byNidhi Kachru via web
WaterHealth International, a US based Company with operating headquarters in Hyderabad (India), has been awarded the prestigious Unilever Global Development Award, for its exemplary endeavours in providing clean, safe and affordable drinking water to the underserved and marginalised communities in India, Ghana and Nigeria at the 20th Responsible Business Awards ceremony attended by over 1,200 global business leaders, held at The Royal Albert Hall, London on 4th July 2017.
The Responsible Business Awards is an annual event organized by the Business in the Community (BITC), a part of the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network; the award jury comprises of many prominent individuals from the industry.
A total of forty-eight (48) finalists were competing in ten (10) different categories. WaterHealth International and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) were the two (2) entries from India competing for the awards in their respective categories. WaterHealth won in the category titled “The Unilever Global Development Award” and competed with the likes of Barclays and GSK, Agro America, M-Tron Africa, Sunny Money and Ayzh among others.
Expressing a sense of pride and gratitude on the occasion, Mr. Vikas Shah, Chief Operating Officer, WaterHealth International (WHI) said, “This is a proud moment for all of us at WaterHealth. These awards are a global recognition of our consistent efforts over the last decade in providing access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water to millions of underserved communities globally.”
“The problem of unsafe drinking water is quite grave in many developing countries and this award reaffirms our commitment to expand our footprint and provide access to potable and safe drinking water to over 100 million people by 2020, especially the marginalized communities.” he added.
The Unilever Global Development Award recognizes companies that demonstrate positive impact in one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) i.e. initiatives for tackling poverty, climate change, and inequality. The Responsible Business Awards are one of the most respected endorsements of responsible business in the UK and abroad. Now in their 20th year, the forum champions the businesses that are acting to create strong leadership, people, a healthy society, and the environment. Responsible business has changed over the last twenty years, responding to changes in business and society and becoming central to the way businesses operate.