“CSR by the virtue of its coined appellation has been accepted as mere an over-the-above obligation by the corporates since the time it was finally enforced with the rules on April 2014. Companies today are turning their attention away from looking at CSR as mainly a public relations opportunity, and thinking about how CSR can contribute to transformative innovations for not just the company but also the sector. CSR is becoming a route through which businesses can help solve pressing societal problems, and we are re-imagining business as mission-driven.”


Ashish Sahay is the Head of CSR of HP Inc. India and is responsible for managing and driving the citizenship activities for HP in the country. At HP India, his mandate is overall strategizing, implementing and monitoring of the stakeholders’ influencers programme nationally across functions like, corporate sustainability and stakeholder engagement. Under his thought leadership, the CSR programmes have been designed to work towards inclusive growth as part of HP’s commitment towards society. Ashish joined HP in February 2016. Prior to this, Ashish served with companies like Panasonic, Jubilant Life Sciences, Mawana Sugars and Ambuja Cements to help them strategize their CSR roll out plan, develop effective CSR policies and tools for impact assessment, perform social audits, compliances related to CSR and identifying relevant business cases for CSR.