~ Puja Bhatt, Dr. Bharti Lavekar, MLA, Versova, join over 2000 volunteers to clear debris from the beach
Mumbai, June 4, 2017: On the eve of World Environment Day, hundreds of YES BANK employees came together in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNE) to support Advocate Afroz Shah and participate in the world’s biggest beach clean-up operation at Versova beach. Prominent personalities and dignitaries such as Puja Bhatt, Dr. Bharti Lavekar, MLA, Versova, Mr. Vijay Samnotra, India Head, UNE and Namita Vikas, Group President and Global Head, Climate Strategy and Responsible Banking, YES BANK, among others, joined more than 2000 volunteers, and cleaned 160 tonnes of garbage from the beach. The activity undertaken to mark the World Environment Day was part of YES BANK’s unique community engagement program, YES COMMUNITY.
Advocate Afroz Shah, is the winner of the United Nation’s highest environmental award ‘Champion of the Earth’, which he received for initiating the Versova beach clean-up drive, ridding the beach of more than 5 million Kgs of plastic waste and debris since 2015. The initiative, currently in its 87th week, was also commended by the Honourable Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi.
Namita Vikas, Group President and Global Head, Climate Strategy and Responsible Banking, present at the event, said, “Just like everyone in the country and the world, we are very grateful and proud of this incredible initiative by Afroz Shah. India needs many more change-makers like him to address the many environmental and social challenges we face. YES BANK, through its YES COMMUNITY platform, aims to act as a multiplier force for creating positive impact in the communities it serves, and we are delighted to work with and support environmental champions like Afroz Shah.”
Commenting on the completion of the 87th week of the clean-up drive, Advocate Afroz Shah, said, “The remarkable work done today by so many volunteers is even more special as it marks the World Environment Day. Everyone has a responsibility of keeping the environment clean and safe. I also thank YES BANK and its employees for their help and support during the drive.”
YES COMMUNITY is YES BANK’s unique community engagement program that utilizes the Bank’s 1000 strong branch network as a knowledge exchange platform to partner local communities in driving environmental action and social transformation. Through YES COMMUNITY, YES BANK branches act as community transformation centres, connecting stakeholders in Branch Serving Areas (BSA), on socially & environmentally pertinent issues, forging partnerships and taking interactions beyond the transactional. In FY17, YES COMMUNITY’s initiatives, aimed at enhancing India’s green cover, spreading awareness about cleanliness and waste management, youth empowerment, and financial literacy, among many others, touched over two million lives.
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