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Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah
Chairman, IOD Advisory Council and
former Chief Justice of India

Dear All,

I have great pleasure in inviting you to the 9th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, being held on 19 -20 January 2015, in Mumbai. The theme of this International Conference is 'CSR - An Actionable Business Agenda’.

The International Standards organizations (ISO) issued the International Standard ISO-26000 in Nov 2010, covering 'Guidance on Social Responsibility’ followed by Government of India’s (Ministry of Corporate Affairs) issue of National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business in July 2011. The guidelines use the term 'Responsible Business' instead of CSR. Businesses have to endeavor to become responsible actors in society, so that every action leads to sustainable growth and economic development.

The best approaches to CSR have been so fragmented and disconnected from business and strategy, as to obscure many of the greatest opportunities for companies to benefit society. If, instead, corporations were to analyze their prospects for social responsibility, using the same framework that guide their core business choices, they would discover that CSR can be more than a cost, a constraint, or a charitable deed - it can be a source of opportunity, innovation, and competitive advantage.

The deliberations of our last International Conference on Social Responsibility, held in Bengaluru on 'Strategy to leverage CSR, underscored the importance of social issues for Competitive Advantage’. It was noticed that companies engaged in CSR, and clean and green issues were thriving, despite a worldwide meltdown.

From drawing board to boardroom, and shop-floor, in this Conference we would like to examine the corporate strategies of a number of companies at the forefront of strategic CSR, as well as their alliance partners, and explore the evolution of corporate citizenship, and attempt to peep over the horizon to what's next. The choice is no longer one of 'whether or not?' but rather of 'How to?' and 'To what extent?’

This international conference will provide a platform to interact with movers and shakers and CSR professionals, from around the world. There are many ways you can contribute and benefit from the Congress - presenting your Business solutions and case studies for sustainability through social responsibility or, show casing your products, profiling your brand as a sponsor, exhibitor or advertiser or becoming a partner to promote the conference among your contacts. Together, we could help promote your business strategy to include ‘CSR, as a Legally Actionable Business Agenda’.

I look forward to welcoming you, at this International Conference.

Yours sincerely,

Justice M.N.Venkatchaliah

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