Sunday, February 19, 2012

National Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) hosted a National Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, jointly organized by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and XIMB.  The NCCSR 2012 celebrated the silver Jubilee of XIMB platinum jubilee of TISS and was facilitated by the Centre for Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Corporate Social Responsibility, and The Social Responsibility Cell at XIMB, along with Centre for Development Studies at TISS.

The three day conference had two main events: a paper presentation competition for the prestigious XIMB- TISS award. Companies from all over the country, like Monsanto India, Airports Authority of India, Vedanta and many others showcased their Corporate Social Initiatives- ranging from sustainability in agriculture, rehabilitation of villagers, and innovative solutions to water crisis management. The award was won by Indian Oil Corporation.

The second focus was on Individual paper presentations by scholars from different universities all over the country. Topics ranged from “CSR – A Feasibility Study through Prisoners Dilemma” to “Creating Intellectual Capital in the ecosystem- A shared value approach Corporate Social Responsibility”.

Corporate Social Responsibility is fast gaining relevance in the 21st century- especially after the new guidelines from the Government of India, which makes CSR mandatory for Public Sector Undertakings. The primary purpose of this conference is thus to explore emerging trends in CSR in various organizations, identify challenges and issues.


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