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We believe that living a life grounded in ethics and values is important. We believe that virtuous actions, done voluntarily, embed in all of us a sense of Individual Social Responsibility™ that helps us own social issues and work towards solutions.

We believe it is important to reach out and recognize Indians who display these qualities as it mainstreams the practice of Individual Social Responsibility™ in the national psyche as well as inspires the pursuit of a ‘Solid’ character in the community at large.

Our employee volunteers are recognized annually for imbibing the value of 'Living Responsibly'. The recognition takes place in the presence of their family members congregating for Picnic and Long Service Awards annually where we thank them for enabling us to deliver "more" to stakeholders.

For the community at large, two national awards have been created in the last decade to celebrate and reward volunteers as well as practitioners of Individual Social Responsibility™. Of these Apeejay India Volunteer Awards was India’s first and pioneering initiative celebrating Indians who volunteer, Corporates who promote employee volunteering and NGOs who engage Individuals who want to volunteer for social causes.


In 2014-15, under the Apeejay Karmayuga initiative, we scouted for Indians across the country who showed integrity and values in the moral and performance areas of their life and bestowed them with the coveted Karmaveer Chakra, instituted by our partner, iCONGO, in partnership with the UN in 2008. Under the initiative, joint awards were created with public, private and third sector organizations to recognize their stakeholders with a Karmaveer Chakra (Bronze) co-branded with the Partner. The National Jury selected Gold and Silver category winners from the bronze winners and individual applicants were scouted directly. The Award Ceremony took place on March 21, 2015 in New Delhi. Click here to download the Initiative concept.

National Winners – 2014-2015
Category - Gold
Category - Silver
Category - Bronze
Guna Selvi Amma, Chethan Sharma, Geeta Sahai, Madhureeta Anand, Dinesh Dayal, Vipul Sachdev, Rajat Tandon, Rajesh Chugh, Rakesh J Dashpute, Ajay Mittal, Akshay Gunteti, Sheikh Altaf Hussain, Mujeeb Ali, Chandramani V. Yadav, Farhana Saifi, Adeeba Saifi, Kiran Rai, Aviral Joshi, Samedhika Datt, Shoaib Kureshi, Vanaja, Prof. R. Rajan, S. Ramachandran, Shobha Reddy, Taashif Iraib, Dr. Lakshmi Mohan, Fairoz Malla, Vaishnavi Srinivasan, Raju Mondal, Shakhera Bibi , Dr. Madhumita Banik Roy Choudhury, Pradip Mitra, Debraj Chowdhury, Curtis Joseph Rosario, Shampa Roy, Rubina Quaiyyum, Ramesh V, Karthik Bala, Arunopol Seal, Ashok Kumar, Ajay Kumar Choudhury, Dr. Bappaditya Mondol, Advocate Suman Ganguly, Dr. R. K. Agarwal, Shefali Raj , Shilpi Choudhury, Abhishikta Bhattacharjee, Souvik Roy, Rajat Sanyal, Soma Sanyal, Amit Datta, Surupa Datta, Kalpana Singh, Chethana Murthy, Sanjib Dey, Surinder Gill, Baputi Handique, Konda Hoo.
Joint Awards Collaboration Program – Partners 2014-2015
Saritsa Foundation, AFRC, Insuring India, PAPCP, Global Aid, Dhoon Foundation, The Dipsites Association,Tvam, Silver Innings, Woman of the Elements, PVCHR, Apeejay Tea Limited, Omashram, Vardan, Rice Bucket Challenge, Apeejay Oxford Bookstore Pvt Ltd, CEEO, PAWS – Mumbai, Aseem Asha Foundation, SCAN India, NFED, Marg Foundation, Education World, D.O.R.A.I. Foundation, Bhumi, New Light, NISHTHA,Porosh, Sacred Heart School, SAFE, Trinita, FOCUS, SPAN, Pratham Padakshep, eVidyaloka, Cancer Foundation of India, Tiljala Shed, Literacy India, Prantakatha, Jana Shiksha Prachar Kendra, Dialogue India, All India Brotherhood Foundation, Parikrma, Apeejay Shipping Limited. 

In 2010- 2011, we created India’s first and pioneering initiative, Apeejay India Volunteer Awards, to celebrate and reward Indians who volunteer, Corporates who promote employee volunteering and NGOs who engage Individuals who want to volunteer for social causes.

