This award category is given to an individual or organization that has brought about positive change in the areas of health, education, poverty reduction, women’s empowerment, sustainability, among others. The shortlisted nominees in the Changemaker – Social Transformation category for the 2022 BusinessLine Changemaker Awards are:
Points for good
A charity platform, Points for Good, leverages unused loyalty points and employee rewards to support a meaningful cause, including educating rural girls to training tribal girls in hockey. Launched in 2017, the platform has so far donated over 50 million loyalty points supporting 58 projects run by NGOs and charities.
Scientist, Ramesh Raliya is the inventor of nanourea, which has the potential to save billions of dollars spent on imports and fertilizer subsidies in addition to making Indian agriculture more productive, climate-smart and reducing the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers. The chemical scientist gave away his multi-million dollar invention to the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative for free so that poor farmers in India and third world countries would benefit.
Observing the different challenges faced by women looking for a second career, Saundarya Rajesh decided to challenge the status quo. A former Citibank staffer, Saundarya took on the role of entrepreneur to tackle the issue by founding a workplace diversity and inclusion company, Avtar in 2000. As well as enabling reintegration of more than a lakh women in the workforce over the years, Avtar has ushered the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion into boardrooms.
The Rescue Foundation
Founded by couple Triveni Acharya and Late Balkrishna Acharya in 2000, The Rescue Foundation is a Mumbai-based non-profit organization that focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating victims of sex trafficking. A former journalist, Triveni, through the Foundation, rescued over 5,000 women from brothels across the country. In addition to offering psychological counseling to victims, the NGO also trains them in various trades to ensure them a sustainable income and a dignified life.
A favorite project of Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra, Nanhi Kali (“a little bud”) is a program, under the KC Mahindra Trust, aimed at educating disadvantaged girls in order to lay the foundations for a just and equal society. Launched in 1996, the Nanhi Kali Project has reached over 4,50,000 disadvantaged girls in 14 states. She also pioneered digital education by offering pre-loaded digital tablets to high school girls.
The winner will be announced at a glittering ceremony to be held in New Delhi on September 9.