The Round Table conference on “Effective CSR and Fast Forward” conducted by the Centre of Excellence in CSR and Sustainability, BRICS-CCI in partnership with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) saw a host of luminaries from the Government and Civil Society besides corporate leaders, social sector practitioners, heads of NGOs, IAS officers, journalists and other members of the social impact ecosystem come together to discuss and debate one year of CSR in implementation and the way forward.

CSR in Healthcare: Focused discussion

The healthcare panel witnessed discussions about the critical areas of health sector in terms of diseases and regions of the country and the past experience of the companies in terms of the health initiatives like Blood Donations camps, Mobile Health Clinics, providing clean and safe drinking water to their communities etc. The major challenges before the companies is to plan their future CSR initiatives in health care and sanitation keeping amended schedule VII in mind so that they would be able to create value for their key stakeholders. There are opportunities for civil society engagement and activism in the delivery mechanism of CSR initiatives of the companies in aligned with the amended schedule VII activities in the health care sector. This panel discussion took the views of key stakeholders such as policy makers, practitioners, academicians, think tanks as well as NGO‟s who had the firsthand experience in the way of CSR implementation in the health sector.

Dr. Vishal Jadojia, Group Chairman, Swati Spentose (P) Ltd. spoke about the need for new models in healthcare There are more than 7000 rare diseases that go unnoticed, and CSR can support these diseases. Diseases like dwarfism, painful bladder syndrome etc are worth looking into, he recommended.