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Edition 14 - March 2013
Deborah Keller, Edition 14 - March 2013 08 Apr 2014
Impact Measurement - Brief note by Ennovent
Deborah Keller, Impact Measurement - Brief note by Ennovent 13 Dec 2013
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Edition 14 - March 2013

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Impact Measurement - Brief note by Ennovent

For any enterprise intent on making a social, environmental and/or economic impact, describing the impact created by its operations and services is a necessary part of demonstrating what it is achieving. Consequently, enterprises are increasingly undertaking the task of monitoring and measuring the impact of their ventures as a part of the pursuit of their respective organisational missions. This brief note describes the definition, barriers, benefits and tools of impact measurement currently being employed by enterprises. Read more »
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Handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility in India

The handbook builds a common understanding of the concept of CSR, based on global practices, Indian tradition, and the intent and provisions of the Companies Act, 2013. It highlights important aspects of Clause 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 and its implications on companies. A major part of the handbook focuses on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of strategising, planning, executing and monitoring these CSR activities. Read more »
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The Emerging Landscape of ESG Action in Indian Businesses and their Supply Chains

Influenced by global dialogues and stimulated by the Indian policy makers, the Indian business diaspora has been, for the past few years, increasingly engaging in conversation and action on management and measurement of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) parameters. This shift in focus towards non-financial metrics comes amidst an increasing demand from global customers and investors for ESG disclosure along with the launch of the National Voluntary Guidelines for Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Businesses (NVG-SEE) which is applicable for all Indian businesses. In 2012, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) mandated the filing of an annual Business Responsibility Report (BRR), which focuses on ESG performance, for the 100 largest publicly traded firms. Read more »
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MSME Umbrella Programme

Innovation matters for the growth of the Indian MSME sector! With the opening of the Indian economy and increasing globalization, a growing number of MSMEs face tough competition on international markets. Increasing resource prices or higher costs of imports additionally drive the development of new solutions. However, to remain competitive, Indian MSMEs need more than innovative products alone: The pressure for innovation in processes, business models and management to improve productivity and significantly lower costs, has increased in recent years. New initiatives by the Government of India support enterprises to gain competitive edge and to strengthen their innovation competencies. With the announcement of 2010 – 2020 as the “Decade of Innovation” and the establishment of the National Innovation Council (NInC) the Indian Prime Minister has put innovation promotion in the centre of private sector development in India. Read more »
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Artha Newsletter Nr. 18

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From the Margin to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

A report by the World Economic Forum Investors Industries Prepared in collaboration with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu New Report: Bringing Impact Investing From the Margins to the Mainstream - World Economic Forum report highlights the potential of impact investing to generate market returns while addressing key social and environmental challenges - 79% of impact investors are already targeting market rates of return; to reach a 2020 market projection of more than US$ 500 billion, the impact investment sector needs to grow significantly - The report engaged 150 mainstream investors, business executives and policy-makers, advancing the Forum's impact investment agenda Read more »
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Interface between government officials and social innovators: Challenges and Recommendations

India, today, is witnessing a number of social innovations across sectors and at various levels. The incredible solutions that social innovations offer, and the energy that they bring to the ‘traditional’ market are being felt. However, we as a country still have a long way to go in embracing social innovation and providing it the impetus that it needs. There exist substantial challenges that need to be addressed, in order to take cognizance of innovation. This document has been drafted drawing from responses elicited through conversations with social innovators. A total of 9 social innovators, from the education, energy and agriculture sectors were spoken to, in a semi-structured interview to retain the focus of the conversation while allowing them to bring in their own additional perspectives, all the same. This exercise has resulted in the detailed discussion that follows, on challenges and roadblocks that social innovators face in dealing with the government, in a pointed manner. The aim is to emphasise the on-ground practicalities with the aim to provoke thought-processes to address these issues. The respondents have also made recommendations drawing from their own experiences, in their respective sectors of operation. The idea is to identify areas inherent with the scope to implement these recommendations in order to establish an ecosystem that is conducive to and appreciative of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more »
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Edition 13 - January 2013

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M-CRIL Microfinance Review 2012: MFIs in a Regulated Environment - a financial and social analysis

Do you want to know: • The emerging impact of regulation on the MFI industry in India • The likely future impact on MFI financial performance of a key regulatory measure like the cap on margins • The current status of the Indian MFI industry - its operational and social performance as well as its financial status - efficiency and profitability M-CRIL Microfinance Review 2012 has a comprehensive analysis of the performance of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in India providing microfinance services to low income clients. Read more »