CSR: partnerships for change

DISHA invites likeminded companies to join us in our mission to empower marginalised communities and improve the socioeconomic conditions of some of our society’s poorest. There are a variety of issues you can support including

  • Rain water harvesting
  • Microcredit
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Agricultural sustainability
  • Youth development
  • Improving quality of education
  • Or you can support one of our events.

An example of previous corporate partnerships is our work with the Ikea Foundation, through Save the Children, focusing on eliminating child labour in the agricultural sector.

If you are interested in finding out more about how your company can support us please email or give us a call- we’d welcome the opportunity to discuss the mutual value partnerships for change could bring.

Corporate social responsibility is essentially a concept whereby companies decide voluntarily to contribute to a better society & a cleaner environment. Contemporary Indian history stands testimony that such a concept is not new, notably corporate donating resources to the freedom movement in early 20th century.

An increasing number of companies are promoting their corporate social responsibility strategies as a response to a variety of social, environmental and economic challenges. In doing so, companies are investing in their future through inclusive growth approach thereby ensure sustainability - of profits, people and the planet.

Ranging from employee volunteering, Leadership mentoring, corporate giving, participation in national campaigns, scholarships, incubating social entrepreneurships, biodiversity protection, conservation, etcthe corporate are going beyond regulatory requirements and conventional business interests. Such actions by corporate leaders are resulting in new partnerships and new spheres for existing relationships within the company. New spaces are being created within and outside businesses for social inclusion, skills acquisition, inclusive supply chain, equal opportunities, affirmative action, anticipation and management of change, especially social risk at the local or national level, respect for fundamental rights, etc.

There are several avenues that corporate have and can partner with Disha including water harvesting, women’s empowerment, right to education, income generation, & agriculture for small farmers, and skill training of youth with affirmative action being a cross cutting theme since over 85% of Disha’s constituency are scheduled tribes.

Disha has a vast presence spanning 7 districts of Gujarat predominantly tribal habitats where the communities confront several challenges including lack of water for agriculture, poor access to health services, stunting among children, lack of consistent sources of livelihood, etc.

Partnerships with corporate can result in meaningful and sustainable transformation in the quality of life among the tribal’s residing in the forest areas of Gujarat. Despite the brand of a ‘vibrant state’ some corporate do recognize that some communities, especially tribal of Gujarat have unfortunately remained outside the economic and social mainstream. Notably so, Disha worked in partnership with corporate such as IKEA to address the child labour phenomenon in Sabarkantha district which has a sizeable tribal population. Yet this is only a beginning, as the tribal community has a long way to go before experiencing a higher quality of life.

  • In 2009 Disha launched a comprehensive community based movement against child labour, which has enabled 4149 working children in Sabarkantha District to helped out of Child Labour. This anti child labour program me was an outcome of partnership among Disha, Save the Children and IKEA. This initiative was a flagship CSR initiative of IKEA effectively partnered by Disha in one district.
  • Simultaneously, water harvesting initiatives since Year 2011 has enabled over 5342 small and marginal tribal farmers in Gujarat to create / revive6521 of water bodies, resulting in increased storage and use of rainwater in rain deficit hilly areas of north Gujarat.
  • Disha’s reach has touched more than 59372 women who have formed self-help groups thereby creating and strengthening their vision and collective action towards empowerment and self-reliance. Till date the women have generated collective savings of over 54 lakes rupees. And over 4201 women have successfully raised loans from banks to launch micro entrepreneurships.