The Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) initiative atSony Pictures Networks India Private Limited (hereinafter referred to asthe “Company”/ “SPN”) draws on ourguiding principles that as a responsible organization, we will contributeto the greater common good of our community and society and help build asustainable way of life for marginalized sections of society.

  1. Vision

Our Vision is – ‘To be conscientious in all our actions and create positivechange in the society we live in’.
This statement gives a sense of purpose to all our endeavors.

  1. CSR Activities

With this vision in mind, the Company will endeavor to carry out one ormore of the following Corporate Social Responsibility activities (“ CSR Activities”/ “CSR Projects”):

  • Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting healthcare,including preventive healthcare and sanitation including contribution tothe Swach Bharat Kosh set-up by the Central Government for the promotion ofsanitation and making available safe drinking water:

  • Promoting education, including special education and employmentenhancing vocational skills especially among children, women and thedifferently abled and livelihood enhancement projects;

  • Promoting gender equality, empowering women, setting up homes andhostels for women and orphans; setting up old age homes, day care centresand such other facilities for senior citizens and measures for reducinginequalities faced by socially and economically backward groups;

  • Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protectionof flora and fauna, animal welfare, agroforestry, conservation of naturalresources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water includingcontribution to the Clean Ganga Fund set-up by the Central Government forthe rejuvenation of river Ganga;

  • Protection of national heritage, art and culture including restorationof buildings and sites of historical importance and works of art, settingup public libraries, promotion and development of traditional arts andhandicrafts;

  • Measures for the benefit of armed forces veterans, war widows andtheir dependents, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Central ParaMilitary Forces (CPMF) veterans, and their dependents including widows;

  • Training to promote rural sports, nationally recognized sports,Paralympic sports as well as Olympic sports;

  • Contributions to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund or PrimeMinister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PMCARES Fund) or any other fund set up by the Central Government forsocio-economic development and relief and welfare of the Scheduled Castes,the Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes, minorities and women;

    • (a) Contribution to incubators or research and development projects in the field of science, technology, engineering and medicine, funded by the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertaking or any agency of the Central Government or State Government; and

    • (b) Contributions to public funded Universities; Indian Institute of Technology (IITs); National Laboratories and autonomous bodies established under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE); Department of Biotechnology (DBT); Department of Science and Technology (DST); Department of Pharmaceuticals; Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and other bodies, namely Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO); Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), engaged in conducting research in science, technology, engineering and medicine aimed at promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Rural development projects;

  • Slum area development;

  • disaster management, including relief, rehabilitation andreconstruction activities; and

Such other activities as may be notified by the Central Government andapproved by the CSR Committee.

  1. Modalities of Execution of CSR Activities

Our CSR Activities will be carried out in one or more of followingmodalities:

  1. Company directly;

  2. Company through a registered public trust/ registered society/Section 8company, registered under section 12A and 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961(43 of 1961) in India established independently by SPN or along with anyother company in accordance with the Corporate Social Responsibility Rules,2014 (the “Rules”) to the Companies Act, 2013 (the “ Act”);

  3. Any entity established under an Act of Parliament or a Statelegislature;

  4. Companies specified above in b which have a proven track record of atleast three (3) years in undertaking similar activities;

The entities other than the Company as specified above in b, c, and d shallbe hereinafter referred to as “Partner Organization”.

The Company believes in being employee-driven in its approach and willencourage its employees to actively engage in CSR Activities voluntarily aspart of their individual contribution to the community (“ Volunteers”).

  1. CSR Committee

  • 4.1 In accordance with section 135 of the Act and the Rules, the Companyhas constituted a CSR Committee (“CSRC”) comprising offollowing directors:

    • (a) N.P. Singh and

    • (b) Ashok Nambissan

  • 4.2 The CSR Activities will be carried out under overall direction andsupervision of CSRC;

  • 4.3 CSRC will formulate and recommend to the Board an annual action plan inpursuance of the Rules. Such action plan may be altered by the Board at anytime during the financial year, as per the recommendation of the CSRC,based on the reasonable justification to that effect.

