The CSR Trust for SDGs in India will support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in India utilizing Corporate Social Responsibility. The mechanism in new and independent of the UN. However, in line with the UN mandate to support Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, the UN will support the SDG Trust through strategic advice, particularly in the first two years of operation.


  • To leverage partnerships and collaborations to support the achievement of the SDGs in India.
  • Provide a platform for corporates to optimize their CSR spend in alignment with India’s priorities on the SDGs.
  • To facilitate tracking and monitoring of CSR funds against their impact on the SDGs.



The India SDG Trust is an independence Trust governed by an independent Board of Trustees.

The Board consists of eminent members like Mr Shankar Venkateswaran- ex-Head TATA Sustainability, Mrs Arundhati Bhattacharya -Ex SBI Chairperson and Mr Karunesh Bhalla former Director Ethics-UNDP.

The Governing Body of the Trust is headed by Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee-widely known as the father of Indian CSR while Rashi Jain, former Corporate Partnership Lead in WaterAid acts as the General Secretary.


Shankar Venkateswaran

Chairperson and Trustee

Retired as Chief of Tata Sustainability Group

Executive Director of America India Foundation, Director, Sustainability PwC  and Director of think-tank and consultancy firm : SustainAbility.

Karunesh Bhalla


Former staff of  United Nations Development Program  for 37 years

Retired as Director-Ethics Office, United Nations in New York


Arundhati Bhattacharya


First-ever woman Chair of the State Bank of India, a Fortune 500 company

Ranked 25th in the Forbes’ List of ‘Most Powerful Women in the world” and Ranked 5th in ‘Most Women In Finance’ category in 2016

Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, IAS

Hon. President

Widely known as Father of Indian CSR

Former Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises

Former  Director-General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs


Rashi Jain

General Secretary

Professional with over 17 years experience in senior management positions across sectors including Corporate Partnerships Lead in WaterAid India

Former Senior Vice President-Retail Banking with one of India’s leading private sector banks


The CSR Trust for SDGs in India is registered as a Trust under the Indian Trust Act 1882 in December 2018

Set up as a Corpus Fund, it is an 80 G compliant trust

The Trust has an 12 A certificate