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Northeast Today

North East CSR Forum held in Guwahati

North East CSR Forum held in Guwahati
February 27
11:09 2019

NET Bureau

With the collaborations of impacts at its focus, CSRBOX and Dalmia Bharat Group came together to host the mega forum ‘North East CSR Forum’. Charities Aids Foundation India and Oxfam India co-hosted the event and Centre for Catalyzing Change were the Knowledge Partner. The forum was held at Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati on 26th February 2019. In the event, the North East CSR Outlook Report was also released. The forum hosted 390 delegates from 252 organizations, PSUs, and 28 Exhibitors. It brought together Companies and CSR foundations, State governments from the North East States and associated agencies, non-profits, Impact investors and social incubators, Social enterprises and Academic and technological institutes.

Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj, Group Head, CSR and CEO, Dalmia Bharat Foundation said, “Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF) is delighted to have partnered with NGOBOX and CSRBOX for the North East CSR Forum. This forum will prove to be a great platform for businesses to come together and discuss the importance of CSR and how it would help in the development of the North Eastern region. Our partnership with NGOBOX for this forum is in line with the programmes that we have undertaken here and will give us an opportunity to showcase the best practices that we have adopted. Dalmia Bharat Foundation has been working in the areas of water, energy and livelihood skill training; and has impacted close to 50,000 people every year in the region. We are hopeful that our continued association with NGOBOX will be a key enabler for us to make an impact in this region.”

In the Inaugural session, the North East CSR Outlook Report 2019 was released in presence of Chief Guest Mr. Alemtemshi Jamir (IAS), CEO, Investment & Development Authority of Nagaland, Govt. of Nagaland (Former Chief Secretary-Nagaland) and Dr W.R. Reddy, IAS, Director General, NIRD&PR. The Keynote address were delivered Mr. Vishal Bhadwaj, Ms. Meenakshi Batra, CEO, Charities Aids Foundation (CAF) India, Mr. Pankaj Anand, Director – Programme & Advocacy, OXFAM India and Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director, Centre for Catalyzing Change.

According to the North East CSR Outlook Report 2019 published by CSRBOX, the CSR spend in North East India in Financial Year 2017-18 was INR 342.48 Cr which is 3.6 % of the total CSR spent in the year. The analysis was conducted on 85 companies including PSUs like Oil India Ltd. ONGC, Indian Oil and limited companies like Dalmia Bharat Ltd etc.

The forum saw 5+ thematic discussions covering major CSR interventions in thematic areas like Agriculture and Livelihoods, Healthcare, Skill Development, Education and Sports, Corporate focus on North East region etc.

The forum saw participation from the likes of  Dalmia Bharat, Cognizant, Vedanta Limited, SKF India Limited,  SBI Foundation, Tata Trusts, CRISIL Foundation, British Council, National Foundation of India etc.

 

 

 

 

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