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Redefining CSR- The CSR Journal SWAG Awards 2016

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Mumbai: The CSR Journal established a platform to honour individual social contributions through SWAG (Social Welfare & Growth) Awards, 2016 on July 8 in Mumbai. The news portal will take a leap forward with the launch of ‘The CSR Journal TV’ and a bimonthly magazine by early 2017 on (Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). These initiatives are to meet the growing need for news reporting and monitoring in the CSR domain. Principally, The CSR Journal announced the eagerly awaited CSR Awards 2017.

The SWAG Awards 2016 featured remarkable and awe-inspiring contributions from individuals, operating in various social sectors, which needed to be brought to the forefront. Below is The CSR Journal SWAG Awards 2016 winners list:

  1. Education & Skill Training – Let’s Do Some Good Foundation for their project Bangalore Effective Education Task Force (BEETF).
  2. Sports – S.V EduSports Pvt. Ltd. – EduSports for their In school PE & Sports Program
  3. Environment & Agriculture – Micro Insurance Academy for their project Climate Resilience through Risk Transfer
  4. Women Empowerment & Child Welfare – Gabriel Project Mumbai for their project Love2Learn
  5. Health & Sanitation – Indian Development Foundation for their Project Hygiene 12

A jury panel assessed the final evaluation process for the five award categories, honouring the finest in each. The jury members for SWAG Awards 2016 included Rohit Misra, CEO, Starkey, Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOMM, Sanjay Behl, CEO, Raymond, Vivek Talwar, Chief Sustainability Officer, TATA Power, Prerana Langa, CEO, Yes FoundationPearl Tiwari, President, Ambuja Cement Ltd and Naghma Mulla, COO, Edelgive Foundation among others

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Transgender troupe- Dancing Queens performing at the SWAG Awards 2016

LGBT community-based dance group, ‘Dancing Queens’ shared their aspirations, struggles and capabilities through a captivating dance performance. While stand-up artist Kenneth Sebastian featured in a humourous act. Alternative Lyrical Pop Band ‘saMcara’ performed and composed a song on social responsibility and ethics written exclusively for The CSR Journal.

Chief Guest, Mr. Sushilkumar Shinde said, “If a quarter of the mandated 2% is spent effectively by corporate houses, the nation will see a tremendous upgrade in the social strata.” Expressing his views on SWAG Awards 2016 he said, “It is good to see genuine efforts and stories getting recognition at such platform.”

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Chief Guest Sushilkumar Shinde being felicitated with his sketched portrait

Mr. Amit Upadhyay, Editor-in-chief of The CSR Journal highlighted about the changing dynamics in the CSR domain and how the news portal creates value in the society through sound business activities and practices. “We need to look beyond NGOs, government as-well-as corporate social responsibility. As individuals have a duty far beyond performing occasional acts of giving alms, we have to transcend to a new paradigm of CSR – Citizen’s Social Responsibility.” Acknowledging the efforts of all the nominations at SWAG Awards 2016, Upadhyay expressed his heartfelt congratulations to all participants and winners.

Applauding the selfless initiatives of nominees, jury member Dr Lalit Kumar, Hony Vice President, Sulabh International says, “Many good projects were displayed from far-fetched areas. It is heartening to see their efforts. I am glad to know that a TV channel based on CSR is being planned. It is a great idea indeed.”

Jagjit Singh Kohli, Managing Director, The CSR Journal added saying, “It is essential to provide a learning platform to our readers and viewers for monitoring, evaluation and assessment of news. Going forward, we aim to launch ‘The CSR Journal TV’ and a bimonthly magazine, which are aligned with the philosophy and values of The CSR Journal.”