Akshaya Patra CEO speaks at 11th International Conference on CSR
Our CEO, Shridhar Venkat, recently presented his views at the 11th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru on January 21, 2017. Organised by the Institute of Directors (IOD), India, in association with Times Now, the theme for the conference this year was ‘Embedding CSR in Corporate Strategy for Responsible Growth' and was held to discuss and debate the challenges facing the business world in effective utilisation and implementation of CSR funds and initiatives.
Mr Venkat spoke at the XI Plenary Session at the conference, on ‘Partnering with NGOs for CSR Implementations: Experiences, Learning and Future.’ The other speakers at the session were Raji Gain, Chief General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD); Vijay K Sardana, Convener, SRRF's Centre for Responsible CSO Boards and Founder President, Socio Research & Reform Foundation; and Falguni Vora, Senior Fellow and Head, Corporate Partnerships, National CSR Hub, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Among the many salient points Mr Venkat made, he stressed the need for corporates and not-for-profit organisations to have clarity of goals among themselves, to ensure trust.
Excerpts from Shridhar Venkat’s message:
"We believe it is important to have mind of a corporate and heart of a not-for-profit. This makes an NGO efficient."
“Partnership goals should be long-term, implementation should be long-term and monitoring should be long-term.”
“A lot of NGOs, over a period of time, have evolved from being auxiliary players to doing front-line roles.”
On June 7, 2017, Akshaya Patra opened a new centralised kitchen in Bhavnagar – fifth largest city in the state of Gujarat
Around 25 enthusiastic young volunteers participated in a cleanliness drive organised by AIKYA, in pursuance of its mission to enhance the quality of school education, promote a culture of ‘Cleanliness and Hygiene’ in schools served by The Akshaya