District Governor - Rtn. Manjoo Phadke
Editor - Rtn. Madhur Dolare

Triumph and Appreciation: Highlights from Rotary CSR Awards Back
I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for the Rotary Awards that took place. The event was not only well-organised but also truly memorable, celebrating the achievements of so many talented companies. I would like to extend my gratitude to you and your team for putting together such a fantastic evening. It was a pleasure to be a part of the ceremony and to witness the recognition of excellence in CSR.
- Riya Simon, Forbes Marshall

I am writing this email on behalf of Pinnacle Industries ltd. to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the honour of Distinguished Service in Healthcare Award from Rotary International District 3131. It is with great joy we express our gratitude to the Rotary Club members, organizers, and the esteemed panel of jury for their time, effort, and dedication in recognizing and celebrating corporate social responsibility. This prestigious award not only acknowledges our organization's efforts but also motivates us to strive for greater heights in our endeavors to contribute meaningfully to society.
- Aniket Bhilare, Pinnacle Industries

These are only the representative reactions received from the winners after the glorious Rotary CSR Awards function held on 19th January 2024. Messages of appreciation have poured in from the participating companies on email, whatsapp and during personal interactions at the event; everyone speaking very highly about the quality of the overall awards process, the support provided by the organizing team, the prestigious jury panel, the stature of the chief guest, extremely well-planned awards function, and most of all, the recognition that the companies received, for some of them for the first time, after the dedicated effort of many years!

Rotary CSR Awards 2023 was formally announced in the first week of December. This was the second edition of the Awards, the first edition having been successfully held in 2019. The process of receiving the applications, review for completeness by Rotarians, and selection of awardees by the jury, culminated into a grand awards function at Hyatt Regency, Pune, held to coincide with the Patron Night of the District Conference - Confluence.

The programme received tremendous response from industries not just within the district but also from distant places like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Indore, and Chennai. A total of 65 companies in 4 categories of Large, Medium, Small and Rising Star companies applied for the awards. Rising Star is a category specially created for the companies that do not fall under the requirement of mandatory CSR. The award categories - Education, Community Development, Healthcare, Environment, and Water & Sanitation - were chosen to align with Rotary's Areas of Focus.

A jury panel comprising prominent personalities such as Dr Mohan Agashe, Sr Lucy Kurian and Mr. Arvind Sethi decided the winners. Rtn. Anant Sardeshmukh also participated in the Jury meeting for selecting the winners. We were indeed privileged to have PRID Michael McGovern, who is the Chair of Rotary International PolioPlus Committee for more than 9 years, as the chief guest for the awards function

Along with the 3 Rotary clubs that instituted Rotary CSR Awards in 2019, Rotary Club of Pune Central, Rotary Club of Pune Deccan Gymkhana and Rotary Club of Pune Heritage, 3 new clubs joined as the host clubs for this year. These are Rotary Club of Nigdi Pune, Rotary Club of Bibwewadi Pune, and Rotary Club of Pune Sahavas. Host clubs made important contributions in the organization of the event by inviting entries and providing financial support.

The organizing team of stalwarts like Rakesh Bhargava, Ravi Kapoor, Jignesh Pandya, Ravi Rajapurkar, Deepak Mahajan, Santosh Marathe, Shital Shah was also supported by rising stars Subhro Sen, Dr Madhura Vipra, Dr Umesh Falak and Vijay Kalbhor. Rtn. Mohan Chaubal led the effort as the Convener of Rotary CSR Awards 2023 under the guidance of DG Manju Phadke and District Trainer PDG Dr Shailesh Palekar.

Here is the complete list of winners of Rotary CSR Awards 2023:

Distinguished Service in Education
  • Continual Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd.
  • Industrial Metal Powders India Pvt. Ltd.
  • BMC Software India Pvt. Ltd.
Distinguished Service in Healthcare
  • One Network Enterprises (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Desai Brothers Ltd.
  • Pinnacle Industries Ltd.
Distinguished Service in Community Development
  • ATOS Global IT Solutions and Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd.
  • Forbes Marshall
Distinguished Service in Environment
  • Valveworks India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Seco Tools India Pvt. Ltd.
Distinguished Service in Water & Sanitation
  • Praj Industries Ltd.
Distinguished Award for Most Innovative Project
  • Volkswagen Group Technology Solutions
Distinguished Award for Best Community Engagement
  • TVS Motor Company
Distinguished Award for Best Woman Empowerment
  • GTPL Hathway Ltd.
Distinguished Award for Best Employee Participation
  • Exide Industries Ltd.

Meritorious Service In Partnership with Rotary
  • AryaOmnitalk Wireless Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Birla Carbon India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Chemetall India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Duroshox Pvt. Ltd.
  • Electronica Finance Ltd.
  • Emerson Electric Co. India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Foseco India Ltd.
  • Indiana Grating Pvt. Ltd.
  • Jendamark India Pvt. Ltd.
  • SG Analytics Pvt. Ltd.
  • Taikisha Engineering India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Tata AutoComp Systems
Personally, I feel privileged to get this opportunity to lead such a prestigious event for our District. I am really thankful to all the team members and advisors who contributed to shaping this programme and making Rotary CSR Awards a grand success!

Rtn. Mohan Chaubal
Convenor, Rotary CSR Awards 2023
District Secretary Innovation