Rajasthan CSR Summit 2018
Since the Companies Act 2013 got incorporated on 1st April 2014, a lot has changed in business and social development ecosystem in India.
CSR has evolved from mere philanthropic and photo-based activities to more systematic, strategic and thoughtful endeavours towards solving developmental challenges.
After around four years of compliance regime of CSR, we see a lot of energy, enthusiasm and moreover a willingness to go beyond the boundaries towards CSR projects. We see emergence of new breed of Impact leaders and thoughtful initiators who are not only challenging the traditional way of development interventions but also building capacities of their peers and partners at technology, project management and impact measurements fronts. In past three we have seen passionate board members, enthusiastic CSR leaders and go-getter project executives both from the business and implementing partners’ sides.
Rajasthan is one of the fastest developing states in terms of business investment, FDI, new industrial units and socio-economic projects. In recent past the state has shown a new vigor towards innovations and partnerships to bring the state on international map for progress on triple bottom line of people, profit and planet.
The state houses some of the biggest business brands of the country and presents a good investment scenario to investors for future economic growth. According to a recent report released by NGOBOX in September 2017, Rajasthan in among the top 10 receivers of the Corporate Social responsibility fund of companies in India. With this an estimated INR 500-700 Cr. annually is being invested in Rajasthan by companies, CSR Foundations and NGOs through CSR projects and programmes.
This fund if channelized in strategic way with active consultation and engagement of all the three players; government, companies and implementing agencies, there can be more and long term impacts on communities and socio-economic growth of people of Rajasthan. With abundant natural resources, tourism destinations, wildlife presence and huge geographic expand, the state presents better opportunities for impactful CSR interventions.
To initiate a dialogue and communication, strategize CSR spend and set a new forum for future deliberations; the Government of Rajasthan and NGOBOX are organising ‘Rajasthan CSR Summit 2018’ in The Lalit, Jaipur on 6th, February 2018.
The Next Level
A lot is being done, and a lot more has to be done. It is essential for all of us to assess the journey so far and come up with more concrete understandings on which we can further build our approaches and strategies. Businesses and NGOs need to go beyond identification of partners to leveraging best out of each other. Understanding and aligning interests is crucial for partnerships.
Transparency needs to be practiced and a co-learning environment needs to be developed. Availability and access of data and information can be made through cross platform sharing. There are several such important issues that need to be realised so as to make more impactful CSR investment.
Businesses want to make an impact that would be noticed and talked about for decades. But deploying boardroom strategies on ground can only be achieved through rigorous attempts to understand and figuring out solutions for all the setbacks and by setting long term CSR goals.
At Rajasthan CSR Summit, 2018, we provide a much needed discussion, learning and co-learning platform for businesses, NGOs, social enterprises, advisory firms and government agencies. We are here to augment discussions on best practices, exchange of workable ideas, discovering impact driven solutions, building capacities and strengthening network.
Release of Rajasthan CSR Outlook Report 2018:
Rajasthan CSR Outlook Report (RCOR) is an annual report on CSR spent by big 150 + companies listed on Bombay Stock Exchange, in depth study of the CSR projects and programmes in Rajasthan with a detailed analysis of CSR spent, thematic spent and implementation model including names of implementing agencies. The report gives an overall understanding of how companies are spending their CSR budget in Rajasthan and what are the thematic priorities. This also gives insights of what type of implementation partners do these companies bring on board. The report will also cover a few case studies of flagship CSR projects in Rajasthan as well.
• Businesses Product/service promotion Outreach to BoP segment CSR Team and Board members workshop
• Social Enterprise Product marketing for CSR projects CSR partnerships pitch NGO outreach
• NGOs Enhance visibility to CSR heads/managers Pitch for CSR partnerships NGO-NGO, NGO-CSR collaboration
• Advisory Services Pitch to businesses and NGOs New client outreach
•Government Agencies Pitch government projects/schemes to businesses Multi-stakeholders partnerships