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CSR Drivers Forum

In order to discuss how corporations, governments and NGOs can contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, CAF India organised the CSR Drivers’ Forum on April 20, 2018 in New Delhi. The forum saw participation of eminent representatives from both the government and the corporate sector. All participants at the forum agreed that CSR interventions are now being aligned with a specific SDG themes. Public and private sectors need to assess their SDGs priorities. They must identify direct linkages of their ongoing practices with specific targets. And most importantly, they must evaluate their social impacts of practices and challenges being faced within each sustainability projects across regions.

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SDG Drivers’ Forum

The SDG Drivers’ Froum is a platform for changemakers from coproate India to come together and brainstorm how we can togther achieve the SDG targets. Transformative partnerships on SDG 2 – Achieving Zero Hunger: SDG forum organised in 2017 in collaboration with United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP).

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CSR Colloquium for Indian Communicators (CCIC)

Post the legislation on CSR, over the past five years, we realised that in several corporations, CSR is managed by mostly by communication professionals. This means they not only have to adapt themselves to complying with the law but also go beyond their comfort zone to assess the efficacy of CSR projects. Therefore, we decided to hold the CSR Colloquium for Indian Communicators (CCIC) in 2018.

CCIC is an in-house product developed by CAF India to address challenges communication professionals face in implementation of CSR projects. We took the CCIC Forum to the Republic TV studio in Mumbai for its second edition.

The objectives of CCIC are: -

  •  Strengthen on-going CSR initiatives: Participate in focus group discussion and develop succinct ways to refashion ongoing CSR initiatives in thematic area of interest of the organization
  •  Nurture social alliances: Share a common platform for knowledge exchange within communication professionals to establish the need to build strong social alliances to concretize ongoing CSR initiatives
  •  Establish Global Leadership:  Attain a unique position in respective stream of business, as well as a progressive entity in a global scenario by demonstrating potential to bring social change benefiting the society at large
  •  Enhance impact communication: Recommend communications strategies to advance CSR agenda in the country to resonate credibly with the consumer and stakeholders

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Devi Will Win the Race

Hailing from a small village, called Kuranda in Nagercoil, Devi, 14 joined Isha Vidhya (a unit of Isha Education) as a pre-schooler. In this short span of time, Devi and her family have been through several ups and downs.

The family had dealt a severe blow in 2015, when her father, who worked for a fish-net company met with a near-fatal accident. Her father survived but was unable to work. Having a courageous mother was a boon. Devi had barely passed Class VI, yet her mother was determined to educate her children and empower them to chase their dreams. There were times they slept on an empty stomach, but she did not budge from her commitment.

After two trying years, her mother finally landed a job in a fish-net company. Today, she is the sole bread-winner, earning a humble ₹5,000 a month. With no financial support from relatives or friends, the family somehow manages.

Devi is a scholarship student and her education is sponsored by employees of CISCO through CAF India’s Employee Giving Programme. Devi excels in sports. From 2015 to 2018, she has won first prize in running, high jump and long jump. She has also won multiple cash prizes. She aims to buck up in academics and excel there too.

Devi is a sportswoman in the making and with the right encouragement and guidance, she will make a name for herself.

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