Jain (Deemed-to-be University) in association with Rotary Midtown Bangalore organised a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Conclave on December 1, 2018.
The objective of this event was to connect with like-minded people and share ideas on creating awareness on issues such as urban forestation, supporting education, providing clean water, environmental management and eco-efficiency, selecting possible CSR projects as well as to establish and implement sustainable and impactful CSR programmes. It was attended by NGOs with service organisations, corporate heads and executives in charge of CSR initiatives, CSR heads from corporates and business owners.
“There is so much to be done, to heal and make our efforts sustainable. We can’t stop the growth of population but we can create conditions that support an early end of this explosive growth. The natural world has held a simple truth for those who will only keep their eyes and minds open – there is strength in togetherness and in unity and in numbers,” said Dr. Kshama Bhatia, President, Rotary Bangalore Midtown while delivering welcome note.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain University Trust said, “Our social spending is more than 36-40% and it revolves around the top 10 companies. When I started the international school in Kanakapura, I first said I will adopt 2,000 children, and then I will start an international school.” He also spoke about Muhammad Yunus and Akshaya Patra. “When one person’s actions can have an impact on society, imagine what all of us can do.” He praised the efforts of Rotary Bangalore Midtown in empowering people and society. “According to me we have 3% dreamers, 20-25% are extraordinary thinkers and 60-65% are the skilled force. If these 3 are combined, we can make this a good place to live in. India can be a global answer when it comes to eradication of poverty.”
Irfan Razak, Chairman & Managing Director, Prestige Group also spoke at the event. “We can call CSR Corporate Social Responsibility and Citizens Social Responsibility because every citizen also has a responsibility. Each one of us as an individual has to do something. We can’t sit back and expect others to do what needs to be done,” said Razak. “I believe that there is a need for action. We need to put whatever we are saying in to action. It should be a sustained action. There’ll be obstacles but we need to overcome them. And for that what we need is a committed mind. Rotary is a good conduit. My request to the corporates here is use Rotary to do your funding and we’ll make sure that your funds are properly utilised.”
MR Jaishankar, Chairman & Managing Director, Brigade Group delivered the second keynote address. “By and large, we Indians are quite generous. But I still feel we are not generous enough. Corporates should ensure that the business they do is good for the society. The government has earmarked certain areas where CSR can be applied, such as removing poverty, supporting art and culture, supporting the families of war veterans and supporting sports.”
AVS Murthy, former president of Rotary and Hon. Secretary of the Rashtreeya Sikshana Samithi Trust received the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award. He was felicitated by Kshama Bhatia for his contribution to education.
There were 3 panel discussions that covered topics on Environment, Education & Hunger, and Health & Wellness.
Mr. Abdul Sait, Group CEO, Basket Option Pvt. Ltd., delivered the vote of thanks.