Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the manifestation of a business house’s outlook, understanding of responsibility towards the society and their efforts in contributing to the upliftment of the underprivileged sections of society.
We consider social upliftment and environmental consciousness as an integral part of our business. We take up our CSR activities with all earnest so we can lend a supportive hand to organisations which are working for social causes and creating a positive impact on the deprived sections of the society. We are focussing on areas of improvement with respect to health, education, sanitation, skill building, empowering women, special education, orphanages, vocational education/ training and livelihood enhancement projects. We believe that everyone together shape the future of a nation and it is the duty of the corporate sector which has sufficient means and resources to help the deprived and weaker sections of the society and work towards providing opportunities and a better standard or living to such sections of the society. In line with this motto, we are currently working with eleven organisations working on various projects of such nature. Below is a sector wise brief on the ongoing projects and activities supported by the Company as a part of the CSR initiative:
HEALTH - With an aim to provide better health to those who are deprived of medical care, we are focusing on medical services to the deprived sections of society. We are trying to address the need of accessible and affordable treatment of diseases and in remote areas where even basic medical facilities are not easily accessible. For this purpose, we have partnered with J WATUMULL GLOBAL HOSPITAL & RESEARCH CENTRE this year to support their mobile clinic project serving socio-economically deprived communities in remote parts of the district of Sirohi, Rajasthan.
Mobile clinic serving socio-economically deprived communities in district Sirohi, Rajasthan.
EDUCATION - Recognizing the fact that education is the most significant intervention in the all-round development of an individual, we make efforts to reach out to children who do not have access to elementary education through organizations already working in this field. These efforts create a remarkable difference in their lives people and the society as a whole. In addition, we provide scholarship to youth aspiring for specialised/vocational qualification but not able to pursue such courses due to financial constraints. To achieve this objective, we are assisting the below organizations:
which is working for promoting vocational education by funding fees of financially deprived children.
This organization undertake welfare activities for Community Based Educational Program and Educations activities at construction sites wherein they educate children of workers working on construction site. The organization also tracks dropout students and make efforts to bring them back to school. In addition, they provide community learning centre mainly for school going children to provide opportunities to such children for learning skills after or in in absence of- regular schooling. Through this organisation, we are also supporting their computer centre programme where children are taught use of computers along with several activities surrounding basic IT knowledge.
is an organization that we support through their project of education at Mahakali Andheri which caters to 200 under-privileged children by providing education, remedial classes and basic health including nutrition.
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT - This is the form of learning provide to students with special needs, such as students with learning disabilities or mental challenges. Skill development plays a vital role in empowering such kids and therefore this section of the society. It helps in achieving inclusive growth and employment opportunities to such children.
This year, we have partnered with SULBHA TRUST FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH where they provide special education to differently abled children belonging to various socio economic classes and to rehabilitate them by providing them school uniforms, supporting for the swimming coaching and for outbound activities for students, providing them sports equipment, etc.
In addition, further steps towards similar objectives have been taken through POSAT FOUNDATION and UMANG CHARITABLE TRUST who we are working with for upliftment of physically challenged children and adults by providing Physio-Occupational-Speech therapy and other therapies, providing special education and enhancing vocation skills among differently-abled.
EMPOWERING WOMEN – We believe it is very important to empower women in order to sustain herself and her family. This year we are supporting an organisation named APNE AAP WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE MUMBAI (AAWC) which is working for upliftment of women who have been dragged into prostitution. This organisation, through their team, try to prevent the cycle of intergenerational prostitution among their daughters by providing them education, skill development and required resources. This Organization also takes care of toddlers and small kids of such women who are into this segment in order to ensure safety to them and keeping them away from undesirable company while their mothers are not around. This empowerment of women is ensured by conducting workshops, vocational training & supplying food for the women and the children in such areas.
ORPHANAGE - Orphans are one of the very vulnerable segments of society that we focus on. They are innocent kids who are deprived of parental care, affection and basic needs usually from an early age. We came across one such organization namely ARYA ORPHANAGE working for this cause. Arya Orphanage has been in existence since 1918 and has been working to meet the necessary daily needs of orphans by providing them care, nourishment, guidance, and education so that they can grow us as responsible members of the society. They are providing such children a homely environment with food, shelter, love and support. We have contributed funds to their corpus to be used for meeting the needs of such orphans, including teaching, text books, stationary, clothing, residence, food and sanitation.
