Social Impact

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Business ecosystem, people and environment at the heart of CSR

2020-05-11T04:01:05+00:00March 13th, 2020|2020, Guest Columns - India Global Business, North America Edition – 13 March-26 March 2020, Social Impact Focus - India Global Business, UK Edition – 13 March-26 March 2020|

The Legrand Group in India says it has undertaken several projects to promote education, skill development, health and disaster management in the country. Highlights: Legrand’s CSR policy contributes to 10 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) defined by the UN. The Telemedicine Centre, for the first time in India, provides medical consultation services to communities located in remote villages. The ‘LIFE Mission’ project supported flood hit Kerala in rebuilding houses (4,000+), powering back up supports to government hospitals [...]

Helping children with Autism in India

2020-05-09T17:14:43+00:00January 10th, 2020|2020, Guest Columns - India Global Business, North America Edition – 10 January 2020, Social Impact Focus - India Global Business, UK Edition – 10 January 2020|

The Helping Hands organisation is striving hard to enrich the lives of underprivileged children with autism and other learning and behavioural differences, while also raising awareness among society. Highlights: According to research, one in every hundred children under the age of 10 is somewhere on the Autism spectrum. People from poor economic backgrounds lack knowledge of ASD or access to get help for it. Helping Hands Organisation (H2O) is a not-for-profit based out of Kerala, India which provides support and [...]

Transforming lives with HOPE

2020-09-21T08:34:09+00:00November 27th, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 29 November 2019, UK Edition – 29 November 2019|

With healthcare, occupational skills for employability, preservation of national heritage art & culture and empowerment of society at the core of all their work, the Schaeffler Group is committed to bringing about a positive change in the society while ensuring profits for all their shareholders. Highlights: Sustainability offers businesses a chance to build resilience and withstand volatile economic pressure. It is important for sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) function to graduate from a ‘support function’ level, and become mainstream. [...]

Pathway to create sustainable impact at scale

2019-11-08T08:03:16+00:00October 23rd, 2019|2019, North America Edition – 25th October 2019, UK Edition – 25th October 2019|

The CEO of a prominent social enterprise lists the several avenues they have created to empower women from low-income households and the strategy that drives these initiatives. Highlights: The foundation has created the Grameen Mittra model to overcome barriers faced by low-income people at different stages of their adoption journey. These are typically young women from the rural community who are recruited, trained and enabled to work as a micro-franchisee. They also created the Grameen Impact Venture (GIV), a social [...]

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights abuse

2019-09-13T12:47:09+00:00September 11th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – September 2019, North America Edition – September 2019|

The head of a global human rights organisation explains the various programmes being implemented on the ground in India to address gender bias and help women and girls meet their potential. Anjali, a 15 year old girl, started attending Breakthrough’s school-based gender equity program called Taaron ki Toli (Gang of Stars) sometime in December 2017. Anjali lives in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh in India, which, until recently was called Kudamau. Kudamau literally means, “garbage dump”. Within a few [...]

Development Impact Bonds: an innovative future for financing social impact

2019-08-27T12:32:39+00:00August 23rd, 2019|2019, UK Edition – August 2019|

Social impact investing offers a unique solution to India’s quest to meet the UN’s SDG goals, writes the executive Director of British Asian Trust. India has set itself an ambitious target to accelerate its economic growth beyond 7% over the next five years, while ensuring there is no trade-off between sustainability and development in order to fulfil its United Nations-mandated Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Achieving this would be no mean feat. Adopted in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly, [...]

Using design thinking for integrated development issues

2019-09-06T21:38:21+00:00August 9th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – August 2019|

The MD and CEO of Siemens India expands on how the company’s Project Asha is addressing the severe development deficit in rural India. Mokhada Block, Palghar district, Maharashtra, a complete tribal belt is around 130 kilometers north of India’s financial capital Mumbai. The nearest town is Wada, 27 kilometers away. The village lacked basic amenities that city-dwellers take for granted. Every year, during monsoon, most of the villages in Mokhada would be cut off from the rest of the world [...]

Education at the heart of creating real impact on the ground

2019-07-29T12:34:51+00:00July 26th, 2019|2019, UK Edition – July 2019|

The chief of the Corporate Social Responsibility wing of a leading communications services multinational gives an insight into the vision behind the creation of the WPP India Foundation and the results on the ground. The India Challenge In India, education continues to exert and influence on the behaviour of the youth. The government, civil society and industry have been tackling the quality crisis in education within the country. Changing behaviours and attitudes of the underserved youth adds complexities, especially when [...]

Healthy women are the core of strong communities

2019-07-15T07:23:14+00:00July 6th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – June 2019, Home Page|

A social entrepreneur and educationist outlines the numerous social and collaborative initiatives carried out by the Max India Foundation to break social taboos and create awareness. Every eight minutes, one Indian woman succumbs to a painful death because of cervical cancer, estimates a study by the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research. Other studies paint a grimmer picture highlighting that more than 453 million Indian females — aged 15 years and above —are at risk of developing Cervical Cancer [...]

Changing lives in India through ground breaking partnerships

2019-06-26T08:19:39+00:00June 25th, 2019|2019, Special Edition – June 2019|

The British Asian Trust’s partner-driven, outcome-focussed initiatives demonstrate that a collaborative approach to India’s social issues can result in long-lasting change. With the charitable sector increasingly adopting the principles of business, collaboration lies at the heart of the British Asian Trust’s vision of philanthropy. It is our fundamental belief that working closely with like-minded businesses, NGOs, academics and governments is the most effective way of creating long-lasting, sustainable change in India. As our results testify, our impact as a collective [...]