In 2016, The CSR Journal started institutionalising the objective of these awards with the Social Welfare & Growth (SWAG) Awards.
Hundreds of corporates and citizens gathered at The Leela, Mumbai to celebrate what can only be defined as the ‘Art of Giving’.
The first of its kind, SWAG Awards 2016 enabled individuals to showcase their experiences, journey and work in the presence of corporate houses, bureaucrats, policy makers and non-profit organisations.
An esteemed jury of experts from various sectors evaluated the projects and felicitated the best in each category. Through SWAG Awards, we instituted a platform that encourages independent social acts, which make a difference to Society.
The CSR Journal Excellence Awards 2017 brought forth the finest Social Responsibility projects initiated by corporates and NGOs of India on 13th November in Mumbai. The event was honoured by Chief Guest Devendra Fadnavis, CM of Maharashtra, & Special Guests, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister of Finance & Planning and Forests Depts, Govt of Maharashtra and Kripashankar Singh, Ex- Minister of State in Maharashtra, for their dedicated social efforts towards Nation Building.
The awards aimed to inspire movement in the social sphere of the country, by awarding those making significant contributions to the society. In 7 award categories, over 200 corporates & NGOs sent in their nominations and 3 projects were shortlisted under each category for the final round.
The event was further graced with the combination of dance and music for the theme of ‘India First’. This was done through performances from Shiamak Davar’s Victory Arts Foundation dance group and saMcara, lyrical band, who performed their exclusive song for the day, “Young India, Rich India”
In the year 2019, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Government of India, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister For Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India and Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Former Minister of Food Processing Industries of India, Government of India were the Chief Guest. The awards ceremony was hosted in Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan, continuing its legacy of honouring the best practices and initiatives in the domain of corporate and citizen social responsibility.
The fourth edition of The CSR Journal Excellence Awards was hosted by Singer/Actor/Social Activist Sushant Divgikar aka Rani Ko-He-Nur at the Yashwantrao Chavan Centre in Mumbai. The Excellence Awards 2021 honoured innovative and best practices in the sphere of Corporate Social Responsibility across seven award categories, recognising responsible leadership from individuals and groups in humanitarian initiatives.
The Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra, Shri. Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India Shri Nitin Gadkari were the chief dignitaries for the event. On the prestigious occasion, Shri. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Member of Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra & former Minister of Finance, Planning and Forests, Government of Maharashtra was accorded with the “Social Transformation Leader Award” for his exceptional contribution to Nation Building.
The CSR Journal Excellence Awards honoured iconic youths across various fields, who are influencing and inspiring the youth of today. With an aim to recognising their role in nation-building, the awards were given away under the following categories: Best Practices in PR and Communications Award Mr. Madan Bahal, MD, Co-Founder, Adfactors PR, Responsible Film Entertainer and Conservationist Award Mr Sayaji Shinde, Actor, Conservationist, Youth Icon Award to Ms Rajvi Mariwala, Director, Mariwala Health Initiative, Influencing Youth Icon Award to Tanmay Bhat, Comedian, Writer, Content Creator, and Inspiring Young Changemaker Award to Ms Malvika Iyer, Disability Rights Activist and Nari Shakti Puraskar winner. In addition to this, Life Time Achievement awards were given to Mr Prakash Amte & Mrs Mandakini Amte, Mr Dilip Vengsarkar and Ms Jyoti Mhapsekar.
This year’s award function drives at the very heart of our existence. It seeks to establish the fact that nationalism is not about virulent Jingoism. It is about actions that seek to address the various problems that ail our nation. It is about drawing our country out from the many ills that face it.
It is about ‘India First’ – an India developed in every sense of the word – not just in the terms of financial development, but social development too. A country where poverty is eradicated, genders are equal, education is omnipresent and development is all inclusive.