School: School of Management and Labour Studies
Centre: Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Eligibility and Selection Process:
The Programme targets corporate, government, and non-governmental professionals. The minimum educational qualification is Graduation in any discipline. The expected participants are managers, project heads, team leaders, senior officers—executives, professional consultants, coaches, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. Candidates will be selected by assessing their Statement of Purpose (SOP) and educational qualifications.
Intake: 30 (The Programme will commence only after the minimum enrolment of 15 participants.)
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Announcement and Promotion of the Programme
10th February, 2024
Last Date for Online Application
30th May, 2024
Screening of the statement of purpose and Announcement of the Selected Candidates on the TISS Website, followed by Payment of Fees
11th June, 2024
Commencement of the Programme
16th June, 2024
Programme Scope and Benefit: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is emerging as a means to connect businesses to society wherein the Company voluntarily chooses areas of engagement with the local communities and people. It is an essential component of Sustainability or responsible business, evident from various sustainability frameworks. Governments and corporations are globally called upon to use creativity and innovation to address global development challenges and encourage sustainability strategies in their domains. CSR initiatives present opportunities for companies to identify opportunities for solving critical social issues and meet stakeholder expectations while enhancing their reputation and competitiveness.
However, how much of the CSR program benefits the business, how to align the CSR plans to a company's sustainability agenda, or how to report on the CSR plans and programs are a few questions that need appropriate answers.
As evident in India, CSR is emerging as a tool for economic and social value creation by integrating CSR with corporate strategy. Increasing pressure from various stakeholder groups also leads the companies to examine the sustainability discourse strategically. Indian companies now foresee CSR beyond employee welfare and charity. A survey by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) revealed the significant reasons for Indian companies engaging in CSR. These reasons are corporate citizenship, improving relationships with local communities, the philosophy of the organization's founding fathers, enhancing the Company's brand, survival of a business, and building a global corporate brand. CSR is identified as a way to develop their image as a responsible business, strengthening the Company's strategic position. Hence, companies are slowly shifting their attention from 'making donations' to a 'proactive and responsive approach' around their sustainability agenda. The Indian CSR practice does influence by legal, political, developmental, and cultural factors with national, regional, and local focuses.
The government of India n the year 2013 made significant amendments to the Companies Act and added Clause 135. As per the Act, the conditions are a turnover equal to or more than INR 1000 Crore, a net worth of INR 500 Crore or more, or a net profit of INR 5 Crore or more. The Schedule VII of the Act lists the CSR activities. The Act also outlines the governance system holding the CSR Committee of the Board consisting of three or more directors, of which at least one director should be an independent director responsible for implementation.
CSR in India is primarily carried out as corporate philanthropic activities and standalone projects, limiting its scale and impact. Only a few companies had integrated their CSR activities with corporate strategy (For example, HUL and ITC). In light of the Company Act 2013, CSR strategy must shift significantly. Adopting an entrepreneurial approach to CSR can help companies solve social problems through innovation by making CSR part of their core business process. Entrepreneurial thinking and decision-making process create value for owners, all participants, and stakeholders. A shift in redrawing attention from 'shareholder' to 'stakeholder' and clear articulation on identifying the stakeholders and their relationship with the Company envisaged. It is also essential that CSR does view as strategic agenda.
Recent developments in CSR and sustainability thinking imply that companies must holistically address sustainability challenges by integrating societal and Company perspectives. Effective CSR implementation requires trained, skilled professionals who can respond to diverse development challenges. With these broad issues, the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship of the School of Management and Labour Studies at Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, is initiating a Certificate Programme in Innovative CSR and Sustainability. The program will adopt an entrepreneurial approach to design and implement CSR and Sustainable Development initiatives by the companies. The program targets professionals working in corporate, government, and non-governmental organizations. Bringing together interdisciplinary themes in economics, development, social policy, entrepreneurship, and business management, the Certificate Programme provides a multidisciplinary perspective on CSR and emerging models in CSR practices across business enterprises. The program will enable the participants to understand sustainability challenges, drivers, tools, and CSR and sustainable development approaches. Participants will learn the socio-economic barriers and drivers that lead to poverty and hunger, gender inequality, and violation of human rights and environmental issues. They also see how businesses can progressively contribute to dealing with such development challenges through innovation and creativity. Besides, all participants will work on individual and group projects emphasizing the design of sustainable solutions by integrating key learning from the program.
Programme Duration: 6 Months (on Saturdays and Sundays)
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Title of the Course
Corporate Social Responsibility
Innovative CSR Programme Design-1
Innovative CSR Programme Design-2
Social Impact Assessment
Field Work / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges
Other Charges (ID Card, Convocation & Misc.)
Students' Competency Fund
Students' Union Fund
Health Care Fund
Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit through the NDC process)
TISS Admin Charges (20% of the Semester wise Programme Fee)
Semester-wise Programme Fee*
*18% GST will be applicable on the Semester wise Programme Fee
Dr. Surendra Kansara
Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Ms. Madhuri Pawar
Academic Programme Manager
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