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Three companies win Sustainability Prize; 13 companies receive Commendation Certificate for Significant Achievement; seven companies receive Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment; Sustainability Trophy goes unclaimed.


Mr Sachin Pilot, Minister for Corporate Affairs recognised India’s Most Sustainable companies at a special presentation of the Cll-ITC Sustainability Awards 2013 in New Delhi on 20 December.

The Awards are a part of the Cll-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development’s continued efforts to create awareness, promote policy and practices, and create capacity to mainstream sustainability practices. Not only do the Awards help reward exemplary enterprises for their pioneering efforts, but this recognition also helps create beacons of inspiration for others to follow.

The ceremony was attended by some of the most illustrious and distinguished CEOs who came to receive their Awards, including Mr Kuldip Kaura, CEO and MD, ACC; T V Narendran, MD, Tata Steel; Gautam Dalmia, CEO, Dalmia Cement; Mohan Saxena, MD & CEO, Ayurvet; and, C SVerma, Chairman, SAIL.

The Awards were presented to 23 winning companies. Tata Steel Limited, ACC Limited and SRF Limited received the Sustainability Prize, the second highest recognition, and the highest received this year.

The third level of recognition, Commendation Certificate for Significant Achievement, was awarded to Yes Bank limited; Infosys Limited; Ambuja Cements Limited; The Tata Power Company Limited; Shree Cement Limited; Ultra Tech Cement Limited; Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Limited; Mantri Developers Private Limited; Nicco Parks and Resorts Limited; Automotive Sector— Mahindra and Mahindra Limited; Rourkela Steel Plant — Steel Authority of India Limited; JSW Steel Limited —Vijayanagar Works; and, Reliance Industries Limited — Hazira Manufacturing Division

Finally, the Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment was awarded to Dalmia Cements (Bharat) Limited; Hindustan Zinc Limited; Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited; Grundfos Pumps India Private Limited; Ayurvet Limited; Ambuja Cements Limited — Maratha Cement Works; and, Ambuja Cements Limited — Bhatapara Unit.

This year, nearly o applicant companies underwent a rigorous evaluation process that includes an on- site assessment by a peer team of CII- certified assessors, who spent approximately iooo man-hours per application over a period of six months. The final shortlist of winning applicants was validated by a preeminent jury comprising leaders from government, industry, civil society and academia.

BHEL renovates country’s first thermal plant

BHEL recently completed the renovation of a 200 MW Obra thermal plant in UP. lt succeeded in loading the machine to 218 MW i.e 2 MW higher than design capacity with all parameters within the acceptable range.





To improve the number of women pilots in India, Peagle Edu Solutions organized one day workshop in collaboration with BAJAClub-llT Delhi on io Dec 2013, for girl students from various school in Delhi/NCR. Presently there are only about 12% women pilots in India.

Around o schools participated in the event, where various women pilots from Indian Air Force informed students about various career options in Aviation sectors. They gathered information about history of aviation to modern fighter aircrafts.

Students Learnt various skills i.e. to make Rubber Powered plane and miniature version of planes.

Sqn. Ldr. Prahlad, Founder, Peagle said that girls learnt about aviation sector career options, and can prepare accordingly to fly high. They can also take aero modelling as a hobby to fly RC planes, quad copters etc.




Recognizing Success in Bay Area Non-Profit Organizations

This 17th Holiday Lunch & Non-profit Awards ceremony held on Dec19, 2013 at The City Club of San Francisco. The award ceremony was focused on the non-profit community and the role that our Non-Profit award finalists and our Keynote speaker’s organization play in creating transformational social change. These are double bottom line organizations that have developed successful social enterprises that in many cases break down the barriers of employment for low income or the underserved, thereby sustaining our communities. Inspiring stories about how these organizations diligently work to carry on their missions and how they have overcome economic and financial challenges to continue to provide services to those with the greatest need were the most attracting moment of this award ceremony.




The 40th annual general meeting of SCOPE was held at SCOPE

Convention Centre, New

Delhi. C.5 .Ve rm a,Chairman, SCOPE and Chairrnan,SAIL,and Dr. U. D.C ho u b ey, Director General,SCOPE,addressed the governing council.Addressing the AGM,the chairman emphasized the need for greater empowerment and autonomy to improve the functioning of PSEs.He informed that SCOPE has approached the Prime Minister for a meeting with CEOs of member PSEs in order to present issues of concern and pertaining to PSEs reforms and growth.

