80% of the top 100 companies for sustainability and CSR in 2021 incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their responsible business actions. The list of top 100 companies for Sustainability and CSR in 2021, prepared by Futurescape, reveas that the top 25 companies also map their business goals with respect to SDGs.
The year 2021 was particularly a low year for CSR. The CSR spending in the country fell by 64% in FY 2020-21 as compared to the previous year. According to the official data submitted to the union legislative body, the CSR spending of the last financial year amounted to Rs. 8,828.11 crore, which shows a steep fall as compared to Rs. 24,688.66 crore in FY 2019-20 and Rs. 20,150.27 crore in FY2018-19.
In 2021, for the first time, Godrej Consumer Goods has topped the CSR ranking list, followed by consistent star performers Infosys and Wipro. In addition to this, two Tata companies appear in the top 10. Overall, IT is the top-performing industry for CSR in FY 2021.
Top 100 Companies for CSR in 2021
1. Godrej Consumer Products Limited
Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. (GCPL) spent Rs. 34.08 crore on CSR initiatives in FY 2020-21. The company’s CSR initiatives reached over 2.77 lakh people from the most vulnerable communities.
During the last financial year, GCPL diverted 63 per cent of its CSR budget to initiate medium to long-term livelihood recovery programmes to support over 9000 nano entrepreneurs.
In addition to this, GCPL achieved zero waste-to-landfill and water positivity in the last financial year. The company is 100 per cent Extended Producer Responsibility compliant. It takes back the post-consumer plastic packaging waste equivalent to the plastic packaging it sends out.
The company made it among the top 15 in India in the leadership index of the Climate Disclosure Project. It scored an ‘A’ rating in climate disclosure, securing a place among top 25 per cent of all global companies.
2. Infosys Limited
Infosys Limited is an early adopter of CSR in India. It has been undertaking most of its CSR initiatives through Infosys Foundation, which was established in 1996, way before CSR was mandated in the country. In FY 2020-21, the company spent Rs. 325.32 crores on its CSR initiatives.
Over the years, the company has been focusing on sustainable business practices encompassing economic, environmental and social imperatives that not only covers its business but also the communities around it. The company’s CSR is not limited to philanthropy, but it includes holistic community development, institution-building and sustainability-related initiatives.
In the last financial year, the company launched Infosys Headstart with an aim to enabling digital skills at scale, in alignment with its ESG Vision 2030. Infosys Headstart is a platform that includes learning content developed by Infosys and leading content providers. It has been identified as a flagship intervention to empower people, communities, and society. Through this initiative, Infosys plans to empower over 10 million people with digital and life skills by 2025.
3. Wipro Limited
Wipro implements its CSR programs happens through multiple channels, majority of them being through Wipro Foundation. The company spent Rs. 251 crores for CSR in the last financial year.
During the last 12 months, Wipro has supported more than 1,561 projects covering humanitarian aid, integrated healthcare support, and livelihoods regeneration, cumulatively reaching over 10 million by its COVID-19 response. Under this, it has reached food, dry rations, and personal hygiene kits to over 10.2 million people, distributed 330 million meals, helped over 8.2 million people in livelihood regeneration and supported more than 500 non-profits involving in delivering humanitarian and healthcare aid.
The company’s education programs were instrumental in reaching over 1.1 lakh students across 14 states through means like mohalla classes, distribution of worksheets, books and other supplies.
4. Tata Chemicals Limited
Tata Chemicals is one of the leading Sustainability Champions over the past few years. The company has launched multiple initiatives and projects to conserve the environment and engages with local communities toward building an ecosystem that is sustainable and eco-friendly. The Company spent Rs. 21 crores on its CSR programs in FY21.
The company aided 6,878 farmers with capacity building, field demonstration and livestock management through digital and physical interactions in the last financial year. Additionally, it also provided support to rural women artisans of Okhai and transformed the region into a marketplace connecting 25,190 artisans across India to customers. Under its greening programme the company has planted 1.15 lakh mangroves across various sites along with conservation of local plant biodiversity at Mithapur.
Overall, through its CSR initiatives the company was able to impact the lives of 2 lakh people in the last financial year.
5. ITC Limited
ITC’s sustainability initiatives are driven by the belief that an organisation needs to serve a larger societal purpose keeping national priorities in focus. The Triple Bottom Line commitment of the Company to simultaneously build economic, social and environmental capital has orchestrated a symphony of efforts that address some of the most challenging societal issues including widespread poverty and environmental degradation.
In the last financial year, the company’s Social Forestry program greened 30,439 acres of land. The company was instrumental in reaching 0.33 lakh children through its education program. It provided skills to 12,470 youth during the year under vocational training programs. It supported construction of 640 individual household toilets in 28 districts.
ITC’s waste recycling programme, ‘Well Being Out of Waste (WOW)’, was responsible for collection of the quantum of dry waste collected during the year was about 70,900 MT from 1,067 wards.
In total, the company spent Rs. 353.46 crores on its CSR initiaitves in FY 2020-21.
6. Jubilant Life Sciences Limited
This year, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited has secured a place in top 10 companies for CSR against its last year’s 23rd position. Jubilant Life Sciences conducts majority of its CSR initiatives through Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. The company’s CSR interventions are reaching out to over 6.5 Lacs populations in 240 villages through multiple social development projects in the realm of health, education livelihood and social entrepreneurship.
The programs include School digitalisation program, improving the quality of education through programs like Khushiyon ki Pathshala (teacher’s training on value-based education) and Muskaan Fellowship (building capacity of youths to impart value-based education in the community); Swasthya Prahari and Arogya initiatives to promote health-seeking behaviour in the community; Livelihood initiatives like Samridhhi (SHG & micro-enterprise Promotion) and Jubifarm (Sustainable Agriculture programme) to strengthen the financial capacity of the community especially women; JBF with the Schwab Foundation recognise & award exceptional individuals in Social Business.
In the FY 2020-21 the company spent Rs. 5.83 crores on its CSR programs.
7. Grasim Industries Limited
Grasim Industries Limited has increased its CSR expenditure by about 45 per cent since the previous financial year. It spent Rs. 84.66 crores in FY 2020-21 as against Rs. 47.14 crores in FY20. It ranked 9th among the India’s Top Companies for Sustainability and CSR by The Economic times and Futurescape Responsible Business Rankings 2020. This year, its rank has jumped up to 7th in the list.
Grasim’s social outreach footprint is spread across 15 locations, spanning seven states in India. In FY21, the company was able to impact the lives of over 31.6 lakh people through its CSR interventions.
Its focus areas for CSR include education, healthcare, sustainable livelihoods, women empowerment, infrastructure development among others. At its various locations, the company operates six hospitals with a combined capacity of 370 beds. In FY21, 2,12,000 patients underwent various treatments at Grasim’s medical facilities. It operates six company schools with a total strength of 6,349 students.
8. Vedanta Limited
Vedanta Limited not only supports agriculture and rural development but also has a host of CSR initiatives focusing on themes such as water, energy and carbon management. The group has adopted advanced technologies to optimise water consumption, enhance energy productivity, mitigate climate change and safeguard diversity through their group companies including Hindustan Zinc (HZL), Cairn Oil & Gas, Electrosteels Steel, Sesa Iron Ore Business and Vedanta Aluminium.
During FY2021, Vedanta spent over Rs. 331 crore on social development activities, spread across our core impact areas of education, health, sustainable livelihoods, women empowerment, sports and culture, environment and community development. Its flagship CSR initiative for women and children has touched a new milestone, with establishment of 2,300+ Nand Ghars in 11 states and has positively touched the lives of ~52,000 women and ~65,000 children.
9. Tata Power Company Limited
Tata Power has made a major leap in the CSR ranking by securing a spot in top 10 as against its 57th rank in the last year. The electric utility company spent Rs. 3.45 crore on CSR in 2020-21. Its CSR initiatives are categorised into five thrust areas: financial inclusion, education, health & sanitation, water, livelihood & skill building.
Tata Power has always undertaken various initiatives with an aim to improve quality of life and ensure holistic development of its surrounding communities. The company deploys development initiatives to incubate, implement and multiply diverse community-based projects and interventions, to help build a better and sustainable society through Tata Power Community Development Trust (TPCDT). The underlying goal of the interventions is to transform the lives of the community through result oriented participatory approach.
The company’s Adhikaar programme is an interlinked socio-economic and scheme-based CSR initiative that aims to inform, enable and empower marginalised communities. Teaming up with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Tata Power Renewable Microgrid Limited (TPRMG) was set up to enable access to reliable and renewable electricity for 25 million Indians. The program was awarded with gold at 9th ACEF Asian Leaders Forum and Awards 2020 for ‘Excellence in CSR’.
10. JSW Steel Limited
JSW Steel Limited believes in creating value for all its stakeholders through quality products, consistent growth and CSR initiatives. In FY 2020-21, the company spent an amount of Rs. 78.32 crores towards CSR expenditure, and an additional Rs. 86.49 crores was transferred to the unspent CSR account.
The Company carries out its social and out of fence environment initiatives through JSW Foundation. Through the Foundation, JSW Steel has deployed a strategic inclusive development approach that encompasses preserving and building drinking water resources, building better sanitation facilities, conserving environment, providing health and nutrition amenities, providing quality education, creating platforms for skill-building and livelihoods, promoting sports and art, culture and heritage.
11. UPL Ltd.
UPL is a global provider of agricultural products and solutions. The company spent Rs. 100 crores on CSR in India, of which Rs. 75 crore was donated to the PM CARES Fund to fight the pandemic. In 2020-21, the CSR team undertook several initiatives around the country to meet development needs of diverse communities. UPL is supporting TYCIA Foundation for providing better education as part of Project Pace at Pratapgarh and Sultanpur. In this initiative, along with development of basic infrastructure, 100 students’ education will be supported by UPL. The company has installed 120 solar lights in Barmer- Rajasthan and 95 solar lights in Singhbara and Morena in Madhya Pradesh.
UPL is supporting the Gandhian Village Project in Palitana of Bhavnagar district where a multi-purpose community hall was built for the use of villagers. It is identifying new talent across various sports in Muzaffarpur by organizing sporting events and providing/supporting basic training infrastructure for the sportspersons. Project “Asptal” is a mobile medical unit which has been providing primary medical services at the doorstep of villagers in 5 districts of Himachal Pradesh since 2019-20. More than 3 lakh OPDs have been conducted so far.
To ensure that children in the surrounding region are nurtured to become responsible and compassionate citizens of the country, UPL has established Gnyan Dham Vapi Charitable Trust which is a voluntary organization managing multiple educational institutes. Sandra Shroff Gnyan Dham School in Vapi (Gujarat) was established more than 5 decades ago. It has been working to facilitate all round development of children in the early stages of life. The school is one of the 1st English medium CBSE schools of the region, catering to the educational needs of the local population. Shroff’s Rotary Institute of Chemical Technology (SRICT), Vataria, Ankleshwar stands tall in South Gujarat. Established and managed by UPL, the institute has been instrumental in providing quality manpower to the growing industries in the region. It is the 1st 5S certified and QCFI (Quality Circle Forum of India) approved institute of India.
Sandra Shroff ROFEL College of Nursing, Vapi (SSRCN) prepares professionally competent nurses who can deliver zero-deficit nursing care to patients. The institute believes that nurses should be partners with physicians and other health professionals in redesigning healthcare. SSRCN launched two government programmes – National Service Scheme (NSS) and Bridge Course Certificate in Community Health which was completed by 40 students, thus supporting the government in its efforts to take primary health to the remotest corners of the country. The UPL Center for Agriculture Excellence was inaugurated on 30th April, 2017 in Nahuli. The center organizes residential training programmes (free of charge) for farmers and agriculture students from across India.
