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Awareness on sustainability issues has come a long way - from outright denial nearly three decades ago to one of crisis and survival in the recent past. Today, forward-thinking companies are taking a different approach; one of determination towards building a more secure, sustainable and equitable future. However, incremental change will just not suffice. In a world reeling under the inevitable repercussions of unregulated human action on the planet, it is no longer enough to do less bad.

Instituted in 2006, the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards recognise and reward excellence in businesses that are seeking ways to be more sustainable and inclusive in their activities, to support the most significant contributions and encourage the leaders of this revolution. Winners of this Award are India's Most Sustainable - role models that inspire all business to follow suit. The Awards are apart of continued efforts by the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development to create awareness on sustainability practices and to create capacity to main stream them. To us, sustainability is serious business and that is what makes the Awards unique. Applicants must make a serious, company wide commitment to the process - both interms of their time and money.

So, are you a forward-thinking company that is ready to take the leapand make a serious commitment to sustainability? Apply now and find out if you have what it takes to be India's Most Sustainable.

For details on the 2014 cycle, download the Awards Brochure

To apply now, download the Application of Intent (AoI)

For further details, contact the Awards Secretariat:
Swati Pandey / Nayani Nasa
T: +91 (11) 43723320, 41502303
E: sustainabilityawards@cii.in

OVERVIEW

Over a period of six months participating companies undergo a rigorous evaluation process that is based on a business excellence model and tailored for business in India. A team of CII-certified assessors spends nearly 1000 man-hours per application in close consultation with professionals across the organisation.

The findings of this evaluation, presented in the form of a detailed Feedback Report to every applicant, further helps the organisations by providing insights that improve the impact of their sustainability initiatives and drive overall performance by identifying new opportunities for improvement.

To ensure that we receive only the most serious applicants, who are committed to complete this comprehensive process, a non-transferable and non-refundable application fee is levied - regardless of how far applicants go in the process or whether they ultimately qualify for an Award. This unparalleled commitment has further established the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards as the most credible sustainability award in the country.

TESTIMONIALS

"CII-ITC Sustainability Awards are an excellent platform to pour accolades on the efforts of those companies which have recognised the importance of sustainability, and are implementing it at various levels through various strategies"

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Chief Guest, CII-ITC Sustainability Awards, 2012

"...the Sustainability Awards provide an opportunity to learn about the concept of sustainability from different companies and accelerate the improvement process"

Amir Alvi, Vice-President, TATA Chemicals
Winners of Sustainability Trophy, 2011 (Babrala) and Sustainability Prize, 2012 (Haldia)



"Future businesses will depend upon the sustainability initiatives taken by companies... it is a unique combination that CII has tied up with ITC in this initiative to recognise the efforts in this direction"

CS Verma, Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd
Winner of Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment 2012



"...It has helped us understand how we are approaching sustainability and take corrective actions wherever we are going wrong"

Chanakya Choudhary, Chief Resident Executive, TATA Steel
Winners of Sustainability Prize 2012 and 2011


"This award is quite important because it gives encouragement to those who are doing some more work to get recognised. I think this motivates more and more people to do more sustainable work."

Sushil Mantri, Chairman and MD, Mantri Developers Pvt Ltd
Winner of Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment

BENEFITS TO BUSINESS

Companies should apply because:

  • They want to be recognised as India's Most Sustainable company, by the most credible sustainability award in the country
  • They want to boost company morale by rewarding those that have championed the cause of mainstreaming sustainability
  • They want to assess their sustainability performance based on the EFQM Business Excellence Model
  • They want to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement based on a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation by independent, third party assessors

ABOUT THE TROPHY

ABOUT THE TROPHY

The trophy reflects the need for unity in this world. To sustain the environment, a broad-based alliance between industry and society is required globally. As a result, sustainable development has become a priority for businesses around the world.

The responsibility for the environment rests on our shoulders, as it does in the design of trophy. The figure cradling the globe reflects the need for unity and responsibility when pursuing economic growth, while the leaves surrounding it represent both growth and the environment. The figure's arms are raised to the sky, symbolising the future that we must confront daily.

