Webinar: Skills and Livelihood - What are India’s top companies up to?
ANDE invites you to a webinar that will present findings from Samhita's latest report on the role of corporates in enhancing skills and livelihood in India. The webinar will discuss barriers to corporate partnership and interventions across the value chain, assessing social impact, going beyond CSR as defined by Section 135, and the way forward.
About the speaker:
Anushree Parekh - Senior Manager, Research & Knowledge (Samhita Social Ventures)
Anushree Parekh comes with extensive research experience with private and third sector organizations in the UK. She is a social researcher with a track-record of producing evidence-based analyses and reports. At Samhita, she leads the research and knowledge team and is the author of three reports – CSR in Skills, CSR in WASH and Transforming India: The CSR Opportunity.
Prior to Samhita, she worked as a researcher with New Policy Institute, a progressive think-tank based in London, where she designed and implemented customized research solutions for a range of clients from corporates to governments on a variety of socio-economic topics. She has also worked with Age UK, a charity aiming to support and improve the lives of those over 50 in England and FairPensions, a charity campaigning for ‘responsible investment’ based on inclusion of environmental, social and governance principles in investment decisions among the pension fund and asset management industry in the UK.
Her research in the UK has given her many opportunities to explore the possibility of synergizing commercial value and social value, to harness core business activities for social impact. Anushree is an Economics graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.
Amit Garg - Godrej Industries
Anushree will be joined by Amit Garg from Godrej Industries, a partner on the Skills report and study.
Amit is part of Godrej's corporate sustainability function and manages their investments and grants in the skill development ecosystem in India. Established in 1897, Godrej is one of India's biggest, oldest and most trusted business conglomerates with its values rooted strongly in sustainability and shared value. Godrej's social responsibility interventions are primarily in partnership with social enterprises & NGOs focused on poverty alleviation of youth through vocational training, microenterprise & livelihoods development and access to clean energy & water.
Prior to Godrej, Amit was consulting with UNICEF as State Coordinator - Monitoring and Evaluation, during which he'd authored a report titled "Children in Bihar - An Atlas of Social Indicators". This report presented, to the state government, a framework for evidence based policy making towards the fulfilment of child rights. Previously, he's helped build two social enterprises focussed on skill development and training.
His primary research interest is to identify the role that businesses need to play to address some of the global challenges in development and in the preservation of human rights & dignity. Amit has a double Masters in Public Policy and Human Development from the United Nations University, the Netherlands.
Join us for the discussion!