Status of Corporate Responsibility in India 2018

The third edition of the builds on the analyses of the BRRs to unpack and nuance ground realities of corporate responsibility in India on issues as diverse as the dilution of environmental norms, corporate control of the media, bonded labour in the corporate sector and businesses, National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights and Human Rights Defenders, among others.

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Chapter 1: Will National Guidelines Provide the Much Needed Boost to Business and Human Rights?

This chapter covers aspects of contractualisation of labour, inclusion at the workplace, workers' freedom to associate, NPAs and the government's response and measures for the way forward in enabling a new environment for responsible business.
Chapter 2: Sterlite: An Intersection of Human Rights, Environmental Rights and Cronyism

This chapter highlights the Sterlite Case study in terms of the negligence on part of the State, locates the Human Rights (HR) violations within national and international HR frameworks and throws light on the findings from the People's Inquest Report.
Chapter 3: Facilitating Businesses through Environment Policy Dilutions: The Contemporary Indian Reality
This chapter discusses the dilution of environmental laws, crippling of environmental institutions and the urgent need to have checks and balances in place to stem the ongoing environment and habitat destruction
Chapter 4: Human Rights Defenders Are On Their Own: Will The NHRC Back Them Up?

This chapter attempts to look at challenging situations faced by Human Right Defenders (HRDs) engaged with work on protecting human rights, natural resources and the environment and the response from justice institutions.
Chapter 5: Bonded Labour: India lives in Denial

Give that there is a global push for eradication of forced labour conditions, especially in supply chains through initiatives and regulations such as the UK Modern Slavery Act etc and an EU Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information, this chapter discusses Indian businesses' uptake and preparedness to showcase a robust rights-based approach to supply chain transparency.
Chapter 6: Inequalities in Indian Business Space and Industry
This chapter talks about the inequalities and discrimination predominant in Indian Business space where the participation of Indian women and persons from disadvantaged communities like Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Muslims in the professional workforce has reduced.
Chapter 7: Indian Media: A Heady Cocktail of Paisa, Politics and Power

Providing an insight on the 'fourth pillar' of democracy, the chapter discusses the challenges faced by media by way of corporatorisation of media, the nexus between politics and media and shrinking space for independent media 
Chapter 8: Access to Pharmaceuticals: State-Industry-Market

This chapter talks about state and pharmaceutical industry nexus in hampering drug price control, access, affordability and availability of products.
Chapter 9: Environment and Social Risk Assessment and its Importance for The Indian Financial Sector

Highlighting the present crisis of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), this chapter talks about the exponential growth of NPAs within the Indian banking sector, the necessity for an Environmental and Social risk assessment and the way forward
Chapter 10: What Can The National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) Learn From NVG Implementation?

Emphasis is on the fact that National Guidelines on the Economic, Social and Environmental Responsibilities of Businesses can be seen as precursor to the NAP and to have facilitated the NAP development process, for which the analysis and insights from BRR disclosures needs to be incorporated.

Making Growth Inclusive - Analysing Inclusive Policies, Disclosures and Mechanisms of Top 100 Companies 2018

The India Responsible Business Index (IRBI) has been gaining a lot of currency in this collective quest to explore ways of correcting India’s growth story. The Index was originally conceived through a collaborative partnership between Corporate Responsibility Watch (CRW), Oxfam India, Change Alliance, Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices (Praxis) and Partners in Change (PiC). After 3 years of IRBI analysis, we see very little perceptible change. Banks are still not reporting on supply chain and community as a stakeholder is still not in the DNA of companies. It is also disappointing to note that higher disclosure are only in areas that are legally mandated, defeating the spirit of voluntary disclosure. Unfortunately, there is seemingly little effort from Businesses, the Ministry, SEBI or the government to make a difference. Click here for 2018 report


Scores, Quartiles, and Comparative Analysis contribute to the nature of analysis presented in the report
For more on the methodology and IRBI Scoring System

Corporate Responsibility in India 2017

This report, which is the second edition of the CSR in India series, aims to maintain the continuity in compelling companies to go beyond the mandated two per cent CSR spend and examine how the profits are made, rather than how they are being spent. Building on our analyses of the BRRs,
authors have examined the ground realities of CSR practices through the lens of labour reform, workers' rights and current trends within the policy environment. The report uses information available in the public domain, largely put across by companies themselves through their business responsibility reports, annual reports and annual CSR reports.


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The third edition of the builds on the analyses of the BRRs to unpack and nuance ground realities of corporate...