Mahindra Rise Sustainability Champion Awards proudly recognises young role models of India’s Net Zero Mission – 2070 goal. Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s leading SUV manufacturer, today announced the winners of the inaugural edition of ‘Mahindra Rise Sustainability Champion Awards’. This Mahindra Automotive initiative is instituted to recognise young and rising change makers who have showcased extraordinary commitment to inspire change for a better future. A first-of-its-kind recognition by the Indian auto industry, the Award identifies emerging sustainability icons in the field of Clean Air, Clean Energy, Green Mobility and Clean Water.
By recognising and showcasing their success stories, Mahindra’s aim is to catalyse concerted action on the sustainability front and inspire more people to rise for the larger good. The Awardfollowed a simple three-step procedure, which included, pre-screening and identification of the final four winners by eminent jury members – Mr. Madhav Pai of WRI India, Mr Mukund Vasudevan of Moglix, Ms. Vinuta Gopal from Asar Social Impact Advisors and Dr. Bhaskar Natarajan from AEEE.
Veejay Nakra, CEO, Auto Sector, Mahindra Group said, “The role played by the younger generation to help India attain its net zero goals is inspirational. The Mahindra Rise Sustainability Champion Award’ is our way of recognising and encouraging this dedicated movement towards sustainability. It is in line with our core philosophy of ‘Rise’ – to be an organisation that will be counted among the best in the world and at the same time rise for our planet to fight against climate change. We congratulate all the winners and finalists for being active role models for all of us to follow and we would also like to thank all the eminent jury members in helping us identify the achievers in this space.”
The Awards envision to grow into a unique sustainability platform which creates opportunities and designs pathways for the young change makers of today to rise as the game changers of tomorrow. To further support the winners to strengthen their contribution to India’s net-zero mission the proceeds from the auction of one-of-its-kind, All-Electric XUV400 will be equally distributed among them. This Exclusive edition has been designed in collaboration with young,
revolutionary fashion designer, Rimzim Dadu and Mahindra’s Chief Design Officer Pratap Bose.
The nominees were selected after extensive research in four categories and the final awardees were selected by an eminent panel of jury members:
· Mr. Madhav Pai, CEO, WRI India: Madhav Pai spearheads a large urbanization policy research and prototyping support program that informs key areas of India’s urban growth story.
· Mr Mukund Vasudevan, Managing Director Enterprise, Moglix: Mukund Vasudevan leads large transformation initiatives for Moglix customers and vendors globally. Vasudevan has over 28 years of global leadership experience in the manufacturing and chemical sectors.
· Ms. Vinuta Gopal, CEO and Founder, Asar Social Impact Advisors: Vinuta Gopal has more than 15 years of experience in a campaigning and advocacy and has lead the climate and energy team in Greenpeace India during its formative years, leading them to some significant victories and new areas of work.
· Dr. Bhaskar Natarajan, Director Programs, AEEE: Dr. Bhaskar Natarajan has over twenty-five years of experience in areas related to clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development. He has managed large programs, working with donor agencies to scope out program goals, and working with multiple stakeholders to deliver results.