rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Business » Ratan Tata gets Rockefeller Lifetime Achievement Award

Ratan Tata gets Rockefeller Lifetime Achievement Award

Last updated on: June 27, 2012 13:17 IST

Ratan Tata gets Rockefeller Lifetime Achievement Award

     Next

Next
Yoshita Singh in New York

Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation for innovation in philanthropy.

The Foundation, celebrating 100 years of global innovation, honoured individuals and institutions with its second annual Innovation Awards in New York.

Speaking on the occasion, Tata said businesses should be sensitive to the fact that they are making a difference in places where they operate and they have to do things to help the community prosper.

Click NEXT to read more...



Image: Ratan Tata.
Photographs: Reuters.

     Next

Ratan Tata gets Rockefeller Lifetime Achievement Award

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

"This is all the more evident in the developing world where disparities are so huge. If the industry is not sensitive to it, they would encourage a backlash to take place and many companies that go overseas are getting to understand the need to do this and those that do not are really hurting the reputation of other industries," Tata said.

"When you see in places like Africa and parts of Asia abject poverty, hungry children and malnutrition around you, and you look at yourself as being people who have well being and comforts, I think it takes a very insensitive, tough person not to feel they need to do something," not just by providing material support but by playing a role in helping give prosperity to the community in which they belong, Tata added.

Click NEXT to read more...


Image: Ratan Tata receives a flight certificate after he flew the Super Hornet aircraft in Bangalore.
Photographs: Reuters.

Prev     Next

Ratan Tata gets Rockefeller Lifetime Achievement Award

Prev     More
Prev

More

He said employees in his organisation have gained a certain spirit of being part of a community in which they operate.

"It has become the DNA of the organisation to play a role in the community," he added.

Tata gave the example of a voluntary group in his organisation in which employees get leave from their jobs to help victims of natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes in India.

He said Tata employees help in rebuilding and adopting villages and then return to their jobs. Tata was honoured by the Foundation for incorporating public good into the business model of the Tata Group.

Last year's recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award was former US President Bill Clinton.



Image: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Ratan Tata in Mumbai.
Photographs: Reuters.

Prev     More
© Copyright 2013 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.