Philanthropy, in a larger context, involves voluntary efforts directed at human welfare and social betterment. In times when consumerism and materialist disposition takes top priority for individuals and organizations alike, it is refreshing to see corporate leaders, such as Mukesh Ambani, adhere to the time-honored activity of doing good for the society and its people.
Mukesh Ambani, along with his wife Nita Ambani, is the quintessential figure of modern corporate philanthropy. Both of them have invested much of their time and efforts in tackling and improving issues that are of social importance. Their inclination to social welfare is evident from their corporate social responsibility arm – Reliance Foundation – which serves as the medium to undertake and impart social welfare projects. This organization was set up to better direct Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL’s) endeavors in doing things for the community and society. Over the many years since its inception, Reliance Foundation has found ground as one of India’s leading CSR arms that encourage many a gainful causes. From addressing issues like encouraging formal and vocational education, providing affordable high-quality health care, setting up evocative rural development and urban renewal programs, and protecting and promoting of India's heritage of arts and culture, Reliance Foundation ensures it does its part in contributing to the betterment of the society.
Reliance Foundation isdear to both Nita and Mukesh Ambani. While Mukesh Ambani leads the industrial arm of RIL, Nita Ambani has taken on the charge of overlooking and igniting social programs on behalf of RIL, so that the organization is regularly involved in benevolent projects. Apart from Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani also lends her time to other social causes, including UNAIDS – a project aimed towards halting and reversing the HIV epidemic in India and Project Drishti, a unique initiative by RIL and NAB, with an aim to give sight to sightless people from the underprivileged segment at no cost.
To see corporate power couple such as Mukesh and Nita Ambani, take a proactive role in leading socially resound initiatives, an inkling of inspiration can be taken by others to follow a similar path.