UPL Niyojaniy is a joint partnership between Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), the Gujarat Industries Development Corporation (GIDC) and S.R Shroff Aajivika Trust (promoted and managed by UPL for imparting employable skills to the youth). 4 skill development centres (known as UPL Niyojaniy Kendra) are operational in Ankleshwar, Dahej, Halol and Vapi. These centres focus on providing industry specific skills to youth to undertake fabrication, chemical, electrical etc. work at factory floors.
The CSR initiative named Udyamita, has reached women in the remotest corners of Ankleshwar, Jhagadia, Vapi and Dahej. Through information dissemination drives, training programmes, exposure visits and mentoring, the team has been successful in inculcating the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst women. 6 micro- enterprises have been formed as a result and women members are successfully operating the same and getting gainful employment, even during the pandemic.
UPL has partnered with Nature Club Surat and forest department to preserve the wildlife of Dang forest and avoid man-animal conflict in the region, which was on the rise. The forest which was inhabited by many herbivores and carnivores saw a sharp decline in its animal life. The few remaining leopards attack the human population and their domesticated animals for their survival. To avoid such incidents the project has started to breed Deers and Ungulates for soft release in the wild forests. Planting trees has been a regular activity of UPL and Advanta Seeds. Last year Advanta Seeds in India planted over 3000 fruit trees. The fruit trees offset environmental impacts, provide nutrition and a healthy, clean environment for the community to enjoy. The team also ensured seedling survival by erecting tree guards and carefully nurturing them until the sapling matures into a tree.
UPL has been working towards conservation of the Sarus crane which is categorized as vulnerable on the IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List. Sarus crane (Grus antigone antigone) is a resident species and is known to use wetlands and agriculture fields. Since the bird is totally dependent on human approach for its survival and coexistence, they have been following a participatory mechanism involving farmers and other stakeholders for their conservation in Kheda district of Gujarat. Rural Sarus Protection Groups (RSPGs) have been formed, comprising farmers and youth who have voluntarily decided to contribute towards Sarus conservation.
The company’s programmes addressing national development needs are collectively known as “United Bharat” in India. Narmada district which falls in the southern part of Gujarat in India, has been chosen as an Aspirational District. UPL has joined hands with the government machinery in achieving this target. A holistic development approach is being followed with focus on making agriculture self – sustainable and profitable.
UPL is supporting Friends of Tribal Society to run and manage “One Teacher Schools” (OTS) popularly called “Ekal Vidyalayan” an institution established at the village level to provide holistic learning opportunities to tribal and rural children. These centres of learning are established with the support of the Gram Samiti and are managed by them to enhance self-reliability at the local level.
12. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. invested Rs. 92.78 crore in various CSR projects across India during FY 2020-21. This amount does not include Rs. 20 crore donation made by the company to the PM CARES Fund in FY 2020. M&M Ltd. partnered with Naandi Foundation to implement the ‘Agri Entrepreneurship Programme’ that imparts high quality agriculture training to 6,000 young individuals across Wardha (Maharashtra), Araku (Andhra Pradesh), Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, equipping them with a range of skills that would enable them to start earning a livelihood from agricultural activities (as agriskilled farmers or agri-entrepreneurs). The company partnered with Swades Foundation to provide livelihood support (goat rearing and fishing) to 679 COVID-19 impacted households, benefitting 3,054 individuals in Raigad District, Maharashtra.
The company provided CSR grant to Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust (partnering with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC) for purchase of ICU beds for the BMC managed COVID care centre at the NESCO convention centre in Goregaon, Mumbai. After the pandemic, these beds would be donated to healthcare centres with inadequate medical infrastructure in the rural areas of Maharashtra.
Their flagship CSR initiative, Project Nanhi Kali, supports the education of underprivileged girls in India who must often overcome deeply entrenched social restrictions and financial constraints to fulfil their dreams. 1.72 lakh girls benefitted across 6,346 academic support centres in 9 states. Of these, 73,669 girls were supported by the Mahindra Group, and 33,046 girls were supported by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. This year, despite government school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary community based Nanhi Kali Academic Support Centres were set up, with due permissions from the government authorities, to ensure continued educational support to the ‘Nanhi Kalis’.
The Mahindra Pride School (MPS) is a unique 90-day livelihood training programme for youths from socially and financially disadvantaged communities. Training is provided in the four domains of ITES, retail, hospitality and auto along with compulsory training in life skills, spoken English and computer skills. 4,342 students were trained in FY2021 by the Mahindra Group via 7 MPSs in Pune, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Varanasi and 3 MPSs in Chennai. Of these, M&M Ltd. supported the schools in Chandigarh, Varanasi and 2 schools in Chennai, which collectively skilled 2,520 students. Since its inception, 43,622 students have been trained through this programme. MPS has a track record of 100% placements. However, placements of students in 2020 and 2021 have been adversely impacted due to the ongoing pandemic. This year, delivery of instructions in MPS and MPC was conducted through virtual classrooms, thereby complying with the government regulations.
In 2007, the Mahindra Group launched Mahindra Hariyali with the aim of adding 1 million trees to India’s green cover every year. Today the project has transformed into a massive movement, with employees, customers, vendors, and dealers undertaking tree plantation drives across the country. 1 million trees were planted by M&M Ltd. in FY2021 to increase India’s green cover. Of these, 0.90 million trees were planted in the Araku Valley to provide livelihood support to tribal farmers growing coffee in the region.
Project Prerna was launched in 2018 by M&M Ltd. to empower women farmers in India by enhancing their knowledge, capability, and income. 3,260 women farmers were supported under Project Prerna by M&M in the vicinity of its manufacturing plants in Maharashtra, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. Through Project Prerna, women farmers witness an average 30-40% rise in their incomes, develop an entrepreneurial mindset and earn a dignified stature in their community.
M&M actively undertakes initiatives to protect and restore water resources of communities to support sustainable development. To increase the groundwater levels, M&M entered a Private Public Partnership (PPP) with the Government of Madhya Pradesh in Bhopal, and with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in Hatta, benefitting 48 villages. M&M has also partnered with NABARD for a watershed project in Igatpuri, Maharashtra, covering 20 villages and benefitting more than 23,020 individuals. Additionally, the company took up four projects with NABARD for capacity building among farmers who gained insights and skills on soil conservation. M&M also initiated a climate-proofing project in 3 micro watersheds to develop climate change resilient practices impacting over 3,453 beneficiaries.
M&M Ltd., SaveLIFE Foundation and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd. (MSRDC) have partnered to make the Mumbai-Pune Expressway a near ‘Zero Fatality Corridor’ (ZFC) by 2021. This includes interventions centred around the 4Es i.e., Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Response; this also includes training long haul drivers and the police force in lifesaving skills.
M&M also launched the MySeva initiative for employees, which aimed to extend the spirit of giving back in a personal capacity as well. Of the total volunteering hours across the Group, employees contributed 51,625 hours through the MySeva initiative and the remaining through the ESOPs initiatives. 83,789 person-hours were contributed by 10,184 M&M employees.
13. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is an Indian multinational pharma company based out of Hyderabad. It spent more than the prescribed amount on corporate social responsibility this year. While the prescribed CSR spend for FY2021 was Rs. 34.1 crores, the pharma company spent Rs. 36.08 crores.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is focusing on specific CSR initiatives that support social development. The implementation of these programmes is carried out through various partner organizations. They work primarily in the areas of education, livelihood and health. Pudami neighbourhood schools and English primaries aim to make available quality English medium education to children from underprivileged sections. 10 Pudami schools are educating over 4,103 students. Out of these 4,103 students enrolled in FY2021, 1,942 students were reached through online classes. Kallam Anji Reddy Vidyalaya (KARV), a model Pudami School caters to 2,178 students. Out of these students, 1,742 students were reached through online classes this year. Kallam Anji Reddy Vocational Junior College (KAR-VJR) was established in 2003, trains 10th class passed students in two-year vocational courses. The college offers courses such as computer science, computer graphics animation, accounting and taxation and medical lab technician. The college’s strength in FY2021 was 705 students were enrolled, out of which 309 students were covered through online classes.
School Improvement Programme (SIP) is implemented in 229 government schools covering 66,543 students, across seven districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Through SIP, CSR of Dr. Reddy’s provides remedial learning, computer skills, science education through mobile science labs, basic amenities such as safe water and sanitation. SIP also provides scholarships for meritorious students to pursue higher education.
The Community Health Intervention Programme (CHIP) covers 145 villages of Srikakulam, and Vizianagaram districts. This project was started in partnership with the NICE foundation to provide primary and preventive care at the doorstep, to a large segment of rural population that do not have access to safe and reliable healthcare in the region. In FY2021, they reached out to a population of 1.93 lakhs.
The livelihood programmes, implemented through Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF), focus on making the Indian youth employable, enhancing their earning potential.
The Grow programme aims at delivering high quality skill training to youth to help them get better skills and jobs. It particularly focuses on improving ‘core employability’ skills to ensure that the youth is equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills for his/her profession-of-choice and help to pursue their career. In FY2021, Grow impacted 371 youth. Grow PwD is a skill development programme, where differently-abled youth are given training in market-driven skills which enable them to gain a suitable employment opportunity. In FY2021, Grow PwD impacted 105 youth. Marking Integrated Transformation for Resourceful Agriculture (MITRA) assists farmers on technology and methodology in farming. This programme helps them enhance their income by increasing productivity. In FY2021, MITRA reached out to 30,603 farmers.
14. Tech Mahindra
Tech Mahindra has spent more than 2% of the average net profits of the company during the three immediately preceding financial years on CSR. This year, the company contributed a significant amount towards COVID-19 relief efforts. The total amount spent on corporate social responsibility projects was Rs. 105 crores.
CSR initiatives are mainly carried out by Tech Mahindra Foundation and Mahindra Educational Institutions, Section 8 (erstwhile Section 25) Companies promoted by the Company. Tech Mahindra Foundation essentially works with children, youth and teachers from disadvantaged urban communities in India, with a special focus on women and persons with disabilities. In FY2021, Tech Mahindra Foundation has successfully implemented 150 high-impact projects with more than 90 partners, directly benefitting 31,767 individuals. In addition, the Foundation reached out to over 1.5 million people across the country through its COVID Relief efforts.
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the TMF team shifted its emphasis towards carrying out relief activities for those who were the hardest hit – daily wagers, migrant workers, farmers, persons with disabilities and the transgender community. Through a structured and efficient intervention, the Foundation distributed nearly 6 lakhs ration kits, 3.20 lakhs cooked meals, PPE kits, masks, and medical equipment to hospitals. In all, relief efforts worth Rs. 14.82 crores were carried out over the year that continued into the current financial year as well. Till date, over 20 lakhs people have benefitted through these efforts.
Tech Mahindra Foundation’s educational initiatives under ARISE (All-Round Improvement in School Education) are long-term school improvement programmes, in partnership with local governments and partner organisations. The Foundation in 2020-21 worked with 30 government schools to turn them around into model schools of excellence. Around 6,400 students were covered under this programme.
