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Like other concepts, CSR also came to India from the western economies and has been evolving in due course of time. The concept differs from basic philanthropy and charity where there is not much accountability or responsibility attached. Whereas CSR activities quite simply suggest that businesses cannot succeed in isolation, especially when society fails. Some of the similar terminologies are Corporate Citizenship, Business Responsibility, Corporate Conscience, etc.

It is difficult to separate corporate ethics and corporate social responsibility from individual ethics and social responsibility since people are the ones making the corporate policies. 

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