Nov 16
Giver Par Excellence
Giver Par Excellence
IN recognition of his philanthropy and unmatched generosity, L&T Group Chairman Mr A M Naik has been recognised as the most generous professional corporate leader in India in the fiscal year 2021 by Hurun India and Edelgive Foundation.  Mr Naik donated Rs 112 crore towards philanthropic causes this fiscal year.
Mr Naik was ranked 11th on the Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021 released on 28 October. As is widely known, Mr Naik has pledged to give away over 75% of his income for charitable purposes. In 2009 he set up two Trusts: the Nirali Memorial Medical Trust to channelise his contributions to the health care sector and the Naik Charitable Trust to fund education and skill-building initiatives. Over the years, Mr Naik has demonstrated that philanthropy is “more than writing a cheque”. Philanthropy, as he practices it, is intensely outcome-oriented, and he has institutionalised a professional approach to philanthropy.
Mr Naik hails from a family ingrained in philanthropic tradition. It was customary, almost instinctive, for human actions to be viewed through the prism of how it would impact the community. That philosophy has guided three generations of his family which lived in a sprawling village home in Endhal in south Gujarat. Mr Naik, who graduated as an engineer, was the first in the family to enter industry, and proudly continues the tradition of community service. He draws continuing inspiration from his father – a freedom fighter, educationist and staunch Gandhian. Mr Naik took the family tradition forward even as he would say, “My father lit a lamp. I am happy to help more and more people see the light”.
In April this year, the Nirali Cancer Hospital, set up as part of his personal philanthropy at Navsari in Gujarat, was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of the State. Adjacent to the cancer hospital is a multi-specialty hospital, the foundation stone for which was laid by the Vice President of India, Mr M Venkaiah Naidu, in March.  These hospitals are the most recent of several health care facilities that he has built in Gujarat and Mumbai.
In the sphere of education, Mr Naik is setting up a large campus in Kharel (Gujarat) which will encompass primary and higher secondary schools, a vocational training institute and accommodation for students and faculty. In the field of skill-building, the Anil Naik Technical Training Centre in Kharel is helping provide a new future to rural youth who lack formal qualifications. 
Mr Naik has positively impacted the lives of the needy and the vulnerable. He does not, however, rest content with what he has achieved. “In a country like India”, he says, “there is always so much more to be done.”
Nov 16
Equipment Hero
Equipment Hero
MR Arvind K Garg, EVP & Head of L&T Construction & Mining Machinery business (CMB), has been conferred with the ‘Equipment India Person of the Year 2021’ award.
Instituted by ASAPP Media, the annual award recognises the best performers in India’s construction equipment industry and Mr Garg has been honoured with the award for his outstanding contribution to the sector. Interestingly, this comes at a time when CMB is celebrating the 75th year of its journey and growth.
Mr Pradeep Singh, a former advisor (infra) to the J&K government, and Mr Pratap Padode, the founder-president of First Construction Council, handed over the award to Mr Garg during the 9th Equipment India Awards Ceremony in Mumbai on 22 October.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Garg lauded the collective efforts of the industry captains in shaping India’s infrastructure needs. He said that L&T has been at the construction equipment industry’s forefront for 75 years and brings in the latest technologies to address the gap and realise India’s vision to become an infrastructurally advanced economy.
With nearly four decades of association with the industry, Mr Garg has worked closely with global majors such as Komatsu-Japan and Scania-Sweden, to usher in world-class technologies and products in the Indian market. He champions the cause of digitalisation and is spearheading product indigenisation, paving the way for Atmanirbhar Bharat.
A past president of the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA), Mr Garg is presently the chairman of Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC) which provides industry-specific skills.
Nov 16
Gold Getter
Gold Getter
L&T’s Corporate Brand Management & Communications (CBMC) Head Mr Yuvraj Mehta has been named the Gold Globee Communications Leadership of the Year 2021 for his “three-pronged communications strategy to mobilise the COVID-19 Taskforce”.
The Globee 11th Annual Communications Excellence Awards 2021 is among the “world’s premier corporate communications, marketing and public relations awards programmes created to honor and recognise industrywide and peer achievements and best efforts of agencies and in-house corporate communications”.