In the year 2021, the Foundation expanded its work for children with disabilities through its ARISE+ programme. This programme is a variant of ARISE in which children with disabilities are provided chronic therapy as well as special education to help them lead more fulfilling lives. Through 25 projects, the programme enabled 2,776 differently-abled students to become better learners and more independent in managing themselves. As the interventions shifted to online mode, 430 students were provided digital tablets to ensure continuity of learning.
Shikshaantar, envisioned as a programme for enhancing the capacity of government school teachers, has emerged as an important CSR programme. TMF works with the Municipal Corporations in East Delhi and North Delhi by running their In-Service Teacher Education Institutes, and during the year under review, as many as 6,378 teachers were trained as part of this CSR initiative. This included specially designed modules for Digital Literacy, Cyber Security and Mental Health that were delivered to the teachers through online sessions. In order to increase the footprint of its work in education and reach the unreached, TMF launched a unique initiative in 2019-20 – the Mobile Science Lab. For this, a Mahindra bus was remodeled into a science lab on wheels that travelled across schools in East Delhi to provide STEM learning for children in grades 3 and 4. Though the programme could not be implemented because of COVID, a second Mobile Science Lab was commissioned through funding received from the National Scheduled Caste Finance & Development Corporation.
Skills-for-Market Training (SMART) is the Foundation’s flagship CSR programme in employability. It is built on the vision of an educated, enabled and empowered India, and the belief that educated and skilled youth are the country’s true strength. The programme started with three Centres in 2012 and is currently running over 100 Centres at 11 locations across India. These include SMART Centres, SMART+ Centres (training for people with disabilities), and SMART-T Centres (training in technical trades). In financial year 2020-21, Tech Mahindra trained 14,394 young women and men under its SMART programme, of which, 1,687 were persons with disabilities. Upon successful completion of the course, more than 70% of the graduates are placed in jobs across multiple industries. A significant achievement for the year was that the average salaries earned by the students increased by over Rs. 500 per month, despite the severe impact of the pandemic. Tech Mahindra SMART Academies provide the highest quality of skill training to youngsters in Healthcare and Digital Technologies. During FY 2020-21, 1,317 students were enrolled to the four Healthcare Academies in Delhi, Mohali, Mumbai, and Pune, the last of which started functioning in March 2021. In addition, another 710 students were enrolled at the SMART Academies for Digital Technologies in Vizag, Hyderabad and Mohali.
Mahindra Educational Institutions (MEI) – a not-for-profit, 100% subsidiary of the company has set up Mahindra Ecole Centrale in August 2014 – through a collaborative venture between Mahindra Educational Institutions and Ecole Centrale of Paris, France (now known as Centrale Supelec) and the JNTU Hyderabad – to offer undergraduate engineering programmes. Through this strong Indo-French Collaboration with Centrale Supelec and Industry connect with Tech Mahindra, MEC has emerged as a disruptive player in the field of Technical Education. MEI has sponsored the setting up of Mahindra University to introduce diverse streams of education in addition to Engineering.
15. Hindustan Unilever (HUL)
Hindustan Unilever was one of the first corporates to commit Rs. 100 crores towards societal work to complement the Government’s work on dealing with Covid-19. The company spent a total of Rs. 165.08 crores on corporate social responsibility in FY2021. In the midst of the pandemic, HUL donated over 2 crores soaps and sanitisers, bottles of toilet and surface cleaners, packs of Horlicks and other products to the frontline medical professionals, police officials, sanitation workers and vulnerable citizens of the country in partnership with the government and various NGOs.
The company supported healthcare infrastructure in India through various interventions. They partnered with medical institutions to provide almost 75,000 test kits to help ramp up testing. This was done in collaboration with public health authorities near our factories and offices in several states including UP, MP, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Dadra & Nagar Haveli. In Maharashtra last year, the company supported with medical equipment and personal protection equipment (PPE) for hospitals in consultation with public health officials which included 29 ventilators and 28 oxygen concentrators. HUL partnered with Apollo Hospitals, State Bank of India, OYO, Lemon Tree and others to create isolation facilities in metros, equipped with medical supervision, to reduce the burden on hospitals. In addition, together with the local administration the company helped setup 30-bed isolation facility in Haridwar and Nasik last year.
HUL delivered kits of 1 month food ration to families of over 40,000 students to ensure access to a well-balanced meal. In addition, factory teams helped returning migrants and landless farmers to get job cards and access work in their villages through the Government’s flagship programme, MGNREGA. Along with Prabhat partners, they also donated 2 weeks food ration to close to 1.2 lakh migrant workers’ families in more than 200 locations.
The company established the India Protectors Alliance (IPA) as a founding member in association with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and RBL Bank. IPA is a corporate-led alliance established to protect frontline workers including doctors, nurses, sanitation workers who have been the protectors of society amidst the pandemic.
Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) is a not-for-profit Company which was set up in 2010 to support and amplify scalable solutions that can help address India’s water challenges – specifically for rural communities that intersect with agriculture. HUF established its ‘Water for Public Good’ programme anchored in the belief that water is a common good and must be governed by citizen communities. The aim was to catalyse effective solutions to India’s water challenges involving government, communities, experts, and mission-based organisations.
HUF also focused on rebuilding lives disrupted because of Covid-19 in the medium to long-term period. Rapid assessment surveys were deployed by HUF’s NGO partners to collect data from the communities which allowed us to provide swift and context-specific support. This included food rations for returning migrants, livelihood support through MGNREGS job card registrations, seed provision for small marginal farmers, and access to government entitlements and schemes for vulnerable families.
HUL’s ‘Swachh Aadat, Swachh Bharat’ (SASB) programme is in line with the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) to promote good health and hygiene practices. In 2020, the programme continued to promote good health and hygiene practices by stressing the need to adopt three clean habits (‘Swachh Aadat’) of washing hands five times a day, using a toilet for defecation and adopting safe drinking water practices. The company has also created the Swachh Aadat Curriculum that teaches children in classes 1-5 the importance of adopting three clean habits – washing hands with soap, safe drinking water practices and using clean toilets over a 21-day period. The textbook version of the curriculum has been rolled out in government schools in Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Haryana with a total reach of 2.1 million children. In the absence of in-school learning in 2020, and to ensure that learning didn’t stop, the company launched a digital curriculum that was piloted in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Delhi teaching primary school students the importance of hygiene in these unprecedented times in a fun and interesting manner.
The Community Hygiene Centre – ‘Suvidha’ is a first-of-its-kind urban water, hygiene and sanitation community centre, that was first set up at Chiragnagar slum in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. HUL has now opened four more Suvidha centres in Mumbai in partnership with HSBC to give people access to clean water, sanitation and laundry facilities. There are three more centres in the pipeline. They have cumulatively saved over 25 million litres of water, via the five existing centres in Mumbai.
Project Shakti is HUL’s CSR initiative that aims to financially empower and provide livelihood opportunities to women in rural India. The Shakti Entrepreneurs are given training for familiarisation with the company’s products and basic tenets of distribution management. A team of Rural Sales Promoters (RSPs) coach and help Shakti Entrepreneurs in managing their business. Across 18 States, Project Shakti has nearly 1,36,000 Shakti Entrepreneurs whom they call ‘Shakti Ammas’.
Project Prabhat is a sustainable community development initiative that is linked to the Unilever Compass. It builds on local community needs at a grassroot level, in line with India’s development agenda and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By doing so, it’s contributing to a fairer and more socially and environmentally inclusive world, while using HUL’s scale for good. Project Prabhat has reached out to close to 6 million people across 19 states and two union territories since its inception in 2013. During Covid-19, more than 1.3 million people across the country benefitted from relief kits distribution in 2020.
Nutrition as a focus area for CSR was included in the Company’s policy from 1st April, 2020. In FY2021, the initiatives addressed the nutritional needs of people adversely affected due to Covid-19. Key beneficiaries were women, children, migrant workers and their families, people from vulnerable and low income groups and families of children enrolled in schools with Mid-Day-Meal (MDM) programme. The initiatives were implemented in association with external NGO partners in key locations including manufacturing units. About 93,000 meals kits containing staples, pulses, cooking oil and spices were distributed for use by the families.
16. Ambuja Cement Ltd.
Ambuja Cement is one of the leading players in the Indian cement industry and is trusted for its tailor-made product portfolio, suitable for diverse Indian climatic conditions. Money spent on CSR activities in FY2021 was Rs. 53.97 crores, notably more than the prescribed amount.
It primarily allocates CSR implementation through the social development arm ACF (Ambuja Cement Foundation), working mainly with communities around the manufacturing sites across 11 states. ACF continued to extend community initiatives during 2020 and undertook additional initiatives during the outbreak of COVID-19. The major focus of the CSR spend is invested in the host communities impacted around the manufacturing sites with thorough needs assessment conducted with the communities. Based on the need assessment and to largely enhance prosperity, six verticals have been identified: water resource management, livelihoods (agro-based and skill and entrepreneurship development), health and sanitation, women empowerment and quality education. ACF ensures people’s participation by creating village-level institutions with capacity building invested for these institutions so that projects carried out by the people are self-sustaining. Over the years, ACF has helped formalise the structure for CSR interventions through farmers’ clubs, farmer producers’ organisations, women’s federations, water user groups. The Foundation has also created village-level leaders to coordinate the programmes effectively and holistically help households thrive.
Water has been the key focus area for Ambuja Cement since the beginning. India is faced with an unprecedented water crisis where demand has outstripped supply. The primary aim of ACF is to address the water scarcity issues faced by the community by way of promoting water harvesting and conservation, river interlinking, safe and adequate drinking water availability and judicial water use. The water resource management programme has grown in dimension, in keeping with local needs across locations. ACF also focuses on water-saving techniques through promotion of sprinkler and micro irrigation system for efficient usage of water.
Agro-based livelihood generation remains a major focus area for ACF to improve the productivity of agricultural lands for improved yields and economic prosperity. This is done by building capacities of farmers and introducing scientific farm practices with greater use of technology for sustainable production. Agro-based livelihood initiatives are being implemented in 17 locations across nine states covering more than 2 million farmers. Three new farmer-producer organisations (FPO) were formed in 2021, taking the total to 14, covering 2.1 lakh farmers. More than 30,000 women farmers participated in various training initiatives. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) was extended to 1,418 more villages during the year, benefiting 1.69 lakh farmers.
To contribute to nation-building, ACF set up the Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (SEDI) to provide meaningful alternative employment opportunities to the country’s youth. More than 33 SEDI centres are operational across 10 states in the country, with more than 65,000 people placed in various roles. ACF has partnered with other corporates to widen the scope of training as well as provide placement opportunities. A new SEDI centre was initiated in Ajmer, Rajasthan. During the national lockdown, Kodinar (Gujarat), Chandrapur (Maharashtra) and Roorkee (Uttarakhand) SEDIs were recognised for providing their General Duty Assistant trainees to hospitals in urgent requirement of staff. SEDIs were also able to train 4,743 students and ensure job placements to 3,472 students during the lockdown.
Ambuja Cement’s village health functionaries (Sakhis) helped in expanding their Maternal and Child Healthcare (MCH) interventions in villages, reducing maternal deaths, neo-natal mortality, still births and reached institutionalised delivery of 87% in impact villages. Community clinics supported by village panchayats and village development committees were initiated in seven more villages during the year. A total of 1,260 patients were treated through each of the nine clinics in nine villages this year. ACF was among the first to initiate HIV/AIDS prevention measures for truckers through its Health Care Centres (HCC) and reach 33,471 truckers during 2020 across four locations. Around 377 Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and 12 HIV cases were identified during the year.
