HDFC, Tech Mahindra among major 'honourable mentions'
GN Bureau | August 18, 2022
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, HDFC, Tata Steel and Tech Mahindra are among the winners and the recipients of honourable mentions in the National CSR Awards 2020 announced by the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) on Thursday.
The MCA instituted the annual National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards to recognize companies that have made positive impact on the society through their innovative and sustainable CSR initiatives. These awards are the apex national level recognition by the Government of India.
In the National CSR Awards 2020, the three-stage process has been carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the submissions by the companies and reports of the independent assessment by CSR experts and the Grand Jury, 20 award winners and 17 Honourable Mentions across the three award categories have been selected as per the list given below:
National CSR Awards – 2020
List of Winners and Honourable Mentions
Category 1: Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR
Sub-category 1.1: Companies having eligible CSR Spend equal and above Rs. 100 crores
Winner: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
Honourable Mention: Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Sub-category 1.2: Companies having eligible CSR Spend equal and above Rs. 10 crores and less than Rs. 100 crores
Winner: Tata Steel Limited
Honourable Mention: Tech Mahindra Limited
Sub-category 1.3: Companies having eligible CSR Spend equal and above Rs. 1 crore and less than Rs.10 crores
Winner: CRISIL Limited
Honourable Mention: Honeywell Automation India Limited
Sub-category 1.4: Companies having eligible CSR Spend below Rs. 1 crore
MSME Winner: Wingify Software Private Limited
Honourable Mention: Tata Motors Finance Limited
Category 2: CSR Awards for CSR in Aspirational Districts / Difficult Terrains
Sub-category 2.1: Northern India
Winner: ITC Limited
Honourable Mention: Indian Oil Corporation Limited
Sub-category 2.2: North-East India
Winner: North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited
Honourable Mention: Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
Sub-category 2.3: Eastern India
Winner: Jindal Steel & Power Limited
Honourable Mention: National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO)
Sub-category 2.4: Western India
Winner: Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited
Honourable Mention: JK Lakshmi Cement Limited
Sub-category 2.5: Southern India
MSME Winner: Avantel Limited
Honourable Mention: Ashok Leyland Limited
Category 3: CSR Awards for contribution in National Priority Areas
Sub-category 3.1: Education
Winner: Tata Steel Limited
Honourable Mention: BMW India Private Limited
Sub-category 3.2: Skill Development and Livelihood
Winner: Tech Mahindra Limited
Honourable Mention: Mahindra and Mahindra Limited
Sub-category 3.3: Agriculture and Rural Development
Winner: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited
Sub-category 3.4: Health, Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
Winner: Hero MotoCorp Limited
Honourable Mention: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
Sub-category 3.5: Environment, Sustainable Development and Solar Energy
Winner: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
Honourable Mention: Bajaj Auto Limited
Sub-category 3.6: Women and Child Development
Winner: Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited
Honourable Mention: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited
Sub-category 3.7: Technology Incubation
Winner: Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Sub-category 3.8: Promotion of Sports
Winner: Central Coalfields Limited
Honourable Mention: Aditya Birla Insurance Brokers Limited
Sub-category 3.9: Slum Area Development
Winner: HCL Technologies Limited
Sub-category 3.10: Heritage, Art and Culture
MSME Winner: Elin Appliances Private Limited
Honourable Mention: Hindustan Zinc Limited
Sub-category 3.11: Support to differently-abled
Winner: Jindal Steel and Power Limited
Honourable Mention: ADP Private Limited
About National CSR Awards:
The CSR awards seek to infuse excellence in CSR interventions undertaken by corporates in pursuance of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013. Upto 20 awards are conferred each year in three main categories, namely, Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR, CSR Awards for CSR in Aspirational Districts / Difficult Terrains and CSR Awards for contribution in National Priority Areas. Equal numbers of Honourable Mentions are also given to the companies having appreciable CSR interventions.
The awards in the category ‘Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR’ are for recognition to a company based on total eligible CSR spend, the awards in the category ‘CSR Awards for CSR in Aspirational Districts / Difficult Terrains’ are for the recognition to a company based on their CSR efforts in Aspirational Districts, difficult terrains/ disturbed areas, challenging circumstances etc., and the awards in the category ‘CSR Awards for contribution in National Priority Areas’ are chosen based on contribution of CSR projects in National Priority Areas. One Award in each of the three main categories is reserved for MSME.
National CSR Awards adopts a rigorous three-stage process:
a) Online nominations are invited on the National CSR Data Portal (www.csr.gov.in) through Ministries/ Departments of Govt. of India, all State Governments & Union Territories; three Professional Institutes: The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, The Institute of Cost Accountants of India ; and various Trade and Industry Chambers.
b) Shortlisting of the nominations is done and detailed submissions are invited from the shortlisted companies. Subsequently, the CSR projects of the shortlisted companies and claims made in detailed submission are subjected to field verification by independent expert Committee members, under the guidance of the Grand Jury of the Awards.
c) The Grand Jury considers and examines the reports of the expert committee and recommends the winners and Honourable Mentions across various categories and sub-categories.
First National CSR Awards were conferred on 29 October 2019 by His Excellency President of India in a ceremonial function held at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. There were total 19 winners and equal numbers of Honourable Mentions in different sub-categories of the award in the first cycle.
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