Bhubaneswar: In a bid to facilitate dialogue with stakeholders to outline an inclusive state growth framework, ICN Odisha today (29th January 2022) organized a Virtual Conclave on Corporate Social Responsibility: the progress through partnership. Senior executives from leading companies in Odisha deliberated on leveraging CSR initiatives of various organizations for the development of weaker sections of society.
Mr. Sridhar Patra, Vice Chairman, CII Odisha State Council and CMD, NALCO delivered the welcome address at the inaugural session. Mr. Nixon Joseph, Former President and COO, SBI Foundation and CEO, CLT India, and Dr. Akshay Rout, Board, LIC Housing Finance, Senior Advisor (SUWASI), KPMG, Former CEO, Swachh Bharat Mission , and former CEO of the Election Commission of India also addressed the inaugural session. The vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Prashant Hota, Organiser, CII Odisha CSR and Skills Panel and President, Group Head CSR, Education and Sustainability, Head-Odisha Corporate Communications, Jindal Steel & Power.
The inaugural session was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Akshay Sahoo, Special Correspondent, The Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle. CSR officers from Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Vedanta Limited, JK Paper Mills Limited, JSW Steel Limited, Paradeep Phosphates Limited and NALCO participated in the panel. Various discussions have been held to create a robust ecosystem through public-private partnership and strategic stakeholder engagement to benefit poor communities and people at the bottom of the pyramid.
Mr. Prashant Hota, summarized the panel discussion and advanced the panel’s suggestion to prepare a recommendation document to be submitted to the government and shared with other stakeholders.