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Corporate Social Responsibility Voluntary Guidelines

India Current 2009

The Voluntary Guidelines state that CSR initiatives of Indian companies should become integral part of their overall business policy. The Guidelines set out six core elements for companies to address, including respect for workers’ rights and welfare, human rights, and the environment.

Issuer name

Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Government ministry


More information

Guidance on implementation is included in the Guidelines. For example, the CSR policy of the business entity should include an implementation strategy. Also, companies should disseminate information on the CSR policy, activities and progress in a structured manner to all their stakeholders and the public through websites, annual reports, and other communication media. For more information visit the Government of India's website or view pages 48 - 50 of Carrots and Sticks. See also the February 2010 edition of GRI's newsletter.

Reporting resources


Organizations covered by the instrument

All Companies

Target organization notes

All organizations except those in the public sector

Industry scope

All/none specified

Disclosure venue

Sustainability report






Asia Pacific

Date of publication


Issuer type

Governments (governmental department, agency)

Reporting requirements

Guidelines and standards for non-financial reporting

Mandatory or voluntary


The geographical scope


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