The Kosamattam Finance Limited (“KFL”) is known for its tradition of philanthropy and community service. The Group’s philosophy is to reach out to the community by establishing service‐oriented philanthropic institutions in the field of education and healthcare as the core focus areas.
KFL has been upholding the Group’s tradition by earmarking a part of its income for carrying out its social responsibilities. KFL believes that in the strategic context of business, enterprises possess, beyond mere financial resources, the transformational capacity to create game-changing development models by unleashing their power of entrepreneurial vitality, innovation and creativity.
KFL has been carrying out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities for a long time directly and through Kosamattam Cherian Foundation, a charitable trust and other institutions permitted under Companies Act, 2013.
The Company shall seek to positively impact the lives of the disadvantaged by supporting and engaging in activities that aim to improve their wellbeing. We are dedicated to the cause of empowering people, educating them and in improving their quality of life. While we will undertake programme based on the identified needs of the community, education, shelter and healthcare shall remain our priority. Across the different programme areas identified by the company, it would be our endeavour to reach the disadvantaged and the marginalised sections of the society to make a meaningful impact on their lives.
KFL is committed to identifying and supporting programmes aimed at:
Any other programme that falls under CSR Policy or Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 and which are aimed at the empowerment of disadvantaged sections of the society.
This policy will apply to all projects/programmes undertaken as part of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility and will be developed, reviewed and updated periodically with reference to relevant changes in corporate governance, international standards and sustainable and innovative practices. The policy will maintain, at all times, compliance and alignment with the activities listed in Schedule VII and Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 and the Rules framed thereunder.
The approval of the CSR policy and oversight is the responsibility of the Company’s Board of Directors. The responsibility of the CSR committee is to formulate the policy and to administer the policy through implementing partner(s) or via self‐implementation. The CSR Committee shall provide guidelines for projects/partner selection. The CSR committee is to ensure that projects/programmes are compliant with regulations and are monitored and reported effectively.
As the Company’s CSR activities evolve, the policy may be revised by the CSR committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
The CSR Committee shall recommend to the Board the amount of expenditure to be incurred on the CSR activities to be undertaken by the company in areas or subject specified in Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013, as amended from time to time.a) Unspent CSR amount
Any amount remaining unspent pursuant to any ongoing project shall be transferred within a period of 30 days from the end of the financial year to a special account called the ‘Unspent Corporate Social Responsibility Account’, and such amount shall be spent by the company in pursuance of its obligation towards the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy within a period of 3 financial years from the date of such transfer, failing which the amount remaining unspent at the end of the 3 financial years in ‘Unspent Corporate Social Responsibility Account’ shall be transferred to a Fund specified in Schedule VII, within a period of 30 days from the date of completion of the third financial year.
Unspent CSR amount other than the amounts related to ongoing projects, shall be transferred to a Fund specified in Schedule VII within a period of 6 months of the expiry of the financial year.Explanation
Ongoing Project means a multi‐year project undertaken by a Company in fulfilment of its CSR obligation having timelines not exceeding three years excluding the financial year in which it was commenced, and shall include such project that was initially not approved as a multi‐year project but whose duration has been extended beyond one year by the board based on reasonable justification.b) Surplus arising out of CSR Spend
Any surplus arising out of CSR activities shall not form part of business profits of the Company. The Surplus amount shall be ploughed back into the same project or shall be transferred to the Unspent Corporate Social Responsibility Account and spent pursuance to this policy and annual action plan (or) transfer such surplus amount to the Fund specified in Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013 within six months of the expiry of the financial year.c) Excess CSR Spend
In case the Company spends an amount in excess of the requirement under Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, such excess amount may be set off against the future CSR Spend up to immediate succeeding three financial years subject to the conditions prescribed under the Rules.
i. The Company shall undertake CSR project/programmes identified by the CSR Committee in line with the CSR Policy.
ii. The Company shall implement its CSR programmes/projects by itself or through an implementing partner as specified under Rule 4 of the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 and registered with the Central Government.
iii. External organisations including international organisations may be engaged for designing, monitoring and evaluation of the CSR projects or programmes as per the CSR policy as well as for capacity building of the Company’s own personnel for CSR. The Company may also implement programme in collaboration with other company(ies), if feasible and the Companies are in a position to report separately on such projects or programmes.
iv. The Company shall formulate criteria and procedure for selection, screening and duediligence of its implementing partners. In case of ongoing projects, the CSR Committee shall also monitor the implementation with reference to the approved timelines and year‐wise allocation. The CSR Committee is empowered to make modifications for implementation of on‐going projects.
The Company would be adopting a focused and a structured approach towards implementingits CSR initiatives. It has identified broad programme areas with focus on quality service delivery and empowerment.
The programme areas are:
The CSR Committee will oversee the implementation and monitoring of all CSR projects/programmes and periodic reports shall be provided for review to the Board.
The Company will institute a well‐defined, transparent monitoring and review mechanism to ensure that each CSR project/programme has:
1. Clear objectives developed out of the societal needs that may be determined through need assessment studies and research (secondary or primary);
2. Clear targets, timelines and measureable indicators, wherever possible;
3. A progress monitoring and reporting framework that is aligned with the requirements of Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 and the CSR Rules.
The Chief Financial Officer or the person responsible for financial management shall certify that the CSR funds disbursed have been utilised for the purposes and in the manner as approved by the Board/CSR Committee.
Unless the context otherwise requires, words and expressions used in this policy and not defined herein but defined in the Companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Amendment Rules, 2021, as may be amended from time to time shall have the meaning respectively assigned to them therein.
The Board of Directors, either on its own or as per the recommendations of CSR Committee, can amend this Policy, as and when required. The decision of the Board of Directors on all matters, relating to this Policy, shall be final and binding upon all concerned. This Policy is subject to continuous review and updates as required from time to time.For Kosamattam Finance Limited
Mathew K. Cherian