Best at CSR in India (December 29, 2008)
SIF win award for "Best Corporate Social
At the Social
and Corporate Governance Awards 2008 on 19 December, SIF won the award for "Best Corporate Social Responsibility
Exchange Limited, NASSCOM Foundation and Times Foundation have
come together to present the "Social and Corporate Governance
Awards - 2008". The final qualification round for this
prestigious award was held at the International Convention Hall,
Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai on 19 December 2008. The winners
were declared on the same day.
Some of the
biggest names, representing a cross section of Indian industry,
were keen participants for this important honour. The 'awards'
encouraged organisations to participate in the following
Organisation that offers the Best Return to Investors
Organisation that offers the Best Return to the Consumers
Organisation that offers the Best Return to the Channel
Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practice
participated in the 'Best Corporate Social Responsibility
committee reviewed the 78 entries received for the different
categories and short listed 36 companies for the final round.
These short listed companies were invited to Mumbai on the 19
December 2008 for the final round.
Representatives from the short listed companies had to make a 10
minute presentation to a panel of jurors - all eminent
personalities from diverse backgrounds. To keep the selection
process completely transparent and open, no further information
about the jury was available. The 10 minute presentation was
followed by a 2 minute question and answer session with the
jury. Competition between the companies was indeed keen with
each company trying their best to convey the right messages and
the full impact of the work that they do.
December 2008, Gayathri Mohan - VP, CSR India, presented SIF
to this eminent panel at the International Convention
Hall, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai. She was accompanied by
Chaitrali Inamdar, CSR champion based in Pune.
presentations which began at 9 am went through the day. An
independent panel of auditors collated the data, the jury's
ratifications and compiled the results. Finally at around
7pm the results were announced,
with SIF being declared a winner in the - Best
Corporate Social Responsibility Practice - category. Other
winning companies in this category, along with SIF, included
big names like ITC, Bharti, Hindustan Unilever, Polaris, Pepsico
and Canara Bank.
Mohan, VP, CSR - India, received the winner's trophy from Mr. L
P Agarwal, Chief Financial Officer, Bombay Stock Exchange
Limited. The formal awards function, to honour the winning
organisations, is scheduled to be held sometime in the first
week of February at Mumbai.
represents an important honour for the Group and an important
landmark for SIF.
Our India Management
along with the CSR Team would also like to dedicate this award
to all our SIF staff volunteers who have given so much
of their personal time and have worked hard to make our CSR
programmes a great success.
One Day Challenge India
(November 19, 2008)
Well Done - India staff... Congratulations
to each and every person who participated in the One
Day Challenge initiatives across India. The build up activities
for the D-Day began as early as 14 Aug'08, with Rose Days and Choclate Days and ofcourse the Sports Tournaments in
our community projects.
Nov'08 to 13 Nov'08, there were approximately 120 events planned and executed across
Chennai, Noida and Pune, by our ODC Champions.
events mostly happened between 1000-1200 hrs from 3 Nov'08 onwards, with Sports Days, Sponsor a Meal, Steet Plays, Traffic
Awareness Campaigns, Career Guidance Sessions, Teacher Training
events mostly happened in the offices after
12 noon. These included Quizzes,
Video Conferences between children of 3 centres, Click a pic
with Big Brother Teddy, Environment Awareness Campaigns, Badges
Sales, Merchandise Sales, Bazaars, Food stalls, etc.
Management - the India Business Board (IOB) led
by Dr.Mukesh Aghi, devoted 2 hours of their time in a
fundraising event, apart from their support to other smaller
initiatives. The ODC Raffle, was a huge success as it was felt
that all the members of the middle and senior management (B4 and
above) should participate in the raffle. They in turn encouraged
all their team members to participate in the raffle.
thanks to the Facilities Team and the HR Team in all the 3
locations, who put their best foot forward and came forward to
extend all support to make ODC India a great success.
Dept., led by Sumita Watsya (Mary), were at their best in
getting goodies as gift hampers and meal coupons, which were all
used as prizes.
A team of
volunteers from Pune came together, wrote the lyrics, composed
music, and completed recording with vocals, and created a India
ODC Hymn. Airtel, the mobile service provider, sponsored and
made India ODC Hymn as the caller tune available for the next 1
prizes galore to be won, including iphones, ipods and the all
new Tata Nano car in the online ODC Raffle, which was open to
all our colleagues in India. Each raffle ticket came with a free
ODC T-shirt, which were proudly worn by employees in our three
India centers on 14 November. The lucky draw happened at Noida
on the 12 Nov. with Dr.Mukesh Aghi, India CEO, picking the lucky
winners. Gayathri Mohan, Vice President - India CSR reports,
"The ODC raffle was a very successful fundraiser, contributing
almost 50% of the ODC kitty'. The bumper prize - the new Tata
Nano - sponsored by Southern France, was won by Raghav
Mudgal. Other prizes were sponsored by Julian Relph of UK
and the RMG team in UK. The ODC T-shirts were also sponsored by
Dr.Mukesh Aghi and the India Marketing Team., The raffle raised
more than Rs.850000 or - 10800 for The SIF
Graduate Scholarship Scheme (SIFGSS).
Well done ODC
Volunteers, CSR Team, the Senior Management and all the staff
IOB Chatori Gali
(November 18, 2008)
IOB Chatori Gali
November'08, as a fund raising effort for One Day Challenge, the
India Operations Board, led by Dr.Mukesh Aghi, CEO, were for a
change in chef coats and chef caps, running a street food stall.
Their PAs were their able assistants, as usual. As the smell of
tasty snacks wafted across the office, more and more people
could be seen lining up to buy the coupons and bite into the
Banerjee, HR Director, India, was there strumming old melodies
with his guitar, and providing the background score to those who
wanted to demonstrate their singing skills. Tarun Singhal, who
led the initiative in Noida, notes, "This was an opportunity for
our senior management - the IOB (India Operations Board) to
demonstrate their support to this wonderful global community
initiative". The IOB members devoted 2 hours of their time for
this effort and were able to raise Rs.45000 or £600 for SIFGSS.
Big Brother Teddy
(November 17, 2008)
Giant ODC Teddies
Teddies, five of them, - almost 6 feet tall - were placed in the
reception area of our offices at Chennai, Noida and Pune.
Staff could pay for the privilege of being photographed with the
teddy. Sneha Gaba who led the 'photo with Big Brother Teddy'
campaign in Chennai raised more than Rs.10000 or 125 pounds.
Says Sneha, "the Teddy was so cute and cuddly. Folks were more
keen to hug the him rather than get photographed." On the final
day celebrations in Noida, the Teddy was auctioned by Tarun
Singhal. An amount of Rs.20,000/- was raised during the auction
which was won by Yvonne Spalding from UK. Yvonne has been a
great supporter of CSR in India. She has very generously donated
the big teddy back to the creche in Noida. The children of our
very own staff would now get an opportunity to play with Big
Brother Teddy.. The other teddies are to be auctioned shortly
and the proceeds of this auction will go to the SIFGSS.