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Corporate Responsibility Watch emerged as an initiative that recognised a gap in engagements across the civil society in accessing sufficient information, evidence and knowledge on challenging the growing power of large corporates. The main objective of this initiative is the transparency of economic activities and accountability of corporates not only to their shareholders but to the civil society. Within a human rights framework the role of the core group is to think through home grown-solutions and monitoring mechanisms for the Responsible Business practice space, in the context that voluntary codes will not work unless there is a vigilant regularity environment, media attention, civil society scrutiny and activism.

Corporate Responsibility Watch India is a voluntary network of 14 organisations and prominent independent consultants that has come together to analyse and watch the corporate environment in India from a civil society perspective.

This includes :- AccountAid India, Business & Community Foundation, Centre for Responsible Business, Christian Aid, Consumer Voice, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, National Confederation of Dalit Organisations, National Foundation for India, OpenSpace, Partners in Change, Prakruthi, Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices and Socio Research & Reform Foundation.

The core team will operate and act as a think tank for the CSR sector, pooling resources and sharing domain knowledge among civil society and other stakeholders. This would be necessary and vital in institutionalising and legitimising the mechanisms developed to monitor CSR work and the impact.