Concept PR has earned the Gold under PR Agency Achievement of the Year category in the prestigious US-based 7th Annual PR World Awards for its social communication campaign #Save Parsik Hill, executed on behalf of Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).
This is the second consecutive PR World award for PRCI and Concept PR as their campaign, #Mission Mumbai Local, has won Gold under PR Milestone of the Year at the 6th edition of the awards last year. Concept PR is the lone Indian agency to figure in the awardees list.
Save Parsik Hill campaign focused on the need to stop check plundering of the hills under the guise of quarrying and protects the bio-diversity of the area. The hills have been the major source of stones for the construction industry in Mumbai Metropolitan Region for over four decades. The hills have ravaged by blasting and exploiting much beyond the officially allotted areas.
“The PR World Award is recognition of a novel Social Communication Campaign initiated by Concept PR to focus on issues of community interest,” said Ashish Jalan, CEO and director of Concept PR. “It also stands testimony to the consultancy’s professional commitment, dedication and team work. We are happy to have executed the Parsik Hill campaign on behalf of not-for-profit PRCI,” he said.
“We launched a well orchestrated social communication campaign on the Environment Day in association with the Mumbai Press Club last year,” said B N Kumar, executive director – Concept PR. The basic idea was to bring into sharp focus the environmental damage being done by unchecked quarrying. The campaign involved twitter, facebook posts and an online petition to the Chief Minister to stop further quarrying of the Hills, he said.
Four NGOs – Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishtan (SEAP), Awaaz Foundation, Vanashakti and Watchdog Foundation have backed the drive. Later, SEAP continuously supported the campaign by writing to various authorities such as the Thane district collector, Konkan Divisional Commissioner, the forest and pollution control board officials pointing out that many hills have begun to disappear and whatever is left needs to be saved..
As the massive public opinion gained momentum, various stake holders and government agencies have veered round to the fact that Parsik Hill quarrying needs to be stopped now. Even the Maharashtra’s Directorate of Geology and Mining has said Parsik Hills have come under danger zone.
M B Jayaram, Chief Mentor and Chairman Emeritus of PRCI, said: “We are glad that the joint efforts are paying dividends. It has been great experience working with Concept PR on our campaigns and win international recognition for the second consecutive year.”
The coveted annual SVUS PR World Awards programme encompasses the world’s best in recognizing public relations, marketing, corporate communications, investor relations, and business development professionals, teams, departments, and achievements from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups, have submitted their nominations.
More than 80 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated and their average scores determined the 2018 award winners, the organizers said.