PR Newswire | 15 Sep, 2014
MUMBAI: UBM India will be hosting Giving Back - NGO India 2014, its annual CSR event scheduled for the 25th and 26th of September, at the Nehru Centre in Mumbai. This is the 3rd edition of the initiative that provides for free exhibit space, promotion and exposure to the over 120 NGOs from all over the world. The event will witness the presence of eminent personalities and dignitaries from the industry, addressing the conference. Kajal Aggarwal is the brand ambassador for NGO India 2014.
The theme for Giving Back - NGO India 2014 is sustainability, given the importance of the growing need in incorporating the practice within the Indian corporate environment. With the new Companies Law, it is becoming increasingly important to lay down a clear vision and mission path for the private and public sector companies to manage their CSR activities. The event, through discussions and interactions, will provide valuable insights and discuss key issues and challenges to build a strong CSR platform and model.
NGOs from every area of concern - healthcare, care for the elderly, children's rights, women's empowerment and restoration - will be participating in the event including Make A Wish Foundation of India, Watershed Organisation Trust, Women's India Trust, GOONJ and Helpage India amongst others. Eligibility of NGOs has been determined through a stringent 10-point due diligence process, which has been conducted by Guidestar India.
There will be a high content led conference with speakers from companies like Aditya Birla, Coca Cola, Tata Group, HSBC, Aircel, Jindal Steel, Thomson Reuters etc. TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will be conducting a parallel workshop at the event. The speakers include Pragnya Ram, CSR, President, Aditya Birla Group; Rebecca Masika, Social Activist; Medha Patkar, Social Activist; S. Parasuraman, Director, TISS; Aloka Majumdar, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC; Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj; Namita Vikas, Country Head- Responsible Banking, Yes Bank; Vikas Putharan, Corporate Alliance, Give India amongst others. The event will address panel discussions/sessions on topics including:
How and why of CSR
NGOs - For profit or not for profit?
Role of NGOs in social inclusion
Role of corporate in inclusive development
GRI's sustainability reporting guideline G-4
Change Makers - NGOs that made a difference
Commenting on UBM India's CSR initiative - Giving Back- NGO India, Mr. Joji George, Managing Director, UBM India, said, "As part of our commitment to create and promote sustainability among organisations and its impact on society, UBM India initiated Giving Back - NGO India, a platform for dialogue and action amidst NGOs, corporates and policy makers, three years ago. For the past two years, close to 170 NGOs, addressing various causes from child education, women empowerment, poverty eradication to environment sustainability, were provided complementary exhibition space at the Bombay Exhibition Grounds. Last year, participation of over 2,600 attendees and 300 corporate visitors from the top 500 companies of India has successfully made this initiative an industry event. The UBM India team and the participating NGOs are keen to turn yet another leaf of success with this year's edition and look forward to participation of fraternity icons and industry representatives to further encourage and help the common cause of together, giving back to the society."
About UBM India
UBM India is India's leading live media and events company that engages people and enriches businesses. We at UBM India provide the industry with platforms that bring together buyers and sellers from around the world, through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars, tech media, live events, data services and powerful media brands. UBM India hosts over 20 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. A UBM Asia Company, UBM India has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. UBM Asia is owned by UBM plc which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the leading exhibition organiser in Asia and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia.
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