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ITC: A Better Tomorrow for All

Inspired by the opportunity to serve larger national priorities, ITC articulated a super-ordinate vision nearly two decades ago to make societal value creation the bedrock of its business strategy.

The focus was on spurring innovative strategies that would enable ITC to make a growing contribution to building economic, environmental and social capital for the nation. It was the Company's aspiration that this Triple Bottom Line approach would manifest not only in sustained wealth creation for all its stakeholders, but also in the simultaneous generation of sustainable livelihoods as well as augmentation of precious natural resources.

A multi-pronged strategy was put into play to enable a new dimension of growth that would be sustainable and inclusive. ITC's Social Investments Programme has identified three important stakeholder groups:

  1. rural communities in the Company's operational areas which face enormous challenges in ensuring the sustainability of their farming systems;
  2. communities residing in close proximity to our production units which require sustainable solutions to help generate additional income streams; and
  3. Central and State governments, that encourage Public-Private-People Partnerships to demonstrate scalable and replicable models of development.

Interventions have been appropriately designed to respond to the unique multi-dimensional development challenges of such communities in order to accomplish the overall goal of creating sustainable livelihoods.

ITC Social Investments Programme

Environment, Health & Safety

Promoting Thought Leadership in Sustainability


• AGM, July 27, 2018
• AGM, July 28, 2017
• AGM, July 22, 2016
• AGM, July 31, 2015
ITC: Building World-Class Brands - Multiplying Sustainable Livelihoods
• AGM, July 30, 2014
ITC: Creating Enduring Value - Building World-Class Brands for India
• AGM, July 26, 2013
• AGM, July 27, 2012
Making Markets Work for Green GDP and Sustainable Livelihoods
• AGM, July 29, 2011
Commemorating The ITC Centenary 100 Inspiring Years : One Mission - India First
• AGM, July 23, 2010
New Paradigm of Competitiveness Positioning ITC for the Challenges of Tomorrow
• AGM, July 24, 2009
Creating a Sustainable and Secure Future. The Agro-Forestry Potential
• AGM, July 30, 2008
Making Markets Work for CSR
• AGM, July 27, 2007
Vision, Values and Vitality Powering ITC's Transformation
• AGM, July 21, 2006
Inclusive and Sustainable Growth ITC's Enduring Contribution
• AGM, July 29, 2005
Redefining Corporate Contribution, ITC: In Pursuit of The Triple Bottom Line
• AGM, July 30, 2004
ITC: Citizen First Creating Sustainable Value Through Serving Society
• AGM, July 25, 2003
Transformational Change in Rural India, ITC : An Inspiring Agenda
• AGM, July 26, 2002
ITC : A Commitment Beyond The Market
• AGM, Aug 03, 2001
ITC : In Pursuit of Value Creation
• AGM, July 28, 2000
Taking The Lead Towards Sustainable Development - Keynote Address by Mr Y C Deveshwar, Chairman, ITC 15th World Forum of IAJBS XLRI Jamshedpur
Building Financial, Ecological and Social Capital - Address by Mr Y C Deveshwar at the 38th St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland on May 16, 2008
'Creating a more Secure, Sustainable and Inclusive Future' - Inaugural Address by Mr Y C Deveshwar at the 11th National Conference of the National HRD Network, Nov 29, 2007
Corporate Blueprint for harnessing technology for rural India - Theme Presentation by Mr. Y.C. Deveshwar, Chairman, at the ASSOCHAM National Summit on Public-Private Partnership for Rural Prosperity
ITC was conferred the World Business and Development Award 2012 at the Rio+20 United Nations Summit by the UNDP, ICC and the International Business Leader's Forum for its Social and Farm Forestry Programmes.
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.
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 Digest for 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.
Here's how a clutch of corporations cut costs by embracing clean fuel
- Business Standard, September 09, 2018
Addressing the universe with a triple-bottom-line delivery
- The Hindu Business Line, July 18, 2018
Four village panchayats aim for zero waste dumping
- The Times of India, June 20, 2018
ITC to ensure reusable, recyclable, compostable packaging
- The Pioneer, June 06, 2018
ITC commits to scaling up Wellbeing out of Waste programme
- Millennium Post, June 05, 2018
ITC scaling up its solid waste management programmes
- The Economic Times, June 04, 2018
A role model in more ways than one
- The Hindu, May 31, 2018
CSR must focus on outcomes not outlays
- Financial Chronicle, February 14, 2017
360 degree compensation
- The Economic Times, June 08, 2016
ITC joins hands with farmers to bring revolution in MP villages
- The Financial Express, Sep 29, 2015
It pays to go green
- The Economic Times - Brand Equity, June 03, 2015
The Village People
- The Economic Times, December 05, 2014
ITC mulls wind energy plant in AP
- The Times of India, August 02, 2013
ITC to invest Rs 300 cr in wind power
