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MUMBAI: UBM India will be hosting Giving Back – NGO India 2014, its annual CSR event on the 25th and 26th of September at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai.
This is the 3rd edition of the initiative that provides for free exhibit space, promotion and exposure to the over 120 NGOs from all over the world. The event will witness the presence of eminent personalities and dignitaries from the industry, addressing the conference. Kajal Aggarwal is the Brand ambassador for NGO India 2014.
The theme for Giving Back – NGO India 2014 is Sustainability, given the importance of the growing need in incorporating the practice within the Indian Corporate environment. With the new Companies Law, it is becoming increasingly important to lay down a clear vision and mission path for the private and public sector companies to manage their CSR activities.
The event, through discussions and interactions, will provide valuable insights and discuss key issues and challenges to build a strong CSR platform and model.
NGOs from every area of concern – Healthcare, Care for the Elderly, Children’s Rights, Women’s Empowerment and Restoration – will be participating in the event including Make A Wish Foundation of India, Watershed Organisation Trust, Women’s India Trust, GOONJ and Helpage India amongst others. Eligibility of NGOs has been determined through a stringent 10-point due diligence process which has been conducted by Guidestar India.
There will be a high content led conference with speakers from companies like Aditya Birla, Coca Cola, Tata Group, HSBC, Aircel, Jindal Steel, Thomson Reuteurs etc. TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will be conducting a parallel workshop at the event.
The speakers includes, Pragnya Ram, CSR, President, Aditya Birla Group, Rebecca Masika, Social Activist, Medha Patkar, Social Activist, S. Parasuraman, Director, TISS, Aloka Majumdar, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC, Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj, Namita Vikas, Country Head- Responsible Banking, Yes Bank, Vikas Putharan, Corporate Alliance, Give India among others.
The event will address panel discussions/sessions on topics including:
How and Why of CSR
NGOs – For profit or not for profit?
Role of NGOs in social inclusion
Role of corporate in inclusive development
GRI’s sustainability reporting guideline G-4
CHANGE MAKERS – NGOs that made a difference
Commenting on UBM India’s CSR initiative-Giving Back- NGO India, Mr. Joji George, Managing Director,UBM India said,”As part of our commitment to create and promote sustainability among organizations and its impact on society, UBM India initiated three years back, Giving Back- NGO India, a platform for dialogue and action amidst NGOs, corporates and policy makers. In the past two years, close to 170 NGOs, addressing various causes from child education, women empowerment, poverty eradication to environment sustainability, were provided complementary exhibition space at the Bombay Exhibition Grounds.
Last year, participation of over 2600 attendees and 300 corporate visitors from the top 500 companies of India, has successfully made this initiative, an industry event. The UBM India team and the participating NGOs are keen to turn yet another leaf of success with this year’s edition and look forward to participation of fraternity icons and industry representatives to further encourage and help the common cause of, together, giving back to the society.”