By Anup Bagchi | Opening Doorz Editorial | May 12, 2017

Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank was conferred with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship in Washington, D.C. on May 10, 2017. She is the first woman from India to receive this coveted award.

The award was conferred on Chanda Kochhar for demonstrating a commitment to the common good—beyond the bottom line. It signifies the tremendous work that the ICICI Group has done under Ms. Kochhar’s able leadership in improving the lives of people in the local communities and the world at large.

Previous recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Awards include former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Infosys founder N. R. Narayana Murthy, U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson as well as four former U.S. Secretaries of State—Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. Senator Mitch McConnell, a member of the Republican Party and Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, is another recipient of the award this year. He was conferred with the award for Public Service.

ICICI Bank, inclusive growth

The Wilson Center (, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is a key non-partisan policy forum of the US for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.

ICICI Group has a rich legacy of promoting inclusive growth. It offers occupational skill-building programs free of cost at its 24 skill training centers across India. It has trained over 136,000 youth and has helped them to get employed. Recently, the Group has completed the transformation of 100 villages into ‘ICICI Digital Villages’ across 17 states in India.

(Anup Bagchi is Executive Director, ICICI Bank)

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