“Many companies are moving towards creating sustainable growth models in different ways. Companies are taking long-term projects and not just charity. The future will see more and more companies building deeper CSR strategies which will seek to external impact and not just mitigate internal impacts. Companies will be able to prioritise the issue or problem they want to work on through CSR. In coming days, CSR and sustainability will have greater impact on social and economic development of rural India.”
Upendra Sontakke is currently heading CSR of Astarc Group of Companies. He started his career with USA-based International Development Agency CRS_USCCB and has also worked with Landmark Group, EMCO Ltd and Lavasa Corporation Ltd as CSR Head. He has been awarded an honorary position of Regional Director by CASI New York, an institute of CSR & Sustainability certification. He has been appointed as member of the Advisory Board of studies of Ramoji Krian University, Hyderabad for its Center for E-learning and Development Communication. Upendra has been awarded with CSR professional of the Year by INDIA CSR & BIMTECH on August 27, 2016, at INDIA CSR Award event in Bengaluru. He has been awarded citation of 100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders (Global Listing) by World CSR Day and World sustainability in February 2016.