‘Do CSR from heart, not as official duty’

Bhubaneswar: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) must be done from the heart and as not as an official duty, said S.C. Padhi, director (Human Resources and Administration) of Nalco, at a national seminar on the topic organized by Personnel Management and Industrial Relations department of Utkal University here today.

A panel discussion was held after the inaugural session at the seminar. The interactive session proved to be an educative one when experts from leading corporate houses, PSUs and academicians expressed their views on CSR. Some of the speakers argued that it is not only the responsibility of the corporate houses but common people should also come forward.

R.N. Mishra, head of Human Resources (Legal), Tisco, said, “Why the corporates should only be responsible for the society? Why should ‘C’ stand only for ‘corporate’ and not for ‘common man’?” He further said if it is for the benefit of the community as a whole, the common people should also come forward and do their part.

Mentioning that Tata group is a pioneer in this field, Mishra said that the company does the good work silently and does not care for publicity. He also claimed that the company takes care of the families who are affected due to land acquisition or other reasons during any project.

Shantilata Sahu, director (HR) of Northern Coalfields Limited, argued that the companies doing their business must shoulder their responsibilities towards people in the geographical region where it works.

“I believe that the corporate houses should bear their responsibilities towards the society. Companies get entangled with local people over land acquisition and other issues. It is their responsibility to do something for the benefit of those people living in the area from where the company is earning so much profit,” Sahu said.