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  • Mr Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce & Industry presents TERI Corporate Awards for Environmental Excellence, CSR initiatives & fighting HIV AIDS

    31 May 2008

    The Minster along with Dr R K Pachauri releases a TERI publication on Electronic Waste Implications and launches a mobile game on Climate Change

    Shri Kamal Nath, the Hon'ble Minister of Commerce and Industry Government of India today felicitated 7 Indian Corporates - for Environmental Excellence, Corporate Social Responsibility and combating HIV AIDS at the TERI Corporate Awards. The awards, an annual event on the corporate calendar since 2001, saw the Minister, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI and Chairman IPCC, Justice J S Verma, Former Chief Justice of India & former Chairperson, NHRC, Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Group General Manager and Country Head, HSBC India and Mr Gunter Dresrusse, Country Director, GTZ share the dais.

    At the ceremony, the Hon'ble Minister also released a TERI publication; "Electronic Waste-Implication, Regulation and Management in India and current global best practices" authored by Mr. Rakesh Johri, Senior Fellow TERI. The book covers status on generation, migration and economics of e-waste with special focus on recycling, health, management and regulation in India. It also brings out international best practices and regulations.

    Shri Kamal Nath while recalling his long-term association with TERI, first as Environment Minister and now as Commerce & Industry Minister said, "The corporate sector clubbed with SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) need to take on more responsibilities in the current scenario of rising prices, food shortage and inflation. The role of SMEs in the coming future is enshrined to become the backbone of the Indian industry hence, they should also become the main stream of CSR activities, ridding the environmental burden". The Minister applauded TERI-BCSD (Business Council for Sustainable Development) for creating awareness on issues related to sustainable development with in the corporate sector which are already qualitative and has flourishing results. He called for a quantitative increase in the members to the council, showing the industry zeal for such activities.

    At the award ceremony TERI also announced its enhanced partnership with HSBC and GTZ. TERI, in collaboration with HSBC India launched the HSBC Living Business Award to recognize SMEs who have made outstanding contribution to the environment and community in India to sustain long-term business success. With GTZ, TERI recommitted its partnership on business fight against HIV AIDS to create an enhanced awareness, build infrastructure and knowledge on HIV-AIDS in the corporate sector. For the year 2007-08, TERI in collaboration with GTZ was involved with organizing capacity building workshops for the business houses in Delhi and Bangalore on Corporate responses to HIV/AIDS with the underlining motive of encouraging more organizations to apply for the year 2008.

    Spreading its outreach to the IT and telecommunications sector, TERI in consonance with ZMQ under "Connect-2-Climate" initiative has committed to raise public awareness to combat climate change using mobile games. Two mobile games on Climate Change were launched -DeCarbonator, an Edutainment Game to raise public awareness among people to adopt eco-friendly methods in life to reduce carbon footprint and Mission Lighting, an adventure game, which helps people to learn about various aspects of energy efficiency, and how energy efficient products and CFL bulbs can save energy consumption, reduce electricity bills and significantly reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

    An 18-member jury, chaired by Justice J S Verma, selected the award winners after an intense screening process. The evaluation and grading process is carried out at three levels: First, a team of members at TERI asses the applications. At the second stage of evaluation, a group of external advisors with expertise in different fields review the case studies and finally, the jury recommends the case studies selecting the best three in each category.


    TERI Corporate Award for Environmental Excellence:
    First Prize presented to Numaligarh Refineries Ltd
    Second Prize presented to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited

    TERI Corporate Award for Social Responsibility:
    First Prize presented to ITC Limited
    Second Prize presented to Cairn India Limited

    TERI Corporate Award for Business Response to HIV/AIDS:
    First Prize presented to Ballarpur Industries Limited and Tata Steel Limited