Source: ToI




NSPCL-CSRL : NSPCL has signed an MoU with Centre for Social Responsibility & Leadership (CSRL),an NGO for sponsoring talented students of economically weaker section, as part of its CSR initiatives. These students will be provided specialized coaching for IIT/JEE and state engineering entrance examinations. K. K. Sharma, CEO, NSPCL,  S. K. Shahi, Director, CSRL, S. V. Shahi, CFO, NSPCL, A. N. Verma, GM (HR), NSPCL and M. Premlata,  AGM (HR),NSPCL, were  present on this occasion.

Source: ToI




HUDCO and CGEWHO through their nominated representatives singed an M0U in the presence of V. R Baligar, Chairman & Managing Director, HUDCO, and Col. (Retd.) Sunil Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, CGEWHO. N. L. Manjoka, Director (Corporate Planning), HU DCO,A. K. Kaushik, Director (Finance), H U DC 0, R . C .AgarwaI, HOD (Finance),  CGEWHO,were also present during the MoU signing ceremony along with other dignitaries from HUDCO and CGEWHO. The MoU provides an easy and prompt availability of loans to the government and PSU employees, at competitive terms through which they would be allotted houses / flats in different projects of CGEWHO.

Source: ToI




In an endeavour to celebrate and promote the Indian handicrafts, CCIC has organized a special exhibition-corn-sale of Kashmir handicrafts titled Nafasat-EKashmi from December 27 January 6 at CCIC’s JVB showroom, New Delhi. The exhibition will showcase a high quality hand embroidered shawls and stoles in pure, pashmina and wool.

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NSPCL-CSRL: NSPCL has signed an MoU with Centre for Social Responsibility & Leadership (CSRL),an NGO for sponsoring talented students of economically weaker section, as part of its CSR initiatives. These students will be provided specialized coaching for IIT/JEE and state engineering entrance examinations. K. K. Sharma, CEO,NSPCL, S. K. Shahi, Director, CSRL, S. V. Shahi, CFO, NSPCL, A. N. Verma, GM (HR), NSPCL and M. Premlata, AGM (HR),NSPCL, were  present on this occasion.

Source: ToI




As local residents welcome a new mayor and a new era in New York, a shared economy also emerges. For the first time in the history of New York City, entrepreneurs, innovators, disruptors, local business and community leaders from all five boroughs who are building the social impact economy are gathering at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus on January i6 for Make Impact NYC — a social entrepreneurship conference celebrating NYC’s rapidly expanding economy for good.

The program is presented by Fordham’s Center for Humanistic Management and Good Business New York (commonly known as Good), the popular news media network for social innovation and entrepreneurship, and packs in a full day of inspiring disruptors, innovators, and speakers such as Miki Agrawal, author of “Do Cool St,” Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, Katy Hunt-Morr of Etsy, Donnel Baird of Bloc Power, Paul Polizzotto of Eco Media, and David “Beggs” Thigpen of Corners2Cornerstones (C2C).

All panellists and speakers either live or work in one of the five boroughs and focus on solving a social problem through business. Thigpen, a former inmate, has created an entrepreneurial training program for At-Risk and formerly incarcerated youth. Jordyn Lexton, founder of Drive Change, also focuses on recidivism by creating a food truck social enterprise that “employs, trains, and empowers young people (ages 16-25)” recently out of prison.

Reshma Saujani who founded Girls Who Code helps solve the gender imbalance in technology by teaching young girls in all five boroughs computer coding skills. Bloc Power’s Baird, an Echoing Green fellow, created a program to retrofit Harlem small businesses with affordable renewable energy. Other participants include Kiva Zip, a local microfinance platform for small business and innovative cowering spaces such as Centre for Social Innovation in West Chelsea, Green Spaces in Tribeca, the Bronx Foundry off Fordham Road, Staten Island’s Maker Space, the sustainable innovation incubator at Pratt, and The Kitchen — a Queens EDC program that arms unemployed residents with new skills as food pruners.

Source: csrwire.com




Mumbai, 24th December 2013:

Tata Power has adopted a multi-dimensional community development program that has benefited villagers ofTunda, Vandh, Modhva, Tragadi Bunder, Mota Kandagra, Nana Bhadiya, NaniKhakhar and MotiKhakharvillages in Mundra and MandviTaluka.

