Partners attempt to 'scale-up' Indian CSRJuly 2010
A mission to boost corporate responsibility in India has been set up by three western bodies.
US-based Social Accountability International has joined forces with Brussels-based Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and the German group GTZ to 'scale-up' the level of CSR activity in the country.
A key aspect of the project, which will run until April 2013, will be the development of a national 'CSR Expertise Centre' to provide information, guidance and training to Indian companies.
The three bodies will train 80 Indian professionals so they can offer CSR-related services via the Expertise Centre, and will also pilot training and advice programmes with 150 businesses, offering the most successful ones through the Centre in future.
Although much of the work will primarily help Indian companies, the three say there will be a knock-on effect for multinationals that wish to see improvements in the ethical performance of their Indian suppliers. Many of the firms involved will be suppliers to BSCI or SAI member companies.
The partners say their input is needed because of 'the lack of adequate CSR related support structures' in India, despite recent efforts by the government to promote corporate responsibility.
The €2.6million (£2.1m, $3.2m) partnership will be co-financed by the three bodies, plus the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
SAI runs the SA8000 workplace standard, while BSCI is a business-led ethical supply chain initiative and GTZ helps the German government achieve its development objectives, including on sustainability.
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