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Ministry of Company Affairs

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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, instituted the annual National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards to recognize companies that have made positive impact on the society through their innovative & sustainable CSR initiatives. These awards are the apex national level recognition by the Government of India.

In the National CSR Awards (2020), the three-stage process has been carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the submissions by the companies and reports of the independent assessment by CSR experts and the Grand Jury, 20 award winners and 17 Honourable Mentions across the three award categories have been selected as per the list given below:

National CSR Awards – 2020

List of Winners and Honourable Mentions

Category 1:

Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR

Sub-category 1.1: Companies having eligible CSR Spend equal and above Rs. 100 crores
WinnerHindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
Honourable MentionHousing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Sub-category 1.2: Companies having eligible CSR Spend equal and above Rs. 10 crores and less than Rs. 100 crores
WinnerTata Steel Limited
Honourable MentionTech Mahindra Limited
Sub-category 1.3: Companies having eligible CSR Spend equal and above Rs. 1 crore and less than Rs.10 crores
WinnerCRISIL Limited
Honourable MentionHoneywell Automation India Limited
Sub-category 1.4: Companies having eligible CSR Spend below Rs. 1 crore
MSME WinnerWingify Software Private Limited
Honourable MentionTata Motors Finance Limited

Category 2:

CSR Awards for CSR in Aspirational Districts / Difficult Terrains

Sub-category 2.1: Northern India
WinnerITC Limited
Honourable MentionIndian Oil Corporation Limited
Sub-category 2.2: North-East India
WinnerNorth Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited
Honourable MentionPower Grid Corporation of India Limited
Sub-category 2.3: Eastern India
WinnerJindal Steel & Power Limited
Honourable MentionNational Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO)
Sub-category 2.4: Western India
WinnerTata Communications Transformation Services Limited
Honourable MentionJK Lakshmi Cement Limited
Sub-category 2.5: Southern India
MSME WinnerAvantel Limited
Honourable MentionAshok Leyland Limited

Category 3:

CSR Awards for contribution in National Priority Areas

Sub-category 3.1: Education
WinnerTata Steel Limited
Honourable MentionBMW India Private Limited
Sub-category 3.2: Skill Development and Livelihood
WinnerTech Mahindra Limited
Honourable MentionMahindra and Mahindra Limited
Sub-category 3.3: Agriculture and Rural Development
WinnerMahanadi Coalfields Limited
Sub-category 3.4: Health, Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
WinnerHero MotoCorp Limited
Honourable MentionHindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
Sub-category 3.5: Environment, Sustainable Development and Solar Energy
WinnerOil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
Honourable MentionBajaj Auto Limited
Sub-category 3.6: Women and Child Development
WinnerGodrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited
Honourable MentionMahanadi Coalfields Limited
Sub-category 3.7: Technology Incubation
WinnerHousing Development Finance Corporation Limited
Sub-category 3.8: Promotion of Sports
WinnerCentral Coalfields Limited
Honourable MentionAditya Birla Insurance Brokers Limited
Sub-category 3.9: Slum Area Development
WinnerHCL Technologies Limited
Sub-category 3.10: Heritage, Art and Culture
MSME WinnerElin Appliances Private Limited
Honourable MentionHindustan Zinc Limited
Sub-category 3.11: Support to differently- abled
WinnerJindal Steel and Power Limited
Honourable MentionADP Private Limited


The CSR awards seek to infuse excellence in CSR interventions undertaken by corporates in pursuance of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013. Upto 20 awards are conferred each year in three main categories, namely, Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR, CSR Awards for CSR in Aspirational Districts / Difficult Terrains and CSR Awards for contribution in National Priority Areas. Equal numbers of Honourable Mentions are also given to the companies having appreciable CSR interventions.

The awards in the category ‘Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR’ are for recognition to a company based on total eligible CSR spend, the awards in the category ‘CSR Awards for CSR in Aspirational Districts / Difficult Terrains’ are for the recognition to a company based on their CSR efforts in Aspirational Districts, difficult terrains/ disturbed areas, challenging circumstances etc., and the awards in the category ‘CSR Awards for contribution in National Priority Areas’ are chosen based on contribution of CSR projects in National Priority Areas. One Award in each of the three main categories is reserved for MSME.

National CSR Awards adopts a rigorous three stage process:

a) Online nominations are invited on the National CSR Data Portal (www.csr.gov.in) through Ministries/ Departments of Govt. of India, all State Governments & Union Territories; three Professional Institutes: The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, The Institute of Cost Accountants of India ; and various Trade and Industry Chambers.

b) Shortlisting of the nominations is done and detailed submissions are invited from the shortlisted companies. Subsequently, the CSR projects of the shortlisted companies and claims made in detailed submission are subjected to field verification by independent expert Committee members, under the guidance of the Grand Jury of the Awards.

c) The Grand Jury considers and examines the reports of the expert committee and recommends the winners and Honourable Mentions across various categories and sub-categories.

First National CSR Awards were conferred on 29 October 2019 by His Excellency President of India in a ceremonial function held at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. There were total 19 winners and equal numbers of Honourable Mentions in different sub-categories of the award in the first cycle.


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