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In Conversation with Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, CEO - Anil Agarwal Foundation, Vedanata Group

By auther pic. CSRBOX

July 3, 2022

Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee is widely acclaimed as the Father of CSR in our country. He played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Companies Act of 2013 and framing of the rules thereafter. As DG & CEO of IICA, he spearheads the National Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (NFCSR). Dr. Chatterjee is also a widely acclaimed management practitioner, theorist and teacher. He has written and lectured over many years on issues of social and sustainable development, corporate responsibility and human resources across multiple forums. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975 and has held many distinguished positions since. In 2008-09, he was Principal Adviser in the Planning Commission. Additionally, he was also a part of the team responsible for shaping India’s response to the global economic crisis of 2009. Currently, he heads up the Anil Agarwal Foundation as its CEO. He is also the Chairman of the Global CSR Committee of the Della Group and is a member of the Governing Council of the United Nations Global Compact, India.

He answered the following questions during the interview:

  1. Given the critical role, you played in the formulation of the CSR guideline for PSEs and the inclusion of Section 135 in the Companies Act of 2013, would love to understand a little bit of history on how it came into being from the man himself?
  2. With the global economies’ focus shifting to sustainable development, reducing carbon footprint, and fulfilling beneficial social and environmental goals, what are the synergies you see emerging between the current CSR legislation and the emerging concept of ESG in India?
  3. Given the strong interplay between CSR and ESG, what would your advice be to leading corporates to efficiently and impactfully scale their current strategies?
  4. How do ESG criteria parameters influence impact investment decisions and portfolio construction in the current times?
  5. How do you see the ESG landscape panning out in India in the coming 5 years?
  6. Any advice to small to medium-sized high calibre NGOs to help complement this vision?

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