CSR Head, Deloitte
N.C. Hegde is a Partner of Deloitte Tax and is based in the Mumbai office. He is currently the leader of Clients & Markets. He is also a member of the Deloitte India Governing Board since 2007 and also leading the CSR responsibility for Deloitte. N.C. Hegde has wide experience of more than 28 years in tax and regulatory practice. He has been involved with the talent function since 1996. He was part of the Talent Council of the firm and was heading the talent function for tax from 2007 to 2013. He was also part of the Tax Talent Board.
Q.Briefly describe your role and responsibilities; and how many years you have been in the CSR domain?
A.I am responsible for managing the CSR initiatives of Deloitte under the leadership of the Chairman of the Board, for the last three years.
Q.Before CSR assignment, were you working in any other professional domain, if so, please describe?
A.I am a tax professional and Partner with Deloitte. I handle CSR as an additional responsibility.
Q.How has the CSR & sustainability program evolved at your company?
A.Community is an integral part of Deloitte’s business. Over the past 14 years in India, we have been investing in the society through several projects, primarily in the area of education and skill building, healthcare and sanitation, environment sustainability, and empowerment. However, the domain has further evolved in the last two years after the Companies Act made it mandatory for certain organizations to spend a certain minimum amount towards Corporate Social Responsibility. This gave further impetus to our activity and helped us to focus on initiatives to shape the future of underprivileged communities and truly make an impact that matters.
Q.Tell us about someone (mentor, sponsor, friend, hero) who influenced your CSR & sustainability journey and how?
A.Two people who have really influenced my CSR journey are Hellen Keller – American author, political activist and lecturer and Mr. Rippan Kapoor of CRY.
Q.What is the best advice you have ever received?
A.In the context of CSR, one advice that I have taken very seriously is that ‘there is greater joy in giving than receiving’.
Q.Can you share a recent accomplishment you are especially proud of in your CSR & sustainability role?
A.I am reasonably proud of our employee volunteering initiative ‘Impact Day’ where on a single day we reach out to and positively impact thousands of lives in the community. This year more than 30,000 participated in 175 different projects across 12 cities. The community outreach program impacted over 9,42,000 lives in one single day. I also take pride in the fact that some of these initiatives are year-round activities for the organization.
Q.If you had the power to make one major change at your company or in your industry, what would it be?
A.I would get more people to give a part of their time to activities which can bring positive change in society and the community. While the Government keeps doing its job, we must also extend our helping hand in the areas we can.
Q.Describe your perfect day.
A.A perfect day is when you have been able to make someone happy as a result of your conduct. u