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Blue Dart World CSR Day paves the path to sustainability

News Clip:www.indiainfoline.com

25 February, 2014

The awards recognized global corporate social responsibility and sustainability champions across various industries.

Blue Dart Express Limited, South Asia's premier courier and integrated express package distribution Company presented the3rd Blue Dart World CSR Day and Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards at a glittering function at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai on February 18, 2014. The awards recognized global corporate social responsibility and sustainability champions across various industries. Sustainability champions were awarded by the Chief Guest, Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and Yogesh Dhingra, Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Dart Express Ltd.

The event was well attended by leading organisations like United Nations, Sanofi, KPMG, Hewlett Packard, CRY, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and many more comprising of panel discussions about 'CSR Good to Great - The Path Ahead', 'Assessing and developing potential for leadership', 'Measuring the success of CSR', 'The Vision of CSR' and 'New Insights into the Correlation Between CSR and Brand Strength'. The panel discussions were focused on the way forward over the 2% CSR mandate and the impact on various organizations undertaking CSR activities. Some of the speakers and panel members included: Dr. Wolfgang Engshuber, Advisory Council of Principle, UN Principles of Responsible Investments; Sandeep Juneja, Vice President - Commercial, DHL Express Pvt. Ltd.; Simone Mechiche, Director - CSR, Sanofi; Paul Ellingstad, Director of Human Progress Initiatives, HP Corporate Affairs, Hewlett Packard; Kim Feinberg, CEO & Founder, Tomorrow Trust; Kewal Handa, Ex-Managing Director, Pfizer; Puja Marwaha, Chief Executive Officer, CRY;Santhosh Jayaram, Technical Director, Advisory - Sustainability, KPMG; Gayatri Lobo, Chief Operating Officer, Teach For India; Joanne Yeoh, Immediate Past President - Region of Malaysia, National Representative - Elect of Malaysia and many more.

Yogesh Dhingra, Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Dart Express Ltd. said, "Blue Dart as a socially responsible corporate pioneered the Blue Dart World CSR Day and Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards in India which has been conducted successfully over three years since inception. The 3rd Blue Dart World CSR Day witnessed stakeholders such as government bodies, corporates, NGOs, knowledge and thought leaders congregate on a common dais to share best practices and discuss the 2% mandate which is a catalyst for major transformation in CSR practices in India. Blue Dart believes that the most powerful way in which a business can make an impact is through an evolved business model, called the 'shared value' proposition. We follow the Deutsche Post DHL group's sustainability strategy - 'Living Responsibility' which includes the 3 pillars of GoGreen, GoHelp and GoTeach."

The day culminated with the 3rd Blue Dart Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards which recognized contribution across categories such as Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices, Support and Improvement in Quality of Education, Diversity and Human Resource, Concern for Health, Poverty Alleviation, Accounting for Climate Change, Carbon Footprint Accounting, Community Development, Regulation of Corporate Social and Environmental Behaviour, Social Entrepreneurship and CSR Leadership Award.

The advisory council included Alan Ernest Aicken, Vice President and Chief, Sustainability Officer, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; Anuradha Bhavnani, Regional Director, Shell Foundation; Andrew Bryson, Regional Director of Sustainability - Asia Pacific, Saatchi & Saatchi; Dr. Charu Jain, Global Sustainability Manager, DyStar Group; Martin Neureiter, CEO, CSR Company International, Austria to name a few.

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