ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION

Four years ago, a good friend and a very senior government colleague here in India, Pravir Kumar, asked me to weigh the prospects of getting into the area of CSR. Given that his thoughts and ideas were way ahead of time, I was taken by surprise by his confidence in my own abilities to make a mark in what was then an emerging field. It took me two years to set up the Indian Centre for CSR (ICCSR). I started with the conviction that without a strong and stable foundation, nothing concrete could be built.  ICCSR partners with leaders in the CSR world, and has emerged as a reference point for CSR in India, with a focus on three verticals: Education, Media and Advisory, which together are showing the way ahead in how CSR should be conducted.  It is time to build a robust platform for companies to contribute meaningfully towards People, Planet and Society. We, at ICCSR, would want to be a true and trusted companion in this journey.

Rajesh Tiwari is the Founder & CEO of Indian Centre for CSR. ICCSR specializes in CSR and Sustainability Advisory services. Prior to ICCSR, he founded Tikona Digital, was a Group Director at Reliance Industries and spent 14 years as one of the founding members of the public sector telecom company MTNL.