December 15, 2017

New Delhi, India

Day 3: December 15, 2017
9:30 to 10:45 am Plenary 1: New Potential for Inclusive Growth - Corporate Commitment to Communities

India is perhaps among the few countries to mandate corporates to contribute a part of their profits to CSR activities. While several corporates, have for long, contributed towards empowering communities in diverse ways in the past, this new legislation may compel them to rethink their strategies for a more focused approach to CSR, it may prod them to identify a few focused themes, refine them to cobble new partnerships and perhaps make them true stakeholders for shaping an inclusive India. The panel will explore all these possibilities and deliberate on the potential.

Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Research Director, India Development Foundation


  • Damodar Mall, Chief Executive Officer Grocery Retail, Reliance Retail Limited
  • Shankar Venkateswaran, Former Chief, Tata Sustainability Group
  • Gurdeep Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC Limited

10:45 to 11:00 am Networking Break
11:00 to 12:15 pm Plenary 2: From Traditional to Tactical - Strategic Shift in the CSR Paradigm

CSR in India has traditionally been seen as a philanthropic activity that was performed but often not deliberated upon. However after the 2013 Companies Act, which required a statutory contribution to CSR, Companies have begun approaching these investments in a more strategic way. While some corporates have subtly aligned their CSR investments to their business goals other have aligned it to national goals, pursuing specific themes. The discussion will take into account the way CSR has evolved over the years and how companies are getting more engaged and committed towards it in a strategic way.

Ajay K. Sud, Managing Trustee, Centre for International Development Services (CIDS)


  • Dr. Madhukar Gupta, Additional Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India
  • Neelima Khetan, Group CSR Head, Vedanta Resources Plc & Vice President, CSR Hindustan Zinc Limited
  • Aloka Majumdar, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC India
  • Brig Rajiv Williams, Corporate Head-CSR, Jindal Stainless Ltd.

12:15 to 1:30 pm Plenary 3: Models of Public Private Community Partnerships

The onus of sustainable development perhaps no longer lies solely with the government or its agencies alone. Given the kind of technical expertise and financial resources that companies possess, their potential to contribute to nation building is significant. In fact, an increasing number of companies in India are rising to this challenge by moving beyond traditional philanthropy to actively engage with the government and the community. This session seeks to highlight some of the CSR activities in India where companies have worked along with government agencies and NGOs to implement development initiatives. It presents examples that such collaboration works can be a preferred, more efficient and effective way of addressing developmental challenges.

Sudhir K Sinha , Chief Executive Officer & Chief Coach - CSR, Sustainability & Human Rights


  • Anand Mohan Tiwari, IAS, Managing Director, Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd and Chief Executive Officer, Gujarat CSR Authority
  • Vijay Chadda, Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Foundation
  • Dr. Kalpana Sankar, Chairperson and Managing Trustee, Hand In Hand
  • Clement Chauvet, Chief, Skills and Business Development, UNDP

1:30 to 2:30 pm Networking Break
2:30 to 3:45 pm Parallel
Session 1: Incubating Innovations through CSR - Corporate Experiences

In the present complex and competitive landscape, innovations for social good need structural and fundamental support to initiate, survive, grow, sustain, and attain the highest potential for communities that struggle to eke sustainable livelihoods. They require not only funds to scale up but also need training, capacity building and handholding support. India still lacks adequate incubation facilities that can catalyze the growth of the innovations on a scale that the country requires. The discussion will take into account of the opportunities that the CSR ecosystem provides for incubating and stimulating innovations to lead a change for social good.

Gaurav Kapoor, Senior Head – Industry Partnerships, CSR, Media & Advocacy, National Skill Development Corporation


  • Osama Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
  • Nidhi Pundhir, Director CSR-Head, HCL Foundation
  • Chetna Kaura, India Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Sapient Consulting Private Limited
  • Vikas Goswami, Head-Good & Green, Godrej Industries Ltd.

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Parallel Session 2: Investing in Communities: Seeking Scale and Sustainability

CSR is in existence in India from a long time and the companies have been contributing to social development in their own ways. Over time, CSR has become more organized and intrinsic part of a company’s overall sustainability strategy. Today companies are implementing their CSR in a strategic way with a more measurable and result oriented approach. The aim of the companies is to improve the sustainability and scalability of CSR project and to build stronger and enhanced engagements with the society. The discussion will take into account how an organization can build up sustainable CSR projects and scale it up over a period of time.

Ashok Varma, Partner-GRID (CSR Advisory), PricewaterhouseCoopers


  • Ruchi Khemka, Vice President & Head, CSR, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Apoorva Oza , Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
  • Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee, Chief Executive Officer, Future Learning
  • PV Narayanan, CSR Leader, GE South Asia, GE Power

3:45 to 4:15 pm Networking Break
4:15 to 5:30 pm

Valedictory Session

Special Address

  • Sanjeev Asthana, Chairman, ACCESS Development Services
  • Prabhat Singh, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Petronet LNG Ltd.

Presentation of XLRI ACCESS Livelihoods Awards

Valedictory Address
Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India

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