Mumbai: The Chetak Foundation, the CSR branch of Chetak Logistics, the leader in automotive logistics has been honored and rewarded by the “Social Champion” for its exemplary work for the well-being of underprivileged truck drivers in the First ESG Summit in India held at Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium, Mumbai, yesterday.
Sachin Haritash and Arun Arora, directors of the Chetak Foundation received the award from Dr. Rajiv Sharma, IAS (Retd.) Chief Government Advisor of Telangana in the presence of Roma Balwani, Jury Chairman and former Senior Corporate Communications Advisor, Vedanta Group and Rusen Kumar, Network Founder Indian CSR.
The Chetak Foundation was recognized for its work on behalf of underprivileged truckers, an unsung section of society, who continued to work tirelessly, even during covid, to ensure essential goods, food and medicine reached across India. The Chetak Foundation works on the welfare of these drivers and their families in the areas of health, education, road safety and livelihoods.
Speaking on occasion, Sachin Haritash, Director, Chetak Foundation said: “We feel humbled and encouraged to be recognized for our efforts to support the often overlooked underprivileged trucking community. The award will encourage the entire team of the Chetak Foundation which was established as a tribute to our father Shri JK Sharma, founder of Chetak Logistics, to strengthen our efforts to carry forward his legacy. Allow me to acknowledge the hard work of the Chetak Foundation drivers and team who work with a shared passion to help the underprivileged.
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The Chetak Group, through the Chetak Foundation, has signed a memorandum of understanding with VisionSpring to check the eyesight of underprivileged truckers and provide them with free glasses. This will help improve their health, employability and road safety. The Chetak Foundation has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Skills and Entrepreneurs Delhi and set up the Jai Krishna Scholarship for female students pursuing a degree in logistics and e-commerce. The Foundation aspires to touch the lives of one million drivers over the next five years.
Rusen Kumar, founder of CSR in India said, “We are pleased to organize the first ESG India Summit and India Sustainability Awards to recognize corporate sustainability best practices, changemakers and champions in the field of ESG, sustainability and of CSR. After a rigorous evaluation by a highly credible jury, we are pleased to announce the ESG India Social Champion Award for the Chetak Foundation for their exemplary work towards the welfare of disadvantaged truck drivers as part of their growth plan inclusive.
The Chetak Foundation has decided to focus on broad areas including Education, Livelihoods, Health, Safety and Environment. The Foundation has rolled out amazing programs to further its mission, like Poshan Plus (hunger reduction and nutrition), Swasthya Plus (health and fitness), ‘Siksha se Rozgaar’ (livelihood education), Zindagi Plus ( road safety), Oxygen Plus (environmental protection) and Sahayata Plus (disaster/emergency support).
The Foundation has also partnered with credible organizations like Delhi Metro, Indian Oil Corporate, DSEU, VisionSpring, CRPF and renowned hospitals like Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Fortis Healthcare and Max Hospital for its projects.