In Conversation with Vishal Bhardwaj, Group Head, CSR - Dalmia Bharat Group

Vishal Bhardwaj is a Deputy Executive Director and Group Head, CSR, at Dalmia Bharat Group.

Vishal has been in the Social Development and CSR circuit for the last 20 years and during this period, he has worked with the Government of India, a leading NGO, and 2 leading Cement companies before joining the Dalmia Bharat Group. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Diploma in CSR from the Swedish Institute of Management, Stockholm.

He has also undergone a Management Development Program at the prestigious SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. He is a Certified Sustainability Assessor of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. He has been awarded the Responsible Business Leader Award at the Responsible Business Summit and has also been amongst the 100 most impactful CSR leaders (Global Listing) listed by World CSR Day and World Sustainability.

In this episode with Deepak Nanda from CSRBOX, he talks about the role of volunteering in improving employee morale, how skilling can improve the livelihood of communities, and why is it that understanding business aspects can help integrate CSR initiatives more seamlessly.

He answers the following during the conversation:

1. Having worked with the government, NGOs and Corporate CSR arm, how would you say they differ in terms of approach to a cause?

2. As a part of your current role at Dalmia Bharat Group, what are some of the themes you are working on presently?

3. Skilling is one of the major aspects when it comes to your work. Why is it so important and what are the varied projects that you are working on in the domain?

4. How do you leverage collaboration to make your projects more efficient? Considering such a varied set of interventions requires domain expertise to implement them.

5. An interesting project that you are working with NABARD on is around integrated tribal development. Can you tell us about that?

6. Could you elaborate on the employee volunteering program “Roshni”? How do you align it with the mission and how has it affected employee engagement?

7. What are some of the projects that you are developing or looking forward to working on as a part of the CSR initiatives?

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