  1. Implementation and Monitoring

  • 5.1 All CSR Activities will be selected and implemented based on the 4 stepprocess of:

    • Identification
    • Planning
    • Execution
    • Monitoring
  • If the Company decides the planning and/or implementation of CSR Activities in any financial year with collaboration of Partner Organizations as specified in aforesaid Section 3, then the Company will select its Partner Organizations in accordance with the guidelines as given in Annexure A to this policy. The planning and execution of the CSR Activities will be done in a time bound manner and in accordance with the Rules.

  • 5.2The following administrative mechanism for implementation of CSR Activitieshas been designed:

    • A CSR head (“CSR Head”) will be appointed to spearhead the CSR Activities of the Company who will report to the CSRC through the CEO of the Company;

    • The CSR Head will select the appropriate organizations/entities as specified in Section 3 in accordance with criteria as stated in Annexure A;

    • Sufficient manpower and other resources will be made available to the CSR Head for carrying out the CSR Activities;

    • CSR Head will provide reports in the statutory format as required under the Act and the Rules and will also provide annual reports to the CEO on the actual spend against the budgeted spend;

    • In addition, the CSR Head will also be responsible for the following:

      • To monitor the implementation of CSR Activities on a regular basis;

      • To prescribe/provide timelines for execution of CSR Activities;

      • To examine that CSR Activities are in line with the CSR policy laid down by the Company;

      • Submitting periodic reports to the CSRC.

  1. Reporting and Reviewing Mechanism

All projects will be assessed against their pre-defined goals, objectivesand indicators of success.

It is the responsibility of Partner Organization to prepare a quarterly andannual report as applicable, in the format as specified under Annexure-IIof the Rules and submit to the Company.

An annual report of the CSR Activities in the format as specified inAnnexure-II of the Rules will also form part of the Report of the Board ofDirectors.


  1. Information Dissemination

All initiatives undertaken by the Company will be transparent and shall beshared with its various stakeholders.

  1. Surplus from CSR Activities

Any surplus arising out of the CSR Activities shall not form part of thebusiness profit of the Company and will be used only for similar CSRActivities/ CSR Project or shall be transferred to the Unspent CSR Accountor transfer to a Fund specified in the Rules.

  1. Management Commitment

The Management of the Company is committed to being socially responsibleand bringing a positive change in the community in which we operate.




Annexure A

Framework for selecting Partner Organizations

A seven-point selection criterion is to be used for selecting a PartnerOrganization.

  1. Work of the Organization

    Before delving into detailed project planning with a prospectivepartner, SPN must conduct proper research on the domain that itoperates in. This primary research must include:

    • Year and History of establishment

    • Domains of work

    • Beneficiaries

    • Past and current projects

    • Geographic Reach

    • Members of governing body and its head

    • Flow of finances

  2. Registration details

    1. The Partner Organization should be legally registered under or as one of the following:

      • Societies Registration Act of 1860;

      • Public Trusts registered under the Indian Trust Act 1882;

      • Licensed company under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 or Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013.

    2. Partner Organization specified above in A should be:

      • registered under section 12A and 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961);

      • registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs by filling Form CSR-1 and should have obtained a registration number;

      • have a proven track record of at least three (3) years in undertaking similar activities.

  3. Infrastructure

  4. The basic infrastructure of the Partner Organization should be in place and in a functional condition. This includes offices and centres (owned or rented), office equipment, etc. This check is fundamental to ensure that there is more to the Partner Organization than just a website. This necessitates a visit by SPN CSR Head and/or Volunteers to the premises of the concerned Partner Organization.

  5. Stable Organizational Structure

  6. To ensure better accountability, the organization should have a clearly defined staff structure including number, names, roles and responsibilities of the staff etc. involved in the project, Partner Organization's capacities, staff experience and expertise in the context of the proposed project and otherwise, geographical area covered by the organization, other projects undertaken by the Partner Organization.