Metal has been chosen as the material for its properties of lustre, beauty, smooth finish and malleability, and because it is a recyclable material - thereby sustainable from a lifecycle perspective. After all, the world is an inheritance that we will leave for the generations to come. It is a legacy that we have borrowed from them.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Companies can apply, if they are:

  • Operating In India, for five years or more
  • A large, medium, small, micro-sized enterprise or independent unit/division
  • From the manufacturing or service sector

Please note also the following additional criteria:

Corporate Excellence

  • Applicants will be considered for both Award categories, at no extra cost
  • Applicants to categories under Corporate Excellence cannot apply under Domain Excellence

Domain Excellence

  • Applicants to categories under Domain Excellence cannot apply under Corporate Excellence
  • Interested companies can apply for up to two of the three categories

Leadership Excellence

  • Only companies applying under Corporate or Domain Excellence can nominate employees for categories under Leadership Excellence
  • Nominees must have completed at least One year in their current position at the time of applying
  • Only one employee may be nominated per category
  • The cost for applying to one or all categories is the same

AWARD CATEGORIES

Corporate Excellence

  • Business of the Year
    This role model award celebrates the company that has successfully proven a business case for sustainability and demonstrates a company-wide commitment to advancing the sustainable business agenda; not just internally but among customers, suppliers and the industry as well.
  • Outstanding Accomplishment
    The award recognises six market leaders, one from each company classification, that have demonstrated outstanding policy, practice and results by successfully incorporating sustainability in their core business.

Domain Excellence

  • Environment Management
    Six companies, one from each company classification, that have employed innovative approaches, including policy and practice, to reduce their environmental impact and achieved exemplary results.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
    Six companies, one from each company classification, that have positively impacted both business and society by taking a strategic approach to CSR through collaborative programmes with government and civil society.
  • Supply Chain
    Six companies, one from each company classification, that are leading transformation in their supply chain by integrating sustainability into their sourcing, procurement and distribution channels.

Leadership Excellence

  • Business Leader of the Year
    This role model award celebrates a CEO who has displayed an extraordinary commitment to advancing the sustainable business agenda; not just internally but among customers, suppliers and the industry as well.
  • Sustainability Champion
    Recognising sustainability/CSR professionals, one from each company classification, that have shown skill and determination, driven strategy and truly championed the cause of mainstreaming sustainability within an organisation
  • Change Agent
    Non-sustainability/CSR professionals, one from each company classification, who have displayed exceptional initiative above and beyond the call of duty to successfully address or leverage sustainability in their area of responsibility.

Assessment Methodology

In the areas of Corporate and Domain Excellence the Awards adhere to a transparent and rigorous assessment process based on the Sustainability Excellence Assessment Model, developed using the following frameworks:

  • Methodology adapted from the internationally acclaimed European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) approach wherein equal weight is assigned to 'Enablers' and 'Results,' indicating a cause-effect relationship
  • Concept of Triple Bottom Line:All three dimensions - economic,environmental, social - are considered
THE EXCELLENCE MODEL & ASSESSMENT

The assessment is conducted over a period of six months by a pool of specially trained assessors from diverse professional backgrounds that spend approximately 1,000 man-hours per-application.

The results of each assessment are reviewed by a preeminent Jury, comprising leaders from government, industry, civil society and academia, at two stages before a final decision is taken.

In the area of Leadership Excellence, nominees undergo two stages of evaluation - desk assessment of a questionnaire followed by personal interviews of shortlisted candidates by the Awards Jury. Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation and thought-leadership
  • Role in key initiatives, trainings and programmes on sustainability
  • Quality of engagement and partnerships with various stakeholders

2013

"Human beings are custodians of natural resources. In tackling sustainability issues such as climate change, the poor will be most affected. It is our responsibility to empower them so as to conserve and nurture natural resources. The top management and the Boards have to drive the agenda, and allow middle management the elbow room toexecute. Sustainability has to be built into company ethos."

Sachin Pilot, Minister of State (I/C) for Corporate Affairs
Chief Guest, CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2013

The Awards were presented to 23 winning companies. The Centre applauds each one of them for their outstanding achievements and commitment to shaping a future that is more sustainable and inclusive. These are INDIA'S MOST SUSTAINABLE:


Level of recognition Winning Company/Unit Category
Sustainability Prize Tata Steel Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
ACC Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
SRF Limited Category B (Turnover 500-2000 Crores)
Commendation Certificate for Significant Achievement Yes Bank Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
Infosys Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
Ambuja Cements Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
The Tata Power Company Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
Shree Cement Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
UltraTech Cement Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
Mantri Developers Private Limited Category B (Turnover 500-2000 Crores)
Nicco Parks and Resorts Limited Category D (Turnover 10-49 Crores)
Automotive Sector, Mahindra and Mahindra Limited Category F (Independent Division/Unit)
Rourkela Steel Plant, Steel Authority of India Limited Category F (Independent Division/Unit)
Vijayanagar Works, JSW Steel Limited Category F (Independent Division/Unit)
Hazira Manufacturing Division, Reliance Industries Limited Category F (Independent Division/Unit)
Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
Hindustan Zinc Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
Toyota Kirloskar Private Limited Category A (Turnover>2000 Crores)
Grundfos Pumps India Private Limited Category C (Turnover 50-499 Crores)
Ayurvet Limited Category C (Turnover 50-499 Crores)
Maratha Cement Works, Ambuja Cements Limited Category F (Independent Division/Unit)
Bhatapara Plant, Ambuja Cements Limited Category F (Independent Division/Unit)
2013 Winners Booklet Click here to download
the 2013 Winners Booklet

2012

The CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2012 were announced and presented to the winning organisations by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India. The ceremony was held on 14 January 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. 25 companies were awarded this year in the various categories. To know more, read the WINNERS BOOKLET.

