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Gandhian Trusteeship and CSR: Interrogating the Relationship

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 54 Issue 2

Published: 2018
Author(s) Name: Seema Sharma | Author(s) Affiliation: Department of Social Work, University of Delhi, Delhi
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Abstract

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is often considered a contested concept. In India its contours have finally been marked through the Companies Act, 2013. The Act clarifies what may constitute the social responsibility of business. It goes further to explain which category of corporate shall undertake socially responsible initiatives. This paper takes a critical look at the Gandhian idea of trusteeship and CSR to understand the relationship between the two. The paper concludes that the two are different because the two concepts lie in two different world views. While the idea of trusteeship derives its strength from religion and the basic goodness of human beings CSR as proposed and practiced today has its roots in the market economy.

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