New Delhi, July 31, 2014:YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank, in association with Saevus, India’s leading nature and wildlife photography magazine has announced the launch of the YES BANK - Saevus Natural Capital Awards (NCA) 2014. Natural Capital simply defined, is the economic value of the country’s ecosystems, flora & fauna, and this first-of-its-kind awards will acknowledge individuals, teams and companies who through their initiatives help encourage conservation and growth of Natural Capital.
In its second year, the Eco Corporate category of Natural Capital Awards 2014 sees a significant change marking a division of the manufacturing and service industry segment owing to their different nature of operations. The jury is represented by eminent members in Mr. Ajay Mathur, Director General – Bureau of Energy Efficiency; Prof. Jeremy Williams, Director – Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University; Mr. Nitin Pandit, Managing Director – World Resources Institute India; Mr. Martin Wright, Director – Forum for the Future, Mr. Pooran Pandey, Executive Director – UN Global Compact Network India and Mr. Santhosh Jayaram, Technical Director - KPMG for Eco-Corporate category. Mr. Rajesh Bedi and Mr. Mike Pandey are among the well known personalities who would be judging the photography categories.
Last year, YES BANK became the first bank in India to sign the Natural Capital Declaration with UNEP-FI to develop leadership on natural capital management in financial services. In attendance at the last years’ ceremony were dignitaries like Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Former Minister of State for HRD; Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General – TERI; Shantanu Moitra – Leading Bollywood music director and avid naturalist; Vivek Menon – CEO, Wildlife Trust of India; Suresh Prabhu – Former Union Minister for Environment & Forests.
To participate, please visit www.thenaturalcapitalawards.com from 30 July to August 30, 2014. The contest will encapsulate entries from 3 categories; Pixel Perfect – Individual Participation, Nature’s Trailblazers – Team Participation and an Eco-Corporate category which will assess large Indian corporations on their contribution to protect, preserve and prosper the ecology and environment. The winners will be declared at a ceremony to be held in November 2014, at New Delhi.
Speaking on YES BANK’s association with this Award, Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK said “YES BANK is the first and only financial institution in India to commit itself to the Natural Capital Declaration, a CEO-led global initiative by UNEP-FI. In line with this commitment, we created the Natural Capital Awards, an annual platform to map existing natural capital initiatives in India and encourage Indian individuals and Corporations to share their efforts. After the success of the first edition of the awards, I am confident that our goal of showcasing responsible practices on Natural Capital consumption, accounting mechanisms and conservation within industry and civil society will be further enhanced this year through increased participation.”
Ms. Sree Nandy, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Saevus, “Stepping into our second year of the Natural Capital Awards, we are once again ready to dive into oceans, scale mountains and traverse sand dunes to spot the finest nature photographers in the country. It is time to recognize the endless patience, perseverance and passion that embodies the soul of wildlife photography. Best wishes!”
About the Award
The jury for the contest comprises of well renowned personalities, photographers, natural historians, national and international think tanks .Last year jury comprised prominent personalities like Mr. Raghu Rai, India’s eminent photographer and photojournalist, Mr. Pooran Pandey, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact – India Network, Mr. Santhosh Jayaram, Technical Director, KPMG India, Mr. Rodney Irwin – Program Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Shantanu Moitra ,music director etc.
The jury will follow a strict evaluation methodology that will evaluate the entries on the basis of 3 key parameters, i.e. Technical Finesse, Creativity and Content. Additionally, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) has been appointed as the knowledge & process partner for the event and they will help evaluate the Eco-corporate entries.
ABOUT YES BANK
YES BANK, India’s 4th largest private sector Bank, is the outcome of the professional & entrepreneurial commitment of its Founder, Rana Kapoor and its top management team, to establish a high quality, customer centric, service driven, private Indian Bank catering to the future businesses of India. YES BANK has adopted international best practices, the highest standards of service quality and operational excellence, and offers comprehensive banking and financial solutions to all its valued customers. YES BANK has a knowledge driven approach to banking, and a superior customer experience for its retail, corporate and emerging corporate banking clients. YES BANK is steadily evolving as the Professionals Bank of India with the long term mission of “Building the Best Quality Bank of the World in India” by 2020.
Saevus is India's premium wildlife and natural history web portal and magazine with a dream to bring India's amazing biodiversity to every home, and celebrate this bold, beautiful and dynamic world, much of it unseen and unexplored. Saevus particularly looks forward to interacting with children through several nature and conservation related activities and events, in an effort to raise awareness among the leaders of tomorrow. With a wide expertise in subjects related to wildlife, natural history, conservation and photography, Saevus makes an excellent platform to encourage the youth of today to be informed and involved in pertinent environmental issues of the time through interactive learning and applied sessions in nature. You could learn more about Saevus at www.saevus.in