ACF promotes women-led Self-Help Groups (SHGs) to build capacity in managing accounts, credit rotation and income generation. The Foundation is supporting more than 2,413 SHGs, with 26,513 members managing a total corpus of Rs. 20.46 crores. Currently, there are five women federations which are formed as an apex body to help women achieve financial independence while training them to address mainstream issues like linking to various government schemes, sanitation and domestic violence. With financial institutions releasing schemes for women, ACF assisted 525 SHGs apply for the COVID Sahay Loan to receive Rs. 4.26 crores as livelihood support.
For Ambuja Cement, education intervention goes beyond contributing to infrastructure development in schools and colleges. It covers programmes which help in the holistic development of education systems in the locations where we operate. It involves infrastructure development as well as introduction of teaching aids and building capabilities for students and teachers alike. In a period of three years, 42 schools are now graded ‘A’ Category as compared to just 12 in 2016, reflecting a 350% jump. One key CSR initiatives is the Ambuja Manovikas Kendra (AMK), a school for specially-abled students, catering to 126 children. In 2020, 99 of them are enrolled under regular schooling, 10 under home-based rehabilitation and 17 at the skill development centre.
17. Toyota Kirloskar Motor India
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) was established in India in 1997, as a joint venture between Toyota Motor Corporation Japan and the Kirloskar Systems Limited. TKM derives inspiration from Toyota’s leadership in the global automotive landscape. The company believes in creating localized solutions and rendering them sustainable, by encouraging active local participation. The CSR team has conceptualized and established a sustainable community development model in this regard, where basic community interventions at the onset are refined into more strategic and holistic collaborations over time.
India accounts for over 10% of global road accident fatalities – the highest in the world. Most of these cases occur either due to carelessness or due to lack of road safety awareness, on the part of the road users. TKM, deriving from its philosophy of making safer transport systems, is committed towards road safety and have undertaken an initiative of strengthening the Traffic Training and Road Safety Institute – TT and RSI. With the objective of providing road safety training, Traffic Training and Road Safety Institute (TT and RSI) was established in 1975 by the Government of Karnataka. It offers long-term and short-term courses designed specifically to target audiences.
The institute also sensitizes varied stakeholders such as drivers from Government (KSRTC & BMTC) and private services, fire brigade personnel, home guards, traffic wardens, and school/college students. In collaboration with the Skill India mission, TKM intends to strengthen the GTTC institutes in Karnataka through its “Toyota way” approach. Through this CSR initiative, four GTTC institutes (Gokak (Belagavi), Udupi (Udupi), Maddur (Mandya) Hubli (Dharwad)) were identified for providing support through multiple phases.
TKM’s social interventions in the field of health comprise strengthening existing village level primary healthcare systems, by supporting with the required supplies and healthcare infrastructure. TKM has initiated a school-based health monitoring programme – Shaale Makala Arogya, as a part of its interventions towards ensuring a healthy and disease-free childhood. The programme primarily focusses on early detection of malnutrition, anaemia, and conducting eye tests.
TKM’s engagement with government schools since 2001 involves construction modern school buildings equipped with functional toilets. Support is also provided for furniture and additional essential equipment in these schools to foster a better learning environment. Till date, TKM has provided infrastructure support to 11 government schools in Karnataka. Overall, 2349 students have been positively impacted due to this intervention. The trust among parents and communities is enhanced as they now prefer to send their children to government schools over private schools. In FY 2020-21, the focus was implementing the handing over formalities to the education department, training of the Government teaching staffs and developed the SOP. Nearly 67 students have benefitted.
Water security is essential for the survival and sustenance of the communities. The anthropogenic pressure in the current years has led to depletion of water resources. As one of the mitigating strategies to address this problem, TKM has undertaken a lake rejuvenation programme in collaboration with the community. The initiative involves adoption of a lake (Abbanakuppe) spread across 3.4 acres, in the vicinity of the carmaker’s manufacturing plant., and working closely with local community for its conservation. The company provides guidance to the locals on conservation techniques and also build sense of ownership among them for the lake and concern of water security. Planning for the initiative commenced in 2016 and in subsequent years the idea was implemented. The CSR initiative has benefitted around 8,000 individuals from five villages around the lake. It has also positively impacted the local biodiversity. The project was handed over to the local municipal body in FY 2020-21, post carrying out the necessary maintenance work for the lake and its amenities.
Sewage from Bengaluru had severely affected the villages around Byramangala lake by contaminating the groundwater. The sewage effluents released in the water body had led to increased TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) levels in the ground water thus posing a health hazard for the communities in the vicinity of the water body. TKM intervened to solve this critical problem by providing access to safe and affordable drinking water to the communities. Water purification units were installed depending on the requirement of the community. Sustainability of these units was sought by TKM entering into a multi-year maintenance contract with the Gram Panchayats. This CSR initiative benefitted not only the villages installed with these water purification units, but the communities in the vicinity.
18. Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
Long before CSR was mandated by the Companies Act 2013, L&T was providing health and educational services to the underprivileged around its campuses. Today, L&T’s CSR programmes are well-established, focusing on areas that align with the global and national matrices of development: water & sanitation, health, education and skill-building. Total spending on CSR in FY 2020-21 was Rs. 150.06 crores which is 2.062% of profit after tax, above the mandated 2%.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown severely impacted the social sector as much as the economy. Health, Education, Skilling were among the most seriously impacted sectors. L&T, through its CSR efforts, responded swiftly to address the immediate needs of augmenting the health infrastructure, addressing lost livelihoods and supporting those suffering from Covid-19. The conglomerate reached out to 12 states in India with a spend of over Rs. 36 crores for Covid Relief in 2020-21.
The CSR of L&T has been on the frontlines in several ways – through setting up ICUs for treating Covid-19 patients, equipping Government hospitals with ventilators, providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, gloves and masks to health workers, as well as making available basic provisions like food to those in need. Most of the staff working on the CSR programmes assumed responsibility to educate communities about prevention and safety measures in the project areas and were available for counselling as well as referrals.
During the lockdown, an L&T initiative ensured food security to underprivileged children in Mumbai as a first response to the pandemic. Under its CSR initiatives, for over 10 years now, L&T has been reaching out to children in the slums around its Powai, Mumbai and Mahape (New Mumbai) campuses through balwadis and after-school study centres. These children belong to families that have just one daily-wage earning member, all of whom lost their livelihoods due to the lockdown. Thus, L&T’s primary concern during the lockdown was to ensure that these children should at least have food security. In collaboration with NGO partner Save The Children India (STCI), it undertook relief work to aid these children and their families, as well as other vulnerable families, all residing across Powai and Turbhe. Ration kits were provided to as many as 1,400 beneficiaries. Sanitation kits containing bathing and washing soap, toothpaste, hair oil and sanitary pads were also distributed among these families.
Soon after the first phase of the lockdown from March 24, reports started pouring in about daily-wage earners and migrant workers in Mumbai having no access to food supplies and even shelter. The local administration responded by setting up relief camps and food canteens, but the number of the distressed were overwhelming and the risk of many slipping through the cracks was imminent. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) approached corporates and NGOs for support. L&T and an NGO partner, Pratham Mumbai Education Initiative, responded quickly to the pressing needs. On March 30, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and others together launched an initiative named the Mumbai Food Project. L&T was one of the first supporters of this humanitarian drive. Temporary food camps and distribution zones were set up across Mumbai, serving nearly 8,000 packaged meals and kits of essential items a day. The drive was carried out through NGO Pratham’s well-established network and community programmes, with the much-needed support from MCGM.
In Chennai (Tamil Nadu) too, L&T swung into action to meet the urgent needs of the community. Frontline workers and staff at hospitals put in every effort to ensure the required care for patients in these tough times. There were many patients, caretakers, health workers and hospital staff in hospitals with no access to essentials, especially food. To mitigate their food problem, L&T, in association with the NGO YRG Foundation served 43,150 hygienically prepared meals (2500 meals per day for 17 days) across 7 government hospitals in Chennai. Another 20,000 meals were distributed in association with the ‘Feed My Chennai’ programme to people in distress (especially migrant workers and homeless people) who got stranded due to the lockdown and did not have access to food. The Government’s efforts to prevent the Covid infection and treat the infected were falling short, with limited overburdened resources. L&T responded to this challenge by supporting health infrastructure, providing protective gear and supplies for frontline workers as well as donating treatment, testing and diagnostic equipment.
In March 2020, most of L&T’s CSR projects were in readiness to be rolled out for the FY 2020-21. However, the pandemic struck, and the lockdown was announced. The enormity of the pandemic and its impact on the most vulnerable communities that the company worked with through CSR projects, posed a challenge. This was addressed by revisiting the projects, re-strategising them in line with the changed reality and reallocating resources. NGO partners were supported, so as to be at the forefront in order to reach out to communities by adapting to the new normal. L&T continued to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in all possible ways, and touched the lives of 12,139,76 individuals in 2021.
To make health care accessible and affordable to the underprivileged, L&T undertakes several CSR initiatives. The company’s 12 multi-speciality Health Centres are professionally staffed and provide outpatient and tertiary health services. Focus is laid on preventing infant, child and maternal mortality. Psychiatric OPDs and counselling clinics provided services for mental health and stress-related issues. A child guidance clinic supported parents and children who have behavioural problems and are scholastically backward.
L&T provided medical equipment and construction / refurbishment services to health centres and hospitals run by the Government or charitable trusts. Mobile vans took L&T’s health services to the underprivileged. Specialised health camps covered eye care, dental, paediatric and gynaecological care. Camps on reproductive health were conducted for deprived children and adolescents. Camps on preventive education and early diagnosis were held – especially for women, with a focus on breast and cervical cancers. Mammography and pap smear services were also provided.
L&T has a comprehensive programme for HIV/AIDS management and diagnostic and counselling facilities. It provided the Government’s free Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) at its ART health centre in Mumbai in association with the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO). The company runs artificial kidney dialysis centres for the underprivileged at highly subsidised rates at its Health Centres at Mumbai, Thane, Vadodara, Surat and Chennai.
19. NTPC Ltd.
The largest power company in India, NTPC Limited is an Indian statutory corporation. It spent a whopping Rs. 418.87 crore in the financial year 2020-21 towards CSR initiatives, which surpassed the prescribed 2% amount of Rs. 278.57 crore, thus achieving a CSR spend of 3.04%. The company contributed Rs. 250 Crores to the PM CARES Fund to support the Government in its efforts to fight COVID-19. NTPC was honoured at the CII-ITC sustainability award- 2020 for ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’, and received the FICCI Jury Commendation Certificate under the Category ‘Women Empowerment’ for flagship CSR project “Girl Empowerment Mission” (GEM).
Preference for CSR & sustainability activities is given to local areas around the company’s operations, ensuring that majority CSR funds are spent for activities in local areas. However, considering Inclusive Growth & Environment Sustainability and to supplement the Government’s efforts, CSR activities are also taken up across the rest of India. In the year 2021, about 500 villages and more than 450 schools benefitted from CSR initiatives at different locations. NTPC Foundation is engaged in serving and empowering the differently abled and economically weaker sections of society.
CSR activities for the pandemic include support for procurement of items for COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, proactive relief measures like regular sanitization of villages, distribution of PPE kits to health professionals, distribution of face masks to villagers and supply of groceries to the community, and support for Ultraviolet based sanitization technology for PPE kits being developed by IIT Delhi & Chakr Innovation. NTPC set up Burn Units at AIIMS Patna, AIIMS Bhubaneswar & King George Medical University Lucknow. It operates Mobile Health Clinics at various locations providing healthcare to unreserved areas.
