A concept Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
Senior Specialist (Policies and Plans), National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi
India’s geo-climatic conditions as well as its high degree of socio-economic vulnerability, makes it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. It is a common notion that most disasters result from the action or inaction of people and their social and economic structures. This is a consequence of people living in ways that degrade their environment, developing and over-populating urban centers, or creating and perpetuating inequitable social and economic systems. Communities and population settled in areas susceptible to the impact of a raging river or the violent tremors of the earth are placed in situations of high vulnerability and adverse impact because of their socio-economic conditions. This is compounded by every aspect of nature being subject to seasonal, annual and sudden fluctuations and also due to the unpredictability of the timing, frequency and magnitude of the occurrence of disasters.
Talk on Corporate Social Responsibility
on the occasion of award by Chirmule Pratishthan at Pune on 29th March 2013
A few words on W.G. Chirmule
On this occasion, it is important that we remember Annasaheb Chirmule for his immense contribution to Satara and India. Shri Annasaheb Chirmule was indeed a pioneer in the banking and insurance industry in Maharashtra and India. He envisioned the need of an insurance company as early as 1913. He founded the United Western Bank, one of the commercial banks in united India way back in 1936. He was also a believer in equitable growth in India, where every citizen has the right to pursue his or her dream. Therefore, on this occasion, it is fitting to share my thoughts on corporate social responsibility and how we can contribute to create a better India.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Former Director, IIM, Ahmedabad
Corporates, Government and Non - Governmental Organizations : Changing Roles in Development
Working separately, the impact of the above three entities is limited to a certain extent. Keeping this in mind, the author opines that if all three work hand in hand with each other and realize that they are striving towards achieving the same goal, i.e., progress of the country, it would surely be the beginning of a new era in the field of development.
Glass is half-full or half-empty - the classic paradigm difference which distinguishes an optimist from a pessimist is very appropriately applicable to India today.