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Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India and
Chairman, Institute Of Directors, India

Dear All,

I have great pleasure in inviting you to the 11th International Conference on Social Responsibility, being held on 20-21 January 2017, at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru. The Theme of this International Conference is 'Embedding CSR in Corporate Strategy for Responsible Growth'.

CSR activities are now making greater impact on the social development of people at the bottom of the pyramid. The Government of India has made special provisions to utilize CSR funds for skills development, social entrepreneurship, social business development, spread of digitization; and the programmes relating to 'Swacch Bharat' and 'Cleaning of Rivers'. This transformational change involves industries and business, in national social development programs.

The liberal contribution of companies for CSR activities, which in most of the cases overshadows the minimum 2% allocation as per the Companies Act, indicates that the businesses are keen on playing their effective role. As ethical standards in business are turning to serve the society with a sense of duty and cause. This also aligns with the global approach for UN Sustainable Development Agenda, where businesses are the new enablers.

Last decade has seen remarkable improvement in professionally organising the CSR activities, where proper CSR budgeting, financial discipline, disclosures and accountability are being ensured, indicating a level of maturity. It is also heartening to note that a whole cadre of professionals on CSR activities are now emerging, and the CSR activities are being executed in a structured fashion, through foundations of individual companies or NGOs serving a group of companies.

11th International Conference of IOD will highlight the growth and the impact of CSR programmes and activities and will try to integrate with the international practices to see that the impact of CSR goes far beyond rhetoric, and results into reality of social development.

From drawing board to boardroom, and down to shop-floor, in this conference we would like to examine the corporate strategy of a number of companies at the forefront of strategic CSR, as well as their alliance partners, and explore the evolution of corporate citizenship. The choice is no longer one of 'whether or not', but 'How to?'

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 Conference, presenting your Business solutions and case studies for sustainability through social responsibility or, show-casing your products, or profiling your brand as a sponsor, exhibitor or advertiser or 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. Venkatachaliah

Union Bank of India Fiinovation
GNFC Sri SIIM Research Foundation NCDC
Times Group Nextgen
State Bank of Mysore NMDC KAVIKA
Karnataka State Coir Development
Corporation Ltd
Karnataka Silk Industries
Corporation Ltd
KIS Group
Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Ltd Karnataka Soaps & Detergents Ltd HMEL
Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Limited Rise India
Karnataka State Textile Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited Bangalore Development Authority Karnataka Housing Board
Karnataka Urban Water Supply & Drainage Board The Institute of Company Secretaries of India India CSR
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