The company lent support for developmental and beautification works at Charminar, Hyderabad, under ‘Swachh Iconic places Project’ of the GOI. NTPC provided support for construction, medical equipment and diagnostic lab at National Cancer Institute Nagpur, Maharashtra for cancer treatment. L V Prasad Eye Institute received help for the construction of operation room complex at MTC Campus. CSR support was provided for establishing Integrated Muscular Dystrophy Rehabilitation Centre “Manav Mandir” at Solan, Himachal Pradesh.
In education, CSR funding went to the construction of school and hostel for tribal children near the company’s Rihand project, in Uttar Pradesh and construction of school buildings at Varanasi Uttar Pradesh, Hoshangabad MP, Kannur, Kerala, Kalahandi, Odisha & Sambalpur Odisha. Quality education was provided primarily to rural community children through 34 schools located in NTPC’s townships. Libraries (Pustakalaya Project) were set up in selected 10 Primary Schools of Arunachal Pradesh.
‘NTPC Utkarsh Scholarship’ is a flagship CSR programme in education which provides scholarship to encourage and motivate the students who are pursuing secondary, high school, ITIs, Diploma/Degree in Engineering and also medical science studies. Another CSR activity this year was the education of around 180 girl students admitted to different Township Schools of NTPC. These students were selected at 4-week residential workshops under Girl Empowerment Mission (GEM), the flagship CSR programme held during summer vacation of 2019 at 23 projects and power stations of NTPC.
To enhance income generation opportunities within the villages, the company provided vocational training to the village youth and had undertaken livestock development and crop management projects. CSR of NTPC adopted 18 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and is setting up 8 new ones to enhance employability through vocational training, skill upgradation and income generation programmes. It signed an MoU with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) & National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) to develop the skills of 30000 youth over a period of 5 years spread in 12 states including 8,000 youth of Ladakh & Jammu & Kashmir in order to make all of them self-employable. 50 Sanitary Napkin Mini Manufacturing units (MMU) were set up in Odisha under “Stree Swabhiman” programme.
A Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) at the company’s Tanda, Rihand, Korba, Dadri, Bongaigaon and Farakka stations established in collaboration with National Institute of Locomotor Disabilities (NILD) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has benefitted about 2,900 physically challenged people with approximately 9,300 surgical corrections, serving aids & appliances in 2020-21. NTPC provided IT education to physically and visually challenged students through ICT Centre established at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore.
CSR of NTPC provided support to Archery Association of India for promotion of ‘Archery’ Sports for conducting National Archery Championships (NACs), National Ranking Archery Tournaments (NRATs) and for provide kits/apparel to Indian Archery teams for international participation.
20. Hindustan Zinc Ltd. (HZL)
Hindustan Zinc is the world’s 6th largest producer of silver and India’s only integrated producer of silver, lead and zinc. HZL is a subsidiary of Vedanta Limited, which owns 64.9% stake in the company while the Government of India retains a 29.5% stake. HZL spent Rs. 214 crores on CSR in FY2021. Hindustan Zinc received the CSR Health Impact Award in 2021 by ‘Integrated Health and Wellbeing Council’, as a token of appreciation for its exceptional response and on-ground work with extensive focus on life, livelihood and helping mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
About 62 employees and employee relatives signed up for volunteering for relief activities during the COVID-19 lockdown, including purchase and distribution of dry ration in local communities, feeding stray animals and mask-making. Additionally, 23 employee spouses voluntarily stitched close to 2,000 cloth masks during the lockdown, that were distributed to employees and in local communities.
Investment in strengthening the educational focus area is the biggest portfolio among Hindustan Zinc’s CSR initiatives. The second phase of Khushi Programme has been rolled out, spanning the next five-year period (FY2021- FY2025). In this phase, Khushi is working in 3,145 Anganwadis, covering more than 1,60,000 children in 2,400 villages of 5 districts of Rajasthan: Udaipur, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara & Ajmer. During the pandemic, with strong focus on reducing malnourishment, health screening of about 1.32 lacs children was done. 423 CMAM camps were conducted, through which 2,302 children were identified as severely acute malnourished (SAM). Of these, 963 children eventually moved out of SAM category.
To rehabilitate underweight and wasted children without medical complications and prevent future malnutrition, 295 PD (Positive Deviance) Hearth sessions were organized, with more than 10,400 mothers and their children. More than 2,000 ASHAs or AWWs were trained as Poshan Preharis to lead the CMAM (Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition) camp in communities. Also, 300 ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) received extensive training on maternal, child and health nutrition.
To ensure food and nutrition security, 1,900 Kitchen Gardens were developed at Anganwadis and households of malnourished children, pregnant & lactating women. Around 1,300 fruit-bearing plants were leveraged for AWCs (Anganwadi Centre) from the social forestry scheme of the Forest Department. WhatsApp and home visits, additionally, individual PSE (Pre-School Education) kits were provided to all the children to help them continue their learning at home. With growing accountability of the stakeholders from the community through continued convergent meetings and sensitization, Rs. 2.61 crore was leveraged during the year through local panchayats, multi-stakeholder alliance etc., for repair & maintenance of Anganwadis, development of kitchen gardens, sanitizers etc. For sustainability of the company’s larger CSR initiative, Anganwadi Sustenance Committees have been formed at 80% AWCs with more than 23,490 core community members.
HZL has five schools that are directly providing education to more than 2,200 children from vulnerable communities. This year, due to Covid-19 outbreak, online classes were undertaken through technology interventions in the company-run schools. Project Digital Shiksha continued amid the pandemic, to improve the learning experience of children by building digital capacities of more than 10,000 students. Hindustan Zinc also provides scholarship support for higher education to engineering students, as well as to girls from modest backgrounds.
As part of CSR project Shiksha Sambal, 7,232 students were imparted intensive education through digital technology platforms, as well as through home-based coaching for those who did not have android phones. As a result, about 85% (6,147 students) remained active in their studies even during the pandemic time. Study material was provided to all the students and their learning levels were assessed through open book tests. During the year FY2021, CSR of Hindustan Zinc took several initiatives to ensure that learning continued amid the COVID-19 outbreak for the students and communities from more than 64 schools of our project. Besides offering Education through online modes online, they went to the communities, distributed worksheets, experimented with IVRS, etc., to reach the maximum number of students.
The Unchi Udaan project is built on the foundations of Shiksha Sambal, and creates an opportunity for high performing students from government schools of the company’s operational areas to enter Engineering institutions of national repute. Till now, 184 students have been associated with the programme, with one batch appearing for JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) exams every year. All the 26 students of the second batch who passed JEE were placed in Government Engineering Colleges.
In the span of three years, 660 Persons with Disabilities (PwD) have benefited through the CSR initiative Jeevan Tarang. The focus is on empowering Persons with Disabilities to become contributing members of their families. Hindustan Zinc has taken the first step by catering to the educational needs of PwDs. Also, approximately 560 such individuals have been trained to use Indian Sign Language through a disciplined curriculum, and approximately 100 visually impaired children have been trained on technology.
Flagship CSR project Sakhi is geared towards mobilising rural women through SHGs, and developing their capacities in the areas of leadership, skill development and entrepreneurship. Under this project, there are 2,248 SHGs, 207 Village level Organizations and 7 Federations with a membership of 27,517 women. Leadership skills, imparted to more than 500 women through various training and capacity building programmes. Samukh Sakhis book keepers were empowered with digital tools such as Safal Saral software this year in order to ensure real-time data, transparency in managing accounting & book keeping of individual and group records digitally, leading to ease in transactions and minimum exposure during adverse times like COVID-19.
In partnership with the UN, a second chance education programme was piloted with Sakhi women in Rajasthan wherein, 370 women were enrolled for supporting further education through Open School to complete their 10th and 12th grade. Another 700 women benefited through the improved vegetable cultivation, through improved methods and market linkages with an objective to double their earning capabilities. Project Sakhi has federated the women artisans under the brand Upaya. It is a platform that promotes women artisans to hone new skills and link them with the market, thus building a self reliant social enterprise.
During the pandemic, Sakhi members supported us in our efforts to reach out to the most affected communities with food and other essential supplies. As many as 3,269 Sakhi members collected more than 10,000 kg of grains to create a Grain Bank, and supplied foodgrains to the deprived communities in the villages of South Rajasthan. As part of the Sakhi programme, a community kitchen was also set up and food was served through it to more than 7,000 migrant workers. The Sakhi members stitched 1.3 lacs masks and bodysuits to generate a total income of over Rs. 8 lakhs. More than 1 lac PPEs and 25,000 sodium hypochlorite liters of solution for fogging were provided to the district administration under this initiative.
In FY2021, CSR of Hindustan Zinc started skill interventions in two additional locations, totaling to 4 skill centres. The objective of the programme is to provide market-linked skill-based trainings on various trades – general duty assistant, unarmed security guard, micro finance executive, domestic electrician, data entry operator, retail sales executive, BPO executive, etc. During the year, through 3 different projects, 929 youth were enrolled for training in 17 different trades. Of these, 677 have been placed and 252 are still undergoing training. 34% of the total candidates who were trained as unarmed security guards were females.
Hindustan Zinc has always supported the community in Rajasthan in getting adequate access to clean drinking water. They have revised their approach from temporary water solutions to community-owned sustainable water management. During the year FY2021, HZL installed a total of 7 RO hub plants and 28 standalone ATMs for providing safe drinking water to 35 of their operating villages/hamlets, thus benefiting over 4,600 households 16,000 villagers. In total, 13 RO Hub plants and 39 standalone ATMs are now running in 52 villages.
21. UltraTech Cement
UltraTech Cement Limited is the largest manufacturer of grey cement, ready-mix concrete (RMC) and white cement in India. Part of the Aditya Birla Group, the company is actively involved in CSR. UltraTech Cement alone spent Rs. 121 crores on CSR in 2021.
The cement maker actively contributes to the social and economic development of the communities in which it operates. The company is doing so in sync with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to build a better, sustainable way of life for the weaker sections of society and raise the country’s human development index. Their CSR activities touch 500 villages around its factories, ensuring the upliftment of the communities they operate in.
UltraTech’s endeavour in CSR is to spark the desire for learning and knowledge at every stage of growth and development of a child through anganwadis, formal schools and colleges to informal vocational training centres. CSR of UltraTech Cement provides students from within communities surrounding its manufacturing locations with the tools for quality elementary education along with scholarships to encourage meritorious students. They support education for the girl child through facilities targeted at helping them stay in school. They support in providing mid-day meals and transport facilities to ensure that parents continue to send their children to schools.
Hospitals and healthcare centres comprise their channel partners for several healthcare projects spread across their manufacturing facilities and communities. They organise medical camps and immunisation programmes regularly, as well as help immunise children against polio. They provide support in treatment of disabilities such as cleft lip surgery and cochlear implant surgery for children, which have a life-changing impact. They also help provide artificial limbs for the physically challenged. They are working to provide medical help to the nearly blind, also extending support for carrying out cataract surgeries. They conduct preventive healthcare programmes for awareness about HIV/AIDS.
For the model village programme, the company has chosen 100 villages. They aim to help the villages become self-reliant in every aspect over a five-year timeframe. CSR of UltraTech helps them move out of the ‘below poverty line’ status. So far, more than 80 villages in India’s hinterland have already achieved this milestone across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. The CSR teams have formed Self-Help Groups (SHGs) across villages to enhance livelihood opportunities. These SHGs transform lives by running small scale businesses, providing employment to local villagers. These businesses are set up by consulting the locals based on their needs. The CSR programmes cover women empowerment, skill enhancement and vocational training, agriculture development, animal husbandry, soil and water conservation, watershed development and agroforestry.
