Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world

From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world.

The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and communities, Rotary members often use their professional skills and networks to advance social causes, particularly economic development.

The six Rotary Responsible Business honorees and two business partners will be recognized at the UN gathering for their inclusive business practices and outstanding contributions to improving their communities.


  • Juan Silva Beauperthuy, Rotary Club of Chacao, Venezuela: For 25 years, Beauperthuy has helped keep disadvantaged youths on the right track through Queremos Graduarnos, an education program focused on mentoring and skill development, with support from his engineering firm. Today, the program serves over 700 students in 18 schools.
  • Jean-Paul Faure, Rotary Club of Cagnes-Grimaldi, France: To encourage young professionals and provide promising new businesses with training and funding, Faure launched a business contest called Le Trophée du Rotary. Now in its seventh year, the program has drawn support from a major bank and has kept past participants involved as mentors.
  • Suresh Goklaney, Rotary Club of Bombay, India: Goklaney, executive vice chair of a large manufacturer of UV water purification systems, has led efforts to provide clean water in rural villages and impoverished urban areas throughout India. The project has also established centers where local women can sell clean water to generate income.
  • Annemarie Mostert, Rotary Club of Southern Africa, South Africa: Mostert formed Sesego Cares, a Johannesburg-based nonprofit, in 2005 to offer education and job training, and to teach entrepreneurship and leadership development to women and children. She also worked with TOMS Shoes to mobilize 70 clubs in the country and provide 1.3 million pairs of its shoes.
  • Stephanie Woollard, Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: After meeting seven illiterate craftspeople during a visit to Nepal, Woollard founded Seven Women to help Nepalese women make products to sell abroad. The program, which has trained and employed more than 1,000 women in the last decade, also teaches basic bookkeeping and computer skills.
  • Larry Wright, Rotary Club of Taylor, Michigan, USA: A master gardener, Wright started his landscaping business with a bank loan in the 1970s. In 2013, he led an effort to adapt a microfinance model, which had succeeded abroad, to support entrepreneurs in bankruptcy-era Detroit, offering microloans, business classes, and mentorship.

Business partners:

  • Coca-Cola Pakistan has supported the Rotary Pakistan National PolioPlus Charitable Trust since 2010 to promote vaccinations and awareness, particularly through publicity and projects to provide clean water, in one of the few remaining polio-endemic countries.
  • Mercantil Banco Universal supports a project that has trained 6,000 students in 40 universities across Venezuela in social responsibility and leadership, with the goal of encouraging students to use their academic knowledge to respond to the challenges of underserved communities.

The Responsible Business program, expected to draw 1,500 participants, will include a recognition ceremony for the honorees, as well as panel discussions and youth activities.

Speakers and breakout sessions will focus on aspects of responsible business, such as education, innovation, partnerships, the needs of the world’s poorest people, the empowerment of women and youths, and how these issues relate to the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN’s ambitious framework for eliminating global poverty by 2030.

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#1   Submitted By Fonahanmi Idris on 18-Oct-2016 10:46 am

Congratulations to the Honorees and business partners for the Trust in Rotary Vision and Support to humanity.

#2   Submitted By Sanjay Aswale on 20-Oct-2016 03:00 am

Congrats Business Partners especially Coco-Cola at Pakistan who support the Rotary Pakistan Charitable Trust. It is a need of time 


#3   Submitted By Wilfredo Yanga on 27-Oct-2016 06:51 pm

Congratulations to all the honorees and business partners of Rotary may the Good Lord continue to bless you and your Family as well Keep up the Good work.

#4   Submitted By Serafim Melo on 7-Nov-2016 01:27 pm

Vale a pena divulgar estas homenagens, pois isso estimula outros companheiros rotarianos ou não, a promoverem ajuda a quem mais necessita, independentemente de quem seja e de onde. Fazer o bem sem saber para quem.

#5   Submitted By Anantram Mittal on 10-Nov-2016 02:23 pm

Congratulations. I am Rtn.Anantram Mittal,member of Rotary Club of Mumbai Down Town Sealand,Mumbai,India.District 3141,Club Id.15494,Membership Id.6644990.

I have been President R.Y.2014-15  of my club, representing Avenu Co-chair District Thrust Area-ll and PHF+1 Paul Herris Fellow.I play active role in promoting Global Grants projects for my club(GG No.1639156 is going on at present).

Fortunately I have been at Manhattan on 12 th November,2016 the Rotary Day  at United Nations .

Rtn.Suresh Goklaney of Rotary Club of Bombay India belongs to our District 3141. We are proud of that he is one of the six Business Responsible Honourees who are being honoured that day.

Kindly make my registration for this event so that we may feel proud to be a part of such wonderful event of Rotary.Kindly let me know about the timings of the session and mode of payment.

Warm regards

Rtn.Anantram Mittal

EMail :

Mobile No. 917-254-743

#6   Submitted By Cristina Lopez ... on 11-Nov-2016 02:24 am

Es un orgullo , ver estos acontecimientos, pero sobre todo saber que en nuestras filas hay personas con una gran iniciativa y gran corazon

#7   Submitted By Annette Prevaux... on 11-Nov-2016 04:50 pm

Congratulations to PDG Larry Wright from Super District 6400 for his amazing work with Launch Detroit.  You deserve to be recognized.  You are a true reflection of Rotary.