ITC constantly endeavours to benchmark its products, services and processes to global standards. The Company's pursuit of excellence has earned it national and international honours. ITC is one of the eight Indian companies to figure in Forbes A-List for 2004, featuring 400 of "the world's best big companies". Forbes has also named ITC among Asia's'Fab 50' and the World's Most Reputable Companies.
ITC has several firsts to its credit:
ITC is the first from India and among the first 10 companies in the world to publish its Sustainability Report in compliance (at the highest A+ level) with the latest G3 guidelines of the Netherlands-based Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a UN-backed, multistakeholder international initiative to develop and disseminate globally applicable Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
ITC is the first Indian company and the second in the world to win the prestigious Development Gateway Award. It won the $100,000 Award for the year 2005 for its trailblazing ITC e-Choupal initiative which has achieved the scale of a movement in rural India. The Development Gateway Award recognizes ITC's e-Choupal as the most exemplary contribution in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for development during the last 10 years. ITC e-Choupal won the Award for the importance of its contribution to development priorities like poverty reduction, its scale and replicability, sustainability and transparency.
ITC has won the inaugural 'World Business Award', the worldwide business award recognising companies who have made significant efforts to create sustainable livelihood opportunities and enduring wealth in developing countries. The award has been instituted jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the HRH Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).
ITC is the first Corporate to receive the Annual FICCI Outstanding Vision Corporate Triple Impact Award in 2007 for its invaluable contribution to the triple bottom line benchmarks of building economic, social and natural capital for the nation.
ITC has won the Golden Peacock Awards for 'Corporate Social Responsibility (Asia)' in 2007, the Award for 'CSR in Emerging Economies 2005' and 'Excellence in Corporate Governance' in the same year. These Awards have been instituted by the Institute of Directors, New Delhi, in association with the World Council for Corporate Governance and Centre for Corporate Governance.
ITC Hotel Gardenia, Bengaluru is the first Indian Hotel and world's largest, to get the LEED Platinum rating - the highest green building certification globally.
The Company's Green Leaf Threshing plants at Chirala and Anaparti in Andhra Pradesh are the first units of their kind in the world to get ISO 14001environment management systems certification.
ITC's cigarette factory in Kolkatais the first such unit in India to get ISO 9000 quality certification and the first among cigarette factories in the world to be awarded the ISO 14001 certification.
ITC Maurya in New Delhi is the first hotel in India to get the coveted ISO 14001 Environment Management Systems certification.
ITC Filtrona is the first cigarette filter company in the world to obtain ISO 14001.
ITC Infotech finds pride of place among a select group of SEI CMM Level 5 companies in the world.
ITC's Green Leaf Threshing plant in Chirala is the first in India and among the first 10 units in the world to bag the Social Accountability (SA 8000) certification.
ITC's R&D Centre at Peenya, Bengaluru has the distinction of being the first independent R&D centre in India to get ISO 9001 accreditation and certified with ISO 14001 for Environment Management Systems by DNV. The R&D Centre is also certified for the standard ISO/IEC17025:2005, by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). This certification is awarded for "General requirement for the competence of Testing & Callibration Laboratories".
ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar has received several honours over the years. Notable among them are:
|The Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards in the country by the Government of India in recognition of his distinguished service of a high order to the Nation, in 2011.|
|2012||Business Leader of the Year Award conferred by the All India Management Association (AIMA), India's apex body of professional management.|
|2010||The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) Award for Global Leadership.|
|2007||SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award conferred at the International Sustainability Leadership Symposium, Zurich.|
|2006||Business Person of the Year from UK Trade & Investment, the UK Government organisation that supports overseas businesses in that country.|
|2006||Inducted into the 'Hall of Pride' by the 93rd Indian Science Congress.|
|2005||Honoured with the Teacher's Lifetime Achievement Award.|
|2001||Manager Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young.
