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What Is CSR

CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility, and it is a concept that is increasingly being adopted by businesses around the world. CSR is all about businesses taking responsibility for their impact on society and the environment, and taking action to improve things.

In India, the CSR rules were introduced in 2013, and they require companies with a net worth of ₹500 crore or more, or turnover of ₹1,000 crore or more, to spend 2% of their average net profits from the previous three financial years on CSR activities. The rules are designed to encourage businesses to do more to improve society and the environment.

There are a number of ways in which businesses can get involved in CSR activities. Some common examples include:

  • Providing financial support to NGOs that are working on social or environmental projects
  • Carrying out environmental protection initiatives
  • Implementing employee volunteering programs
  • Organising community development programs

If you are an NGO that works on social or environmental projects, then you may be able to receive funding from companies that are required to spend money on CSR activities. This can be a great way to get additional funding for your work.

What Is the Process of Registration for CSR-1 in India

The process of registration for CSR-1 in India is as follows:

  • The NGO must first be registered with the Registrar of Companies (ROC).
  • Once the NGO is registered with the ROC, it can then apply for CSR-1 registration with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA).
  • The MCA will issue a registration certificate to the NGO, which will be valid for three years.
  • After the expiry of the three-year period, the NGO can renew its registration by submitting a fresh application to the MCA.

Benefits of Registering for CSR-1

There are several benefits to registering for CSR-1, the online portal for corporate social responsibility in India. First and foremost, it provides a one-stop shop for all the information and resources NGOs need to comply with the CSR requirements under the Companies Act. This includes a comprehensive database of registered NGOs, as well as details on upcoming CSR tenders and projects.

In addition, CSR-1 offers a number of value-added services to its members, such as training and capacity building programmes, access to exclusive research reports, and networking opportunities with other NGOs working in similar fields. Members also get discounts on CSR-related products and services offered by partner organisations.

How to Register for CSR-1

In order to register for CSR-1, NGOs must first create an account on the official website. Once they have done so, they can then login and click on the ‘Register’ button. After filling out the required information and submitting it, their registration will be complete.

Laws Associated With CSR Registration

1. The Companies Act, 2013: All companies registered in India must comply with the Companies Act, 2013. This act contains provisions regarding corporate social responsibility (CSR)

2. The Income Tax Act, 1961: Under this act, tax-exempt organisations are required to disclose their income and expenditure details.

3. The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010: This act regulates the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution by NGOs in India.

4. The Indian Trusts Act, 1882: This act governs the registration and regulation of trusts in India. Trusts registered under this act are eligible to receive foreign contributions.

Importance of CSR-1

CSR has become a buzzword in recent years, with businesses and organisations of all sizes trying to implement it in some way or the other. However, its implementation is not always as simple as it seems. In India, for example, NGOs need to register themselves under the Companies Act in order to be eligible for CSR projects.

This process can be quite complicated, but it is essential in order to ensure that the NGO is legitimate and that the project will be properly carried out. Additionally, registration gives the NGO certain legal protections and allows them to receive tax exemption status.

Overall, registering an NGO in order to receive CSR projects is a critical step in ensuring that the organisation can operate effectively and efficiently. It also allows the NGO to tap into a new source of funding which can be used to further their cause.

Eligibility Criteria for NGOs

In order to be eligible for CSR registration in India, your NGO must:

  • Be a registered Indian charity or non-profit organisation
  • Have an Indian bank account
  • Have a valid PAN card
  • Submit annual financial statements
  • Comply with all other applicable laws and regulations

Filing of Form for CSR Funding

The registration for CSR funding can be filed with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) by any non-governmental organisation (NGO) that wishes to receive corporate funding for its various activities and programmes. The NGO must first fulfill the following criteria:

  • It should be registered as a society under the Society Registration Act, 1860; or as a public trust under any law for the time being in force in India; or as a section 8 company under the Companies Act, 2013.
  • It should have been in existence for at least three years prior to applying for registration with the MCA.
  • It should have spent at least ₹3 lakh on average per annum on its core objects/activities during each of these three financial years.

