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January 11, 2016

Infosys Recognized As Corporate Citizen Of The Year

Posted by Sudha Murty (View Profile | View All Posts) at 9:25 AM

Infosys - Corporate Citizen of the year [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRBz1tBRqkI]

Over the years, I have participated in multiple Economic Times awards events in various capacities. We received the Company of the Year award for the first time in 1998, which was special for both Infosys and Economic Times who had only just introduced the awards that year. Later, I accompanied my husband when he was the recipient of awards including one for Lifetime Achievement and another when he was recognized as the Businessperson of the Year.

In 2002, I received Infosys Foundation's first Corporate Citizen of the Year Award. Stepping on the stage to receive it for the second time this year was a touching moment - it brought back memories of the early years of Infosys and Infosys Foundation. They were the years that inspired me to work at the grassroots and visit the poverty-stricken and crisis-riddled areas of the country. With each passing year, my hair got a little greyer and I learnt just that much more about the diverse people of our land and the need for vast improvement in all our states. I understood that creating real change can take decades and not just years, but we trudged on... along with the Infosys team and the volunteers.

This time, receiving the award one more time, as I looked around at the crowd surrounding me, I could sense the change in the air. The reverse immigration in India, the stronger urge of our younger generation to follow their dreams in their country of birth, the employees who now consciously take time out of their schedule to help a stranger or an organization, and the government's recognition of the need for a much bigger social impact gives me hope.

The change has begun.

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