Hello RGS,

somehow, my ideology differ here a bit. i firmly believe that any action of an organization has an impact on three aspects - People, Planet and Profit, which must be measureable and recordable as the roganization is answerable to the stakeholders.

with philantrophic initiatives, its more kind of giving away, without even being aware abou the results of yoru such an initiative. secodly, when the organization is facing financial crunch, such initiatives are the first ones to get suspended, which again leads to defaming the image of the company.

i am of the opinion that there has to be business drivers for any such initiatives, which are undertaken for the benefit of people and environmental protection / development and the endeavor should be to make it self sustainable in the longer run and therefore, the need is to think on a larger magnitude... i.e. sustaining the existance. the time has changed from "tell me" to "show me" to "prove me" and therefore too, it becomes imparative... not only to take initiatives... (be it philantrophy or CSR drive.).. but to measure, manage, analyze, record and communicate to the world.

Sheela Mistry

From India, Lucknow
Hi Friends, Ours is a start up company,we are planning to do some CSR activities. Kindly suggest few ideas for CSR activities which can be implemented without involvement of cost.
From India, Delhi
Hi, Can anybody tell me that how can i initiate CSR Activity "Donation of Clothes", As i have to do this activity in my Organisation. Thanks&Regards Priyanka Mishra HR Executive
From India, Delhi
There are lot many activities on CSR. Some impoartant focus areas are Health, Education, Women empowerment, infrastructure etc. First you understand the needs and the category - Employees (both primary and secondary), community(villagers), business associates (suppliers,customers etc.). A socio-economic survey will help in analysing it, maping the programmes in a structured way connecting it to the stakeholders (direct or indirect) and the business needs. Some local NGO can help you in this regard, if you really want to pursue CSR activities. Some tips are recommended as below:-

Health - Heart, Eye, Dental and General check up camps, Blood donation camps; Awareness camps on TB, Malaria and other epidemic diseases that generally devastate the community health; HIV/AIDS awareness camps;etc. These can be arranged with the help of local Health Centres, NGOs, Doctors of some Voluntary organisations of the locality.

Education - Adult education programme, Vocational Training programmes for the unemployed youths, , Consumer awareness programme, awareness on farming, poultry farming, modern techniques for optimum utilisation of the land resource, water-harvesting techniques and its benefits, etc., Scholarships to the economically backward village school children, organising drawing competitions, providing computers for the school and any material that help the children etc.

Women empowerment - the very purpose leads to sustainability. By imparting training on various activities like tailoring classes, preparation of pickles, handicrafts, paper covers, knitting, etc.etc.

Infrastructure - For community, if you provide some building for the school, Community centre, toilets, sanitation facilities, drainages, TV for the village community centre, etc.

Please note that there should be people participation with respect to community involvement. Please ensure that money to the villagers for any sort of activities. They will try to take advantage. Always ask them to comeforward with a particular per centage of contribution from their side.

If you are able to do something for the family of your blue collared employees, it will have a great impact on positive side.

Hope the above tips may be helpful to you.

From India, Vadodara
Dear Bhavna
Please go to nearby village and offer Furniture for school children in any Government School where only poor children are studying.
Send your staff and give them task of teaching Spoken English/French or any other additional language to the children.
Conduct Medical camp in association with Family Planning Association of India or CII in the nearby village.
If your company can afford please go to some rural area and select candidates for apprentice training in your organisation, if they are worthy you can engage them in your organisation in future and otherwise you can issue a certificate to that effect and relieve them, with that certificate they can acquire their daily bread in market.
If you think you can get a lot of innovative ideas.
With warm regards
S. Bhaskar

From India, Kumbakonam

Then Please pour ideas Manju. If any one contact it will be useful only for that person but if you post a thread then it will be useful for entire CiteHR community.
Why can't you think in this angle.
With warm regards
S. Bhaskar

From India, Kumbakonam
Some ideas you could explore:
-Blood donation camps [depending on your employee strength]
-Setting up water kiosks/corners at busy areas [for the coming summer]
-Each employee can be asked to bring(buy) a small gift [wrapped], which can be distributed to slum children
- Employees can take up kids to whom they can teach basic skills/counsel them on Sundays.
- Conduct poster/slogan contests for school children and give away prizes
- Employees can be 'pen friends' - writing weekly/monthly letters to citizens in old age homes
- Training or explaining health, hygiene, financial planning, and other topics to slum dwellers and women
- Distributing posters/awareness displays at schools and NGOs

From India
Dear Ayeshwarya Now the government has passed instruction to all the Corporate companies to spend on CSR Activities. So do not try to cut the pocket of employees.
From India, Kumbakonam
Hi Dear,
I would like to introduce ourselves as a Cancer Care NGO. We work in the direction of saving life of needy underprivileged cancer patients by providing the medical facilities n medicines, with that we conduct cancer detection camps N awareness program for cancer at remote rural n urban slums.
We would appreciate if we can have CSR affiliation with your company & your contribution in movement towards the noble cause of saving life.
If you are interested kindly reply.

From India, Pune

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