Habitat for Humanity India in association with the Vidarbha Industries Association CSR Forum organized a dialogue on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Nagpur on March 18, Saturday 2017. The dialogue called ImPact Vidarbha : A CSR Dialogue for Transforming Vidarbha through Housing, Water and Sanitationaddressed the growing need for affordable housing and safe sanitation in India and made a strong appeal to corporates in the region to address these challenges through their CSR activities.
Leading Indian corporate organisations such as ICICI Foundation, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Bajaj Steel Industries Ltd, Baidyanath, Larson and Toubro took part in the dialogue.
Mr Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India spoke about the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility and how it has a great potential to transform not just villages or districts but the whole of India. “A decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities and increased community cohesion. Most indicators of the quality of life start improving when one has proper shelter. Having a decent place to live is foundational for families to thrive. We believe that the government needs to be supported by all of us, especially corporate India, through their CSR initiatives. Every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future. We appeal to corporates to come forward and support Habitat’s ImPact 50-50 strategy as part of your CSR initiatives. Join us and impact the districts in need with a holistic approach for integrated growth and development”, said Rajan Samuel while giving an overview about the NGO and the need for effective corporate social responsibility.
He also briefed about Habitat India has helped over 1,95,000 families gain access to decent shelter, sanitation and has also rebuilt people’s homes and lives in the aftermath of disasters. In Vidarbha region alone, Habitat has built 1683 houses, 542 sanitaiton units in Nagpur, Amaravati and Yavatmal. By 2020, Habitat for Humanity India aims to impact the lives of 5,00,000 low-income families to help them achieve their dream of living in a safe and a decent home. He added that Habitat’s work is aligned with the national flagship programmes ‘Housing for All by 2022’ aimed at providing affordable homes for the families in need and ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ for eliminating open defecation in India by 2019.’
Dr. Vijay Phate, Convener – VIA CSR Forum said, “CSR is every business organization’s duty to behave in a socially responsible way and to contribute to the sustainable development of society for improving the lives of people. Employee engagement in CSR should be used as a strategic tool to achieve the organization’s CSR objectives effectively and efficiently.”
Podar International School – Besa from Nagpur was felicitated for their contribution to the NGO for the purpose of building homes and sanitation units.
With a special focus on Vidarbha, this CSR dialogue deliberated on how various stakeholders along with can synergize their efforts to achieve sustainable solutions through Housing and Sanitation interventions in the region to build better lives for the underprivileged families.
Mr Hakimuddin Ali, Managing Director, Calderys India informed about the Importance of CSR in the Manufacturing Sector and imparting the information about CALDERY’S interventions in the CSR space.
Mr Gul Kripalani, Managing Director, Peejikay Industries also informed about the importance of partnership with non-profit organisations such as Habitat for Humanity India. Nilesh Karkare, Head –MumbaiPrograms Implementation Office, Habitat for Humanity India informed about use of Habitat’s app – HabitApp.
Earlier, Mr Sanjay Daswani, Sr. Director, Resource Development & Communications, Habitat for Humanity India made opening remarks and played video on Habitat for Humanity. Ms Christina Shaikh, Manager Special Events Habitat for Humanity India welcomed the chief guests. Mr Atul Pande, President – VIA gave his welcome address and informed about the importance of CSR activities now a days in corporate sector. Mr Hemant Lodha, Chairman, VIA CSR Forum also shared dias. Prof Ashit Sinha, former Vice President – VIA summed up the event and proposed a vote of thanks.