PwC India Foundation arranges roundtable conference for children's rights

28 February 2019 2 min. read
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PwC India’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm the PwC India Foundation has collaborated with global children’s rights organisation Save the Children to organise a roundtable conference for some of the leading businesses in the country to call for cooperation around children’s rights. 

The conference was attended by representatives from nearly every sector in the Indian economy, including electronics, IT, healthcare, manufacturing as well as banking and financial services. The theme of the congregation was ‘Creating Transformational Business Partnerships for Child Rights.”

Topics of discussion centred on the trends in CSR investment across the Indian market over recent years and the predictions for the coming year. Keeping the objective of protecting and promoting children’s rights in mind, executives discussed the possibility of pooling resources to create a better socio-economic environment in the country.

In essence, businesses are looking to combine their reach, assets and international networks to continue their development in the rapidly growing economy, while simultaneously ensuring that growth is as equitable as possible. The PwC India Foundation was among the organisers of the conference.

PwC India Foundation arranges roundtable conference for children's rights

In recent years, the PwC India Foundation has made children’s rights one of its top priorities, and has placed its focus on the role that the corporate environment can play the in the improvement of conditions therein. The Foundation has been active for over a decade in India, and has made great strides in realising these goals. 

The conference was organised in collaboration with Save the Children, a global non-profit NGO that is devoted to protecting children across the globe, particularly those in vulnerable countries. CEO of Save the Children Bidisha Pillai was present at the conference.

“The quality of partnerships we want to have is of great importance. We are looking for stakeholders with a similar vision who have complementary skills that come together to tackle the difficult problems, in difficult areas where the burden is the highest and which are the hardest to reach,” she said.

“India has the largest population of children and youth (550 mn), the challenge is to make them productive, to ensure that they become an asset and not a liability for the nation. It’s a panic situation as currently the gap between India and other countries is widening in terms of educated and skilled human capital. A monumental effort is required by all stakeholders including India Inc. to focus first on education,” added Dilip Thakore, the Education World publisher who mediated the roundtable discussion.