“While sustaining higher rates of economic growth the improved performance of the economy must contribute to employment generation, poverty reduction and human development… Indian industry must therefore rise to the challenge of making our growth processes both efficient and inclusive. I invite corporate India to be a partner in making ours a more humane and just society. We need a new partnership for Inclusive Growth….”
Dr Manmohan Singh, at CII’s National Conference and Annual Session, 2007
India’s well-documented growth story can leap forward if more and more corporates increasingly encompass this larger picture which will ensure competitiveness with responsible, inclusive and sustainable growth.
While CII has been working on many fronts for enabling this, it is heartening to witness a growing corporate consciousness towards inclusion and contribution to development through interventions in a wide range of areas impacting societal and economic development.
Running parallel to this growing trend amongst the Corporates, we are currently witnessing an emergence and strengthening of the role of the voluntary sectors in enabling grassroot level interventions for social and economic progress. Being community based, these organizations are direct representatives of the communities they serve. At the same time, the voluntary sector has begun to seek a more professional approach in channeling passions for a more productive cause.
On the one hand the voluntary sector needs the support of adequate and continuous flow of resources for their interventions, to be implemented on a sustainable basis. On the other hand, Corporates willing to integrate CSR as a business agenda ranging from a completely philanthropic platform to a business agenda, are on the look out for viable mechanisms for integration with the grassroots, wherein they may deploy their resources effectively.
Against this backdrop CII in partnership with CAPART organised CSR-CSO Bridge2009 – Moving the Growth Story Forward through Inclusive Partnerships on 1 October 2009 at New Delhi.
The programme comprised of a Conference: Moving the Growth Story Forward through Inclusive Partnerships, which brought together thought leaders from the Government, Industry and Voluntary sectors for identifying strategies, policy interventions and other mechanisms for strengthening such connectivities. The event saw the Launch of CAPART Website ‘CSO – CSR Rendezvous’ and the release of an authoritative in-depth report that documented evaluated projects of NGOs from every part of the country. Additionally, the programme also included a “Joy Bazaar” that provided an opportunity to NGOs from across the country to showcase projects to attract potential corporate partners.
The success of the CSR-CSO event held at Delhi, and its snowball effect resulting in countrywide programmes, triggered the intent to take this initiative forward by organising the 2nd edition of National CSR-CSO Bridge on 29 August 2011 at New Delhi
The CSR-CSO Bridge 2011 has been designed as a unique platform to channelise the capacities of changemakers: individuals and organizations to catalyze social change, giving impetus to developing India. It is our belief that this endeavour will have a game-changing impact nationwide on the way the stakeholders work together towards the common goal of creating large partnerships in future.