JSPL Foundation’s chairperson Shallu Jindal has won the Golden Peacock Award for Social and Cultural Leadership for 2019. She was conferred with the prestigious award for ‘being an outstanding pioneer in the world of social welfare, promoting the public cause for overall societal benefits and propagating and promulgating awareness and appreciation of India’s rich cultural artistic heritage.’
She received the award from BBC Chairman Sir David Clementi in the presence of the Chief executive of ACCA, the global body for professional accountant, Helen Brand, Chairperson of EU’s External Sub Committee, Baroness Verma, former minister in the British government and President of Institute of Directors Lt General (Retired) JS Ahluwalia at the London Global Convention on Corporate Governance and Sustainability. The event was organised by the Institute of Directors in London on 14 November 2019.
Reacting to the news industrialist Naveen Jindal, Shallu Jindal’s husband, wrote on Twitter, “Congratulations @shallujindal20 on getting the Golden Peacock Award. Awards and recognition like these will surely encourage us to push ourselves and do better.”
— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) November 15, 2019
Shallu Jindal was unanimously selected for the prestigious award by the Grand Jury of the Golden Peacock Awards, chaired by former Chief Justice of India Justice MM Venkatachaliah. She also received the Golden Peacock Special Commendation for Sustainability 2019 on behalf of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL).
After receiving the award, Shallu Jindal said, “I am extremely grateful for this honourable recognition for my social and cultural endeavours. From very early on in my life, I had a realisation that it was important for me to use my privileged position to make a larger impact in society, especially for those who are socially vulnerable and underprivileged. My interests in education, arts, culture and gender equality have led me to work in my personal capacity and with the JSPL foundation to set up and operate sustainable projects for social and cultural development”.
Jindal also congratulated the Team CSR & Sustainability of JSPL for the Golden Peacock Special Commendation for Sustainability awarded to Jindal Steel & Power.
Under her leadership, JSPL Foundation has initiated several programmes in Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to fight infant mortality, build nutrition and good health among young women, train tribal youth in a range of professional skills, apart from providing clean drinking water, different farming opportunities to people in rural areas.
The Foundation has impacted lives of more than 1.9 million families through its projects in the areas of inclusive health, education, livelihood, infrastructure development, skill-building, women empowerment and others. Shallu Jindal is well known for her dedication to preserve, reinforce and disseminate the Indian classical dances and Performing Arts across the world and also is the founder of Jindal Art Institute at New Delhi.
A disciple of Padma Bhushan Guru Raja Radha and Kaushalya Reddy, Jindal is also a highly accomplished Kuchipudi danseuse. She has been honoured with several awards for her outstanding achievements in the field of Indian classical dance Kuchipudi and contribution in the field of art and culture. She is also the Vice President of Flag Foundation of India inducting the glories and pride of the National Flag, the Tiranga in People of India.
Jindal has also authored a book for children titled as ‘India: An Alphabet Ride’ and has compiled two books ‘the Tiranga’ and ‘Freedom’. She is also the former Chairperson of National Bal Bhavan and the Founder President of Young FICCI Ladies Organisation and (YFLO). She was recently honoured with the CSR Best Practice Award by CMO Asia at Singapore & Mahatma Award for CSR Leadership.
Amongst the other dignitaries who participated in the IOD’s London Convention were senior advisor of World Gold Council, UK Edward Bickham and Co-Chairman of Hinduja Group, UK Gopichand P Hinduja.