“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”. These simple yet powerful words by Mahatma Gandhi came alive on January 2017 when first edition of Mahatma Award was hosted in New York City and 48 Impact Leaders, Change Makers, and Organizations from around the globe, who are shaking the world gently yet making a powerful social impact were awarded with the prestigious Mahatma Award.
The Mahatma Award is Inspired by the spirit of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, fondly called Mahatma. The award is founded and instituted by social entrepreneur and philanthropist Amit Sachdeva, more famously known as ‘The CSR Man of India’. Mr. Sachdeva a stout Gandhian, who echoes the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, is an expert in the subject matter of corporate sustainability and social responsibility. Sachdeva played a pivotal role in lobbying for the CSR Bill, 2013 and continues to invest in various NGOs and NPOs across the world.
Mahatma Award is supported by Mrs. Rajashree Birla, She spearheads the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, the Group’s apex body responsible for development projects.
Mahatma Award recognizes and celebrates impact leaders and change-makers across the globe, who are making a social impact and leading the way to a sustainable future. Since its inception, Mahatma Award continues to honor the most accomplished sustainable, responsible, social efforts and initiatives within the private, public, and development sectors. The initiatives range from sustainability to philanthropy to shared value to social impact to corporate social responsibility.
Mr. Suresh Angadi, Minister of Railways with prestigious Mahatma Award
Mr. Manish Sisodia, Dy Chief Minister of Delhi with prestigious Mahatma Award
Ms. Shallu Jindal, Chairperson, JSPL Foundation with prestigious Mahatma Award
The annual award is supported by many corporations along with Aditya Birla Group. The Aditya Birla Group has a long-standing history with Mahatma Gandhi right from the time of Ghanshyam Das Birla, the founding father of the illustrious and massive multinational and to continue his legacy and recognize deserving organizations, Aditya Birla Group continues to aid the prestigious Mahatma Award.
Since its inception the award has been conferred upon 325 individuals and organizations from around the globe.