Apollo Tyres Ltd. has received an Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) in the Health Promotion category for its HIV-AIDS initiative. Sunam Sarkar, chief financial officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd received the award from the Enterprise Asia Team.
Apollo Tyres says it has been working towards awareness and prevention of HIV-AIDS among employees, business partners and communities since 2001. Today, apart from having an HIV-AIDS policy at the workplace, Apollo runs as many as 21 health care centers across India in the major transport hubs for the trucking community.
In addition, the company also conducts sensitization sessions for its Business Partners with the help of in-house trainers.
“Caring for society has always been a core value at Apollo Tyres,” says Onkar S. Kanwar, Apollo’s chairman. “And, an award of such merit and standing only strengthens our resolve to ensure that our social responsibility initiatives continue to be treated as key business goals, backed by a long-term strategic business thought and sound business processes.”
In the past fiscal year, Apollo Tyres treated 4,500 patients at its health centers for sexually transmitted infections, and 38,500 patients for general health issues. In addition, 29,500 people underwent counseling on HIV-AIDS, and 13,000 people underwent voluntary testing for HIV-AIDS.
Enterprise Asia’s AREA award recognizes and honors Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship in the following categories: green leadership, investment in people, health promotion, social empowerment and responsible business leadership.