United Technologies Corp was recently recognised with three awards from two leading organisations for its youth-focused corporate social responsibility program (CSR), Green Shoots. The program, which is led by UTC Climate, Controls and Security, a part of United Technologies, aims to enhance student educational environments by improving school infrastructure, while encouraging young minds to think about sustainability at an early age.
The Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) recently presented UTC with the Special Recognition Award for program excellence. Based in the Philippines, ASSIST is an international non-government organisation seeking to promote sustainable practices that addresses social problems in the developing world. Green Shoots received two additional honours from the Asia Best CSR Practices Awards hosted by CMO Asia: Community Development and Best Education Improvement. The Asia Best CSR Practices Awards are Asia’s highest recognition of organisations that have a significant and positive impact on the lives of people around them. The winning programs were selected based on their social impact, degree of innovation and scale of inclusion. “We are honoured to receive these awards recognising Green Shoots and United Technologies’ commitment to the communities in which we operate,” said President UTC Climate, Controls and Security, Asia Pacific, Gaurang Pandya. “At UTC, we strive to make the world a better place to live and programs like Green Shoots are part of this commitment.
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We hope that through Green Shoots, we can help create a better and more sustainable learning environment for children,” added Gaurang Pandya. Launched in 2011, the Green Shoots program brings together UTC employees as volunteers to support primary education in Asia. The program has helped to enhance the educational environment of students by improving school infrastructure, with the goal of strengthening student awareness of environmental stewardship and safety. The program has benefited more than 40,200 children in primary schools throughout Asia including those in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.