  7. Other Supporters

  8. The Partner Organization must furnish information about its promoters and other stakeholders.

  9. Credibility of the Partner Organization

  10. The credibility of the Partner Organization must be gauged on the basis of its prior experience in the proposed domain of work. SPN must look at the track record of the organization and the impact it has hitherto created. A robust financial management system with transparent and regular updation is an important factor. SPN will not associate with any organization which:

    • Has pending legal disputes and or enquiries in connection with offences like cheating, misappropriation of funds, exploitation of beneficiaries, etc.

    • Is blacklisted by any government agency.

    A self-declaration w.r.t. (i) & (ii) is required to be submitted by the Partner Organization with other necessary documents at the time of finalising the project.

  11. Fit with SPN

  12. An important criterion for the selection of a Partner Organization is how well it fits with SPN’s CSR philosophy.


(Chairman – CSR Committee)



Projects approved for

Financial Year 2021-22

Sr. No.

CSR Projects/ Programs*

Manner of Execution



COVID -19 Response:

  • Provision of medical supplies to hospitals to tackle COVID-19 cases.

  • Provision of CT Scanner to manage COVID-19 cases.

  • Support to domiciliary care system to manage COVID-19 cases.

  • Support to children who have been orphaned due to COVID-19 or are vulnerable as their primary caregivers are COVID positive.

  • Support marginalize, at -risk families through provision of medicine and hygiene kits and by providing dry ration to ensure sustenance.

Through implementing agency – External.


Empowerment Maharashtra Floods:

  • Support to carry out relief measures for families affected by the Maharashtra Floods in Raigad district.

  • Support to carry out relief measures for families affected by the Maharashtra Floods in Ratnagiri, Kolhapur and Sangli districts.

Through implementing agency – External.



  • Livelihood program for Migrants affected by Covid-19.

  • Groom emerging athletes to represent India at major international events such as the Commonwealth and Asian Games in 2022, the Olympics in 2024, and beyond.

  • Support a sustainable livelihood programme with an aim to diversify livelihood activities through floriculture, vegetable cultivation and horticulture cum forestry plantation programmes. Provide access to potable drinking water and other health initiatives.

Through implementing agency – External.


Empowerment – Diversity & Inclusion:

  • Empower differently-abled athletes by improving access and opportunities for sporting excellence for para-athletes.

  • Develop Wearable Assistive and Rehabilitation Devices for the differently abled.

  • Provide structured training, proper nutrition and healthcare at the academy, to groom talented athletes compete at international sporting events.

  • Training of 500 women in Beed district, on livelihood skills focusing on Technology, Stitching & Sewing, Agro-Based Items, Beauty & Wellness, Goat Farming, Poultry Farming and Fishing.

  • Strengthening holistic, care and support services for LGBTQ living with HIV.

  • Support the cost of carrying out cataract surgeries to restore vision.

Through implementing agency – External.



  • Digital deployment of curriculum-linked educational content to Govt. school students.

  • Upgradation of computer labs in 129 low cost CBSE schools.

Through implementing agency – External.



  • Development and maintenance of central median road at 27.45-meter-wide existing road from Link Road, Opposite China Link to west boundary of 18.35-meter road, near Infinity Mall, Malad (West).

  • Setting up of waste collection centres at high altitude of Himalayas where the segregation and recycling of the garbage dumped in the local landfills and villages would be done.

  • Increase forest cover through afforestation programmes in the Sundarban region, introduce and encourage technology-based agricultural solutions to increase efficiency of farming practices, provide alternate livelihood support, reduce vulnerabilities of the communities and there by reduce overdependence on natural resources for survival, disaster risk reduction and climate action.

  • Setting up of a zero-emission pyrolysis plant to recycle medical bio waste generated in a large government hospital in Chennai, India.

  • Support in upgrading an Animal Hospital.

Through implementing agency – External.

*CSR Projects/ Programs may be altered by the Board of Directors of theCompany at any time during the financial year, as per therecommendation of the CSRC, based on the reasonable justification tothat effect.