Bengaluru: The Tata Steel was conferred the ‘Innovative Practices Award, 2018’ on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for its ‘Thousand Schools Programme’ by UN Global Compact Network India (GCNI).
Tata Steel CSR Chief Sourav Roy received the award from UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev during its 13th National Convention held in Bengaluru on Sunday.
A total of 65 organisations across India, including public and private sector enterprises, multinationals, MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), NGOs, Entrepreneurs and B-schools had submitted entries for the awards.
Generally, the awards were given in two categories i.e. private and public in the corporate sector and one category each in NGO and B-School sectors.
The Tata Steel was the recipient of the award in the Corporate Private category for its work towards SDGs.
Tata Steel Corporate Services Vice President Sunil Bhaskaran said, “Tata Steel recognises education as a fundamental need in society, and therefore, is a core aspect of Tata Steel’s CSR intervention. A total of 1,000 schools programme is one of our endeavours to augment education system in government schools and contribute to nation building.”
Receiving the award, Sourav Roy said, “We are committed to the sustainable well-being of the communities we serve, and believe that quality education for children is a priority in this endeavour. The 1,000 Schools Programme is our signature project in this domain, which has been able to bring children back to the schooling system, create an ecosystem for learning outcomes and enhance community-led governance across 1,463 government schools in Odisha and Jharkhand.”