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 Award and Honours
On 2nd October 2011 IFFCO's CSR wing, the Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Limited (IFFDC) was awarded ‘Social Impact Award’ by The Times of India (in partnership with J.P Morgan). It has been chosen by a very eminent jury for the inaugural Times of India Social Impact Award for a Corporate Organisation's Contribution in Livelihoods. The jury appreciated the grassroots work done by Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative (IFFDC), its steady expansion and consistent delivery on its promise of wasteland development by creating self-help groups.
The jury comprised: Mr. Nitish Kumar, Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar; Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Honourable Union Minister for Rural Development; Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India; Ms. Aruna Roy, National Advisory Council (NAC); Mr. Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC; and Ms. Sunita Narain, Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment.
The deliberations of the jury capped a six-month long selection process, which began with the fixing of eligibility criteria, and was followed by background research. Over 1,500 organisations applied for the Awards, and 38 organisations were shortlisted by a panel of leading domain experts, and field visits by their correspondents and photographers.
The work of IFFDC on livelihood, watershed and agriculture development is bound to stand the test of time, said the expert panel that shortlisted the finalists. "The first thing is that issues of land, water and forests were well-integrated in IFFDC's work with rural communities," said environmentalist Anil Joshi, on the expert panel. "The second important point about IFFDC's work is that it withdrew after setting up the structure. That ensured that local communities manage the projects themselves."
The Award Ceremony took place at Taj Palace in the presence of the Honourable Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh.
“Indira Priyadarshini Vrikashamitra Puraskar 1999” conferred by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India for excellence in afforestation and wasteland development. Five of its promoted PFFCS (Sangwa & Rakhyawal in Rajasthan, Katari & Madwa in U.P. & Karaiya in M.P.) have also won this Puraskar for their outstanding work in afforestation & wasteland development in different years.
IMC Diamond Jubilee Endowment Trust Award, titled “Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Award 2002” conferred by Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Mumbai for outstanding contribution to the cause of promoting the growth of rural economy.
Thrice the “Certificate of Appreciation” of “Corporate Social Responsibility” Award 2004-05, 2007 and 2008 conferred by “The Energy and Resource Institute” (TERI), New Delhi for efforts made by IFFDC towards initiatives for Corporate Citizenship and sustainability.
“Earth Matter” award conferred on Chairman IFFDC by Earth Matters Foundation for integrated development of wastelands through afforestation in the country.
“Amity Corporate Excellence Award 2008” conferred by Amity International Business School (Amity University), Noida for its outstanding contribution towards afforestation on wasteland, environment conservation and promoting the growth of rural economy.
“Amity HR Workplace Environment Award 2008” conferred by Amity International Business School (Amity University), Noida on the occasion of 5th Global HR summit for its consistent and inexorable efforts to create a conducive environment yielding success and growth.
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