The driver of Allcargo Logistics’ sustainability initiatives with a philanthropic vision, Arathi Shetty has contributed to company’s growth and social and economic accountability mandate since 1988. As part of the leadership at Allcargo, one of India's first and largest integrated logistics solutions provider, she also pioneers corporate social responsibility initiatives through its CSR arm, the Avashya Foundation with a focus on supporting programs for Natural Disaster Relief, Education, Health Care, Women Empowerment, Sports and Environmental Sustainability.
Arathi was contributing to social causes even before CSR was mandatory, offering education and medical support to the underprivileged. Through Avashya Foundation’s initiatives, she aspires to take each CSR initiative beyond philanthropy and promote people centric inclusive development with the active participation of the community at all levels. Through Allcargo Greens, Allcargo also it exhorts group businesses to practice environment-friendly measures such as plastic-free office premises, reduce paper and power consumption, solar energy usage and tree plantation drives.
As an Influencer, Arathi brings her commitment and learning from having steered programmes at Avashya Foundation; to support interventions that are facilitating women empowerment by enabling them to live a life of equality, dignity and respect.
“A large section of the women in India are deprived of the opportunities, confidence, skill and encouragement to achieve financial independence and socio economic equality in the society. Women empowerment for me is not just skilling our women so they can stand on their own feet but also motivating them to take their decisions independently,” she says.