In a significant achievement that emphasises the potential of dedication and commitment to social responsibility, the Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust has been honored with the esteemed Mahatma Award for Social Good and Impact. The declaration of this prestigious accolade was made on September 30, acknowledging the foundation's exceptional contributions to the betterment of society.
The word 'Mahatma' holds a profound meaning, derived from the Sanskrit term 'mahātman,' which translates to "great-souled." In the broader context, 'mahatma' is a term of endearment and respect used to describe individuals of exceptional character and virtue.
Purpose of the Mahatma Award:
The Mahatma Award stands as a symbol of recognition for distinguished contributions across a wide spectrum of fields and endeavors. It seeks to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made an indelible mark in areas as diverse as the arts, education, industry, literature, sports, inclusion, diversity, science, acting, medicine, environment, journalism, social service, social impact, social responsibility, public and corporate affairs.
Its fundamental purpose is to honor and acknowledge those who embody the timeless principles that Mahatma Gandhi lived by—truth, non-violence, social justice, equality, inclusion and a commitment to making the world a better place for all. By recognizing and celebrating these values, the Mahatma Award aims to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of this extraordinary leader.
The Mahatma Award was founded and instituted by Philanthropist Mr. Amit Sachdeva, more famously known as ‘The CSR Man of India’. Mr. Amit Sachdeva, a stout Gandhian, who echoes the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, is an expert in the subject matter of corporate sustainability and social responsibility. Mr. Sachdeva played a pivotal role in lobbying for the CSR Bill, 2013 and continues to invest in various NGOs and NPOs across the world. Know more at https://www.amitsachdeva.com/
The annual award is supported by Aditya Birla Group. The Aditya Birla Group has a long-standing history with Mahatma Gandhi right from the time of Ghanshyam Das Birla ji, the founding father of the illustrious and massive multinational, continuing his legacy and recognizing deserving organizations, Aditya Birla Group continues to aid the prestigious Mahatma Award.
Since its inception in 2016, the Mahatma Award has honored more than 500 plus change-making organizations and impact leaders across various categories and sectors. Some of the notable past recipients are Ratan Tata, TATA Group, Rajashree Birla, Azim Premji, Wipro, Harsh Mariwala, Marico, Shabana Azmi, Indian Actress , Social Worker, Rakhshanda Jalil, Author and Literary Historian, Dancers Raja, Radha and Kaushalya Reddy, Late Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh International, Google Ad Grants, IBM Foundation, Twitter for Good, Microsoft Philanthropy, Vodafone Americas Foundation, Feeding America, Hague Business Agency, Fuel, Plan International and many more organizations and individuals.
The Final Word
The Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust's recognition with the Mahatma Award for Corporate Social Responsibility is a testament to our commitment to social betterment. There is no denying that our work transcends boundaries and exemplifies the spirit of a true 'mahatma,' as we tirelessly strive to create a brighter and more equitable future for all.
In conclusion, the Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust's well-deserved win underscores the importance of collective efforts in building a more sustainable and compassionate world. Our story is a reminder that, in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, we all have the ability to be 'mahatmas' in our own right by contributing to the greater good of humanity.