Corporate CSR spend declines sharply to Rs. 8,828.11 cr in FY21

India Inc’s Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) spend for FY 2020-21 fell sharply to Rs. 8,828.11 crore, much lower than the cumulative spends of Rs. 20,150.27 crore in FY2018-19 and Rs. 24,688.66 crore in FY 2019-20, official data submitted to Parliament.

An analysis of CSR filings made by the companies revealed that of the total annual CSR spent, about 60 per cent of the CSR expenditure has been done through implementation agencies, said Rao Inderjeet Singh, Minister of State for Corporate Affairs in a written reply to Lok Sabha question.

In India, the CSR architecture is disclosure based and only CSR mandated companies are required to file details of CSR spent annually in the MCA-21 registry.

In FY 2020-21, as many as 1,619 companies have done CSR spend of Rs. 8,828.21 crore. Of these, as many as 1,599 are non-PSUs, while 20 are PSUs. Non PSUs spend for CSR in 2020-21 stood at Rs. 8,266.93 crore, while the 20 PSUs cumulatively spent Rs. 561.18 crore, as per available official data up to September 30 this year.

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