Giving Back—NGO India 2014 to focus on sustainability
Giving Back—NGO India is a CSR Initiative from UBM India aimed to make the voluntary sector self-sustainable, and enable the corporate sector to work toward brand sustainability
The Government of India has passed a legislation which requires large companies to spend at least 2 percent of their profits every year on corporate social responsibility (CSR). This applies to companies with an average net profit of at least ` 50 million over a period of three years. The bill is effective from 2014.
Even before this legislation was passed, as more Indian corporates started implementing CSR initiatives on their own, there was a need for a platform that brought non-governmental organizations (NGOs), corporates, foundations, governments and the general public together. UBM India, the largest trade exhibition organizer, provides such a platform through its annual Giving Back—NGO India event.
India has an estimated 3.3 million NGOs. The third edition of Giving Back—NGO India will be held on May 16-17, 2014 at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Goregaon, Mumbai. More than 200 NGOs will promote their cause at this event, and more than 3,000 visitors from the corporate, social and government sectors are expected to attend. This event will bring together the voluntary sector, Indian corporates and governments on a common platform, enabling them to network and interact.
The event is a large-scale exhibition supported by a high-content-led conference designed to bring together NGOs in India to share their best practices and engage with key stakeholders. NGOs can exhibit at the event for free. The eligibility of the NGOs will be determined by a stringent due-diligence process conducted by UBM’s associate partner, Guidestar India.
With sustainability as its theme, Giving Back—NGO India aims to make the voluntary sector self-sustainable. It will also enable the corporate sector to work toward brand sustainability, thus contributing to the overall growth and well-being of society.
The 2014 edition will see speakers who are CSR and Sustainability Heads from organizations such as P&G, Tupperware, Cipla, Unilever, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Luxor, TCS, Reliance, ICICI Securities, Kalpataru, Avantha Group, Swades Foundation and National Human Rights Commission.
In 2013, Giving Back—NGO India showcased 170 exhibition stalls of different NGOs. Some of the NGOs which participated were Aaina, Blind Welfare Council, Cancer Aid Society, CRY, Child Help Foundation, Family Planning Association of India, Helpage, Goonj, Rural Development Trust and Wockhardt Foundation.
The 2013 event saw 2,000 visitors and delegates. The speaker line-up had dignitaries such as Sunil Waman Prabhu, Mayor, Mumbai; Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General and CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs; Kiran Bedi, Chairperson, India Vision Foundation; Ashok Sajjanhar, Secretary, National Foundation for Communal Harmony, Ministry of Home Affairs; Lindsay Levin, Managing Partner, Leaders’ Quest; Huzaifa Khorakiwala, Trustee and CEO, Wockhardt Foundation; Kajal Aggarwal, Actress and Brand Ambassador, Giving Back—NGO India 2013 and Shreyas Talpade, Actor and Social Welfare Enthusiast.
Giving Back—NGO India is a CSR Initiative from UBM India, a leading service provider for all global events-led marketing and communications business.
UBM is the largest trade exhibition organizer in India, and is responsible for over 20 large-scale exhibitions across the country. The company also arranges various conference programs, and publishes trade journals, magazines and digital media. It is a subsidiary of UBM PLC which is a leading global business media company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
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Kiran Bedi, Chairperson, India Vision Foundation, with Joji George, Managing Director, UBM India
Dame Helen Alexander, Chairman, Board of Directors, UBM Group
Kajal Aggarwal, Actress and Brand Ambassador, Giving Back—NGO India