Retail Visionary of the Year from Images, India's only fashion and retail trade magazine.
|1998||Honorary Fellowship from the All India Management Association|
|1996||Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT, Delhi.|
|1994||Marketing Man of the Year from A&M, the leading marketing magazine.|
|1986||Meridien Hotelier of the Year.|
Some of the other notable recognitions are:
World Business and Development Award 2012 at Rio+20 United Nations Summit at Rio de Janeiro for the transformational rural initiatives in social and farm forestry.
The Stockholm Challenge 2006 for the e-Choupal initiative. This award is for using Information Technology for the economic development of rural communities.
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Award at the international conference on Sharing Innovative Agribusiness Solutions 2008 at Cairo for ITC's exemplary initiatives in agri business through the e-Choupal.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Crown Award for Water Practices from UNESCO and Water Digestfor its distinguished work carried out in the water sector in India. ITC also received the National Award for Excellence in Water Management 2007 in the 'beyond the fence' category from the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre for its leadership role in implementing water and watershed management practices.
The watershed programme also won the Asian CSR Award 2007 for Environmental Excellence given by the Asian Institute of Management. The Award recognizes and honours Asian companies for outstanding, innovative and world-class projects. The Company also received the Ryutaro Hashimoto Incentive Prize 2007 for Environment & Development from the Asia Pacific Forum. This Award aims at promoting information dissemination of good practices towards sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Readers' Digest Pegasus Award for corporate social responsibility, recognising outstanding work done by socially conscious companies.
The Corporate Award for Social Responsibility 2008 from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in recognition of its exemplary initiatives in implementing integrated watershed development programmes across 7 states in India. The company also won the award in 2004 for its e-Choupal initiative. The Award provides impetus to sustainable development and encourages ongoing social responsibility processes within the corporate sector.
The 'Enterprise Business Transformation Award' for Asia Pacific (Apac), instituted by Infosys Technologies and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for its celebrated e-Choupal initiative.
The Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practice Award 2008 jointly instituted by the Bombay Stock Exchange, Times Foundation and the NASSCOM Foundation.
The NASSCOM - CNBC IT User Award 2008 in the Retail & Logistics category. The Company has been recognised for its pro-active and holistic approach to IT adoption and the seamless alignment of IT with business strategy. This is the fourth time that ITC has won Nasscom's Best IT User Award since it was instituted in 2003.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting with its Annual Report and Accounts, adjudged as a commendable entry under the Category 'Manufacturing and Trading Enterprises'.
The Business Today Award for the Best Managed Company in recognition of its outstanding initiatives in the consumer products segment.
The only Indian FMCG company to have featured in the Forbes 2000 list. The Forbes 2000 is a comprehensive ranking of the world's biggest companies, measured by a composite of sales, profits, assets and market value. The list spans 51 countries and 27 industries.
The NDTV Profit Business Leadership Award for being the Best Food Company of 2007. The Award has been instituted to recognise organisational excellence.
The CNBC-TV18's International Trade Award 2008 for Outstanding Exporter of the Year in the FMCG & Food category.
ITC continues its dominance of The Economic Times' Brand Equity listing of India's 100 Biggest FMCG Brands, with three brands from its stable making it to the top five. Gold Flake remains India's biggest FMCG brand in terms of sales. Navy Cut ranks at No. 4. ITC's Scissors brand ranks at No 5 and is the only new entrant into the top 10.
Restaurant magazine has chosen Bukhara at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi as the best Indian restaurant in the world and the best restaurant in Asia. Bukhara has also been adjudged one of the top 50 restaurants in the world by the London based magazine 'The Good Food Guide'. Bukhara is the only South Asian restaurant to figure in the list.
The "Best Supply Chain Practices Award" for time-effective and cost-efficient Logistics Management in Organized Retail to ITC's Lifestyle Retailing Business Division (LRBD). The awards were organized by Retailers Association of India (RAI) in association with ITW Signode - the International leaders in packaging solutions.
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