With a building at Harvard named after him, the Japanese awarding him an Order of the Rising Sun and the UK’s Queen making him a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, you’d think there weren’t many other accolades Ratan Tata could collect.
But it appears it’s a case of another day, another award for the Indian business tycoon, who is planning to retire from his family business later this year. This time though, it’s not an educational institution or a government awarding him the honour, but an organisation that owes much to a family business.
New York-based Rockefeller Foundation, which was founded by the eponymous business family, will today (26 June) give Tata a lifetime achievement award for innovation.
The 74-year-old will receive the honour for “his vision” and leadership of the Tata Group, as well as “his commitment to innovation in the area of corporate social responsibility and for his commitment to the poor and underserved”, according to the foundation.
"At the Rockefeller Foundation, we are constantly searching for innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges, and we have admired Mr Tata's work in both the corporate sector and in his personal philanthropy to find these types of solutions aswell," said Dr Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation.
The ceremony will include a fireside chat with Tata, who follows in the footsteps of former US president Bill Clinton, who picked up last year’s Rockefeller Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.