CSR Services for Companies Applicable Under the Companies Act, 2013


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CSR Services

Companies have assumed a major role in the society, business has duty to serve society in general as well as the financial interests of stockholders. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a tool to integrate economic, environmental and social objectives with the Company’s operations and growth.

Companies contribute to sustainable development by managing their operations in such a way as to enhance economic growth and increase competitiveness whilst ensuring environmental protection and promoting social responsibility, including consumer interests.

CSR is a mandatory provision under Companies Act, 2013; an initiative of the Government to engage businesses with the agenda of national development. CSR is an instrument through which Companies contribute towards the economic development while improving the quality of workforce, their families, local community as well as society at large.

Governing Laws:

  • iconSection 135 of Companies Act, 2013;
  • iconCSR Rules 2014;
  • iconSchedule VII of Companies Act, 2013;
  • iconThe CSR (Amendment) Rules, 2021 and the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020.


Companies falling under CSR preview: - As per Section 135 (1) of Companies Act, 2013

-Every Company (including Foreign Company) having: -

  • iconNet worth of Rs. 500 Cr. or more Or;
  • iconTurnover of Rs. 1000 Cr. or more Or;
  • iconNet Profit of Rs. 5 Cr. or more

-During immediately preceding Financial year

The Companies to whom CSR is applicable needs to constitute CSR Committee (However, CSR Committee is not required, if amount to be spent by a company does not exceed fifty lakh rupees. In such cases Board shall discharge all functions of CSR Committee.

Note: Company which does not satisfy the above-mentioned criteria for a consecutive period of three financial years is not required to comply with the CSR obligations.

It is implied that a Company not satisfying any of the above specified criteria in a subsequent financial year would still need to undertake CSR activities unless it ceases to satisfy the above- mentioned criteria for a continuous period of three years.

Definition of CSR:

  • icon- Rule 2 of CSR Rules, 2014 [Amended by the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Amendment Rules, 2021]
  • icon- Activities not considered as CSR specified clearly. Accordingly, the following activities shall not be considered CSR:


CSR Expenditure:

The Board has to ensure that the company spends in every financial year at least 2% of the average net profits of the company made during the three immediately preceding financial years or where the company has not completed the period of three financial years since its incorporation, during such immediately preceding financial years, on Corporate Social Responsibility in accordance with Activities specified in Schedule VII in pursuance of its policy in this regard;

Documents Required for CSR Services

Documents required from Company for CSR Reporting/ Implementation and Guidance:

  • iconAudited Financial Statements of the entity for preceding three financial years;
  • iconCSR Policy;
  • iconDetails of CSR Projects already undertaken by the Company;
  • iconDetails of activities carried on by the Company in the earlier years;
  • iconCSR Report for preceding Financial Years;
  • iconDetails of unspent amount;
  • iconDetails of Computation of Net Profit for preceding three Financial Years; and
  • iconDetails of Implementing Agencies.

Procedure of CSR Services




  • iconThree or more Directors, including Atleast one Independent Director (if appointment of Independent Director is applicable on Company);
  • iconWhere a private company has only two directors on the Board, the CSR Committee can be constituted with these two directors.


  • iconFormulate and recommend Board CSR Policy listing activities to be undertaken by the Company in areas or subject specified in Schedule VII of Companies Act, 2013;
  • iconRecommend expenditure to be incurred on activities undertaken in accordance with CSR policy;
  • iconMonitoring CSR policy from time to time;
  • iconFormulate and recommend Board Annual Action Plan in pursuance of its CSR Policy.


CSR Policy to include:



Quantum of Expenditure:

  • iconat least two per cent. of the average net profits of the company made during the three immediately preceding financial years or where the company has not completed the period of three financial years since its incorporation;
  • icon- “net profit” shall not include such sums as may be prescribed, and shall be calculated in accordance with the provisions of section 198.

CSR Project Implementation:

Implementation of CSR projects can be undertaken through:


Every eligible entity who intends to undertake any CSR activity, shall register itself with the Central Government by filing the Form CSR-1 electronically with the Registrar of Companies.