# Organisation Award Type
Category A [Turnover > Rs. 500 crores] 
1 Tata Steel Limited Sustainability Prize
2 TVS Motor Company Limited Commendation for Significant Achievement
3 Yes Bank Ltd. Commendation for Significant Achievement
4 Hindustan Zinc Limited Commendation for Significant Achievement
5 Bharat Aluminum Company Ltd Commendation for Significant Achievement
6 Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) Commendation for Significant Achievement
7 Infosys Ltd. Commendation for Significant Achievement
8 Ambuja Cements Limited Commendation for Significant Achievement
9 The Tata Power Company Limited Commendation for Strong Commitment
10 Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited - Visakhapatnam Steel Plant Commendation for Strong Commitment
11 Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited Commendation for Strong Commitment
12 Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited Commendation for Strong Commitment
13 Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) Commendation for Strong Commitment
14 Dalmia Cements (Bharat) Limited Commendation for Strong Commitment
15 Mantri Developers Pvt. Ltd. Commendation for Strong Commitment
 
Category B [Turnover Rs. 50 - 500 crores]
16 Bhoruka Power Corporation Limited Commendation for Significant Achievement
 
Category E [Independent Unit / Division] 
17 Tata Chemicals Ltd., Haldia Sustainability Prize
18 Reliance Industries Limited, Hazira Manufacturing Division Commendation for Significant Achievement
19 ONGC, Hazira Plant Commendation for Significant Achievement
20 SAIL, Bhilai Steel Plant Commendation for Significant Achievement
21 JSW Steel Limited, Salem Works Commendation for Strong Commitment
22 BHEL, High Pressure Boiler Plant, Tiruchirappalli Commendation for Strong Commitment
23 L&T, Heavy Engineering IC, Hazira Manufacturing Complex Commendation for Strong Commitment
24 BHEL, Electroporcelains Division, Bangalore Commendation for Strong Commitment
25 Ambuja Cement Ltd. (Maratha Cement Works) Commendation for Strong Commitment

2011

The announcement of winners of the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2011 took place on February 10, 2012 at New Delhi. The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, and Textiles Mr. Anand Sharma was the Chief Guest. The event was in 2 segments: a high-level Panel Discussion on the subject: 'Sustainability is Rewarding', and distribution of the Awards to the winners. The Panel Discussion was moderated by Sandeep Srikanth of CNBC. There were 16 winners in 2011, including the first ever Sustainability Trophy

Award Levels Applicant Category [annual turnover, Rs. crores]
A [> 500] B [50- 500] C [10-49] E [any value]
Sustainability Trophy - - - Tata Chemicals, Babrala
Sustainability Prize Tata Steel - - -
Commendation for Significant Achievement Tata Motors - - SRF, Chemicals Division
Yes Bank
Infosys Tata Chemicals, Mithapur
Shree Cement
Commendation for Strong Commitment Ambuja Cements Kennametal India Biodiversity Conservation India Ltd. RIL, Hazira
Toyota Kirloskar Motors
TCS Paharpur Business Centre SAIL, Bhilai

2010

The CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2010 were announced and presented to the winning organisations by the Chief Guest Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Water Resources & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India as part of the 5th Sustainability Summit: Asia 2010, the annual flagship event of the Centre, on 30 November 2010, at a brief ceremony in New Delhi. There were 68 Applications of Intent for the Awards in 2010. The ceremony was also graced by two Jury members: Mr. Arun Maira - Member, Planning Commission and Dr. Subir V Gokarn - Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India. The winners are listed in the table below:

Award Category Applicant Category
Large Business Organisation Independent Unit Micro Business Organization
Sustainability Trophy None
Sustainability Prize   Babrala Plant, Tata Chemicals Ltd.  
Certificate of Commendation  for Significant Achievement Tata Steel Ltd. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. Toyota Kirloskar Motors Ltd. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Shree Cement Ltd. Yes Bank Ltd. ECC Division, L&T Chemicals Division, SRF Ltd. Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL Dadri Plant, NTPC Ltd. E-Parisara Pvt. Ltd.
Certificate of Commendation for Strong Commitment Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd. Mithapur Plant, Tata Chemicals Ltd.  Talcher Plant, NTPC Ltd. Mohali Light Factory, Philips Kawas Plant, NTPC Ltd.  

