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Corporate social responsibility should be made mandatory
Vishnu Mohan | 18 Aug 2010

Government should pass a law to make it mandatory for every organisation or industrial unit in different parts of the country to mandatorily have one department known as community development and social welfare.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT and Social Welfare Departments (CD&SW) are in existence in some of  corporate organisation. These dpeartments are exclusively devoted to the upliftment of the local community in and around an industrial base. Every year a portion of the total budget allocation earmarked for such divisions to operate.

Every year the head of the division chalks out a programme as to how the money would be utilised for that financial year. The support staff is then entrusted with the targets. Review of the performance of each core staff is done at the end of the financial year. Based on this model, many big achievements have been made in uplifting the bottom rank of the population.

Government can pass a law to make it mandatory for every organisation or industrial unit in different parts of the country to mandatorily have one department known as community development and social welfare. Government should also include in the law to earmark sufficient enhanced portion of the budget for this division which expenses could come under corporate tax free budgeted expense. Main thrust of this division should be to help marginalised people join the mainstream in an easy and friendly way.

Corporate Social Responsibility awards are given regularly basing the performance on CD&SW division.

A dedicated website exclusively on community development and social welfare will make the people know as to the number of divisions in existence in the country through various corporate initiatives; number of support staffs involved and various projects initiated with milestones achieved.

By mandating a law, if the number of CD&SW swells to a good figure, many notable achievements can be made in one go thereby, helping the marginalised quickly embrace the better lifestyles of the middle class. This move will also ensure that money supply is evenly getting distributed amongst all sections of the population.
 
I have no doubt that corporate sectors throughout the country would simply love to support for this cause in a more liberal and genuine way, provided the law enforcing agencies are more than willing to cooperate in ensuring easy ways of doing things for all projects coming under this CD&SW sector. Government must therefore provide full support and back up of efficient law enforcement agencies in those sectors where they seem to be lacking which could be the crucial factor in jeopardising the completion of many CD&SW projects.