New Delhi: Set in the historic Teen Murti Bhavan, Nehru Museum, SABERA – the Social And Business Enterprise Responsible Awards and Summit recognized work done across India as CSR, the efforts of Organizations, NGOs and Individuals to uplift the lives of our lesser fortunate, on December 6, 2018.
An initiative of the Simply Suparnaa Media Network in which NewsMobile was the proud partner, the platform to share Good, brought under one roof think-tanks and enablers from Development, Corporate and Bureaucracy who deliberated on bridging the gaps, CSR implications, ethics & governance, responsible business & social responsibility as well as the way forward towards making India a responsible nation.
Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman PM Advisory Council, also member Niti Ayog was guest of honour.
Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, ex-DG & CEO of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, popularly known as the father of CSR, who served as Advisor, explained, “The CSR legislation corporatized the NGO in being more organized and NGOized the corporate in being more sensitive toward the marginalized – SABERA is a great opportunity.”
The high impact Speakers at the Summit included Suja Warriar, Member, Corporate Sustainability, Reporting & Governance, Infosys Limited; Mohini Daljeet Singh, Chief Executive, Max India Foundation; Dr. Mukund Rajan Corporate Strategist, X Chairman – Tata Global Sustainability Council, Chief Ethics Officer, Head – International Operations, Richard Rekhy, Former CEO KPMG; Ruby Ahluwalia, Founder & Managing Trustee, Sanjeevani, Geeta Goel , Country Director, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Krishan Arora, Partner, Grant Thornton India LLP and Vijay Ganapathy, Partner & COO, Think through Consulting.
Sanjeev Bhikchandani, Founder, Naukri.com, Jury Chair, said, “I believe that there is no better time than now to recognize Good. It is essential to give a voice to those putting the country on the road to Development. As leaders of our respective domains, it is our responsibility to cultivate responsible businesses along with a conscious effort to encourage the Good work that is happening on ground – be it through CSR, Social, Private, Public Enterprises, Not for Profits and Individuals.”
The jury board included several notified personalities- Kamal Singh , Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network India; Rishi Suri, Director, School of Policy & Governance; Roma Balwani, Independent Director, CMIFPE & IICSR; Vani Gupta, Marketing Veteran, X Marketing Director, Indian Snacks, Food Pepsico India; Pritha Dutt, Director and Co-founder, Empower Foundation; Pallavi Rao, National Head – CSR, Radio Mirchi; Ajay Chaturvedi, Author and Entrepreneur; and Swati Bhattacharya, Chief Marketing & Communications and Chief Diversity Officer, C.K. Birla Group.
SABERA award categories were based on 6 of the 17 Social Development Goals adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. It acknowledged work done in Environment, Education, Enablement, Health & Wellbeing, Agriculture & Rural Development and Sports. The Organization and People categories had Best of the Year for Social Enterprise, Not for Profit, CSR Leader, Promising Leader (under 30years) as also Lifetime Achievement.
The UN Global Compact Network India was SDG Partner and globally renowned MSCI in India the ESG (Environment, Social and Governance related) Data Provider for the Responsible Business category. Their research provides ratings of the environmental, social and governance-related business practices of thousands of companies worldwide
The SABERA Summit & Awards 2018, in its maiden year, will hence forth take place every year as it attempts to build a positive narrative for the nation.