Awards

2014

Life time Achievement Award in Ethical Governance & Leadership Asian Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability
Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons, received the ‘Life time Achievement Award in Ethical Governance & Leadership’, from Mervyn King, Chairman, IIRC, UK, who has the unique distinction of having authored the King's Committee Report I, II and III on Corporate Governance. The award was presented to Mr Tata at the Asia Business Responsibility Summit 2014, organised by the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability on January 8, 2014, at the Bombay Stock Exchange Convention Hall, Mumbai.
 

2012

The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun — Government of Japan
Mr Tata was conferred the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government — for his contribution to strengthening economic relations between Japan and India — at a ceremony in Tokyo. Established in 1875, the order is awarded to those who have distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in social and occupational welfare or the preservation of the environment.

Lifetime Achievement Award — The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation honoured Mr Tata for his ‘innovative approach to business and philanthropy’. Mr Tata received a Lifetime Achievement Award for innovation from the foundation.

2011

Swiss Ambassador’s Award for Exceptional Leadership — Government of Switzerland
The Government of Switzerland honoured Mr Tata with the Swiss Ambassador’s Award for Exceptional Leadership and for his contribution to strengthening bilateral ties between India and Switzerland. Conferring the award, Switzerland’s Ambassador to India, Philippe Welti, said that Mr Tata is not just an Indian corporate icon, but a global business leader.

2010

Hadrian Award — World Monuments Fund
The World Monuments Fund named Mr Tata and the Tata family as recipients of the Hadrian Award in recognition of their leadership in the restoration and protection of India’s cultural heritage, the preservation of iconic sites that date back to India’s greatest empires, and generous and longstanding support for archaeological excavation.

2009

Business Process Innovation Award — The Economist
The British news magazine, The Economist, announced Mr Tata as the winner of the eighth edition of its annual Business Process Innovation Award for the successful development and launch of the world’s most affordable car, the Tata Nano. The citation stated that “Tata has forged a company that is shaping businesses across the globe and changing the way Indian companies conduct business.”

Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic — Government of Italy
The Italian government awarded Mr Tata the Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in December 2009. Handing over the award, Italy’s Minister for Economic Development, Claudio Scajola, said, “Tata is universally acknowledged as one of the outstanding business leaders of the world. He epitomises the Indian continent’s vibrant economic growth.”

2008

Padma Vibhushan — Government of India
India’s President, Pratibha Patil,conferred the Padma Vibhushan (awarded for exceptional and distinguished service) for trade and industry on Mr Tata at a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian honour in India. In 2000, Mr Tata was awarded the Padma Bhushan (the third highest civilian award in India) for trade and industry by the then Indian President, KR Narayanan.

Honorary Citizen Award — Government of Singapore
The Singapore government feted Mr Tata with its Honorary Citizen Award, a national award conferred to recognise the contributions of foreigners who have rendered valuable services to Singapore and its people, or who have made a significant impact in the areas of business, technology, information communications, education, health, arts and culture, sports, tourism, community services or security.

2007

Qimpro Platinum Standard Statesman for Quality Award — The Qimpro Foundation
The Qimpro Foundation honoured Mr Tata with the Qimpro Platinum Standard 2006 — Statesman for Quality Award. The citation of the award mentioned that “Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Sons, is a role model who has redefined corporate governance, social responsibility and global ambition for Indian entrepreneurs.”

Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy — Carnegie Corporation
Mr Tata received the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, on behalf of the Tata family, from Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York during the 2007 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy ceremony in Pittsburgh, United States. The award is in recognition of the longstanding commitment of the Tata family to philanthropic causes.

2006

FIRST Award for Responsible Capitalism — FIRST organisation
This award honours business leaders who have consistently demonstrated social responsibility as an integral part of commercial success. Handing over the award, Lord Woolf, chairman of the judging panel, said: “Mr Ratan Tata has demonstrated how it is possible to combine being an extremely successful leader of highly innovative companies with social responsibility...”

2005

Businessman of the Year in Asia — Forbes magazine
Mr Tata received this award in recognition of the phenomenal growth that the Tata group recorded in the 1995-2004 period.

Quality of Life Award — Auburn University College of Human Sciences in conjunction with the United Nations
Mr Tata was honoured for his contribution to the wellbeing and quality of life of individuals and communities in India and globally. At the awards ceremony, the Tata group was described as “an exemplary model of corporate philanthropy...”

2003

Entrepreneur of the Year Award — Ernst & Young
Mr Tata was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year - India in 2003; he received the award from LK Advani, then Deputy Prime Minister of India. The ‘entrepreneur of the year program’ was first established in the United States in 1986 to celebrate the achievements of outstanding individuals who head growing, dynamic businesses and make significant contributions to their respective economies.

2002

Asia Pacific Community Building Award — East-West Center
The East-West Center (EWC) honoured Mr Tata for the contributions he made towards building better relations and understanding between India, the United States and the countries in the Asia Pacific region. The award was presented at the annual celebrations of the East-West Center Foundation in Hawaii. EWC is an internationally recognised educational and research organisation established by the United States Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations between the United States and countries in Asia and the Pacific region.

1995

Alumni Achievement Award — Harvard Business School
This award is given to Harvard Business School alumni who have contributed significantly to their companies and communities. Mr Tata completed the ‘advanced management program’ at Harvard Business School in 1975.