In 2016 the China Social Responsibility Award was given to the work of Himalayan Consensus for its advising of the ecological civilization policy of China which is promoting renewable and efficient energy systems as national policy. Founding director Laurence Brahm took the stage with celebrity pianist Lang Lang and head of China Red Cross to receive the award from the state. It is the highest award for social responsibility given by the Chinese government. The recognition of the principles of Himalayan Consensus on building renewable energy and water conservation systems.