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National Voluntary Guidelines for the Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business (NVG-SEE) 2011

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The Guidelines presented herein are a refinement over the Corporate Social Responsibility Voluntary Guidelines 2009, released by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in December 2009. Significant inputs, received from diverse stakeholder groups across the country have been duly considered, and based on these inputs; appropriate changes have been made in the original draft Guidelines produced by the Guidelines Drafting Committee.

This document therefore represents the consolidated perspective of vital stakeholders in India, and accordingly lays down the basic requirements for businesses to function responsibly, thereby ensuring a wholesome and inclusive process of economic growth.Mandate and process: These Guidelines have been developed through an extensive consultative process by a Guidelines Drafting Committee (GDC) comprising competent and experienced professionals representing different stakeholder groups.

The Guidelines are designed to be used by all businessesirrespective of size, sector or location and therefore touch on the fundamental aspects – the 'spirit' - of an enterprise. It is expected that all businesses in India, including multi-national companies that operate in the country, would consciously work towards following the Guidelines.

The Guidelines also provide a framework for responsible business action for Indian MNCs planning to invest or already operating in other parts of the world. Businesses are encouraged to move beyond the recommended minimum provisions articulated in the document.For business leaders and managers entrusted with the task of deploying the principles of Responsible Business, it is worthwhile to understand that business boundaries today extend well beyond the traditional walls of a factory or an operating plant and all the way across the value chain.

Businesses are therefore encouraged to ensure that not only do they follow the Guidelines for areas directly within their immediate control or within their sphere of influence, but that they encourage and support their vendors, distributors, partners and other collaborators across their value chains to follow the Guidelines as well.

The Guidelines are applicable to all such entities, and are intended to be adopted by them comprehensively, as they raise the bar in a manner that makes their valuecreating operations sustainable. It needs to be emphasized that all Principles are equally important and non-divisible – this implies that if a business endeavours to function responsibly, it would have to adopt each of the nine (9) principles in their entirety rather than picking and choosing what might suit them.

Author: Sustainability Outlook Desk
LibraryType: Industry standard