Nourish the Change Awards - 2018
Delhi, 29 May’ 2018:The AkshayaPatra Foundation and United Nations Global Compact, under the banner of Feed The Future Now, organised for thevery first time ‘Nourish the Change Awards’ 2018 to felicitate upcoming change-makers that are making positive contribution towards Sustainable Development Goal #2 ‘Zero Hunger’ . The award ceremony was hosted at The LaLit - New Delhi. The LaLit Group is one of the founding partners of ‘Feed the Future Now’ movement and to actualize its commitment towards society has been supporting all events of the movement.
The awardceremony coincided with “World Hunger Day 2018”. The evening celebrating thetheme of “Collaborative Impact” offered opportunity for corporates and civilsociety organizations committed to the cause of Nutrition & Well-being toexchange ideas &fostered sense of camaraderie and collaboration.
Awardees whowere recognized included Mr. Anoop Khanna - for providing 5 rupee meals tourban poor through hisDadikiRasoi, Cuddles Foundation – for ensuring nutritionsolutions for cancer affected children,
Ms. ArushiBatra – for exemplary voluntary work being done by Robin Hood Army, The BetterIndia – for bringing to masses positive stories of change and inspiration,Goodera – for helping social organizations measure and improve their outcomesand impact, Ms. Trupti Jain – for Bhungroo, an innovative product helpingimprove agriculture yield in drought affected areas
Mr. Shridhar Venkat, CEO Akshaya Patracommented on the occasion that “Collaboration is key to tackling some of thelargest developmental challenges that face our country. While Akshaya Patra has been workingcollaboratively with Government and leading corporates for the last 18 years;Feed The Future Now is an initiative to scale up that cross-sector partnership.As a step in this direction, we instituted ‘Nourish the Change’ Awards alongwith UNGC to recognize upcoming change makers and to create a forum for keystakeholders to interact and identify opportunities of further collaboration.We are hopeful that with more
like mindedindividuals & institutions coming together, we shall be able to bringaround positive social change faster & on a larger scale.”
The eventwas well attended by senior executivesfrom leading corporate houses such as Ms. Priyanka Mittal - Director KRBL IndiaLtd, Mr. Vijay Sethi – CIO & Head - HR & CSR, Hero MotoCorp, Mr. G KChaukiyal - Exec. Director CSR (Airports Authority of India), Ms. Pooja Mahajan– CEO, IFCI Social Foundation, Mr. Sanjiv Garg – Exec. Director, CSR (RuralElectrification Corporation Ltd.), Ms. Geetanjali Bhatia, Leader - CSR &Communication, Ingersoll Rand India, Mr. Rajesh Mediratt - Director BusinessDevelopment, Indian Energy Exchange, Mr. Joydeep Sen – CSR lead,GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, Ms. Poonam Kaul – Vice President, Communication,PepsiCo.
Mr. KamalSingh, Executive Director UNGC said” UNGC is committed to achieve SustainableDevelopment Goals outlined by United Nations and initiatives such as ‘Nourishthe Change’ Awardshelp significantly in mobilizing the community of change-makersto achieve those goals.We are very happy to partner with Akshaya Patra tonurture the Impact ecosystem in India and are hopeful that our sustainedcollaborative efforts will lead to positive social outcomes.”