With the aim of ensuring a sustainable future for the villagers including the fishermen and women community, the Company has undertaken successful initiatives including Project Sujaan, Project Uttkarsh in Tragadi and Nanabhadiya villages, Kanthi Area Livelihood Programme (Gaushala) at Tunda and Vandh, Self Help Group amongst others.

Tata Power has initiated and encouraged the formation of ‘Self Help Groups’ (SHG) by way of implementing various income generation trainings and carrying out skill up-gradation trainings to help the women earn a better living. The first SHG was formed in Tunda Vandh village in the year 2008. The numbers have now reached to 45 SHGs across 7 villages of Mundra and Mandvi Taluka of Kutch. More than45o women are a part of the SHGs and are community representatives in their villages. This program is aimed at strengthening women’s self-esteem and self-worth. Also, it enables them to enhance their living standard as well as of their families. It also reduces women’s dependency as well as gender prejudices amongst the community at large.

Information sessions and ‘Sakhi Mandal’ scheme by the Government have helped sensitize the community about the importance and need for SHGs. A special programme was also



Carried out to offer credit support through bank tie-ups to encourage women to initiate their own ventures.  20 SHGs have been credit linked with banks and have availed Rs. ii lakh as credit support. Members are encouraged to save and deposit the same in a special account at a bank nearest to them. Further, 13 groups have successfully received loans worth Rs. 50,000 and 2 worth Rs. 1,00,000 each, from District Rural Development Agency (DRDA). Till date, a total of 25 groups have set upbank A/Cs and as on July 2013 and have a cumulative savings of Rs. 9.87 Iakh. The promotion of micro finance programs as a key strategy for the alleviation of poverty and women empowerment has benefitted nearly 90 women so far.

Under the initiative aimed at training and development of women, the Company involved more than 40 women in exposure familiarization-visit to Tata Chemical’s Mithapur plant and provided them a first-hand insight into the workings of SHGs in that area. In other such familiarization-visits, the company took 32 women to the NGO Nakhatrana Mahila Vikas Sangathan (NMVS)in CITY and 30 women to Bhuj to provide them first-hand experience of Khamir (handicrafts).The Company also imparted agriculture-related training to 20 women and organized a familiarization-visit for 40 women in association with Vivekanand Research and Training Institute.

SHGs exemplified the Company’s philosophy by way of facilitating community participation towards various development initiatives including a sanitation program organized by CGPL. Furthermore, awareness programs on prevalent social issues like domestic violence, group strength, etc. were organized for the benefit of women in rural areas of Mundra and Mandvi Taluka of Kutch, Gujarat.

The extensive success of this unique initiative has motivated more women to participate and form additional SHGs. Due to excellent training and skill development sessions; women have now become proficient at enhancing their earning capabilities. A special program ‘Vartika’ conceptualized by Tata Power promoted value added traditional embroidery crafts and developed market linkage for women to increase their earnings and livelihood profitability. Every year, the Company celebrates International Women’s Day with the proud members ofthe SHGs.

Speaking on these initiatives, Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director- Tata Power stated, “Tata Power follows its ‘Leadership with Care’ sustainability model with complete dedication and is committed to the cause of community development. Women are at the center of building the social capital of India and their development is synonymous with India’s development. We must aim to empower women, motivate them to achieve their dreams and be independent. This change in attitude must spread across the nation, and we are committed to this cause.”

Tata Power plans to invest towards an increase in the community’s access to better living standards. The Company is also working in partnership with NGOs, State and Central bodies which have helped them to widen the reach and leverage each partner’s individual experience and expertise, thereby making substantial difference in the lives of communities.




National Two – Day Residential Workshop For Research Scholars on Corporate Governance Practices in India: Retrospect and Prospects, Februaryl4-15, 2014 atllCACampus, lMTManesar,Gurgaon.

On 19 March 2014, CSR Europe will hold its annual General Assembly. The following day, 20 March 2014, CSR Europe will also be organising a Marketplace to showcase the progress of its Enterprise 2020 campaigns – with planned participation from businesses, governments and NGOs as well as the European institutions. The event will focus on showcasing existing joint projects and bringing together actors to start new and practical collaborations.

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