2009

There were 84 Applications of intent for the Awards 2009. The awards were given away to the winners in a presentation ceremony on 26 November 2009, at New Delhi as part of the 4th Sustainability Summit: Asia 2009, which is the annual flagship event of the Centre, by the Chief Guest, Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment & Forests, Government of India. The winners are listed in the table below.

Award Category Applicant Category
  Large Business Organization Independent Unit
Sustainability Trophy None
Sustainability Prize - Babrala Plant, Tata Chemicals Ltd.
Certificate of Commendation for Significant Achievement Tata Steel Ltd. Hazira Plant, Essar Steel Ltd.
NTPC Ltd. Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL
Toyota Kirloskar Motors Ltd. Vadodara Light Factory, Philips Electronics India Ltd.
Chemicals Division, SRF Ltd.
Hirmi Works, Ultratech Cement
Certificate of Commendation for Strong Commitment Binani Cement Ltd. Hyderabad Plant, BHEL
Shree Cement Ltd. Rihand Plant, NTPC Ltd.
GTL Ltd. Hazira Plant, ONGC Ltd.
The Tinplate Company of India Ltd. Durgapur Steel Plant, SAIL
Yes Bank Ltd.  
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.  
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.  
Hindustan Zinc Ltd.  

2008

The Awards were conferred to the winners in a grand presentation ceremony on December 12, 2008 at New Delhi as part of the 3rdSustainability Summit : Asia 2008, which is the annual flagship event of the Centre by the Chief Guest, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India. The Jury Chairman and Member of Parliament, Mr. Suesh Prabhu was also present at the event. The winners are listed in the table below.

Award Category Applicant Category
Large Business Organisation Medium Business Organisation Independent Unit
Trophy None given
Prize Tata Steel Ltd.   Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL
Commendation Certificate for Significant Achievement Chemplast Sanmar Ltd. The Tinplate Company of India Ltd JSW Steel Ltd., Toranagallu
Binani Cement Ltd. BHEL, Hyderabad
Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment Sesa Goa Ltd.   SRF Chemicals Div
ONGC Ltd. Philips, Mohali
SAIL Sterlite, Tuticorin NTPC, Faridabad NTPC, Farakka
Jury's Special Recognition Biodiversity Conservation of India Ltd.

2007

The Awards were given away in a presentation ceremony on December 12, 2007 at New Delhi as part of the 2nd Sustainability Summit : Asia 2007. The Chief Guest was Thiru A Raja, India's Minister of Communications & Information Technology. The winners are listed in the table below:

Award Category Applicant Category
Large Business Organisation Medium Business Organisation Independent Unit
Trophy None given
Prize Tata Steel Ltd.   Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL
Commendation Certificate for Significant Achievement NTPC Ltd JSW Steel Ltd. The Tinplate Co. of India Ltd  
Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment Jubilant Organosys Ltd Sterlite Industries India Ltd. The Orchid - An Ecotel Hotel Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. Vadodara Light Factory - Philips Electronics India Ltd.

2006

The first - ever CII - ITC Sustainability Awards were presented in April 2006 at the CII AGM by Mr. Kamal Nath - India's Minister for Commerce & Industry. Sixty companies applied for the Sustainability Awards 2006; over half of them were from the metallurgical sector, over a third from the automotive sector and the remainder were from other sectors (textiles, chemicals, food / food products, etc.). The winners are listed in the table below.

Award Category Applicant Category
Large Business Organisation Medium Business Organisation Independent Unit
Trophy None given
Prize Tata Steel Ltd.   Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL
Commendation Certificate for Significant Achievement Essel Mining Ltd Tata Motors Ltd MALCO Ltd
The Tinplate Co. of India Ltd
 
Commendation Certificate for Significant Achievement NTPC Ltd Philips Electronics India Ltd TVS Motors Ltd    

Sustainability Performance Assessment is a dynamic way for any company to know the extent to which sustainability aspects are incorporated in its business strategies, policies, processes and performance. The Centre organises special open awareness programmes on Sustainability Performance Assessment and Awards for the benefit of businesses in India to:

  • Improve their understanding of Corporate Sustainability
  • Enable them to assess their Sustainability Performance
  • Learn about the Awards and how they improve brand value and public perception of organisations.

The Centre also organises half-day or full-day customised in-house awareness-cum-training sessions on the subject for heads-of-Departments and senior management. Many companies have benefitted from these programmes and have found it instrumental in improving their sustainability profile.

THE CENTRE ALSO ENCOURAGES COMPANIES TO NOMINATE PERSONNEL TO GET TRAINED AS SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSORS.