Our Research Experience

1. Who’s Who in CSR in India – A Resource Guide 2006

After the resounding success of its inaugural edition of Who’s Who in CSR in India: A Resource Guide in 2004, and on the basis of popular demand, CSM decided to bi-annually update this publication. This time, the value added was a far more enriched set of entries and a new section on CSR awards. The Resource Guide was launched in New Delhi on April 26, 2006 and generated much attraction and demand. If you are interested in this unique publication, do hurry and place your order now! To book your order, click here.

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2.Socially Responsible Investment in India

This research, carried out in partnership with the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (AsrIA), was a pioneering work that the Centre for Social Markets did in India, followed by India’s first ever conference on SRI in India: Prospects and Challengesin 2003. This was part of a series of country reports produced on China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. It provides an overview of SRI in India and looks at the way forward.

3. Business and Economic Development

The Centre for Social Markets (CSM) is a Founder Member of the Responsible Competitiveness Consortium (RCC), launched in December in Brazil. As a part of their efforts, the RCC members – the Institute for Social and Ethical Accountability (AccountAbility, UK), Instituto Ethos (Brazil), Fundacio Dom Cabral (Brazil), ProHumana (Chile), African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC), PALTrade (Palestine), Business for Social Responsibility (BSR, USA) and others forming a nine-country consortium conducted Phase II of a research on Business and Economic Development, exploring how far businesses were aware of the economic impact of their core activities on the markets they served. The research spanned four crucial sectors: the financial sector, the pharmaceutical sector, the agricultural sector and the extractive industries sector. CSM was entrusted with research on the first two sectors. A brief insight is provided here below:

This research, conducted by the UK- and India-based Centre for Social Markets (CSM), forms Phase II of the research programme on “Business and Economic Development: The Impact of Corporate Responsibility Standards and Practices: Insights from Recent Experiences”, launched by AccountAbility and Business for Social Responsibility. It addresses the following research question:

How well do the pharmaceutical and financial sectors, and their key players, understand the economic impacts1 of its activities and act to manage them to ensure desired outcomes and enhances corporate impacts on low income, excluded and disadvantaged communities?

Unlike previous research addressing the question of the economic development impact of business, CSM will be using a product/service-based approach to understand the economic impact of the pharmaceutical and financial service providers in question.

This research, concluded some time ago, have the global reports forthcoming…

Publication of CSM Reports for Pharmaceutical and Financial Sector in India scheduled for Fall 2006.


1 Economic impacts take many forms. Direct impacts include monies paid to employees, suppliers, investors, governments, while indirect impacts relate to how those monies are used in subsequent decisions by those actors. At the broader level, CSM will assess the extent to which companies understand and/or report on their economic impacts in terms of their direct economic impacts – payments to employees, suppliers, investors, government; efforts to understand and report on their indirect impacts or supply multiplier, which are the second round impacts of that expenditure – such as employment created in supplier companies; and a step further, their induced impacts or income multiplier which measures the subsequent impacts. Having an understanding of companies direct, indirect and induced impacts may be useful to make comparisons across sectors and regions.

4. All-India Survey on Charities Administration

The Centre for Social Markets undertook a 2-month research project on charities administration in West Bengal.

The project is part of an All-India Survey on Charities Administration being conducted by Sampradaan Indian Centre for Philanthropy for the Planning Commission, Government of India. CSM was commissioned to conduct this project in West Bengal.

The OBJECTIVE of the research was:

1. to find out whether West Bengal, in practice, has been able to promote charity and social action, the purpose for which the various laws were enacted and to ensure which state agencies were set up
2. to suggest, on the basis of the All-India sample review, how the objectives can be more effectively met by reform of existing institutions or through establishing of alternative agencies.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tapati Ghosh at tapati@csmworld.org