The CSR Advisory Services at ASK sees Corporate Responsibility as an opportunity for corporations to provide communities with an opportunity beyond mere compliance, but to effectively contribute to addressing key social challenges through leveraging their expertise, resources and people to empower their stakeholders and to make an impact on social issues that are key to a corporation’s business.
ASK’s CSR Vertical works across diverse thematic issues and provides its expertise in designing, and conceptualising CSR strategies and interventions, facilitating program implementation and monitoring so as to ensure long-term impacts on the ground. Our grassroots approach combined with our experience of working with large corporations enable us to provide comprehensive solutions that are relevant, effective and sustainable.
ASK has engaged with corporates since 15 years to shape their CSR strategies, facilitate program implementation and assess the impact of these initiatives on the community. The CSR advisory services offered by the organisation spans the complete lifecycle of a project. Our work involves engaging with stakeholders to design impactful initiatives, facilitate linkage of CSR Foundations to relevant and credible NGO partners, ensure rigorous monitoring and impact assessments so as to achieve efficiency and maximise social return on investments. ASK has engaged with corporates since 15 years to shape their CSR strategies, facilitate program implementation and assess the impact of these initiatives on the community. The CSR advisory services offered by the organisation spans the complete lifecycle of a project. Our work involves engaging with stakeholders to design impactful initiatives, facilitate linkage of CSR Foundations to relevant and credible NGO partners, ensure rigorous monitoring and impact assessments so as to achieve efficiency and maximise social return on investments.
The organisation holds expertise in the following thematic areas:
Water Sanitation and Hygiene
Integrated Community Development
Development of SHGs and Community Based Organisations
Skill development and livelihoods
Micro credit/ Micro enterprise development
Emergency/ Disaster Relief & Rehabilitation Programs The CSR Advisory Services provides the following range of services to Corporations and CSR Foundations
ASK has worked with several development partners in appraising and managing award of grants to NGO through a process of identification and recognition of innovative practices employed. Pre-funding appraisal assesses the procedures, management systems and capacities and policies followed by non-profit organisations. ASK also offers accreditation facilities to NGOs who can then be linked to CSR initiatives, guaranteeing transparency, credibility and accountability towards initiatives planned. Norms of accountability, governance and fiduciary assessment are applied during the pre-funding appraisals and NGO accreditation process.
ASK conducts monitoring of CSR programs by adopting a multi-disciplinary approach wherein social, economic and institutional elements are combined with the technical process of monitoring in order to provide Corporates with a holistic view of their interventions. These findings are pegged against best practice benchmarks so that strategic recommendations can be made for CSR Foundations based on the same.The advisory services can work with the NGO/implementing partners to devise and implement a timely reporting system and schedule so that the CSR Foundations can remain updated on the progress of their programs.
The Companies Act, 2013 mandates Companies and Corporates to take social responsibility as a means of delivering value, which requires them to invest in social development projects in partnership with credible NGOs. The Domain addresses this need and works with NGOs to strengthen their overall organisational and programmatic practices, help them identify their core strengths to create shared value for sustainability and other CSR vision of the corporate and create an enabling environment for strategic CSR and social innovation.
The CSR Advisory Services provides capacity building for CSR Teams at corporations too in fostering a synergetic relationship with the NGO partners.
While CSR Foundations would be carrying out social innovations through their initiatives, it is equally important that they be reported in an effective manner. The reporting is done in a manner that highlights the impact brought about; highlights the best practices and approaches; draws learnings to understand the underlying factors why an impact was achieved and lastly, to understand how sustainability is being instituted by the Companies and the NGO partners.We offer holistic assessments to evaluate the impact of CSR activity on business objectives (increased visibility, brand recognition etc.), on NGO partners and on community/beneficiaries. We can also reach out relevant stakeholders through CSR Reports and Annual Reports.
ASK undertakes the comprehensive documentation of organization and programme specific processes, history and milestones, case studies, approaches and best practices. Process documentations are usually requested for after an organization and/or programme have been running for a significant amount of time, and wish to highlight and record in detail their approaches over the years, methods of dealing with challenges, decisions, achievements, and best practices. CSR’s can highlight learnings and good practices adopted by partner organizations and portray them as best practices in the sector, for other CSRs or CSOs to adopt. As a part of the process documentation, bespoke reports on sector specific knowledge and practices can also be provided.
The CSR Advisory Services aligns itself with the organisation’s ‘participatory and objective’ approach to conducting the assignments. There are 5 key principles under which the services are offered
Suit priorities and policies of the organisation
Provide maximum value for money
Promoting a S. M. A. R. T. system so as to attain the goals and objectives of the program
Demonstrate the triple bottom approach – social, economic and environmental impact
Promote equitable, inclusive and sustainable initiative
Surveys of Worker’s Sense of Value & Engagement in Garment Factories
Training of Petrol Pump staff and Customer Service on customer care and handling
Participatory assessment of programs
Punjab & Himachal Pradesh
Situational Assessment in Sarai Tareen
Bareilly (UP) , Sikandrabad (UP) , Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Baseline Study on Quality of Life in Malia
Impact Assessment of the Mid-Day Meal Program implemented by Havells India Limited
Baseline of School Water and Sanitation Program
Impact Assessment of Individual Household Toilet Project in Haryana and Gujarat