BENGALURU: Save the Children along with PwC India Foundation, today organised a roundtable on Creating Transformational Business Partnerships for Child Rights. CSR heads of leading Electronics, IT, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Financial organisations attended the meet. Bidisha Pillai, CEO, Save the Children was also present at the event.
Businesses discussed top CSR trends and projections for 2019, and how stakeholders could leverage each other’s assets, connections, creativity and expertise to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and collectively achieve development and business objectives.
Addressing the congregation, Bidisha Pillai said, “The quality of partnerships we want to have is of great importance. We are looking for stakeholders with a similar vision who have complementary skills that come together to tackle the difficult problems, in difficult areas where the burden is the highest and which are the hardest to reach.”
The discussion on Creating Transformational Business Partnerships for Child Rights is an extension of PwC’s commitment to make a marked difference in the child rights space; and spark a debate on how corporates can collaborate to leverage each other’s strengths to ensure that the rights and entitlements of children of our country are protected.
Dilip Thakore, publisher of Education World, who moderated the open discussion, said, “India has the largest population of children and youth (550 mn), the challenge is to make them productive, to ensure that they become an asset and not a liability for the nation. It’s a panic situation as currently the gap between India and other countries is widening in terms of educated and skilled human capital. A monumental effort is required by all stakeholders including India Inc. to focus first on education.”
The event provided an opportunity for business leaders and other stakeholders to explore how their decisions can maximise the positive impacts and minimise the negative impacts on children.