NASSCOM Foundation CSR Leadership Conference 2018 begins in Bangalore on December 11

The two-day CSR Leadership Conference 2018, hosted by NASSCOM Foundation began in Bangalore on December 11

CSR Leadership Conference 2018: Photo: From (L-R): Rekha Menon, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture, Arun Seth, Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation and Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM.

India’s largest Technology4Good driven conclave, The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Leadership Conference 2018 began in Bangalore on December 11. In the two-day conference, in excess of 400 delegates including CEOs, CXOs and CSR Heads from the industry, policy makers, influencers, NGO Leads, Tech4Good champions and social innovators have converged under one roof and discussing about innovative approaches to CSR and further help create a road map to a new, developed and inclusive India. Accenture, supporting the event is deliberating on the topic, Skills to Succeed. Society Generale and Wells Fargo are supporting the knowledge platform, along with Sonata Software.

Deliberations

Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, speaking at the CSR Leadership Conference 2018

Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, while speaking at the event had called for collaboration across the industry to solve larger national issues. Rekha Menon, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture India did speak about how India needs to upskill and re-skill its workforce to remain relevant, while, Arun Seth, Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation, reflected on NASSCOM Foundation’s role in using technology for social good to create an inclusive India.

Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said: “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas”, (together with all, development for all) has been one of the cornerstones of the public policy of the Government of India. The conference takes this vision forward by providing a platform for the IT-BPM industry to collaborate and solve India’s most pressing problems. With Industry Revolution 4.0 technologies, we are at the threshold of what could be history in the making. On the one hand, we plan to use CSR funds to skill people on these new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Robotics, etc. and bridge the skills gap. On the other hand, we plan to use the power of these technologies to address various day-to-day problems and needs of common people while helping improve the social fabric. Therefore, this conference is aiming at exploring opportunities and challenges of these technologies apart from addressing the present implementation needs.”

Photo: From (L-R): Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM; Rekha Menon, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture, Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation and Arun Seth, Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation.

Transforming skilling challenge into opportunity

A report from Accenture on creating a future workforce, 95% workforce believes that it needs new skills to remain relevant. Addressing the critical question on future of work and where does India stand in re-skilling its workforce, the Skills to Succeed partner for the conference, Accenture called for an innovative approach, aided with intelligent technologies, to help people develop future-ready skills. In the ensuing panel discussion, participated by leaders such as Gayathri Vasudevan from LabourNet Services India Pvt. Ltd., Clement Chauvet, UNDP; Anita Rajan, Tata STRIVE; Rituparna Chakraborty, TeamLease Services Ltd., and Gaurav Kapoor, NSDC moderated by Kshitija Krishnaswamy, Accenture further deliberated on how India’s skilling challenge can be transformed into an opportunity.

Importance of STEM

Almost 80% of the jobs created in future will require: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills (STEM). A session focusing on STEM education for children highlighted how CSR initiatives had stepped in to energise the eco-system by building maker-spaces, tinkering labs, collaborating to develop curriculum and expose the students to new technologies at a young age. Collaboration in CSR can help bring impact at scale for some of the most challenging of the social problems we face today, the panel felt. Prakriti Panvar from Wells Fargo took the lead in discussing various collaboration models and highlighted best practices in a cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder environment.

Polluted Cities

Air pollution in metro cities of India

As per a research finding, 9% out of the ten most polluted cities in the world are in India. Burgeoning air and water pollution, in addition to inadequate waste disposal, rising e-waste, increasing paucity of natural resources are some of the few immediate and imminent environmental threats India is facing today. Societe Generale has been at the forefront of promoting clean and renewable energy and brought its knowledge to the conference where Sowmya Suryanarayanan gave insight on how organisations can embed sustainability within the values and culture.

The first day of the CSR Leadership Conference 2018 also had other interactive panel discussions and impacted talks, Rural Development, Reimagining Healthcare and making development efficient. The day ended with business leaders like Sandhya Vasudevan from the DB Group; Rostow Ravanan from Mindtree and Sarv Saravanan from Dell EMC sharing their perspective on how they balance business goals with social imperatives.

The CSR Leadership Conference 2018 also had a host of networking opportunities and enabled NGOs and Corporate majors to find relevant partners. The event also hosted some of the best social innovation project demonstration.

Today, the second and concluding day of the event will discuss threadbare on subjects such as engaging learning experiences in Employee Volunteerism with a session by MyGov on Self4Society, Mapping CSR to SDGs, Design Thinking for Development and Best Practices for Monitoring and Evaluation.

The CSR Leadership Conference 2018 has grown over the years to become the largest IT-BPM specific CSR conclaves. This year, the CSR Leadership Conference hosted the leadership from across all relevant stakeholder groups involved in the CSR ecosystem – The IT Industry, NGOs, Social Enterprises and Eco-system support agencies. Key participants at this conclave are as follows: IBM, Intel, Teamlease, Labournet, Atal Innovation Mission, NSDC, Tata Strive, Accenture, Akshaypatra, ACC Limited, Cognizant, Vodafone and Deutsche Bank, Dalberg, PwC, Sattva Consulting and Storywallahs.

Furthermore, the NASSCOM Foundation CSR Leadership Conference 2018, therefore, delivered on its promise to provide a 360-degree opportunity for all stakeholders to connect, learn from peers and expert, and strive to solve the most significant challenges facing development and diversity in India.

NASSCOM Foundation is a leading non-profit organisation driving technology for good. The Foundation’s work is just as expansive and evolutionary as the potential that technology and corporate India entail. Drawing strength from its parent body NASSCOM, the Foundation works closely with four major stakeholders: NASSCOM member companies, NGOs, emerging social enterprises and Government to foster a strategic relationship between technology and development. NASSCOM Foundation’s core initiatives include working for Persons with Disabilities, fostering innovative solutions for social good, creating unique skilling models for underserved communities, helping transform Indian Public Libraries into community engagement, information and knowledge centres and digital literacy where it is the industry partner to the Govt. of India’s National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM / PMGDISHA). Know more at nasscomfoundation.org