Through Multi Skill Multi Sector Training Centres, CSR of UltraTech provides short-term training programmes in hospitality, computers, electronics, electrical repair, cosmetology, etc. They also run an Applicators Training Programme which provides special training to masons and others in the construction sector.
In a collaborative project with the Confederation of Indian Industries and Sector Skills Council – Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), UltraTech runs skill centres to provide training in automobile repairing, electrical services, IT enabled services, beauty and wellness, retail sales, garment designing, courier services and logistics. UltraTech works in collaboration with NABARD, MYRADA, ICRISAT, AFPRO and Aide et Action to increase the water positivity in the villages. The company engages with communities in order to help enhance social cohesion and well-being. CSR of UltraTech runs awareness programmes to advocate and support dowry-less marriages and widow remarriages. They also run de-addiction campaigns espousing basic moral values and gender equality.
22. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL)
Pursuing its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Vision – ‘Be a Model Corporate Entity with Social Responsibility committed to Energizing Lives through Sustainable Development’, BPCL is committed to the communities around its business and beyond, through its CSR initiatives. The Company relies on the strong partnerships it has built with the Government, credible not-for-profit organisations and other implementing agencies who are an integral part of BPCL’s CSR activities.
The disruption in activities caused due to COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a shift of focus towards addressing the hardships faced by the people due to the pandemic. Many interventions towards providing immediate relief to the affected communities were undertaken. Extending financial assistance for relief measures, BPCL further contributed Rs. 25 crore to the PM CARES Fund in the year 2020-21 over and above the Rs. 100 crore contribution done during the year 2019-20. Out of the CSR budget of Rs. 161.91 crore for the year 2020-21, Rs. 144.90 crore were spent during the year. The shortfall of Rs. 17.01 crore from the stipulated prescribed spend is mainly on account of delay in completing the projects as per timelines, due to restrictions imposed on account COVID-19 pandemic. The unspent amount of Rs. 17.01 crore has been mapped against such projects where expenditure could not be incurred and have been transferred to the UCSRA (Unspent CSR Account) and would consequently be spent in accordance with the applicable CSR Rules.
BPCL has persisted with its commitment towards enhancing the employability and entrepreneurship for youth in the hydrocarbon sector as well as in other sectors through the Skill Development Institute (SDI) at Kochi, Kerala. Since inception, 756 students have been trained and a batch of 123 students is undergoing training currently. In collaboration with other Oil & Gas Companies, BPCL also supported five SDIs in Ahmedabad, Vishakhapatnam, Guwahati, Rae Bareli and Bhubaneswar. While the activities in skill training institutes were affected due to the pandemic, the company continued to support the Skill Development initiatives for youth in Aspirational Districts of Madhya Pradesh. Online mode of training was adopted and 15 batches consisting of 375 candidates were trained in vocational skills and linked to employment and self-employment opportunities.
BPCL, in line with its thrust area of Education, continued its efforts to impart quality education through enhancement of learning levels of the students as well as through provision of infrastructure for creation of a conducive learning environment. The petroleum company undertook construction of school buildings in Betul, Madhya Pradesh and Malshiras (near Pune) in Maharashtra. Another initiative focusing on educating farmers was undertaken for imparting Diploma courses on Organic Farming. The initiative also included construction of dormitory blocks, staff quarters and dining block for the course. The project is completed and will ultimately help the farmers in achieving self-sufficiency in farming and allied agri-farming activities for better livelihood management.
Recognizing the suffering of people living in water scarce areas of rural and urban India, BPCL’s flagship CSR project ‘BOOND’’ based on Integrated model of water conservation technique was extended to Thane district of Maharashtra. This livelihood linked model will reach out to 282 households in three (3) villages and help in fulfilling the needs of the community towards own consumption as well as enhance the agricultural output over the years. Through project ‘BOOND’, the company has already converted more than 230 villages from ‘water scarce’ to ‘water positive’ over the years.
BPCL provided lifesaving medical equipment to the hospitals, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline workers, hygiene kits to the community and provided primary healthcare services through Mobile Medical Units in order to address the needs of the people, for whom access to healthcare facilities was limited. On announcement of the National Mission for vaccination drive programme, the Company provided cold chain equipment for the transportation and storage of COVID-19 vaccines in the two states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Amongst many other healthcare initiatives, the company continued its unflinching support towards cancer care by assisting more than 450 underprivileged cancer patients with holistic treatment in six cancer hospitals across the country. In spite of the intermittent lockdowns, the CSR project towards construction of an affordable cancer care facility and community awareness programme continues in Darrang (Assam), an Aspirational District. To highlight another health project, the Lifeline express ‘Hospital on a train’, which comprises seven coaches modified into a hospital, travels to interior parts of the country to serve the communities for whom reaching hospitals is an uphill task. The initiative has contributed in reducing the avoidable disability, early identification of diseases, screening and providing medical & surgical interventions to about 8,000 patients in the district of Balangir, Odisha.
Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme launched by NITI Aayog focusses mainly on improvement in the identified districts in the country. BPCL, in line with the programme, is working with rural communities in order to improve the living standards of the communities in these lowest ranked districts as well as Non-Aspirational Districts, thus ensuring inclusive growth for all. To address the problem of anaemia and micro-nutrient deficiency especially among young girls and pregnant women, the company has undertaken an initiative in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra where distribution of rice grains fortified with Iron, Folic acid and Vitamin-B is being carried out through the Government Public Distribution System. The project also focuses on livelihood support for poor farmers, restoration of historic water structures while also supplementing clean drinking water, library and sanitation facilities in schools.
BPCL is also taking up initiatives in other areas notified under the Schedule VII of Companies Act, 2013. In one such project, the company collaborated with the National Crafts Museum at Hastakala Academy (New Delhi) for reorganisation, restoration and preservation of more than 33,000 objects and artefacts. Further, with a futuristic view, it is also planned to digitally archive all the available collections of artefacts for easy access to the people and artisans. The Company is persevering in its support of the Swachh Iconic Places i.e. Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu and Sri Adi Shankaracharya Janmabhoomi Tirth in Kalady, Kerala.
With renewed efforts, BPCL participated in the Swachh Bharat Mission of Government of India and undertook more than 79,000 activities during the Swachhata Pakhwada by reaching out to around 62 lakh people. The activities included creating awareness on hygiene and sanitation and distribution of PPE kits for frontline workers. The company received an award from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) for its excellent performance in the Pakhwada.
Sustaining the efforts towards eliminating manual scavenging, BPCL has provided 13 robotic manhole cleaning machines i.e. 5 each to Indore and Coimbatore Municipal Corporations, 2 machines to Mumbai Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and 1 machine to Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC). The machines have been widely used and the efforts have been appreciated as it restored the dignity of the sanitation workers. The cleaning of sewer lines has benefitted more than 1.5 lakh people. BPCL’s support to Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC) with the above machine won the coveted national award – “SKOCH”.
As for CSR in sports, 5 of the Hockey players backed by BPCL namely Birendra Lakra, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Varun Kumar and Vivek Sagar Prasad were integral part of the resolute Indian Hockey Team that secured the Bronze Medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020. India bagged an Olympic medal in Hockey after 41 years. Ace archer Atanu Das has been performing exceptionally well and was awarded with the prestigious Arjuna Award. Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari represented the Indian Archery Team in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
In the Fazza International Para Badminton Championship held at Dubai, Arjuna Awardee Manoj Sarkar bagged the Gold Medal in Doubles event and Bronze Medal in Singles event. Manasi Joshi won Silver Medal in Singles event and Bronze Medal in Doubles event. In cricket, Surya kumar Yadav made his debut in the T-20 series against England and was instrumental in the victory of the Indian team. Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey were part of the Indian team that won the T-20 series against Australia.
23. Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (APSEZ)
APSEZ (Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited) is India’s largest port developer and operator comprising 12 ports and terminals and 498 MMT of augmented capacity. It provides marine services to those customers at five ports: Mundra, Hazira, Dhamra, Kattupalli and Dahej. The company also possesses the largest container handling facility in India. The company has spent Rs. 72.99 crores on CSR activities in 2021. This amount is more than 2% of average profit for the three previous years with respect to standalone financial statements. The excess CSR spent of Rs. 16.24 crores will be carried forward for set off for FY 2021-22 as per provisions of the Companies Act, 2013.
The bottom-up tactical approach is applied i.e., all programmes originate from the engagement of CSR teams within the community. Community engagement focuses on the marginalised and vulnerable communities like fisher-folk, farmers, women, children, widows and the differently abled. APSEZ contributes to the inclusive growth of communities, more so in the areas where it operates. The company has been promoting CSR activities in its operational areas through Adani Foundation. To ensure holistic development of every member in society, the company supports
The Dhamra Port Wellness Centre started operations from December 8, 2019, located in a strategic place to cover the villages of Dosinga, Koithkhola, Karanjmal, Bansada, Jagula and Dhamra gram panchayats out of the eight periphery gram panchayat of Adani Dhamra Port vicinity. Running in a partnership mode with HelpAge India, the Centre provides basic health care and referral services to people residing in these inaccessible areas deprived of basic health services. It also extends the first aid services to road accident victims considering its location on the road between Dhamra and Koithkhola leading to Bhadrak. In FY2021, the wellness centre provided healthcare services to 12,289 people.
24. Apollo Tyres
Apollo Tyres is known for the manufacture and sale of tyres. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana. The company’s CSR spend for 2020-21 was Rs. 12.9 crores. Its CSR approach stems from its vision statement mentioning ‘continuously enhancing stakeholder value’. The CSR efforts resemble a steadfast focus towards promoting inclusive growth and improving the quality of life, in the regions where the company operates.
The CSR programmes are designed to be in consonance with the national development priorities as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to the social stakeholders, the Environment is also considered a crucial stakeholder, hence Biodiversity features as a global initiative with projects implemented in India, Hungary and The Netherlands. The company has been fostering collaborations and partnership through the Apollo Tyres Foundation for reaching out to an expanded base of beneficiaries.
This year, the company continued to focus its CSR activities around its two key themes – ‘Environment’ and ‘Social’. Within Social, there are two sub themes – Health and Community Development. To provide quality healthcare services to the mobile population, it operates 31 Healthcare Centres in the transshipment hubs spanning across 19 Indian states. The programme provides healthcare services such as Prevention and Awareness of HIV-AIDS, Vision Care, Integration of Tuberculosis and other Non-Communicable diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and General Treatment facility.
Among India’s millions of truckers, nearly half drive on long distance routes and have been found to be at high risk of HIV and other STIs. Under this CSR initiative spectrum of services are offered i.e. Behaviour Change Communication (BCC), Sexually Transmitted Infection Treatment (STI), Counselling, Awareness through Peer Educators (PE), Condom Promotion, Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) support.
Apollo Tyres Foundation delivers this service through staff and Peer Educators (PE) or volunteers. PEs play an important role in creating awareness about health services and referring the beneficiaries to healthcare centres due to their local connect. So far, the programme has mobilised about 1,021 active PEs across its locations. Periodic training and capacity building workshops are organised with peer educators to cascade the health awareness message within the trucking community. During COVID times, virtual training sessions were organised for PEs and communities to push the awareness messages related to protocols.
