The ​Center for Economic Fragility & Governance, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham​, ​The Department of Management, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus​ and Center for Governance, Accountability and Law, RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia)​, jointly organized ​a S​ymposium on NGOs and Governance of CSR: The Indian Context​ on ​January 5, 2017 at Amritapuri Campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. 


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a framework whereby companies voluntarily choose to participate in social developmental activities, namely education, health, social safety and cleaner environment. CSR has gained more attention in developing economies where economic transformation placed unprecedented pressures on natural, human and technological resources. In recent years, attempts have been made to enhance private sector involvement in social activities through governmental legislation. In a first move, compulsory CSR reporting requirements (with voluntary participation) have been introduced in some developed countries including Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Australia. In another move, countries like Mauritius, India, Indonesia and Philippines have enacted comprehensive legislation to make CSR mandatory. This renewed attention manifested in legal statutes would have far ranging implications for the functioning of the local government service delivery, given the “local area preference” as a soft conditionality. It is vital to ask however whether private firms are appropriate institutions to provide a public social service, which is apparently in the public domain. Nevertheless, it opens different opportunities for supplemental public good service delivery, public private partnership and autonomous single-purpose and multipurpose service boards under different layers of government. If companies are not directly participating in service provision, they apparently would need special vehicles such as NGOs as service providers. The success of the projects would largely depend on the relationship between companies and NGOs, which may be greatly jeopardized by information asymmetry engendering adverse selection, moral hazard and other agency problems.


  • Characterizing CSR as an innovative form of fiscal decentralization
  • Identifying special service vehicles and alternative service providers including the proposed new channels
  • Discussing agency problems in administering CSR projects: Lessons from similar episodes
  • Developing easily identifiable physical performance indicators


  • 09:00 Initiation: Br Sudeep, Campus Director, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus
  • 09:05 Welcome Address By Br. Biju Kumar, Head, Corporate Industry Relations, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus
  • 09:20 Keynote Address: Governance of CSR: Challenges Ahead from an Agency Perspective By Dr. Nava Subramaniam, RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia)
  • 10:00 Regulatory Framework for Mandatory CSR Budgets By Dr. Shyam Nath, Center for Economic Fragility & Governance and Department of Management, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, Kerala
  • 10:30 Tea Break
  • 11:00 Non-Profit Organisations, CSR and Job Creation: Case Studies from Germany By Dr. Peter Holzschuh, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 11:30 Corporate Perspective on CSR: from Large to Small Firms Dr. Hardik Vachharajani, Australian Institute of Higher Education, Sydney (Australia) 12:00 CSR and Rural Communities By Dr. P Mohanan, Center for Management Development, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • 12.30 Lunch Break
  • 14:00 CSR Journey of Tata Consultancy Services Ms. Rajasree R., H R Division, Tata Consultancy Services, Kochi, Kerala
  • 14:30 Altruism vs Market Visibility of Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in the Plantation Sector By Dr. P. K. Viswanathan, Department of Management, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi Campus, Kerala
  • 15:00 CSR and Women Empowerment By Dr. Mridula Sahay, Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Campus, Tamil Nadu
  • 15:30 Expanding the Horizons of CSR - Governance Challenges in Reporting of CSR By Pr. Shekar Babu, ASB Bangalore and Adjunct Faculty, SUNY Buffalo, USA, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore Campus, Karnataka
  • 16:00 Vote of Thanks

Event Details
2017-01-05 09:00 to 17:00
School of Business
Amrita Center for Economics & Governance (ACEG)
NIRF 2018