The Communications Excellence Awards trophy constitutes a citation and a plaque and will be handed over to Mr Mehta by the end of this year.
Immediately after the imposition of the countrywide lockdown last year, L&T CEO & MD Mr S N Subrahmanyan constituted a six-member taskforce of which Mr Mehta was a key member. Delineating the taskforce’s communications efforts, he conceived and implemented a three-pronged strategy that developed and disseminated messages under three communications categories – You are Safe with L&T, L&T Cares and The Choice is Yours, respectively.
The strategy targeted L&T’s 350,000 workforce, including employees and contract workers, as well as the public. Leveraging a mix of internal and external channels, he led a campaign narrating L&T’s COVID-19 relief efforts and protocols for all.
While the first category constituted messages reassuring the employees and workmen that they were safe within L&T and discouraging them from leaving the project sites, the second dealt with advisories that exhorted them to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic with courage and a positive approach even while assuring them that the Company would be with them through the tough times. The third category of messages were around the theme of making the employees and workmen responsible for following COVID-appropriate behaviour.
Nov 15
Being Best
Being Best
L&T Technology Services (LTTS) has been at the forefront of excellence, winning four awards across as many categories, including liquidity management, product innovation, podcast and talent development practices.
LTTS won the ANA B2 Award 2021 from the New York-based Association of National Advertisers (ANA) in the podcast category for #EngineersFromTheHomeDesk series. LTTS beat Google’s Think (podcast series).
The ANA B2 Awards recognise the top performing business-to-business marketers, with a unique focus on driving demonstrable business results. Several organisations applied under 47 categories, reflecting the growing role of B2B marketing and the rapid changes in the industry.
LTTS has been honoured with the 18th Stevie International Business Award in the achievement in product innovation category for SafeX, a homegrown continuous integration / continuous delivery framework in the automotive segment. SafeX can be used for software integration and deployment for embedded and enterprise applications.
It can help build a DevOps practice to benefit automakers with faster time-to-market, lower development costs, minimum service breakage and continuous quality. The software not only enables automotive manufacturers to accelerate their releases but also ensures security and risk mitigation of failed/recalled software releases.
The US-based Stevie® Awards honours and generates public recognition of achievements and positive contributions of major organisations globally.
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) awarded LTTS with the BEST Award 2021 and ranked it first for talent development practices. The panelists lauded LTTS’ marquee practices in employee and talent development such as Leader's League, CEO Club and WFX certification programmes for managers that are honing the leaders of tomorrow.
The award was presented at a glittering ceremony in ATD’s International Conference and Exposition at Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States.
BEST Award is the industry's most rigorous and coveted recognition which celebrates organisations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through talent development programmes. LTTS pipped 71 global organisations to win this prize.
LTTS won the prestigious BW Businessworld CFO and Finance Strategy Awards 2021 in the consistent liquidity management category. It has been lauded for building a sustainable financial strategy and successfully navigating through these difficult pandemic times.
Anchored by LTTS CFO Mr Rajeev Gupta, the finance team collaborated with the business unit, sales, technology and delivery teams to effectively formulate and implement the financial strategy, as reflected in the company’s latest financial performance. Among the winners, LTTS was the only Engineering R&D services company. 
Nov 15
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
STAYING true to its ‘Zero Incident Credo’ L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE) swept up three gold awards at the recently concluded ASSP GCC HSE Excellence Awards 2021 hosted by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP - Kuwait Chapter) for exemplary performance in the field of health, safety & environment (HSE) for projects in the region.
LTHE won the three gold awards for two marquee projects TL-5 (New 48” Crude Transit Line) and NSGEP (40” & 30” North Strategic Gas Pipeline) across three categories:
• HSE Excellence in the ‘Sector’ category
• Environment Excellence
• Management of Driving Safety
These awards recognise leadership and excellence and encourage exceptional performance in the field of HSE in the private sector. This evidence-based awards showcase successful business models of organisations that uphold HSE management as a business value and excel in performance.
The awards were presented to LTHE during a virtual ceremony held on September 30 in Kuwait. Elated by the recognition, Mr Subramanian Sarma, L&T’s Whole-Time Director & Sr EVP (Energy) and LTHE CEO & MD, termed this a proud moment for L&T-ites everywhere.
