Volume No. 11 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 433-438 October-December 2016
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES UNDER CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY BY COMPANIES OPERATING IN MEGHALAYA, INDIA
Marak A. N. C. and Singh O. P.*
Department of Environmental Studies, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong (INDIA)
Received on : September 27,2016
With increase in population, urbanisation and industrialisation in past decades, the pressure on the natural environment has been significantly increasing resulting in environmental degradation, depletion of resources and adverse impact on human health, wildlife and ecosystem. Hence, there is an urgent need to protect the environment. The role of industrial and corporate units in protecting environment is highly desirable in view of the fact that they draw raw materials from environment and release emission and wastes in it. In this paper, we have analysed 12 companies operating in Meghalaya, India for their CSR contribution in protecting environment. Study revealed that 11 companies are engaged in different CSR activities like health improvement and uprooting of hunger and poverty, education, community and rural development, child and maternal health, sports, contribution to relief funds and environmental protection. However, out of 12 companies, only 8 companies undertook activities related to environmental protection which included plantation, soil and water conservation, energy conservation, climate change mitigation, creating awareness and sensitization etc. The financial allocations for these activities were found meagre and limited to only a few activities. There is need to increase the financial allocation for activities directly beneficial to environment.
Keywords : Environmental Protection, CSR, The Companies Act, 2013, Poverty