CSR Watch is an initiative by a group of young journalists under the mentorship of academicians from various universities and management institutes. The portal is determined to share information on corporate social responsibility initiatives undertaken by businesses and public sector undertakings (PSUs).
Even after 70 years of gaining independence from the British Raj, the government’s development programmes has not reached the last mile.
Public and community health centres lack doctors; rural healthcare infrastructure is in an abysmal state, reeking of misery and poor service delivery; a number of academic positions in primary schools are vacant, and more than half the existing teachers need training.
Healthcare, education, skill development and community integration are basic elements the society is lacking and in desperate need of.
In a vast country like India, it is a gigantic task for governments to implement all its welfare programmes. And therefore in this regard, public-CSR-partnership can pave the way forward.
It is the need of the hour that government agencies and corporate houses come together and implement welfare schemes effectively. While the government has a big corpus for social sector programmes, corporate houses know the ground realty thanks to their CSR initiatives.
A recent report stated that in FY 2016, 1,270 listed companies in the BSE spent Rs 8,185 on their CSR activities. If this amount is spent effectively, as per the need of the society, especially towards the most vulnerable sections, it can play a great role in transforming our country.
CSR Watch is dedicated to keeping an eye out for such activities across India and would act as a catalyst in sharing relevant information with the people actively working toward social welfare and with the government. The portal will also lead decision makers in designing models for the effective implementation of CSR activities.
Let’s come together to work for the betterment of the country.