“The awards affirm L&T’s commitment to health, safety and environment in the GCC region and beyond. We will strive to further improve our processes, demonstrate leadership in building HSE skills, and ensure compliance to Corporate HSE policies and the Group HSE management system”, he said.
Nov 15
Honour for HR
Honour for HR
SEPTEMBER 17 was L&T Corporate HR’s day in the sun.  For, not only did its Leadership Talent Assessment team emerge as the first runner-up, but three team members were among the winners at the 47th National Competition for Young Managers (NCYM).
The winner trio comprises Ms Jesny Ann Jacob (Assistant Manager), Ms Nupoor Agrawal (Assistant Manager) and Mr Kaustabh Hazarika (Manager). 
The All India Management Association (AIMA) has been organising this annual competition since 1974. The competition recognises excellence at the national level in key corporate attributes: analytical, creative thinking, problem solving, team working and leadership skills.
The competition brings disparate teams of young executives from both the public and the private sectors on a common platform to research, analyse, discuss, and deliberate on a theme of contemporary managerial interest and national significance.
This year, the theme was Transformation for Continuity: Innovative Practices for Resilient Organisations. Over 120 teams from across the country participated, representing top-notch organisations like Infosys, Tata Steel, Bosch, Ashok Leyland, HDFC Bank, JK Tyres, BPCL, HPCL, NTPC, NALCO, Carborundum Universal and BHEL.
The case presentations by the teams traversed the spectrum of business functions – Operations, Supply Chain, IT, HR, etc. – with innovative ideas backed by research and analysis of data from pertinent sources, both primary and secondary. The teams were segregated region-wise – North, South, East and West. Two best teams from each region were selected for the grand finale, where Bosch India emerged the winner and L&T became the first runner-up.
Nov 15
THE Engineering, Development & Research Centre (EDRC) of L&T’s Buildings & Factories arm recently bagged two FIST Awards in the ‘Safe & Secure Hospital Facility’ and ‘Safe & Secure Commercial Facility’ categories.
FIST, in this case, stands for Finest India Skills and Talent, and the award is given by the by Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI) – a famed non-profit body. The awards recognise the extraordinary contribution of organisations and individuals in the fields of security, safety, fire-protection and emergency response across 24 categories.
The two awards were conferred on EDRC at the fifth edition of the FIST Awards held at Panaji in Goa on 27 August. The award in the ‘Safe and Secure Hospital Facility’ category was received by Mr R Balakrishnan, (Head – MEP Design, EDRC-B&F) and Mr Padmanathan S (Head – Fire Engineering & Mechanical Systems Design, EDRC-B&F) for Apollo Proton Therapy and Cancer Treatment Hospital in Chennai.
The award (special citation) in the ‘Safe and Secure Commercial Facility’ category was received by Mr R Balakrishnan and Dr Munirajulu M (Head – Computation Fluid Dynamics, EDRC-B&F). This is for ‘Innovative Solution for Life Safety – Performance-based Design using CFD’ at the Narendra Modi Stadium (Motera) in Ahmedabad.
Honour for Hyd Metro
L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited (L&TMRHL) has been conferred two prestigious awards by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI). The Platinum and Bronze awards have come to L&TMRHL for ‘Best Use of Social Media’ and 'Best in Communication – COVID-19'.
The awards were handed over at the PRCI Excellence Awards 2021 ceremony hosted on the final day of PRCI’s 15th Global Communication Conclave in Goa on 17-18 September. Mr Govind Gaude, Goa’s Minister for Art and Culture, presented the awards to Ms Anindita Sinha (Head, Corporate Communication – LTMRHL) in the presence of the noted playback singer Ms Hema Sardesai and other communications stalwarts.
The jury appreciated L&TMRHL’s diligent efforts towards upholding its brand presence through social media as well as its consistent endeavours through internal and external communications during the pandemic.
PRCI is a premier body of communication, public relations, media, advertising, human resources, marketing and communication professionals, mass communication educators and students. Besides chapters across India, it has four international chapters under the World Communication Council.

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