RBS awards recognise environmental, wildlife heroes

New Delhi: The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), a subsidiary of the RBS Group, today announced the winners of the RBS ‘Earth Heroes’ Awards for 2016. Seven individuals/institutions from the field of wildlife and conservation, who have demonstrated exemplary work on the ground, were chosen by an independent jury, for the RBS Earth Heroes Award.

The jury panel, comprising active wildlife enthusiasts, environmentalists and conservationists, reviewed nominations received from across the country.

Pankaj Phatarphod, Managing Director Country Head of Services; India Chairperson – RBS Foundation India, said, "Over the years, through the Earth Heroes Awards have had the privilege to recognise individuals and institutions for their exemplary work in bringing about a positive change in the environmental landscape of the country. It remains an honor to encourage the unstinting dedication of these nominees towards environment sustainability. As an organization that engages a large number of youth, RBS hopes to serve as a source of inspiration by recognising the outstanding work done by these Earth Heroes."

Sunil Kumar, Head of Sustainability, India, Royal Bank of Scotland and Director, RBS Foundation India, said, "These Awards gives us the opportunity to meet and honour some of the most dedicated individuals and institutions in this country who go beyond the call of duty to protect and conserve our wild habitats for the greater good of our country. It is indeed a privilege for us to be hosting these awards again this year. We take great pride in the contribution that we make through our sustainable livelihoods projects that support conservation efforts across the nation."

The sixth edition of RBS Earth Heroes Awards saw M K Ranjitsinh, Chairman, Wildlife Trust of India, Member, National board for wildlife; National Tiger Conservation Authority, hand over award citations and a cash prizes to the winners, at the awards ceremony in New Delhi.