11-13 DECEMBER 2017
GURUGRAM, INDIA

program overview

Despite groundbreaking provisions to encourage CSR by the Government of India, many corporate investments fail to achieve the fullness of their desired impact.

The CSR law as embodied in The Indian Companies Act of 2013 has been interpreted by a significant number of Indian Companies as an obligation to the country’s developmental goals and as such been envisioned and executed as a corporate citizenship/responsibility program. Such an approach misses the opportunity to bring greater strategic focus to their CSR portfolios through better coordination with the business, clearer measurement and deeper alignment to the organizational purpose and values.

The CSR Forum is intended to promote a dynamic exchange between renowned faculty and industry leaders. Attendees learn how to apply practical frameworks to evaluate their current CSR approach, coordinate CSR efforts across their organization, and where possible, to innovate and harmonize it with the company’s core activities.


Through this intensive interaction, attendees work to create a coherent CSR strategy that aligns social and environmental efforts with the business purpose and values of their company.

On the Agenda

The CSR Forum features a series of case studies designed to facilitate a rich dialog among attendees. Each discussion will be facilitated by Dr. V. Kasturi Rangan, senior faculty and co-chairman of the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative.

Topics include :

Developing & managing a CSR portfolio.

Discovering the latest CSR best practices.

Aligning CSR activities with your companies goals, values and capabilities.

Including CSR metrics in performance management systems.

Measuring social and business impact.

Making the case for CSR to employees, senior leaders and investors.

Apart from case discussions, a panel of senior industry leaders will share unique perspectives and life experiences on key CSR themes.

Case Study Discussions

The forum will highlight managerially useful aspects of how to develop and execute an effective CSR strategy using successful case studies like:

1
Hindustan Unilever Project Shakti (India) HUL’s Project Shakti will demonstrate what the boundaries of CSR are, and how to envision it and fully integrate it as part of your business. The session will outline the concept of Shared Value.
2
PNC Grow Up Great (U.S.) PNC will show how to start a CSR program and what benefits may be derived even without full integration into the business plan. This session will provide a practical blueprint on how to develop a CSR program from scratch.
3
Starbucks & Conservation International (U.S. and Mexico) Starbucks will demonstrate how to work a partnership with NGOs. Where to draw the line and where to encourage integration
4
Magic Bus: From childhood to livelihood (India) Magic bus is aimed at those participants who are from NGOs and civil society and will help them think strategically about how they should partner with businesses.
5
Ambuja Cement True Value Measurement. (India) Ambuja Cement will demonstrate how social and environmental value creation can be, and should be, measured.
The program will also include a workshop session based on Dr. V Kasturi Ragan’s framework (Three Theatres) where participants appraise their CSR programs, its strengths and weaknesses and seek peer-consultations on how to improve its effectiveness.

Program details

The CSR Forum is intended primarily for senior executives who direct corporate social responsibility activities at established companies. This includes a company’s directors who constitute its CSR committee as required by the Indian Law. It is also appropriate for executives who oversee related departments such as public affairs, environmental health and safety, human resources, finance or community relations. Senior managers with profit-and-loss responsibilities and sustainability functions reporting to them will also benefit.

Established nonprofits that partner with companies to execute social or environmental programs on the ground may also be considered on a case-to-case basis.

The event is restricted to a maximum of 60 attendees to ensure rich participation.


The CSR Forum is intended primarily for senior executives who direct corporate social responsibility activities at established companies. This includes a company’s directors who constitute its CSR committee as required by the Indian Law. It is also appropriate for executives who oversee related departments such as public affairs, environmental health and safety, human resources, finance or community relations. Senior managers with profit-and-loss responsibilities and sustainability functions reporting to them will also benefit.

Established nonprofits that partner with companies to execute social or environmental programs on the ground may also be considered on a case-to-case basis.

The event is restricted to a maximum of 60 attendees to ensure rich participation.


Registration Fee
₹ 1,00,000*
* + Applicable taxes
2-3 Conference Pass Bundles
10% Discount
4+ Conference Pass Bundles
20% Discount
Not for Profit/ NGO'S
25% Discount

event facilitator &
other eminent speakers

V. Kasturi Rangan Professor of Marketing,
Harvard Business School
V. Kasturi Rangan, Ph.D., is the Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing at the Harvard Business School. Until recently the Chairman of the Marketing Department (1998-2002), he is now a founding co-chair of the school's Social Enterprise Initiative.
Ashoke Joshi, Chairman
Srinivasan Services Trust
Jagdish Acharya
Advisor, Asian Paints
Mamta Saikia
COO Bharti Foundation
(Confirmed)
Deepa Menon
SVP CSR and Corporate
Communications
(PVR Limited)*
*Tentative

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