“The journey so far looks credible. Education and skill development is the choice for approximately 50 per cent companies, which is a national agenda of drive also. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Projects in line to supplement SDGs and government programmes should be implemented as per the need of the geography and community. Networking, partnership, pooling of resources, application of good practices, joining hands for innovation and scale, leveraging strength and attaining sustainability are the keys of success in CSR.”
Praveen Karn is the Head Group CSR at Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. His experience includes working with Gond, Santhal and Paharia tribes in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. He has played a pivotal role in the implementation of Polio Immunization Project with UNICEF and WHO; Menstrual Hygiene, Family Planning and Reproductive health initiatives for India in due consultation with UNDP and Pathfinder International. He
was also instrumental in developing Resettlement and Rehabilitation plan for a few steel and power industries in India. At Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, he plans, develops and monitors CSR projects for over 20 project locations across the country and abroad through its CSR umbrella named Spark Minda Foundation. He also takes care of the sustainability projects for the group like Water Conservation, 3R, Plantation, Waste Management
and Renewable Energy.