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Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India and
Chairman, Institute Of Directors, India

Dear All,

I have pleasure in inviting you to the 12th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, being held on 9 - 10 February 2018, in Bengaluru. The Theme of the Conference is 'Responsible CSR: A New Agenda beyond Governance'.

CSR has come a long way in India, from responsive activities in times of natural calamities, to sustainable initiatives for rapid development. Corporations have striven to make a significant contribution to the society and improve the overall quality of life. However, so far, even the best efforts at CSR have been fragmented and disconnected from the main business.

Only in the recent times have corporations begun to realise the need to embed CSR activities in their long-term business strategy, having realised the wisdom of integrated sustainable development of the communities they thrive in. There is a growing realisation that CSR is not just a cost, a constraint or a charitable deed, but a source of opportunity and competitive advantage, by raising the brand value, reputation and sustainability of the enterprise itself.

CSR consciousness received a renewed impetus when it was incorporated in the Companies Act, 2013, urging companies to spend a part of their profits on social activities. The corporate sector is now only, beginning to venture beyond the mandated CSR spend - to activities such as energy conservation; environment protection; and development of an innovative spirit among workers to foster productivity and industrial growth.

This Conference will facilitate the exchange of many innovative ideas and methods towards building an inclusive, compassionate and responsive corporate citizenship, by bringing together CSR professionals, compassionate and responsible business leaders, social innovators and entrepreneurs. To quote Mahatma Gandhi, "Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellowmen".

Look forward to meet you, at the Convention.

Yours Sincerely

Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah

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