CSR-NonProfit Summit in Pune on 20, 21 January 2012

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PUNE: On 20 & 21 January, 2012, Elon University’s Periclean Scholars program, Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), and Sosva Training and Program Institute (STAPI) will co-host the CSR-NonProfit Summit in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

This two-day invitation-only conference aims to support women’s development in rural India by selectively linking corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to non-profit organizations with demonstrated credibility and success working in rural development.

The CSR-NonProfit Summit seeks to generate long-term support for women’s development in rural India by providing opportunities for increased understanding, networking and collaboration between corporations and non-profit organizations.

“The principal goal of the conference is to increase connections and promote mutual understanding between the social responsibility arms of corporations (acting directly or through foundations), on the one hand, and rural development non-profit organizations working on women’s issues in India, on the other.” Martin Kamela (PhD, Associate Professor of Physics, Mentor of Periclean Scholars Class of 2012, Elon University) head conference said INDIACSR.

“In particular the conference the conference aims to explore ways of increasing the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility departments and related foundations, present and discuss successful rural development models focused on women and create networking opportunities for all participating organizations.” Martin Kamela added.

The conference takes place on Friday and Saturday 20 & 21 January 2012 in Pune, Maharashtra, India. The location for all sessions is the conference facility of the Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture (MCCIA trade Tower on Senapati Bapat Road, Pune).

The conference site is adjacent to the Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre.

According to the conference website of the CRHP, STAPI, and Elon University have committed to hosting a conference in response to the recent international push for private sector investment in non-profit initiatives. Launched in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact seeks to align corporate interests with ten universally accepted principles related to human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Involving the participation of over 8,700 corporate partners and other stakeholders in more than 130 countries, the UN Global Compact represents the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world. The proposed conference will center on the goals of the UN Global Compact. It will provide engagement between corporations, private stakeholders, and rural development-based non-profits in India.

The conference will present effective means of connecting private and not-for-profit sectors and highlight successful rural development strategies. The corporate participants will develop a better understanding for the opportunities related to the investment in rural development not-for-profits. For the not-for-profits the conference will underscore the importance of accountability and transparency in making the organizations investment-ready.

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