Outstanding efforts of health organisations in ensuring the nation’s well-being through their investments in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) got recognised at the 1st annual edition of CSR Health Impact Awards 2017 held on Friday at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi.
The award ceremony was graced by ministers, healthcare practitioners, industry service providers, innovators, corporate professionals, and many other stakeholders of the healthcare industry.
The Foundation for India Health & Wellness, which has been addressing today’s health needs through various events and publications, has introduced the CSR Health Impact Awards to reward best CSR initiatives that have contributed to better health, as well as businesses that have been the backbone of the efforts that are impacting health outcomes in India.
Delivering his welcome address at the event, Mr. Kamal Narayan, Founder, Foundation of India Health and Wellness said, “Improving health and well-being of the nation is a significant part of our country’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. In my opinion, health is the collective responsibility of citizens. It is important to look at the components of the health ecosystem such as food, air, water, and healthcarein a more integrated and non-compromising manner, and also celebrate health CSR projects and partnerships that have made a real world of difference in the lives of communities.”
Dr Dharminder Nagar, Managing Director, Paras Healthcare, known for his work in making quality healthcare accessible and available to the masses, shared his thoughts on ‘Creating Real Impact on Health with CSR’.
“The current challenges of CSR for health in India presently are sustainability, formulating measurable agendas and creating the population impact. These are the areas we need to work upon in order to facilitate more impactful outcomes. Another interesting aspect is to create social-private partnerships for CSR, beyond the much-talked about boundaries of public-private and private-private partnerships,” said Dr Nagar.
Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development and Mission Director-Swachh Bharat mission, discussed pertinent views on Swachh Bharat, the Government of India initiative that has caught the attention of both India and the world, where the demand for cleanneighborhood and hygienic habits comes at the very top of the mind.
He also mentioned how the SWACHH (Swachhata Augmentation Through Corporate Help) portal has gained traction over the last one year, connecting city municipal commissioners and authorities with individuals and companies who are interested in funding and getting involved in city-level Swachh Bharat projects, leveraging the use of CSR to build a cleaner and healthier India.
Dettol BanegaSwachh India, a one-of-its kind CSR project aimed at raising the bar higher for hygiene and sanitation in India, and providing inspiration to make cleaner and greener India a reality, was also highlighted as the focus initiative during the programme.
The main awards ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on ‘How CSR can contribute to better health for all’.
The speakers on the panel included Sanjiv Navangul, MD, Janssen India; Ravi Bhatnagar, Head External Affairs and Partnerships, Reckitt Benckiser; Anshu Gupta, Founder of Goonj; and Dr Kavita Narayan, FACHE Technical advisor, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The session was moderated by Sridhar Ranganathan, MD, Allergan India.
Under the Companies Act, which has come in effect from April 1, 2014, certain classes of profitable companies are mandated to shell out at least two per cent of their three-year average annual net profit towards CSR activities.
This has led to, in addition to all the good CSR work that was already being done in India, an increased interest in this space, as companies have increased their spends on CSR, and newer companies emerging as CSR champions.