SANITATION - While working for this objective we are trying to provide menstrual health and sanitation to the women in remote areas. In addition, the mission has also been to promote female menstrual well-being by educating and increasing awareness about the importance of maintaining proper personal hygiene. This year we have distributed reusable sanitary napkins to 2500 women through WATERSHED ORGANIZATION TRUST (WOTR) together with conducting workshops for creating awareness about personal hygiene and menstrual health.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND LIVELIHOOD ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS – Vocational training essentially entails employable skills and knowledge. Here we are working with Organisation - IMFPA TRAINING FOUNDATION TRUST supporting and providing opportunities to artist who have physical disability. They provide training that prepares disabled artist (artists who paint with brushes held in their mouth or feet as a result of a congenital disability or through an accident or illness that resulted in either loss or disability of limbs) to manage their day to day activities that help them to earn their living respectably. It equips the disabled artists with real employable skills. They support the disabled artists by contributing for the training and workshops for their artist members, provide painting material, financial aid in the form of monthly scholarship and yearly bonus.
Rotary Club of Mulund, under its program of DISCON Vocational Loan Scholarship (VLS) offers assistance to deserving students. The scholarship is in the form of part or full payment of fees for vocational courses. It is offered to deserving students for undertaking vocational courses (such as I.T.I, Engineering degree or diploma, Medical Education, Pharmacy, Tourism, Mass Media etc.) after evaluating their merit and the financial status of their family.The Company has supported this initiative of Rotary Club by providing funds which are being utilized to pay the fees of the selected students under its DISCON VLS project.
Global Hospital & Research Centre provides health care for the sick and afflicted in far flung areas through their mobile health clinics under its village outreach programs.
POSAT foundation is a registered charitable trust, working for the upliftment of physically challenged children and adults. The patients are attended to by a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and special educators. These patients also need a variety of special mobility aids, viz., specially designed shoes, crutches, special chairs, walkers and wheelchairs. These aids are provided at cost price by the Trust to its patients. The children with hearing impairment are evaluated by audiologist and are then provided with necessary hearing aids.
The Company has supported POSAT foundation by funding the shortfall in staff expenses engaged in teaching children in their rehabilitation centre through the financial year 2016-17, for the procurement of equipment for differently abled children such as prosthetics limbs, shoes, special chairs, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, hearing aids, etc. and for procurement of equipment required for running therapy and special education classes.
Yogi Divine is a trust registered in Vadodara which undertakes several programs including medical care for the economically disadvantaged and tribal populace, education and relief work projects that promote the overall welfare of the society. The Company has contributed to its project of providing medical care and spreading awareness about the basic health and hygiene in rural areas. Yogi Divine Society has actively worked in several villages in districts of Panchmahal and Bharuch in the State of Gujarat.
UMANG works with children facing autism, learning disorders, and multiple disabilities with the specific objective of providing integrated, interdisciplinary care and holistic education to children with developmental disabilities. Their aim is training and capacity development of differently abled children and women from economically weaker sections of society.
UMANG provides a range of clinical services (ranging from paediatric assessment to therapies) which reach out to differently abled children who are in need of specific and often unavailable, treatment. Free training and therapies are provided for under-privileged children and on concessional basis for children from lower middle class families.
UMANG adopts a positive child-centric approach to achieve our mission and goal of rehabilitating economically disadvantaged children with special needs. The programs, education and early interaction with professional trainers and therapists helps to build competence, skills, and acceptance within the society. This in turn facilitates the future independence of the child.
The Company has supported their project of vocational training for unemployed rural women and entrepreneurship training to school leavers.
For more than 75 years, Children International has been providing assistance to children and families struggling in terrible poverty. Children International’s centrally located community centres, from which their dedicated in-country staff operate, provide resources, programs and services which help to reduce the burden of poverty on impoverished children and youth. They invest in their potential and provide them with the much needed opportunities to grow up healthy, educated and help to contribute to the society. They sponsor children and youth in the poorest parts of the world and aid them in becoming employable adults. Moreover, they deliver programs aimed at improving the health, education, and job-preparedness for these very young adults.
The Company has supported Children International in providing text books and stationery kits to secondary and post-secondary students in Kolkata.