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“CSR Leader of India” 2017 | PV, NARAYANAN
CSR Leader – South Asia, GE India
“Reports show that there has been substantial growth in CSR spending since the Companies Act came into force. However, at a strategic level, issues such as fair trade, supply chain, human rights, regulations on land acquisition and rehabilitation, environment and energy related issues have also played a pivotal role, building a strong business case for CSR. There are several CSR initiatives that are directly in convergence with government policies. There is no doubt that business both through their CSR initiatives as well as the corporate strategy will remain a key stakeholder in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals or in making a success of the Paris Agreement.”
About PV, NARAYANAN
P V Narayanan is currently heading corporate social responsibility for General Electric Company (GE), as CSR Leader – GE South Asia.
In his long career, he has had the opportunity to serve organisations in diverse sectors. He has worked on projects with private sector, non-governmental organisations and government, in areas encompassing health, environment, energy, public private partnerships and corporate social responsibility. Prior to his role in GE, he served Alstom, Bharti Foundation, Dalmia Bharat, UNDP and TERI.
During his role with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he played a foundational role in planning and implementing nationally the PPP/private sector initiatives for National AIDS Control Organisation, a role that he found deeply satisfying working on a public health project. He played a central role in establishing the CSR function and the corporate foundation in Dalmia Bharat Group – a sugar and cement leader, starting several key initiatives across multiple locations leading to community satisfaction and Dalmia Bharat winning its first CII ITC Sustainability Award. Prior to leading the CSR initiatives, Narayanan served the corporate strategy team at Dalmia Bharat team, leading the McKinsey designed Portfolio of Initiatives, which covered more than 15 corporate initiatives across functions.
Narayanan further continued his corporate social responsibility role joining Alstom in India as Country CSR Officer. In his role, he led the CSR function for Alstom Group in India, covering Alstom’s energy and transport businesses, in addition to managing Alstom Foundation’s initiatives. Following the take over of Alstom’s energy businesses by GE, he moved on to lead CSR for GE in South Asia. Working with several key stakeholders within the organization, he is contributing to GE’s strong thrust on corporate social responsibility, sustainability initiatives and employee engagement.