About Us

About CSM

The Centre for Social Markets (CSM) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works to create more environmentally and culturally sustainable societies. CSM assists transformation – social, economic, political and institutional – for the public interest by by harnessing the potential of small-scale entrepreneurs and producers.

Founded in 2000, CSM is a values-based organisation committed to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. We have a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and discrimination, and ask the same of our partners and colleagues.

What we do

CSM conducts research and training; promotes debate and dialogue; builds coalitions and leadership platforms; and produces resources in three major programme areas:

Climate Change – to advance a thoughtful response to climate change in India at the administrative and social levels where it matters most
Sustainability – Our role is as catalyst and guide on key sustainability challenges and to ensure that India’s economic progress is shaped by sustainable development considerations
Responsible Business – to encourage particularly small and medium enterprises towards a swadeshi outlook in order to contribute to wider civic and national goals

CSM provides advisory services in the fields we work in. This includes bespoke research, training and world-class event facilitation services. CSM’s senior staff are also available for lectures and presentations. If you would like to discuss any of our advisory services, or would like to book a speaker or facilitator, kindly contact Ms Viva Kermani < viva [at] csmworld [dot] org >

Meet CSM


Viva_CSM_profile_pic_smViva Kermani
E-mail: viva@csmworld.org
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pic-ajAbhishek Jani

Chief Executive Officer, CSM and Fairtrade Project India

E-mail: Abhishek@csmworld.org

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PushPushpanath Krishnamurthy
Adviser, Training and Campaigns
E-mail: Push@csmworld.org
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rgoswami_pic_csmRahul Goswami
Adviser, Agriculture and Food
E-mail: makanaka@pobox.com
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Chetan B U
Accounts Manager
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Legal framework, governance, funding

CSM is constituted as a Non Profit and is incorporated under Section 25 of the Companies Act. CSM has received permanent registration under FCRA vide registration number 147120806 dated 10/04/2008.

CSM raises its funds through programmes, advisory services and publications. CSM abides by all Income Tax and Foreign Currency Laws and regulations as applicable to it.

For more information on CSM’s financials, write to < viva [at] csmworld [dot] org >