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India CSR News Network
MUMBAI: Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini- Mumbai is organizing a two-day “National Convention on Corporate Social Responsibility” on the theme “Relationship Building beyond Funding” on 15-16 February 2014 for corporates, and National and International NGOs and Community as well as Govt. Leaders at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhani’s (RMP) Knowledge-Excellence Centre, Keshav Srishti, Esselworld Road, Uttan Bhayander (West) (Near Mumbai).
CSR is neither just philanthropy nor funder-facilitator-beneficiary network. It is essentially about relationship. Ideally, the process has to be highly participatory where both, corporate and voluntary social workers or community volunteers first understand each other, recognize mutual purity of purpose and understand that participatory CSR will add great value to the capacities of each one of them.
Happily, there appears greater realization that investment at the community level is essential, where our national goals and development indicators like life expectancy, infant and child mortality, sanitation facilities and access the primary education, etc. are still abysmal. In fact even the government expects Corporate India to participate in the welfare programmes.
It is certainly good to be engaged with people who live in and around plants, but companies need to look beyond their business interests. “If companies aspire to be national and global entities, their reach (in the social sector) must also be national and global”. Industry gets so many incentives from the government and companies can have more responsible practices in place.
Rambhau Mhlagi Prabodhini (RMP), as South Asia’s only training and research academy working for capacity building of voluntary organisations and elected representatives, has been regularly interacting with both, voluntary social workers as well as corporates. RMP also has been working on a project called Institution Building Support Scheme (IBSS), since 2006; aimed at institutional mentoring of NGOs. Several corporate executives regularly help us in this project. It is our firm belief that there are many areas in which corporate houses and NGOs can work together for mutual benefit. NGOs have to understand the expectations of corporate houses and improve upon monitoring, research and documentation. On the other hand companies must appreciate the potential of valuable experiential learnings that they can acquire via interactions with the voluntary sector.
Objectives of the event is to create a common platform for the Government, Corporates, NGOs, and Communities to plan for integrated development, depand companies’ CSR role to focus more towards participative mechanisms aimed at improving the national developmental indicators, explore the idea of Mutual Mentorship between corporate houses and voluntary organizations, where the former mentors the later on technical, managerial aspects and the later helps the former in developing deeper insights into community issues, socio-economic and cultural aspects of sustainable development and Build capacity of implementing partners and individuals for collective, sustainable and economic development.
The expected participants of the convention will be representatives from the concerned Government departments, Corporates, NGOs, and community leaders.
For Official Representatives of Voluntary Organisations/NGOs – Rs 100*
For Official Representatives of Companies and Trade/Industry Organisations – Rs.300
For all others – Rs.500
Organising Committee, NC-CSR