HEART 'N' SOIL

Mrida works in remote rural areas, using agriculture, energy access, skill development, health and related interventions as entry point development triggers. As a systems integrator and a catalyst, we then use these triggers to facilitate community engagement, livelihoods, women’s empowerment, education and so on, leading to all-around development.

Building on the Corporate background and experience of our promoters, the objective is to bring the same discipline and the financial rigor of the business world into the development sector, showcasing business led social impact that is sustainable and scalable. Through its Section 8 (not-for-profit company), the Mrida Heart ‘N Soil Foundation, Mrida partners with corporate entities to develop and implement customized, integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The focus is again on a ‘business approach’ – treating CSR funds as ‘investments’, with quantified impact assessment and ROI calculations as an integral part of every intervention.

Strategy & Vision. 

Facilitating a long-term Strategic Planning and Visioning exercise for CSR that brings all concerned onto a common platform

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Roadmap.

Operationalizing the Strategy/Vision in the form of a clearly defined roadmap with timelines, deliverables, and targeted, measurable impact in the short, medium and long term. This roadmap should be one that has the buy-in of the operational team, senior management, and Board level CSR Committee.

2.

Operational Review.

Developing a reporting, tracking and monitoring mechanism which will progressively bring CSR at par with any other mainstream function in the organization and subject to the same degree and rigor of management review.

3.

Strategic Review.

Given that CSR is a new and evolving area, independently conducting quarterly field audits and facilitating detailed periodic internal reviews of the overall CSR strategy and operation is necessary. Using this information, we can recommend and implement strategy correction corrections.

4.

Compliance.

We facilitate a comprehensive Annual CSR Review as a base for Board reporting and approval and to ensure compliance under the Companies Act. We work in a manner that makes any organization a model of Corporate Governance with regard to CSR.

5.

Sharing Best Practices.

Based on Mrida’s ongoing work in the Social Sector across organizations and geographic areas, we establish benchmarks and share best practices from our monitoring and reviews, while making course corrections that may be required along the way.

6.

Employee Engagement.

This is typically an area of concern for management and needs to be addressed with specific focus and priority. Drawing on our past experiences and observations in other organizations, we propose innovative methods to bring in employee engagement and interest spontaneously.

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Impact Assessment.

Each CSR partnership includes a process of formal impact assessment and documentation. We create an ‘Index’ that summarizes the impact of CSR initiatives under broad issues such as infrastructure, social, environmental, and economic development. Then, we calculate a comprehensive index which can be tracked to measure the ongoing impact of the overall CSR Program.

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OTHER INTERVENTIONS

SOLAR STREETLIGHTS

AGRI

INTERVENTIONS

DC SOLAR MICROGRIDS

E-HUBS

SKILLING & LIVELIHOOD

Contact Us: 

91springboard Nehru Place

67-68 Chandra Bhavan Building, 3rd Floor 

Nehru Place, New Delhi 

Delhi - 110019​

TEL: +91 11 4173 4447

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