BMW Group Intercultural Innovation Award won by an Indian NGO

November 20, 2021 12:07 PM STI

Dubai [UAE]/ Gurugram (Haryana) [India], November 20 (ANI / BusinessWire India): BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) awarded ten organizations from ten countries the Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) for their outstanding social commitment. One of the winners of the prestigious award comes from India – MITTI Social Initiative Foundation.
The award ceremony took place last night at Expo 2020 in Dubai, on the sidelines of the Thematic Week on Tolerance and Inclusiveness, and the International Day for Tolerance.
Mitti Cafe is a sustainable and inclusive coffeehouse chain that provides experiential training and employment for adults with physical and developmental disabilities. The organization’s outreach initiatives help raise awareness about inclusion and the rights of people with disabilities.
Mitti cafes across India are run by hundreds of adults with special needs who have served over 5 million meals in just 4 years. Through ‘Karuna Meals’, the organization’s staff also provide low-cost, quality food to homeless and daily wage workers from a mobile cafe.
“The Intercultural Innovation Award recognizes people and projects that promote diversity, tolerance and inclusion in a particularly creative way. These are the values ​​that drive us forward as a society and as a business. We are convinced that progress comes through cohesion – this is what the BMW Group stands for. With UNAOC, we make a significant contribution to a respectful dialogue, ”said Ilka Horstmeier, member of the board of directors of BMW AG, director of human resources and labor relations and sponsor of the award.
The awards ceremony was also attended by Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and Director General of the Expo 2020 Dubai Office.
“As the Intercultural Innovation Award celebrates its 10th anniversary, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group continue to collaborate to promote a more inclusive global community by strengthening local initiatives deeply committed to fostering intercultural dialogue and understanding. We plan to continue this ever-growing collaboration between UNAOC and the private sector, which has proven to amplify and strengthen the work of social innovators around the world. It is their commitment and visionary vision that gave the UNAOC-BMW partnership such value and impact, ”said Miguel Angel Moratinos, High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
Diversity and understanding – for strong civil societies around the world.
The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), through the Intercultural Innovation Award, have promoted intercultural understanding and the strengthening of civil societies over the past ten years. This year, 1,100 organizations from 120 countries applied to the open call. With the support of an International Jury, ten organizations were selected from ten different countries: Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Switzerland.
The winners will each receive financial support of US $ 20,000. They will also benefit from professional mentoring from the BMW Group, UNAOC and the consulting firm Accenture. Among other things, the organizations selected will benefit from commercial and strategic support and will become members of the Intercultural Leaders network, which connects professionals and specialists from all over the world.
Yesterday’s award ceremony was hosted by Miguel Angel Moratinos, High Representative of UNAOC, and Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Directors of BMW AG, Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations and Sponsor of price.
Since its inception, the Intercultural Innovation Prize has been awarded to 71 organizations, reaching more than five million people around the world with their projects. The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations recently agreed to continue their successful partnership in the years to come.
The laureats :
MITTI Social Initiative Foundation РMITTI Caf̩ Inclusion at every meal (India).
MITTI Cafe runs “inclusion cafes” staffed with people with disabilities. By facilitating interaction, MITTI Cafe promotes inclusion awareness and provides a safe workplace for people with disabilities. More information:
Initiatives of Change International – International Trust Building (Switzerland).
The International Trust Building program supports communities in times of conflict and social upheaval, providing resources to address and overcome conflict issues. For example, board games have been developed for young people in Indonesia who are vulnerable to extremist groups. More information:
La Cana, Productos Con Causa – Knitting a better future (Mexico).
La Cana is a non-profit organization that promotes fair working conditions and vocational training for women in prison. Cana enables these women to make high quality handicrafts and earn income away from crime. More information:
Mediterranean Youth Foundation – Dialogue on the Document of Human Fraternity (Egypt).
This project is the first interreligious dialogue of young people in the world. It uses workshops to empower young people to implement the concept of “human brotherhood” in their communities and to fight hate speech, extremism and intolerance. More information:
Peacegeeks Society – Arrival Advisor (Canada).
The arrival counselor provides refugees and migrants with reliable information about the asylum and immigration process in Canada. The app provides newcomers with all the information they need. Once downloaded, they can access all resources anonymously and offline. More information:
Place Network – Emerging Leaders (France).
The PLACE network was launched in 2017 and provides a platform for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to make their successes visible and motivate them to actively participate in the social life of their adopted country. The project highlights the cultural, social and economic benefits of migration for society. More information:
Politicize! Institute of Civic Education – Politicize! Ambassador’s Program: Promoting Civic Empowerment for All (Brazil).
Since 2018, the Politize! The Ambassador program shares knowledge, training opportunities and educational experiences with young people who wish to participate in the political life of their communities. Civic education workshops train young people to become leaders in politics and in society. More information:

Spielen in der Stadt – Always remember, never forget (Germany).
Always Remember, Never Forget is a joint project of Spielen in der Stadt eV (Playing in the City) and the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism. Schoolchildren discover new ways to get involved in Munich’s National Socialist past through creative film, dance-theater and performance formats. More information:
Street Project Foundation – Boot Camp for Creative Young People: Art for Social Transformation (Nigeria).
The Creative Youth Boot Camp brings together young people from over 200 ethnic groups in Nigeria to get creative. The performing arts are used as a means of approaching and countering social conflicts. The stories of the young people become scripts for theatrical performances and series of radio plays which they produce together. More information:
Strengthening the Youth Leadership Collective – SMART Advocates: For Effective Dialogue to Resolve Grassroots Conflicts (Sri Lanka).
The Youth Leadership Collective is a community of young people engaged in community development work across all ethnic and religious lines in Sri Lanka since 2013. The SMART Advocates program trains people to take action against hateful comments and disinformation on platforms social media. More information:
The BMW group
The BMW Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles with its brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, and a provider of premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network includes 31 production and assembly plants in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network with representatives in over 140 countries.
The BMW Group achieved worldwide sales of more than 2.3 million automobiles and more than 169,000 motorcycles in 2020. Profit before tax for fiscal year 2020 amounted to 5.222 billion euros and the figure d business at 98.990 billion euros. The company employed 120,726 people worldwide as of December 31, 2020.
Long-term thinking and responsible action have always been at the heart of the economic success of the BMW Group. The company looked to the future early on and consistently places sustainability and resource conservation at the center of its approach – from supply chain and production to the end of the use phase. of all its products.
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is an initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions and to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.
UNAOC was created in 2005, at the initiative of the Spanish and Turkish governments, under the auspices of the United Nations. In January 2019, Miguel Angel Moratinos assumed the post of UNAOC High Representative, succeeding Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, who succeeded Jorge Sampaio.
UNAOC maintains a global network of partners, including states, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations and the private sector, to improve intercultural relations between diverse nations and communities.
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