Administrative Overheads:

  • iconExpenses incurred by the company for ‘general management and administration’ of Corporate Social Responsibility functions only are classified as Administrative overheads.
  • iconThe expenses incurred for the designing, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of a particular Corporate Social Responsibility project or programme directly are specifically excluded.
  • iconThe administrative overheads shall be limited to 5% of total CSR expenditure of the company for the financial year.


If the Unspent amount relates to ongoing project:

Such unspent amount must be transferred to “Unspent CSR Account for the relevant Financial Year” within 30 days from the end of Financial Year.

If the Unspent amount does not relate to ongoing project:

Such unspent amount must be transferred to Funds specified in Schedule VII within 6 months from the end of Financial Year



Annual Report on CSR: (Rule 8 of CSR Rules, 2014) [Amended by the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Amendment Rules, 2021]

Annual Report on CSR in the prescribed format, is mandatory required to be included in Board’s report. The report containing the details of CSR Activities undertaken by the company and contents of CSR policy shall be made available on Company’s website.

From financial year starting on or after 01/04/2020 CSR report shall be in Annexure – II; Annexure II mandates additional disclosures regarding:

  • iconImpact assessment
  • iconAmount available for Set-off
  • iconCSR amount spent against ongoing project/not an ongoing project
  • iconAdministrative overhead
  • iconUnspent amount against ongoing project/not an ongoing project
  • iconDetails regarding capital assets

Impact Assessment Report:

Impact Assessment for big CSR projects: Rule 8(3)(a) of the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014;

  • iconCompanies with average CSR obligation of Rs.10,00,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Crores) or more in immediately preceding three financial years shall undertake impact assessment through an independent agency of their projects having outlays of Rs.1,00,00,000/- (Rupees One Crore) or more which have been completed not less than 1 year before undertaking the impact study;
  • iconThe impact assessment reports shall be placed before the Board for approval and shall be annexed to the annual report on CSR;
  • iconA Company undertaking impact assessment may book the expenditure towards Corporate Social Responsibility for that Financial Year, which shall not exceed 5% of CSR Expenditure for that Financial Year or Rupees Fifty Lakhs, whichever is less.

Website Disclosure: (Rule 9 of the CSR Rules, 2014) [Amended by the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Amendment Rules, 2021]

The Board of Directors of the Company shall ensure essential disclosure of the following on the website of the Company:

  • icon1. The composition of the CSR Committee;
  • icon2. CSR Policy and Projects approved by the Board.

Form CSR-2:

Every company to which CSR is applicable shall furnish a report on Corporate Social Responsibility in Form CSR-2 to the Registrar for the preceding year (2020-2021) and onwards as an addendum to form AOC-4/ AOC-4 NBFC (Ind AS)/AOC-4 (XBRl)/as the case may be.

Features and Benefits of CSR Services

  • icon1. Statutory Obligation
  • icon2. Corporate Governance
  • icon3. Ethical Business Practices
  • icon4. Maintains Good Stakeholder Relationship
  • icon5. Alignment of Economic and Social Responsibilities

The benefits of CSR include the following:

  • iconGrowth of Society as well as the Organisation;
  • iconPositive Business Reputation;
  • iconBrand Recognition;
  • iconIncreased Sales and Consumer Loyalty;
  • iconIncreased Profits and Better Financial Performance;
  • iconBenefits in attracting more funds;
  • iconEnhanced Public image;
  • iconFosters Sustainable Environment;
  • iconPromotes Welfare and Healthcare;
  • iconBuilds Public Trust;
  • iconBoosts the Company’s competitiveness;
  • iconIncrease in Employee Engagement and Retention rates, etc.


The top CSR Companies of India includes the follows: Infosys, Tata Group, Wipro, Mahindra & Mahindra, Reliance Industries, HUL, ITC Limited, Vedanta, and many more.

Role Of Compliance Ease Llp: -

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