In conversation with Ms. Garima Singh- Lead CSR, Cargill India
In conversation with Ms. Garima Singh- Lead CSR, Cargill India

By auther pic. CSRBOX

January 9, 2019

Garima is the Lead for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Development at Cargill in India. She is responsible to position Cargill’s strategic CSR vision in the country, build and manage relationships with key stakeholders and drive meaningful impact in the field of food security, nutrition, sustainability and community development initiatives. Before Cargill, she has spent over 8 years in the development sector strategizing, restructuring and ideating newer ways of implementing development initiatives. In her various engagements, she has been involved in setting up skill development centres, advocating for human rights in urban slums and tribal communities of the country and education support  initiatives for children.


Commencing the conversation, Ms. Garima stated that Cargill is a 150-year old organization, working in the space of Food and Agriculture. So naturally, the purpose of the organization becomes nourishing the world in a safest and sustainable manner. Cargill believes in working towards this purpose globally and in India.


Talking about the Flagship initiatives of Cargill, Ms. Singh suggests that the initiatives Cargill globally works in are nourishing our world which involves a lot of corporate responsibility and sustainable development initiatives. The organization doesn’t call it ‘Corporate Social Responsibility” but ‘Corporate Responsibility’ as it is inbuilt in the system of Cargill.


Cargill Primarily works on three main areas, globally- Nourishing Our World, Protecting our Planet, and Enriching our Community. In India, it currently has 10 projects in different geographies. One of them is ‘PROJECT SAATHI’- a local community development program aimed at improving livelihoods of 5000 farming households. The project is active since 2015 in Davanagere district, Karnataka.


‘Project Saathi’ has 4 main components-


1.     Improving the livelihoods of farmers by improving agri-practices by adopting climate-smart practices.

2.     Empowering women to have their own homestead farming as a means of generation of livelihoods.

3.     Working with the youth in the community to bring them back to agricultural space.

4.     Community Enrichment Initiative.


Addressing the Challenges Involved, Ms. Singh suggests that they are mere opportunities for corporates to grow. The process of Evaluation has moved from business strategy to philanthropy approach. Entire horizon of development has increased and now corporates are not just thinking of philanthropy but also development in the sector. Whatever challenges exist are evolutional which fade away with time. All of them will end up being opportunities in which most of the companies will participate to contribute towards social development sector.


Commenting on Importance India CSR Summit, Ms. Singh said events like ICS are phenomenal; the way they are placed in this time and age. It gets us talking about a lot of co-creating, shared values etc. It provides a platform for people to come together to engage, interact and educate each other so people can collaborate and make a meaningful difference in the society.


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