Vision Care service is targeted towards addressing the vision related problems faced by the trucking community. Identifying vision impairment as a major health threat to the trucking community, Apollo Tyres initiated its vision care initiative in the year 2015. The programme provides doorstep solution for vision care problems. The organisation has partnered with Essilor India Pvt Ltd (2.5 NVG) for providing affordable and sustainable vision care services to the trucking community. Beneficiaries identified with refractive error issues are provided with low-cost spectacles and cataract patients are linked with the nearby government hospital for further treatment. In the financial year 2020-21, 32,611 people availed vision screening facility out of which 17,082 people were identified with refractive error issue and 2,361 spectacles were distributed.
Apollo Tyres has joined the ‘Jan Andolan’ for Tuberculosis (TB) free India to contribute to India’s National TB Elimination Programme (NTEP) to meet the ambitious goal of eradication of TB from India by 2025. The organisation has partnered with USAID, The Union and Central TB Division for TB initiative. In the past year, two webinars on the theme of Partnership for Action against Tuberculosis (PAcT) were organised. The work in this domain has earned a recognition certificate by the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs (MoHFW). Apollo Tyres has seven Designated Microscopy Centres (DMC) at Agra, Gwalior, Guwahati, Mundra Port, Delhi, Kanpur and Agartala location. Out of the total 7 DMCs, two in Agartala and Mundra Port were inaugurated in 2020-21. Total 3,659 people were screened for TB testing and total 170 positive TB cases were identified. Out of these 151 positive cases were linked to DOTS centre for TB treatment.
Due to lifestyle issues, lack of awareness and access to medical facilities, trucking community is more vulnerable and at higher risk of getting non-communicable diseases. During the OPDs, an increase in diabetes and high blood pressure cases amongst trucking community was an alarming sign and therefore the organisation started screening of diabetes and hypertension. At all the healthcare centres (HCC), diabetes screening and blood pressure check-ups are conducted. Also, there are other generic treatment facilities provided at each healthcare centre for ailments such as fever, cough, cold, flu and other basic first aid features.
Mobile Medical Units (Apollo Tyres Healthcare Express) started to provide healthcare services to long-distance truck drivers who do not get the opportunity to visit the healthcare centres. The mobile medical unit provides its services at the highways, district borders and trucking halt points. The main objective of this service is to provide doorstep healthcare facility for the trucking community.
Tele Medicine Consultation Service was introduced during the COVID-19 lockdown period to provide uninterrupted medical consultation facilities to the trucking community while keeping in view social distancing requirements. The tele medicine consultation facilities is available at all the 31 healthcare centres with technical support of Telerad Foundation, whereby an online consultation service with the doctor for the beneficiaries is conducted. Total 8,569 people were benefitted through tele consultation facility in FY21. The major reason for increased outreach has been the focused 15 days TB awareness and testing campaigns organised across locations twice in the year.
Apollo Tyres is also conscious of the perils of irresponsible disposal of used tyres. To reuse the discarded tyres, it has initiated ELT Playgrounds project. Play structures made from tyres help the school kids in improving their agility and fitness, and also sensitises them on the concept of reuses and recycle. In FY21, one such playground was constructed at Karanja Maharashtra location, making the total to 14 ELT playgrounds.
The livelihood initiative Navya addresses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) SDG 5-Gender Equality and SDG 1: Poverty. To address the problem of poverty and poor social status of women in the community, Apollo Tyres has started skill building and income generation programme namely Navya, for the women in the villages around its manufacturing locations (they are agriculture and non-agriculture-based initiatives). Under this, women are reached through SHGs. The main objective of this CSR initiative is to create livelihood opportunities at doorstep and develop entrepreneurship capabilities of underprivileged women. The women beneficiaries are trained and further linked with the market to enhance their income. As a result of this initiative trained women have started their own business where they are not only supporting their own families but also providing employment opportunities to other women of their villages. Over 6,500 women directly benefitted through virtual engagement mode. In the reporting year, 2,557 women were trained in different livelihood activities and 897 women started income generation activities to support their families. The biggest landmark of the programme was linking women beneficiaries to various government schemes for livelihood generation. Total 3,133 women beneficiaries and 9 income generation units were linked with government schemes.
25. Hero MotoCorp
On January 21, 2021 Hero MotoCorp achieved the unique and momentous milestone of crossing 100 million bikes in cumulative production and sales. As a trusted motorcycles and scooters brand for near four decades, the bike maker has met the mobility aspirations of more than 100 million customers in over 40 countries. Hero MotoCorp spent Rs. 99.73 crores on CSR in 2020-21.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, they considered it their responsibility to support the people & communities in need. As a responsible organisation, they earmarked a significant amount of CSR spends for various initiatives undertaken to support frontline workers and vulnerable communities. In order to meet the increasing demand for essential equipment, they produced hand sanitizers at the company’s plants and made provisions for manufacturing face masks & PPE kits through various partners. The company distributed 23 lakh meals, 34000 ration kits, 37201 litres of sanitizers, 44 lakh face masks and 44000 PPE kits to the government hospitals, police departments and other agencies to fight Covid-19. The company also redesigned a few motorcycles as ‘First Responder Vehicles’ (FRVs) to support the healthcare fraternity and mobilize staff amidst the lockdown. 60 unique FRVs were handed over to the government authorities, to be used as an ambulance.
Road safety awareness is an essential intervention for preventing road accidents and making roads safer. Hero MotoCorp manages six road safety training parks across the country and offer motorcycles and scooters rider training to college students as well as the general public. This year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, they reached out to more than 1.11 lakh participants through our off-line and on-line road safety classes.
Community development programs in Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Gujarat along with a few suburbs of Delhi-NCR are focused on healthcare, education and livelihood improvement, underlying our commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Project Khelo Hero focuses on the development of sports at the grassroot level. It strives to encourage the sporting culture in the country. A total of 29 talented athletes were supported this year by Project Khelo Hero. Till date, the project has benefitted more than 2500 athletes. Project Arogya primarily focuses on the healthcare needs of communities surrounding the company’s areas of operation. Project Arogya runs three Mobile Medical Vans in Dharuhera in Haryana, Neemrana in Rajasthan and Halol in Gujarat, offering medical assistance and basic treatment to over 50,000 community members. Similarly, a Satellite Vision Centre, organised in collaboration with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, at village Malpur near the Dharuhera unit, has provided medical assistance to 600 community members.
Voltas is a part of the TATA Group. With its ‘Make in India’ philosophy, the company has steadily moved forward in the fields of Air Conditioning and Cooling Products, Engineering Projects and Engineering Products & Services. Carving a niche for itself, Voltas is also present in the Home Appliance segment through its 50:50 Joint Venture with Arçelik (VoltBek). During the financial year 2020-21, Voltas has spent Rs. 11.71 crores (2% spend requirement was Rs. 11.50 crores towards various CSR activities, in line with the requirements of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.
All its interventions for social good are need-based and sustainable. As a part of the company’s 2025 vision, CSR of Voltas is committed to create a more employable and empowered workforce through focused CSR programmes in skilling, education, and community development. The company supported its rehabilitative intervention for the pandemic-impacted migrant labourers in Uttar Pradesh. The project was implemented by the Tata Trusts and focused on food security, making Government schemes available, providing livelihood opportunities, and policy advocacy. It reached out to 2,100-gram panchayats, 65 blocks and 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh, and positively impacted around 4,00,000 beneficiaries directly.
The company acknowledges skilling and employability enhancement as crucial factors in developing self-reliance among community youth and women. In line with this recognition, Voltas has adopted it as its flagship skilling programme. The CSR of Voltas has ventured into offering both, technical as well as non-technical courses. It upgrades skills of the existing technicians and helps them with certification to boost their confidence and work opportunities. Recognition of Prior Learning is an effective training initiative that has been undertaken for over three years now. It has positively impacted work efficiency, productivity and income of the existing unskilled as well as semi-skilled technicians.
The company also aims to share domain expertise with various stakeholder groups, including trainers from ITIs and other private organisations. The idea is to help the RAC industry with knowledge and expertise that it has developed over six decades of rich experience. Safety is another crucial area that falls within the Company’s CSR initiative periphery. Safety instructions are imparted under all Voltas’s training-based programmes.
Brazing is a critical skill in the HVAC industry. There is always a shortage of skilled Brazers in the market, and very few ITI institutes offer RFM course in their syllabus. To manage these challenges and develop skilled workforce considering the current and future requirements, Voltas has developed an internal training module to train more Brazers. The skill development programmes have improved the skill index of the contract base associates and even enhanced up-skilling of the existing workforce. The programme started in October 2020. Under this initiative, Voltas trained 40 Brazers internally, including 8 female associates.
Under Affirmative Action, Voltas is making an effort to reach out to SC/ST youth through its exclusive programmes. Apart from electrical or plumbing training through a skilling centre at Panvel or stitching and tailoring classes at Bethany, Panvel, these programmes aim at supporting the beneficiaries to be gainfully employed.
Voltas undertook participatory groundwater management at the Beed district of Maharashtra. This initiative was aimed at long-term intervention to address water scarcity in the perennially drought-prone area of Beed. Under phase two of the programme, six needy villages were identified for participatory groundwater management. The programme aimed at improving the lives of people through adoption of integrated approach for water resource management, sustainable agriculture and livelihood enhancement. This programme, therefore, aims at reducing the impacts of drought by undertaking various water-conservation and recharging measures with people’s participation. The Village Water Committee acts as an apex body to plan and implement water and agriculture-related activities in the village and monitor water usage.
27. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited is an Indian pharmaceutical company headquartered in Mumbai. Glenmark has been an early mover on Covid-19 products, including on anti-viral drug Favipiravir. The pharma company’s prescribed CSR budget for 2020-21 was Rs. 30.51 crores while the actual spend was higher, at Rs. 49.22 crores.
Glenmark Foundation is the CSR arm of the company. The foundation initiated child health intervention Project Kavach (“Kavach” translates to a shield which signifies protection). These interventions aim to improve performance across health indicators of pregnant/lactating mothers and children between 0-6 years. This programme has been undertaken in collaboration with NGO partner Institute for Global Development (IGD) with a focus on augmenting holistic development of children under the age of 6. The programme encompasses interventions that support all round development of children in the age group of 0 to 6 years and pregnant/lactating women touching psychological, physical and social aspects. Emphasis is also placed on improving their overall health and nutrition level. Recognising the crucial role, the Anganwadis play in supporting the health of children and mothers in the district, they focused on enhancing their efficiency and self-resilience through capacity building programmes for the Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, community members, local leaders and Panchayati Raj Institution leaders.
To overcome the challenge of unskilled manpower, CSR of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals have aligned their CSR initiative with the Government of India’s Learn and Earn scheme called the ‘National Employability Enhancement Mission’ (NEEM). The initiative is implemented at 6 operational locations. In association with Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, they have provided rehabilitation and generation of livelihood opportunities for differently abled individuals by providing artificial limbs, fitments and calipers.
Glenmark Aquatic Foundation (GAF) was established in 2015, towards promoting swimming and improving the ecosystem of the sport in India. Through GAF, the company aims to enable individuals achieve podium finishes in swimming and represent India at an international level. To lead individuals towards unlocking their potential and talent, GAF provides Centres of Excellence at Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore which has enabled budding talent to flourish. The centres deliver best in class infrastructure and facilities.