- The Hindu Business Line, August 02, 2013
Companies go green with CSR
- The Sunday Guardian, April 21, 2013
ITC Restores 32 tanks in Mysore dist
- Business Standard, January 12, 2013
Making way for water
- The Hindu, December 20, 2012
ITC gets AIM Asian CSR award
- The Times of India, November 02, 2012
ITC to invest Rs 100 cr in renewable energy
- The Hindu Business Line, September 07, 2012
ITC conferred World Business & Development Award 2012
- The Economic Times, June 21, 2012
Responsibility without regulation
- The Financial Express, July 18, 2011
ITC plans to cover 1.50 lakh hectares under social forestry
- The Hindu Business Line, March 07, 2011
Innovation for a sustainable future
- The Economic Times, June 28, 2010
YC Deveshwar: Making ITC socially responsible
- Moneycontrol.com - June 08, 2010
Green gathering
- The Hindu Business Line - May 07, 2010
The Business Model
- outlookindia.com - May 01, 2010
WOW, saying it the ITC way
- Hindu Business Line - April 02, 2010
ITC sees a future in green houses
- Economic Times - March 13, 2010
ITC's social farm forestry projects improve yields
- The Hindu Business Line - March 10, 2010
ITC to light up NE with homegrown agarbattis
- Economic Times - January 09, 2010
Worth a hill of soyabeans
- The Economist - January 07, 2010
Agro-forestry helps industry in absence of forest-based raw materials
- Financial Express - January 01, 2010
'Eco-logical' hospitality: The Royal Gardenia
- The Hindu Business Line - October 21, 2009
Green is the colour
- Economic Times - October 18, 2009
To boost exports, domestic cos go in for forest certification
- Hindu Business Line - September 27, 2009
Wealth out of waste: ITC gets good response to scheme in South
- Hindu Business Line - September 17, 2009
Red beacon for green technology
- Business Standard - August 14, 2009
ITC to grow office stationery business on green plank
- Hindu Business Line - August 07, 2009
WWF GFTN, ITC plan to go green
- Economic Times - July 12, 2009
Plug and Profit
- India Today - June 15, 2009
'Negative solid waste' tag for ITC due to paperboard recycling biz
- The Hindu Business Line - April 21, 2009
ITC-WelcomGroup provides employment to 215 PwD
- TravelBiz.com - April 14, 2009
The Greenhouse Effect
- Hindustan Times - April 05, 2009
Trash to Cash
- Business Today - April 05, 2009
ITC eyes 'green' profit from recycled urban waste
- Times of India - March 30, 2009
ITC Infotech set to focus on green IT
- Business Standard - January 29, 2009
R&D helps ITC to meet wood need of Bhadrachalam mill
- Financial Express - September 30, 2008
Initiatives on sustainable growth
- Hindu Business Line - September 28, 2008
ITC Grand Central aims for zero waste generation
- hospitalitybizindia.com - January 10, 2008
'Today, I can contribute...I'm no longer a burden on my family'
- expressindia.com - January 06, 2008
Sustainability is integral to our business
- Financial Express - December 12, 2007
ITC, CII to launch CSR rating programme
- Business Standard - December 12, 2007
ITC Paperboards to recycle waste
- Economic Times - November 01, 2007
ITC's 'energetic' efforts
- Business Standard - October 31, 2007
ITC aids farmers in new techniques
- Business Standard - August 06, 2007
ITC social forestry project on greening of wastelands
- The Hindu Business Line - September 26, 2007
ITC agarbattis to find new markets through 'Fair Trade'
- The Hindu Business Line - August 17, 2007
e-Choupal lauded by President of India
- June 05, 2007
ITC to organise tutorials for 10 lakh farmers
- The Financial Express - May 28, 2007
ITC aims to become a 'zero solid waste' firm
- Business Standard - January 10, 2007
Enlightened self-interest
- The Financial Express - December 21, 2006
Committing ourselves beyond the market
- Times Of India - December 21, 2006
Back to school: Setting pace in 20 slums
- Indian Express - October 19, 2006
New, hygienic food packaging from ITC
- Indian Express - October 19, 2006
Heart's calling: Time to look beyond bucks
- Economic Times - April 27, 2006
Minister Kamal Nath Presents the CII ITC sustainability Awards 2006
- ciionline - April 19, 2006
ITC division helps women stand on their feet
- Business Standard - April 13, 2006
Helping farmers rebuild life - Business-standard.com - April 05, 2006
ITC 'water-tight' policy proves beneficial
- The Hindu Business Line - April 25, 2005
Green Profits
- Newsweek International - March 14, 2005
Employers want B-schools to teach more social responsibility
- Business Standard - January 17, 2005
Creating Village Wealth
- Business Today - December 31, 2004
ITC units to adopt triple bottomline
- Business Standard - December 06, 2004
Give them empowerment first
- The Hindu Business Line - November 19, 2004
ITC Centre bags Platinum Green Building rating from US agency
- The Hindu Business Line - November 16, 2004
Narrowing the digital divide
- Business Standard - December 30, 2003
A Self-sustaining corporate responsibility model
- Hindustan Times - September 16, 2003
ITC takes up social forestry programme in AP
- The Hindu Business Line - August 25, 2003
ITC's 'Sunera Kal' programme to target 10 m farmers
- The Hindu Business Line - August 08, 2003