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Partners in Change

About the organization

Partners in Change was established in response to the increasing debate on the role of business and concerned about the absence of any established mechanism to proactively engage with business to minimise its negative and maximise its positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised stakeholders, Partners in Change (PiC) was set up as a division of ActionAid India in 1993. In order to better focus its resources in a dedicated manner, PiC was set up as a separate not-for-profit organisation in 1995, one of the earliest organizations in the country focusing exclusively on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Today, in order to more effectively engage with development challenges globally as well as locally, PiC has come together with ActionAid India, Books for Change, Praxis and Sabala to form a Strategic Alliance of Organisations (SAO). Through this network, PiC has access to 42 Countries, 14 regions and 225 development professionals around the country with over 30 years of experience towards goal of fighting poverty together

The PiC Board

  1. PiCís board members are selected based on the skills and expertise that they bring in to the organization in the context of PiCís specialized area of work.
  2. Members therefore represent the corporate sector as well as the NGO sector and there is a good mix of both.
  3. When a vacancy on the Board has been identified, the CEOís inputs on the type of profile required by the organization are sought. A list of potential candidates is created by the rest of the Board and members short listed in consultation with the CEO.
  4. The President usually then approaches the potential members and a written consent sought from those who agree to be on the Board
  5. There is a fairly detailed and elaborate briefing by the CEO and a one on one discussion with individual members beyond Board meetings and on key issues.
  6. Expectations from individual Board members are usually articulated and discussed.
  7. One of the reasons why the Board is actively engaged is that their time is sought intelligently and prudently.
  8. Staff is encouraged to interact with the Board and opportunities to facilitate the same are created.
  9. No Board members are related to one another
  10. Usually Board members from the corporate sector are those that have retired or serve in non executive positions within the companies that they may represent. This is important , given the nature of work that PiC does in potentially challenging the corporate sector where necessary.
  11. No sitting fees are paid to any of the Board members- travel for outstation members is reimbursed
  12. The role of the Chair is significant in ensuring that the Board is managed effectively and the CEO is offered the support and guidance that he requires

PiC may be contacted at

C-75 South Extension, Part II New Delhi Ė 110049 Tel: 91 11 51642348-51