FAQ: Corporate Social Responsibility in India

Published: April 2018, Updated: April 2020

The Indian Companies Act of 2013 makes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance mandatory for any company, whether private; public; foreign; or even a nonprofit company registered under Section 8. Additionally, compliance is mandatory if the company has particular profit, turnover, or net-worth.

India is reportedly the only country in the world that mandates CSR by law. The Companies Act is regulated by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and requires companies to formulate a clear policy on CSR and report annually on its CSR-related activities.

This FAQ answers some of the most common questions about CSR in India, with a focus on nonprofit compliance.

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More information about CSR in India can be found in our India Philanthropy Law Report.