The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized a seminar on Social Entrepreneurship on December 12, 2013, titled ‘A Tool for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Implementation’, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The seminar was an effort towards bringing exemplary social entrepreneurs (SEs) who have already created a niche for their work in the society and the companies who want to support SEs for meeting their CSR objectives at a common platform. Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM), a unit of Sri Aurobindo Society, participated in this seminar and was represented by Shri Pradeep Narang, Chairman of the Society.
Dr Sudhir Kapur, Chairman, CII NR Regional Committee on CSR, emphasized that CII SEs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields, including education, health, environment, and enterprise development. They address social issues with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and possess courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices. An SE, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profits or for-profit companies.
The seminar was attended by many top-level corporates, such as Coca Cola, DLF Foundation, Jindal Steel, IL&FSETS Ltd., Navitas Green Power (Fuel Management) Pvt. Ltd. (a SAR group company), and Earth Infrastructures Ltd. The Social Entrepreneurship was represented by organizations and individuals awarded for their contribution in various fields of social work, such as Mr Rajendra Joshi, Founder & Managing Trustee Saath (Winner of Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award in 2009); Mr Arbind Singh, Executive Director, Nidan (Winner of Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award in 2008); Ms Vanita Viswanath, Founder& CEO, Udyogini (Finalist of Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award in 2012); Mr Ashvini Vyas, Chief Operating Officer Operation Asha (Finalist of Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award of 2013).
Shri Pradeep Narang gave a presentation on the activities of Sri Aurobindo Society at the seminar. He also presented a case study on how SAFIM is striving for an integral approach to leadership and management in all its multiple dimensions, based on a deeper vision of life.
For more about the activities of SAFIM, please visit http://safim.aurosociety.org