Checklist for CSR-1 Registration

To register your NGO as a CSR-1 organisation in India, you will need to:

1. Obtain a Certificate of Registration from the Registrar of Companies or any other equivalent authority in India.

2. After receiving the Certificate of Registration, file an application for registration with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs within 60 days.

3. Along with the application, submit a copy of the NGO’s by-laws, articles of association/memorandum of understanding, and audited financial statements for the last three years.

4. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs will issue a registration certificate within 120 days of receipt of the application, which will be valid for three years.

Documents Required for CSR-1 Registration

1. Certificate of Registration: This document must be issued by the Registrar of Companies, Society, or Trust registration, as applicable. It should include the date of registration, registration number, and registered office address of the NGO.

2. Memorandum and Articles of Association/Trust Deed/Society Bye-Laws: These documents contain the rules and regulations governing the NGO’s activities. They must be submitted in their original form, duly signed and stamped by the relevant authorities.

3. PAN Card: The Permanent Account Number (PAN) is an unique alphanumeric code allotted by the Income Tax Department to entities engaged in financial transactions. NGOs must submit a copy of their PAN card along with their CSR-1 application form.

4. Audited Financial Statements: All NGOs seeking CSR-1 registration must submit audited financial statements for the previous three years, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These statements must be certified by a practicing chartered accountant or cost accountant.

5. Annual Report: The NGO’s annual report for the previous year should be submitted along with the CSR-1 application form. The report should include details on the NGO’s activities during the year, financial position, achievements, etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Private Limited Company

    By virtue of section 2(68) of the Companies Act, 2013, Private Limited Company is a type of company which offers limited liability with certain restrictions defined in regulations:

    • restricts the right to transfer shares
    • Limits the numbers of its members to 200
    • Prohibits any invitation to the public to subscribe for any shares in, are debentures of the company(No Public Trading of Shares)
    • Prohibits any invitation or acceptance of deposits from persons other than its member
    • The word ‘Private Limited’ must be added at the end of its name
  2. One Person Company

    One Person Company popularly known as OPC introduced in India under the Companies Act, 2013. The concept of OPC is a fusion of sole proprietorship and private company which intends to permit single economic entrepreneurship to take the advantages of a corporate form of organisation.

  3. Limited Liability Partnership

    Limited Liability Partnership is a corporate entity registered under Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008. It is a form of partnership firm that enjoys limited liability. It is a hybrid form of a partnership that includes the features of a company. Compliances for a company are applicable to LLP.

No, the whole incorporation process is online. You can send the scanned copy of all the required incorporation documents via e-mail. All the forms and documents are filed electronically and even signed digitally.

The company name should be selected with utmost care. The rules for selecting a company are:

  • The name should be ended with the words “Private Limited” in case of private company, “OPC” in case of one person company and “LLP” in case of limited liability partnership which is mandated by law.
  • The name must be unique.
  • Follow the naming guidelines for better chances of approval.
  • The name should be suggestive of the main objectives to be taken by the business entity.
  1. Private Limited Company
    • Appointment of auditor
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    • Filing of annual return
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    • Holding Annual General Meeting (AGM)
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  2. One Person Company
    • Appointment of statutory auditor
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You don’t need a proper office to incorporate a business entity. You can register your residential address as a registered place of your business with MCA for which some address proof along with the NOC (No Objection Certificate) has to be filed with the prescribed form.

NRIs only allowed to incorporate limited business entities in India including private limited company and limited liability partnership. Also, there is no requirement to obtain the prior approval from the government or RBI. But, in order to register a private company or an LLP at least one director/partner must be a resident of India. However, the private limited company is ideal for NRIs.

In order to execute the idea into a long-term business, choosing the right form of business is important. For start-ups, Private Limited Company is the best option for the following reasons:

  • Limited legal compliances
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As per the relevant Act, there is no minimum requirement for Paid-up Share capital or contribution to incorporate a private company, one person company or limited liability partnership. However, each shareholder/partner should subscribe to a minimum one share of Rs.10 face value.

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