The Philanthropy Award at Asian Business Awards 2021 has gone to Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal. The philanthropist and head of India’s leading producer of metals, minerals and oil and gas have been felicitated for the work done by his charitable organisation, Anil Agarwal Foundation. The foundation is working towards creating a sustainable and positive impact for the public good.
Anil Agarwal has pledged to give 75 per cent of his wealth towards philanthropy and social good. He has also joined The Giving Pledge, a movement of global philanthropists, who commit to giving most of their wealth to philanthropy and charitable causes. The Anil Agarwal Foundation – an umbrella entity for Vedanta’s Give-back initiatives – has rolled out a Rs 5,000 crore social impact programme with a focus on nutrition, women and child development, healthcare, animal welfare and grassroots-level sports, including investments in a Corona-free village project across several states to combat the ongoing pandemic. The foundation is committed to empowering communities, transforming lives and facilitating nation-building through sustainable and inclusive growth. “The Anil Agarwal Foundation was set up to facilitate sustainable and inclusive growth to protect and provide for our communities. When we receive such a prestigious award, it serves as an acknowledgement of our efforts to contribute towards the benefit of our society and motivates us to do more and better,” said Anil Agarwal Foundation CEO, Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee.
The Asian Business Award, now in its 23rd year, is hosted by Eastern Eye, Britain’s English language Asian newspaper. The award celebrates Asian entrepreneurship and business success.