The CSR Times conferred Institute for Integrated Rural Development with the “Best NGO in India in Livelihood" award during the National Conference (2018) of CSR Times in New Delhi. IIRD was bestowed with this honour for its efforts to empower rural women of Jharkhand, belonging to economically weaker section, by providing them training in making biodegradable leaf plates or "Pattals"
IIRD launched this project with providing a holistic solution to these women's issues as the training in Pattal-making proved to be a boon for them. The women were able to find a stable source of income to support themselves and also provide for their families. Additionally, these pattals are a better alternative to plastic or other materials that are hazardous not only to the environment but also the animals. Therefore, this training efficaciously served the dual purpose of empowering the women and playing a small part towards the protection of environment.