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Past Issue • Jul-Sep 2015

Philanthropy, CSR are passé, now it is time for CSA, Kailash Satyarthi

Philanthropy, CSR are passé, now it is time for CSA, Kailash Satyarthi

Soft spoken, articulate and amiable, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, stresses responsive consumers and responsive industry would eventually lead to a responsive market and supply chain system. In an exclusive interview for ISBInsight the Nobel Laureate spoke to Pradeep Singh, CEO Mohali Campus and Deputy Dean, ISB, on the sidelines of the Class of 2015 Graduation Day, where he was the Chief Guest. Pradeep Singh: During the many decades of your wonderful work, what has been your relationship with business? Kailash Satyarthi: Commerce, businesses and industries are an integral part of society. When I realised that a large number of children were languishing under slavery not only in India but all over the world. I initiated a campaign against child slavery in India in 1981. It was quite tough to convince people. I explained that child slavery meant collapse of human rights and violation of many other fundamental rights. In this context I have had very direct relations with the business community. Business people who were hiring or engaging child labour and child slaves many a time were unaware of the legal consequences. I took up the cause of child rights and child labours labour even with big companies – both Indian and international ones. I realised that these companies didn’t have much knowledge of the issue. Companies were unaware about child labour in their supply chains. So, I campaigned to generate awareness amongst the businesses and industry folks. They understood that my campaign was not against their business interests. So I shared a relationship of mutual understanding with the business.

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