“Amendment in the Companies Act has shifted the CSR from philanthropy to compliance. The step ahead is the need to understand that corporate social responsibility is not a cost centre but a development tool by way of including the stakeholders. Strategically responding to the social calls will enhance the brand image and will create an enabling environment among the industry and the stakeholders. The outcome will certainly be elevated profits.”


Aditya Patwardhan is at present heading the Sustainability and CSR initiatives for HCC Limited, which includes Sustainability Reporting, UNGC’s CEO Water Mandate, Disaster Response Network and Community Development. He has worked for more than 23 years in various fields like environment, safety, CSR, sustainability, water, disaster and law. He has practiced as an advocate in various Courts of Law including the High Court, Mumbai. He made a significant contribution in developing Mumbai’s first butterfly garden. He was selected for the prestigious ‘Environmental law and policy training’ programme for young advocates of SAARC countries’ organized by M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation, New Delhi. The World
CSR Congress has recognized his efforts, in the Global Listing Category, among the ‘50 most Impactful Leaders in Water and Water Management’ and also among ‘100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders’.