After successful stints in Mumbai and a great response, ACF held the most recent meet in Delhi on November 22nd in collaboration with UNDP and Samhita Social Ventures, an initiative which aims to bring together CSR leaders to discuss common challenges.
The theme of the event, facilitated by Ravi Sreedharan (Founder/Director, ISDM) was '5 Ways CSR Heads can Create Lasting Change.' A key topic of discussion included the need for more collaboration among funders.
Participants highlighted difficulties in collaboration due to different stakeholder expectations, that effect ultimately decision-making. For example, the preference for infrastructure investment, which has tangible outcomes, over 'softer' interventions, which might be more impactful or needed.
Participants from consumer product companies highlighted their experience whereby existing regulations limit the business linkage to CSR, which is restrictive and a barrier to effectively channelling their business competencies towards impactful CSR.
All stakeholders agreed that NGOs need capacity building to better align with a company's CSR vision and manage their CSR projects.
ACF's CSR CafÃ© is a forum for CSR leaders and aims to provide a platform for decision makers to discuss issues, brainstorm and ideate solutions. Launched in Mumbai in 2018, the series of intimate events have explored the following topics:
â€¢ Mobilising Collective Corporate Action (Mumbai)
â€¢ Creating Impact through Government Partnerships (Mumbai)
â€¢ 5 Ways CSR Heads can Create Lasting Change (Delhi, Mumbai)