Owing to its cosmopolitan nature and cultural heritage, Vadodara has been a melting pot of brilliant minds, caring hearts and passionate souls. A number of organisations – corporate, NGOs, as well as academic institutions, have been tirelessly undertaking social and environmental initiatives to enhance the quality of life of the people of Vadodara district.

In order to Share those practices, view as well as recognise and honour excellence in social responsibility, the Vadodara District CSR Cell one of its initiative by Vadodara Collector Avantika Singh, along with Cognito, has proudly launched THE TRUE IMPACT AWARDS during the CSR CONCLAVE with the theme TURNING INTENSIONS INTO PRACTICES.

It witnessed eminent speakers from social field, like Priya Dutt-Social worker & politician, Smt. Seema-Director CSR and R&A, Mr. Maheswar Sahu, IAS, Chairman- GCSRA, Shailesh Gandhi- RTI Activist, Sundeep Talwar- CMO, The Akshya Patra, Peter Ter Weeme- shared on online giving in India,Dr. Mangesh Gupte, Director and Head CSR – Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories shared on forging synergy between Corportes, NGO & Government, Rajendra Anandpara, MD-FAG, shared what difference a corporate can make through Social responsibility, Mr. Khurram nayab, Vedanta shared about what is said to be a biggest CSR project undertaken in India creating 4000 modern anganwadis, Also, from core social grounds of NGOs Mrs. Shruti shroff, Managing Trustee- shroff Foundation & Mrs. Archana Joshi, Director-Deepak Foundation. The TED Speaker and first men to wear sanitary napkin Padma Shri A. Muruganathanam inspired us through the story of “Rags to pad” and mentioned how commitment is the key to social intervention.

This CSR CONCLAVE brought together individuals, who have performed in the sector, to share insight, best practices, working models, collaborative frame works, and measurement parameters.

The Major highlight of the CONCLAVE was True Impact Awards which are one of their kind as they encourage-COLLABORATION, FOCUSED APPROACH, GLOBAL BENCHMARKS & CAPACITY BUILDING

The True Impact Awards were given in following categories PSUs, NGOs, Large scale, MSME and Academic institutions who have undertaken socially and environmentally responsible activities that have impacted Vadodara district in the last five years.

More than 53 nominations were received from all across the sectors with were than analysed by Jury panel on their individual best projects. Companies like GSFC, IOCL, Transpek-Silox, FAG,Bankers cardiology Private Ltd, Akshaya Patra, Akshar Trust, Babaria Institute of Pharmacy,& Navrachana education society were among winners and jury recognition awards.

The TRUE IMPACT AWARDS along with the CSR CONCLAVE proved be a platform for exchange of best practices and will help every stakeholder enhance their performance. This will not only boost the morale and inject pride in top management, individual team members, employees and a wide gamut of stakeholders, but will also help to do capacity building in terms of knowledge and know-how.

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