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  • Hon'ble President of India, Mrs Pratibha Devisingh Patil presents the 8th TERI Corporate Awards

    5 June 2009

    On the occasion, Mr Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment and Forests, and Justice J S Verma, Former Chief Justice of India and former Chairman, IHRC, release two publications.

    Hon'ble President of India, Mrs Pratibha Devisingh Patil felicitated 10 Indian corporate entities for Environmental Excellence, Corporate Social Responsibility and combating HIV AIDS at the TERI Corporate Awards. Also present for the ceremony in the Main Hall of Vigyan Bhavan were Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI and Chairman IPCC, Mr Sajjan Jindal, President ASSOCHAM and Vice Chairman & Managing Director, JSW Steel Limited, and Mr Gunter Dresrusse, Country Director, GTZ.

    The President was presented with two publications, "Environment Best Practices: Industry Initiatives - Cleaner is Cheaper Volume 6" and "Corporate Social Responsibility: Replicable models on sustainable development - Citizens at Work Volume 4". The first book is a compendium of economically viable corporate case studies looking at best practices on cleaner processes and systems to inspire others to follow the "green" road. The second one is a collection of the best case studies by the corporate applicants in the field of HIV- AIDS, health, education, etc. for the TERI Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards 2008 and 2009.

    While addressing the gathering, Mrs Pratibha Devisingh Patil, said - I would like to congratulate TERI for instituting these awards with a view to encouraging companies to adopt socially responsible practices and work in an environmentally friendly manner as they conduct their businesses. Today, sustainable development constitutes one of the core issues of the global agenda and is of increasing importance. As we pursue paths of growth, we recognise that there is a need to adopt less polluting growth models so that the carbon footprints can be reduced. Availability of environment friendly technologies should be pursuedas a global public good in which a developed- developing countries partnership can contribute greatly. The recent global crisis has demonstrated the compelling need for corporate institutes to adhere to high standards of business practices and adopt business strategies that adhere to principles of corporate responsibility towards stakeholders and society. Thus, incorporating social and environment angles into their working system makes business sense as well. I would like to congratulate the winners and participants for their contribution to the society. "

    Mr Jairam Ramesh complimented TERI for this initiative that has generated a lot of interest among in the corporate India.

    The selection of winners was carried out by a distinguished panel of jury who played a major role in establishing the credibility of these awards. Former Chief Justice of India and former chairperson National Human Rights Commission - Justice J S Verma has been associated with the awards, since its inception, as Chairperson of the Jury.

    Elaborating on the awards, Dr R K Pachauri said "World Environment Day must pervade every other day in India. This should be an occasion that gives us the basis of what is to be done. Global movement should involve all stakeholders and government must take the lead in this. We must include media, civil society, research and academic institutions for involving the youth who play an important role to conserve the environment. The time has come to revive our eco- system and resources. India will be at the forefront of global action and within India, we have to do a great deal to achieve sustainable development. Thus, this award recognises those who have done exemplary work."


    TERI Corporate Award for Environmental Excellence

    • Category I
      o First Prize- Ayurvet Limited
    • Category II
      o Special Mention- Aban Power Company Limited
    • Category III
      o First Prize- NHPC Limited
      o Second Prize- Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited
      o Special Mention- Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Limited

    TERI Corporate Award for Social Responsibility

    • Category II
      o First Prize- Tata Refractories Limited
    • Category III
      o First Prize- GMR Infrastructure Limited
      o Second Prize- Vikram Cement & Aditya Cement (A unit of Grasim Industries Ltd.)

    TERI Corporate Award for Business Response to HIV/AIDS

    • Category III
      o First Prize- Pepsico India Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
      o Second Prize- The Tata Power Company Limited