Scope for CSR Activities under schedule VII of the companies Act 2013

24/12/2020 3 By indiafreenotes

Per Section 135 of the Companies Act (“CSR provisions”), every company with net worth of INR 500 crore, or turnover of INR 1000 crore or more or net profit of 5 crore or more is mandated to spend 2% of average net profit of the preceding three (3) years on corporate social responsibilities/CSR activities.

Since the time CSR provisions were first introduced, the list of CSR activities enumerated under Schedule VII of the Companies Act have been amended by the government from time to time. Most of the items enumerated under Schedule VII since its inception has been framed around activities pertaining to social welfare and charitable activities with key focus on eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, promotion of education, gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, ensuring environmental sustainability and protection of national heritage amongst others.

For instance, the pre-amended item (ix) under Schedule VII of the Companies Act pertained to contributions and funds that could be made to technology incubators located within academic institutions.

Activities which may be included by companies in their Corporate Social Responsibility Policies relating to:

  • Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care including preventive health care and sanitation including contribution to the Swach Bharat Kosh set-up by the Central Government for the promotion of sanitation and making available safe drinking water.
  • Promoting education, including special education and employment enhancing vocation skills especially among children, women, elderly and the differently abled and livelihood enhancement projects.
  • Promoting gender equality, empowering women, setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans; setting up old age homes, day care centres and such other facilities for senior citizens and measures for reducing inequalities faced by socially and economically backward groups.
  • Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, animal welfare, agroforestry, conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water including contribution to the Clean Ganga Fund set-up by the Central Government for rejuvenation of river Ganga.
  • Protection of national heritage, art and culture including restoration of buildings and sites of historical importance and works of art; setting up public libraries; promotion and development of traditional art and handicrafts;
  • Measures for the benefit of armed forces veterans, war widows and their dependents;
  • Training to promote rural sports, nationally recognised sports, Paralympic sports and Olympic sports
  • Contribution to the Prime Minister’s national relief fund or any other fund set up by the central govt. for socio economic development and relief and welfare of the schedule caste, tribes, other backward classes, minorities and women;
  • Contributions or funds provided to technology incubators located within academic institutions which are approved by the central govt.
  • Rural development projects
  • Slum area development.