Bandhan has bagged the Genius HR Excellence Award 2011 in the
category of ‘Best HR Practices’. The award ceremony took place at Hyatt Regency, Kolkata on
April 22, 2011. The prestigious award was handed over to Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh,
Mentor, Bandhan. An illustrious body of HR think-tanks represented by
Genius Consultants Ltd bestowed the Genius HR Excellence Award 2011. The HR Excellence
Award recognizes the best in-class HR Professionals whose performance excel in terms of
quality, delivery, achievements, value and innovation in HR gamut.
The award spotlights the importance of HR as a profession and contribution of HR towards the
growth of an organization. The award takes a comprehensive look at the full spectrum of HR and
is presented to the most outstanding achievers in these areas. The HR Excellence Award is not
just recognizing what has been achieved so far. It is also an incentive to the achiever in the field
of HR to innovate, improvise and continually upgrade HR governance, talent acquisition and
management, compensation & benefits, employee welfare measures and performance review &
Skoch Challenger Award is one of the highest civilian honours in the country
that recognizes people, projects and institutions for their extraordinary
achievements in contributing to society. Instituted in 2003 to recognize best
practices, the awards cover the best of efforts in the area of digital
inclusion, financial inclusion and social inclusion. They encompass the best of
governance, excellence in academics, capacity building, empowerment and other
such issues that normally get lost in the glamour and the glitz.
Bandhan was conferred the Skoch Challenger Award for Financial Inclusion in
March 2008, the first non-bank to receive such an award.
In December 2007, Forbes magazine ranked Bandhan as the best performing MFI nationally and the second best globally. Bandhan was the only Indian MFI and one of the two Asian MFIs featuring in the top 10 MFIs globally.
Forbes' first-ever list of the World's Top 50 Microfinance Institutions were chosen from a field of 641 micro-credit providers.
All the MFIs were ranked on four parameters viz. scale, which is based on the size of their gross loan portfolio; efficiency, which considers operating expense and the cost per borrower as a percent of the gross national income per capita of their country of operation; risk, which looks at the quality of their loan portfolios, measured as the percent of the portfolio at risk greater than 30 days; and return, which is measured as a combination of return on equity and return on assets.
In September 2007 Ashoka Innovators presented the award of
“Senior Ashoka Fellow” to Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh for his outstanding work and innovative approach to poverty alleviation through microfinance.
Senior Fellows are advanced Fellows who are well beyond the launch stage and, at the time of election, have already created widespread impact and are recognized as leaders in their fields.
Ashoka Innovators for the public is a global organization with its headquarters in Washington, USA. It invests in fellowships to individuals who are crafting new solutions for existing social problems.
Over 1700 Ashoka fellows are currently working in 52 countries in diverse fields such as education, health and human rights to bring about advances in areas of social concern.
The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is a consortium of 33 of the most prestigious public and private development agencies working together to expand access to financial services for the poor in developing countries.
The Pro-Poor Innovation Challenge (PPIC) has been a cornerstone of this agenda, funding smaller institutions that demonstrate effective models and methodologies for deepening poverty outreach and impact, while working toward sustainability.
mpressed with Bandhan's focus in reaching poor women by providing them with cost effective microfinance services, CGAP conferred the PPIC Award to Bandhan by way of an operational grant of US$25,000 in early 2006.