NEW DELHI, India — The Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu has recognized Ford in India’s exemplary contributions, awarding the organisation for being the ‘’Highest Voluntary Blood Donor in the Industrial Segment” and the “Highest Voluntary Blood Donor in the Information Technology (IT) Segment” for the year 2011-12. This is the 13th consecutive year that Ford India has won this honour.
Joginder Singh, president and managing director, Ford India, accepted the awards on behalf of Ford in India from Dr. K. Rosaiah, His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu, who serves as President of the Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu Branch. The handover of the trophies took place at a ceremony at the Darbar Hall at Raj Bhavan here on October 1, which is observed as World Blood Donor Day.
“Ford India has been the highest blood donor in the industrial segment for the 13th consecutive year and it is encouraging to see that our employees show the same passion to help save lives through such efforts, as they do while building great products. This year it is humbling to receive the twin honours as the highest blood donor in both the manufacturing and IT segments,” Singh said.
In partnership with the Red Cross Society of Chennai, Ford India has held a total of 55 blood donation camps since 2000, resulting in a contribution of 9,688 units of blood. Ford Global Business Services, on the other hand, has organized 20 camps over the last five years across Chennai, Coimbatore and Gurgaon, donating a total of 2,228 units of blood so far. This year, employees across Ford in India have donated a total of 1,179 units to the Red Cross Society. The company also encourages its suppliers to participate in the life-saving initiative.
Ford in India continues to involve, engage and invest further in its communities with the help of its employees, government and non-government organizations under its Operation Better World program.
This September, employees across Ford in India also engaged in a variety of humanitarian and community development activities during Ford’s global 8th Annual Global Week of Caring across Ford’s offices in Chennai, Coimbatore, Sanand and Gurgaon. More than 1,700 employees invested more than 10,000 hours of their collective time and worked on more than 30 projects towards building a Better World through the week. On this occasion, Ford’s dealer partners across India also came forward to strengthen the philanthropic community efforts during the week-long activity.
In keeping with the true spirit of volunteerism, Ford employees came together to mobilize relief for the victims of the Uttarakhand flood disaster. One of the key highlights of this year’s Global Week of Caring was a donation of Rs. 59, 04, 000, which was made to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Besides the contributions from Ford and Ford employees, the donation in aid of the flood victims, also includes contributions from Ford’s dealer-partners.