All India Management Association (AIMA), the national apex body of the management profession in India, awarded SOS Children’s Villages of India (SOS India) for Breakthrough Innovation in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, as part of its 7th Edition of the Innovation Practitioners Summit, held in New Delhi on 13th December, 2107.
The award recognised SOS India as an organisation that has incorporated sustainable care practices in their programmatic interventions and for adopting a unique approach to providing alternate care in their social development practices, thereby impacting communities. The case study Innovation in Building Sustainable Families for Parentless Children and Youth won them the award in this category.
AIMA judged the participants against three criteria: Uniqueness, Impact and Sustainability. One of conditions for applying was that the case study must be of an initiative that has been implemented or has yielded results in the last 3 years. There were five categories in this Innovation Practitioners Summit as given below:
- Innovation in Research and Development (R&D) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Innovation in Learning and Development (L&D)
- Innovation in Manufacturing & Services
- Innovation in Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
- Innovation in Digital
The Competition was Case Study based, making it refreshing, stimulating and dynamic, through which teams coming from individual firms/Institutions/organisations got the opportunity to compete against teams from other participating firms. There was an eminent jury comprising of leaders and experts from different sectors and industry to adjudge the winners.
Speaking on this occasion, Ms Anuja Bansal, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages of India said, “SOS Children’s Villages of India has grown stronger over the years and we are glad that our work has also been recognised by policy makers across the nation due to its impact, scalability, replicability and sustainability. It is extremely important that all social development initiatives, whether by an NGO or a corporate, are sustainable in approach and operations. If corporations and social development sector strive together, while partnering with each other, communities can be benefitted in an absolute manner.”
The Session on Innovation in Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was chaired by Ms. Anuja Bansal, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages of India. Some of the other eminent panelists and key note speakers at the Summit included, Samir K. Brahmachari, Chief Mentor, Open Source Drug Discovery; Founder Director, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research -Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology; Former Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Akhil Bansal, Deputy CEO, KPMG India, Neeraj Kapoor, Director, All India Management Association, Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, Vishal Manchanda, Chief Human Resource Officer & National Head, Learning and Development, Indus Towers Limited etc.