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SPO India CSR Summit, 2017

SPO India, one of the leading magazines, that focuses on the CSR and Sustainability Sector, organized a CSR Summit & Awards on the 25th of May this year. It was the 3rd edition of their unique CSR initiative ‘SPO India CSR Summit & Awards 2017’ and was themed, “Marching towards Sustainable Economy through CSR”. The aim of the event was to provide a common platform to all stakeholders from the voluntary sector, Indian corporate and the government to network and interact, on how to make the Indian economy sustainable through CSR. It facilitated engagement by providing a platform to eligible NGOs to participate in it.

The event started with an introductory speech by Mr. Ajay Chaudhary, Deputy General Manager (Marketing) at Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India and he gave an overview of ALIMCO, in supporting the disabled.002

The NGOs which received SPO India Emerging Award 2017 were-

  • Aaradhya Foundation
  • Akshar Foundation
  • Cuddles Foundation
  • Cyber Peace Foundation
  • Donate an hour Janwar Castle Community Foundation
  • Khushi Baby Association
  • Nudge Life Skill Foundation
  • Unnayan Foundation Trust
  • Waste Warrior

The organisations which received SPO India CSR Leadership Award 2017 were-

  • National Thermal Power Corporation Limited
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
  • South Eastern Coalfields Limited
  • Central Coalfields Limited


The discussions were modeled around the topics, “Creation of Sustainable Economy through CSR” and “Corporate Innovations to make CSR Sustainable”.

The panel was joined by Ms. Meenakshi Batra, CEO, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India; Ms Mamta Saikia, Chief Operating Officer, Bharti Foundation; Ms Sonia Shrivastava, Head, Vodafone Foundation; Dr Angeli Qwatra, CEO, Centre for Disaster Risk and Safety; Mr Mathew Cherian, CEO HelpAge India; Mr Shantanu Mishra, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation; Mr Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation; Mr Pramel Gupta, CEO, Vrutti (Catalysts Group) Ms Gayatri Subramaniam, Convener & Chief Programme Executive, IICA; Mr P.K. Joseph, Programme Director, DLF Foundation; Ms Prerna Mehrotra, Partnership Officer – Private Sector Engagement,

UNICEF India and Ms Tushara Shankar, Head-CSR, United Breweries Limited.

While discussing the importance of CSR, Mr Shrikant Sinha said, “NGOs need to change the way of working, only then would it be possible to create a sustainable economy through CSR”.

These Summits not only provide a platform to NGOs, corporates and government for networking and interactions but also motivate them to work dedicatedly towards the society by appreciating and rewarding them for their hard work.

Ankita Rawat

Ankita is a Graduate and Post Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication and has done internsips with The Hindu(Daily Newspaper) and JWT (Advertising Agency). She is currently working as a Digital Marketing Associate at Barefoot International Pvt. Ltd.

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