SkillEd India, in association with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Swedish Chamber of Commerce India (SCCI) organised an international conference on ‘Perspectives on Effectively Deploying CSR funds for Skill Development and Education’ at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi on 19th September 2019. The objective of the summit was to explore the perspectives of CSR spends by companies of both Indian and Foreign origin towards projects focussed on Skill Development and Education, to get an insight on the impact of spending that has happened in the recent years and to explore the ways to it can be maximized, scaled up and made sustainable.

Honourable Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey along with Dr Manish Kumar, MD and CEO NSDC, Dr K.P Krishnan, Secretary Minister Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mr. Peje Emilsson- Founder Chairman Kunskapsskolan and Dr. Prashant Bhalla, Chairman ASSOCHAM National Council for Education & President and Chancellor – Manav Rachna Educational Institutions were among the key speakers, along with other guests and representatives from Swedish and other international companies. The event had four themes, covered by representatives and heads from various companies.

1.  CSR and Skill Development models

Coordinated by NSDC with panellists from leading organisations that have contributed their CSR to NSDC projects.

Mr. Gaurav Kapoor, Senior Head – Industry Partnership, CSR Engagements; Media & Advocacy, NSDC coordinated the session with presentations by:
Mr. Mohit Jain, Director Technical Support, Lixil
Mr. Vijay Sethi, Head IT and Group Sustainability, Hero MotoCorp Ltd.
Mr. Nitin Bagaria, Head Legal and CSR, Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd.

2. CSR Priority Area for Swedish companies

Moderated by SCCI, with presentations from India heads of Swedish companies
Ms. Sara Larsson, General Manager Swedish Chamber of Commerce India (SCCI) moderated the event with presentations by:
Mr. Saharsh David, Head of CSR Sandvik India
Mr. Sohanjeet Randhawa, Head of CSR Volvo
Ms. Vandana Verma, Head of IKEA Foundation

3. CSR Initiatives in Education and Skill Development
Coordinated by SkillEd India with panellists from Honda, Sony India and Oriflame Sweden
Mr. Rajiv Mathur, CEO SkillEd India moderated the session with presentations by:
Mr. Harbhajan Singh, Director General & Corporate Affairs, Honda India
Mr. Sanjay Bhatnagar, National Head, HR, CSR, Admin & Facilities, Ethics & Compliances, Sony India
Mr. Vivek Katoch, Corporate Affairs Director- South Asia, Oriflame, Sweden

4. Plenary session
Moderated by SkillEd India and a welcome address by Dr. Prashant Bhalla, Chairman ASSOCHAM National Council for Education & President and Chancellor – Manav Rachna Educational Institutions. Also addressing the audience in this session were:
Mr. Peje Emilsson, Founder Chairman Kunskapsskolan, Sweden
Mr. Kanwal Jeet Jawa, MD and CEO Daikin India
Dr. Manish Kumar, MD and CEO NSDC
Dr. K. P. Krishnan, Secretary Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

The CSR giving Companies and Civil Society leaders shared challenges, opportunities, learnings and failures based on their experiences. The themed sessions facilitated a cross-fertilization of thoughts and action ideas between policy makers, funders, researchers and implementers, highlighting key parameters for measurable, scalable and sustainable impact. The Summit looked at the ways in which the CSR giving companies measure performance at the implementation level and outcomes thereof of their CSR spends vis-à-vis the policy directives. The Summit also explored the ways in which the CSR initiatives could be oriented to extend their focus beyond just proving the meeting of the set objectives and outcomes being met, but to also look at ways to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation partners. Such a culture sensitised via holistic dialogue, debates and discussions, could be made integral to the CSR initiatives by way of robust and actionable recommendations and feedback, which could be seamlessly integrated with ongoing CSR projects focussed on Skill Development and Education.     

The conference also witnessed the signing of two MoUs – the first between SkillEd India and NSDC to boost skill education in India using the Swedish KED methodology, and the second between SkillEd India, Sony India and NSDC, to strengthen employment linkages in the retail sector respectively.

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey urged corporates to come forward and contribute towards skill development through their CSR funds and the conference initiated comprehensive dialogue on the area of skill development and education. The summit successfully delivered distinct takeaways for the participants and delegates to mull over, brainstorm, and devise their respective game plans.

List of organisations that participated in the conference:

Avian we Balrampur Chini Mills Limited
Better Place Safety Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Bharti Foundation
BizTech India BJP
Camfil Air Filtration India Pvt. ltd CIS
Crescent University DAIKIN
Daksh Enterprises Design pod
Earth & Moon Global Flex
Hero Motocorp Limited Hiranandani Communities
Honda Two Wheelers Jaquar Group
Jitin Chawla’s Centre for Career Development Kidzania
L&T Construction LG
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Govt. of India
Mirka India Pvt. Ltd NSDC
Office of MOS Finance Oriflame India
Pl Industries Ltd Prakriti
Publicis Communications Rolls Royce
Sandvik India Sehey
Sigma web Solutions Pvt Ltd Simplilearn
SKP Business Consulting LLP Sony
Suzlon Swedish Chamber of Commerce
Techno Rail Systems Pvt. Ltd Volvo Group
Wee Hours group XLIT