Nita Ambani, chairperson of Reliance Foundation and wife of RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, was selected by All India Management Association (AIMA) as the ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year 2012’ for outstanding contributions by a corporate member towards the welfare and upliftment of society.
As the chairperson of Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Nita Ambani has been rigorously involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of India’s largest private sector conglomerate. On being awarded the prestigious acclamation, Nita Ambani said, “The Reliance Foundation focuses on five pillars- education, healthcare, agriculture and rural transformation, urban renewal and arts and culture. For me, corporate social responsibility is not a program; it’s a passion and a way of life. So I am quite happy to receive an award for something that I enjoy doing so much”.
Over the years, one cause quite close to Nita Ambani has been that of Education for All. Working along with various NGOs and welfare organizations, Nita has lent her time and support for uplifting underprivileged children and helping them get access to equal education opportunities as their urban counterparts. And although she finds her time divided across a gamut of responsibilities that range from managing her IPL franchise Mumbai Indians to chairing Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DAIS), Nita is devoted to the cause of reducing educational disparities and making provision equal education opportunities for children from underprivileged section of the society. “I think for me the focus always has been for every child to be able to read and write. I plan to spread education into the interiors in whatever way I can. I think the translation of how we do that is another problem that we need to address,” noted Nita Ambani when conferred with questions regarding Right To Education Act proposal for 25% reservation for the poor.
Nita Ambani is also actively involved with various other social causes including Project Drishti- a social initiative by Reliance Industries (RIL) and National Association for the Blind, and UNAIDS.
AIMA Managing Award recognizes those achievers who have made a fundamental difference, creating an edge above peers for others to emulate. Recognizing the contributions of business leaders and visionaries in their respective field, this award accolades the strength, ingenuity, knowledge, foresight of people who make a difference with their work every day of their lives.