In curating this in our Centennial year we were also taking forward Group’s employee volunteering program, named, ISR™, Individual Social Responsibility™ launched in 2007- 2008 based on our learnings from this program.
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We had learnt that while volunteering keeps on happening in the background, it was completely absent from the mainstream national psyche and therefore there was nothing in India that celebrated volunteering spirit on a regional or a national level.

The Awards were thus created to inspire and encourage volunteering in Indians with a hope that such a promotion would promote its adoption by many many more.

In an attempt towards a 360 degree approach, the Award had three categories for Individuals, NGOs and Corporates with an additional Youth Volunteer for a person below 25 years of age added as a sub category in the Individuals Category.

Tremendous participaton was seen coming in from Pan India and from interiors of the country and ground level work which was as substantial as it was sustainable.

Our four 5-member Regional Juries and 4-member National Jury came together to judge applicants in each of the categories knowing fully well that they were like us charting hitherto unknown territory owing to the Awards pioneering nature in India. Rigorous day long sittings across Indian metros region wise over a month, many Pan India conference calls discussing doubts and setting Standard judging criteria brought forth 30 finalists.

The six National winners selected from these 30 finalists were Ram Sundher from Bangalore and Vaishnavi Srinivasan from Chennai for Individual Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of 2011 respectively, Nishtha and Operation Smile for NGOs that best engaged Volunteers and mJunction and HSBC for their impactful Employee Volunteering Programs. The Awards Ceremony saw every regional finalist or the National winner being awarded the same trophy to project each one as a Role Model. The National Winners additionally won cash awards.

It makes us very proud to see young Vaishnavi Srinivasan quitting her regular corporate job in Fidelity and join social work full time after she won the Individual Youth Volunteer Award. Ram Sundher went on to win a Life Time Achievement Award from a reputed Karnataka organization.

The eminent members of the Jury , The Paul family are committed to growing the scope and reach of the awards year on year.

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Apeejay India Volunteer Awards 2011

National Winners

Volunteer of the Year

Ram Sundher See Picture

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Vaishnavi  Srinivasan See Picture

Volunteer involving NGO of the Year

Nishtha See Picture

Operation Smile See Picture

Employee Volunteering Program of the Year


Mjunction See Picture

HSBC India See Picture

Regional Finalists

All our 30 Finalists are role models of Volunteering movement. Each of them was awarded the special AIVA trophy like the National Winners who additionally won cash awards.. Know them. Show More +

Regional Finalists

Volunteer of the Year


Shiva Balak Misra


Ram Sundher, MS Prashanth


Dhanraj Nand Patel , Jaslene Bawa


Amalendu Ghosh, Arun Nevatia, Kalyani Kandar Meena


Youth Volunteer of the Year

Sunil Gupta


Vaishnavi Srinivasan


Gaurav Gursahani


Kush Kalra


Volunteer Involving NGO of the Year


Protsahan Foundation, YP Foundation


Dream a Dream , Vidya Poshak


Great Foundation, Salaam Baalak Trust


Operation Smile, Nishtha

Employee Volunteering Program of the Year





Bharti Airtel






HSBC India




Standard Chartered


A Consultancy Services


Awards Jury

Jury members, an integral part of Apeejay India Volunteer Awards. A respected panel of experts from different sectors assembled to judge applications. The 2011 Awards Jury is organised into Regional Jury panels and National Jury.

Apeejay India Volunteer Awards

National Jury

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Anshu Gupta


Indira Dasgupta

Board of International Association of Volunteer Effort

Lalit Kumar

National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH)

Sanjiv Kaura

CSR division of BCCL

Shweta Chari*


*Due Diligence Assistant Jury member for National Jury

Regional Jury Panels



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Dr Meena Jain

Sambhav Foundation

Harish Bijoor


Joy Srinivasan

Makkala Jagriti

Murray Culshaw 

MCC + Bangalore Cares

Vijay Ladha

 Make a Wish Foundation

Vishal Talrej

Dream A Dream


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Meenakshi Nayar

Etasha Society

Manoj Chakravart

IIM Bangalore

Ravi Gulati


Rakhi Sarkar


Sanjeev Gupta



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Dr Subhadra Anand 

Save The Children India

Dr Mithu Alur


Farida Lambay


Royce D'Costa -

Goldman Sachs

Swapan Garain



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Anuradha Kapoor


Anoj Chhetri


Raktim Mukhopadhyay


Sudha Kaul 


Sister S.M.Cyril


Shamlu Dudeja