, Literacy Promotion, Conducting Income Generation Activity, Environment Conservation and Fighting Social Evils like Dowry etc have been undertaken by the Corporates as part of their Social Responsibility. This is the area where the Non- Governmental Organisations , Civil Society Organisations also play a very important role. There is a need to have a dialogue between the Corporates, NGOs and the Academicians to further understand the concept, dynamics, policies and interventions related to CSR.

CSR is the commitment of companies towards the community on voluntary basis to manage its roles as producer, employer, customer, marketer and citizen. The long-term sustainability has become the main objective of CSR. In India, the concept of CSR is not a new concept but it existed from the Kautilya period. Even, Gandhiji also recognized the concept of CSR with the view of Sarvodaya and emphasized on need of taking social responsibility towards the disadvantage groups irrespective of caste, colour, and creed. Initially the conceptualization of CSR was based on the philanthropic approach but however due to the influence of post-liberalization philanthropy model has shifted to the stakeholder participation model.

For two day event some of the prominent speakers are:

Dr. H. M. Mishra , OSD Training, Directorate of Urban Development, Bhopal

Mr. A. B.  Haldar, GM, TLCMP, NTPC Ltd.

Shri Gulshan Bamra, Collector, Jabalpur

Prof. William Thorn, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA

Dr. (Fr.) Alex Ekka SJ, Director, Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi

Ms. Anagha Mahajani,  DGM, Ambuja Cement Foundation Mumbai (Bombay)

Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera, Head, PG Department of Anthropology, Sambalpur University, Orissa

Mr. Harsh Jaitli, CEO, Voluntary Action Network of India, New Delhi

Mr. Jayant Kumar, Head of Programmes, Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action, New Delhi

Dr. Masood Parveez , Regional Director, IGNOU, Jabalpur, MP

Dr. R. C. Mahapatra, Head family and CD Initiatives, TSRDS (TATA STEEL Ltd.)

Dr. Ramesh C Swarankar, Social Safeguard Specialist, Asian Development Bank, New Delhi

Ms. Ranu Kulshreshta, CSR Head, Moser Baer,  New Delhi

Mr. Ramakant Tiwari, CEO, Mahan Coal Field Ltd., Singrauli, M.P.

Mr. Sanjeev Jain, DGM, RS – IOC, MPSO (Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.)

Prof. Tata L. Raghu Ram, Xavier Labour Relations Institute, XLRI, Jamshedpur

Dr. U. Prakasham, IFS     Director, Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur

Mr. V. K. Khare, AGM, SAIL, Bhilai

Prof. Vijoy S Sahay,  Prof. & Head, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Allahabad (UP) / Editor-in-Chief, The Oriental Anthropologist

Dr. (Fr.) Walter Fernandes SJ,    Director, North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahti, Assam

In India, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) differs from place to place, from industry to industry and over time. It is increasingly accepted that in order to define precisely what social responsibility means to a company it needs to engage with its stakeholders and take into account their needs and aspirations while designing CSR strategies and programmes. It is difficult to define CSR precisely because it will always have a location-specific context.

The world business Council for Sustainable Development defines CSR thus: “Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large.”



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