Coaching supports the swimmers in developing their full potential and provides motivation to actualise their passion to success. GAF aims to align coaches with global best practices and provides support to enhance their skills through a Coach Education Programme. A partnership with the Swimming Federation of India enhanced collaboration at the sectoral level and helps GAF engage more actively with swimmers at the national level. With the aim of providing all round support to the swimmers; from training strategy, sponsorships to international and national competitions, sport science support and education, they have adopted “The Elite Squad”, India’s first and largest scholarship scheme in swimming.
28. Tata Consultancy Services
Part of the Tata Group, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for over 50 years. The company spent a total of Rs. 674 crores on CSR in FY2021, higher than the prescribed spend of Rs. 663 crores.
As the unprecedented impact of the pandemic hit communities across the globe, TCS focused on building resilience. While the safety and wellbeing of its employees and ensuring support to its customers were key, it was equally important to continue the mission critical services that the company was performing around the world to help people transition into this new beginning. TCS contributed a whopping Rs. 250 crore to the PM Cares Fund to support vulnerable and marginalized populations in India.
TCS provided more than 100,000 PPE to police and front-line workers and supported the building of isolation centers in Noida. The company also built capacity for 200 doctors across 22 hospitals, in collaboration with Tata Trusts and CMC Vellore Hospital and Care Institute of Health Sciences, supporting these essential workers at a time when the pandemic was at its peak.
TCS’ vision is to empower communities by connecting people to opportunities in the digital economy and mission is to build inclusive, equitable and sustainable pathways for all including youth, women and marginalized communities. By prioritizing TCS’ focus on education, skilling, entrepreneurship and employment it seeks to help people and communities bridge the opportunity gap. The company also supports health, wellness, water, sanitation and hygiene needs of communities, especially those that are marginalized.
The Company’s CSR strategy incorporates an inclusive approach into the design of every programme. In India this is aligned to its support of the Government of India’s Affirmative Action Policy and the Tata Group’s Affirmative Action Programme. Opportunities for employees to volunteer time include skills-based volunteering, pro bono support to community-based organization and social cause leadership. In FY 2021, more than 69,000 employees volunteered over 787,000 hours to support these initiatives.
Over the last two decades, TCS’ Adult Literacy programme has not only helped create basic literacy for groups that are otherwise left behind, but has also empowered its female beneficiaries to become income generators and change agents within their own communities. Literacy empowerment has resulted in social and economic inclusion, as well as access to government benefits, insurance schemes, financial stability and, in some cases, financial independence. TCS’ proprietary Computer Based Functional Literacy (CBFL) solution continues to help people across India and in Africa achieve functional literacy (reading, writing, arithmetic) within 50 hours – 1/6th the time demanded by conventional learning methods. In FY2021, TCS invested in efforts to broaden its scope to include financial and digital literacy modules, so that the programme is elevated to integrate a path to enhanced livelihoods while creating relevance for its learners in the new digital world.
BridgeIT, is a youth entrepreneurship programme that has played a pivotal role in enhancing access to new opportunities. The programme enables economic growth to be more inclusive allowing rural entrepreneurship to become key enablers in overcoming discrimination and raising the standards of living of those in rural areas. An intensive training infrastructure, access to digital tools and resources help youth participants to emerge as confident, savvy entrepreneurs that are empowered to offer digitally-enabled services that not only support their own financial independence, but also create a the much-needed connect for rural populations. With access to digital within its core theory of change, the programme also implements Computer Aided Learning (CAL) in Government schools and supports literacy for adults through Computer Based Functional Literacy (CBFL) modules.
Through Lab on Bike, implemented in association with Agastya International Foundation, associates volunteered to provide more than 600 students and teachers access to quality hands-on basic education designed to foster creative thinking, problem-solving and communication skills. Associates also conducted computers, English, science and Math lessons for 40 students of Ashram Vinay Mandir School. Over 2,800 people from rural communities in Karnataka and Puduccherry were supported by TCS volunteers. Students were provided access to computer, internet, multimedia learning while employment-related mentorship was provided to the youth. Adults in the villages benefited from the healthcare advice and awareness programmes.
29. Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services
Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited, part of the Mahindra Group, has emerged as one of India’s leading Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), offering quality financial products and services to a wide customer base in India’s semi-urban and rural areas. Their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives attempt to transform the lives of indigent communities, who look forward to financial security and a better life, by improving their choices and enabling their access to sustainable livelihoods.
The Mahindra Finance CSR Foundation, formed in 2019, undertakes CSR initiatives for the company. In the reporting year, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services spent Rs. 32.54 crores on Corporate Social Responsibility programmes including the management overhead of Rs. 41.49 lakhs. Apart from these tangible contributions, they have also set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund at Mahindra Foundation, where employees of Mahindra Group made contribution to support individuals whose livelihood were affected during the pandemic.
The business has identified the Driver community as one of its key stakeholders. Driving as a profession is highly prone to uncertainties and they face several challenges such as high incidence of accidents, long working hours, financial problems, aspire for quality education for children and most importantly, respect in the community, amongst others. To address challenges faced by drivers and their families in their daily lives, and to further strengthen the endeavour to support drivers, Mahindra Finance launched flagship programme – SWABHIMAAN – a holistic driver development programme. They initiated this multilayer programme to address the most material issues of the drivers to bring about meaningful change in their lives.
Multiple interventions are being implemented focusing on skill development, livelihood generation, education support for the drivers’ children and health and financial security for the drivers’ families. They provide around two months’ training for 1,500 (1,000 males for light motor vehicles (LMV), 400 women for LMVs and 100 women for an Auto rickshaw) beneficiaries. The programme is being implemented in selected states. Auto-mechanic training for women promotes automotive skills amongst women to enhance livelihoods. The programme entails a two-month training for 500 women beneficiaries in selected states.
The road safety CSR programme imparts knowledge of safe driving practices and vehicle maintenance to drivers. This is a four-hour refresher training programme for 1,000 drivers in selected states. Financial Planning (Dhan Samvaad) has the objective to inculcate good financial practices for better money management. This is a 90-120 minute session conducted for 25,000 drivers from selected states. Saksham scholarship provides financial aid for the education of drivers’ children studying in grade 1 to 12, pursuing graduation & post-graduation.
After the success of Divyang Vikas Kendra, Bhopal, the NBFC further extended support by starting one more Skill Building Centre. This time in Visakhapatnam. It is known as the Sarthak Divyang Vikas Kendra, Visakhapatnam and the centre provides vocational skill training for employment in IT-ITes, organised retail and hospitality sectors. The project aims to cater to the demand for a skilled workforce of PWD required in various industries by way of carrying out job mapping drives and making the candidates competent and skilled to perform the job.
30. Adani Power
Adani Power Limited (APL) is India’s largest private sector thermal power producer. APL’s operating capacity comprises thermal power plants in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and a solar power unit in Gujarat. The Company has incurred operational as well as net Loss during the three immediately preceding financial years and hence the compulsory CSR spent during the financial year under review is not applicable. No subsidiary of APL, except Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL), was under legal obligation to spend for CSR activities in terms of the applicable CSR laws and Rules under the Companies Act, 2013. Legal obligation to spend for CSR activities by UPCL during the financial year 2020-21 was Rs. 76.21 lakhs against which UPCL has directly spent Rs. 93.93 lakhs for various CSR activities in compliance with applicable CSR rules for mandatory spending.
APL continued various projects under CSR with financial support from its subsidiaries and Adani Foundation. During the financial year 2020-21, through the support of Adani Foundation, Rs. 10.56 crore has been spent for continuation of all existing CSR programme and APL along with its subsidiaries have voluntarily spent total Rs. 2.77 crores on various CSR activities.
To encourage meritorious students continue their studies, Adani Foundation conferred scholarships. During the financial year 2021, 700 meritorious students, who met the criteria, residing around the Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. plant were conferred Adani Scholarships amounting to Rs. 20 lakhs. Students who scored 80% and above were eligible to secure this scholarship, which was granted for various levels such as SSLC, Diploma, Pre-University Course (intermediate), Graduation, and Post-Graduation, and for courses including (but not limited to) engineering, medical education and nursing.
31. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. (ABFRL)
With revenue of Rs. 5,249 crores and spanning a retail space of 8.4 million sq.ft., Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) is India’s first billion-dollar pure-play fashion powerhouse. It has a repertoire of leading brands such as Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly and Peter England established for over 25 years. Pantaloons is one of India’s largest fast fashion store brand. The Company also holds exclusive online and offline rights to the India network of Forever 21. The International Brands portfolio includes The Collective, Simon Carter and select mono-brands such as American Eagle, Ralph Lauren, Hackett London, Ted Baker and Fred Perry. The company’s foray into branded ethnic wear business includes Jaypore and strategic partnerships with Designers Shantanu & Nikhil, Tarun Tahiliani and Sabyasachi.
ABFRL follows the Aditya Birla Group’s CSR Policy which aims at reaching out to underserved communities and a firm conviction in the Trusteeship concept, which entails transcending business interests and working towards making a meaningful difference to those communities. The total CSR obligation for FY 2021 was Rs. 1.16 crores. The company spent more than the prescribed amount. ABFRL actually spent Rs. 1.91 crores this year.
This year, ABFRL held eight cancer awareness and screening camps that helped 636 women and around 289 of them underwent PAP tests. In the last three years, no cancer case has been reported in our intervention villages. The CSR division organised 10 community eye camps, benefitting 2,205 people. 1,140 patients were given support in the form of spectacles, while 238 underwent cataract operations. The number of cataract cases reported in the villages have reduced year on year. Eye, Dental and health check-up camps are a regular feature in the schools in intervention villages. Eight health camps were held in Government schools in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. 408 students benefitted from the camps.
Hand wash awareness programmes were organised in villages, reaching out to 3,039 community members.
CSR of ABFRL has initiated a new project viz “e-Healthcare”. E-Health IT platform has enabled the delivery of a digital healthcare solution and services for health care facilities at Sollepura village and other spoke villages, Tamil Nadu. The Health Care Smart Diagnostic System can be carried to multiple locations. This system can perform rapid basic healthcare check, including, Electro Cardio Gram, ante natal and post-natal care, with multiple other diagnostics enabled. It allows patient registration, diagnostics, tests for 30+ parameters, storage of patient record in an open EMR, an instant-on cloud enabled platform, tele and video conference service with the Doctor on call. 845 people have undergone general check-up and got unique medical ID.
A concern is that in some villages where we are working, there is no solid waste management system. The community members throw garbage in open, which leads to Malaria because of mosquito breeding. The CSR team provided two E-Rickshaws to the Janla Panchayat, Odisha to facilitate garbage disposal in the dumping yard, which is 8 km far from the intervention villages. This initiative is benefitting 6,731 community members from the three intervention villages and it has prevented open disposal and burning of garbage. They have also supported the Shanthipura Panchayat, Karnataka with two E-Rickshaws to ensure garbage disposal in Rayasandra village.
The School Transformation Project project started in June 2017 with a MoU signed with Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC), to transform 11 Panvel Municipal Corporation Schools by improving the quality of Education (access, retention and promotion rates) and health. The programme ensures a quality-learning environment for the students in the primary school to facilitate them to be at par with their age appropriate academic skills and mobilise greater community participation to build strong linkages between community and the schools. Overall in 2020-2021, Project Panvel reached out to 5233 beneficiaries. As a part of this project, 11 support teachers were appointed in PMC schools. These support teachers, along with government teachers from the PMC schools, are provided with continuous trainings on activity-based teaching techniques. During COVID-19 period, the team along with Panvel Municipal Education Dept. jointly executed online classes for children and facilitated the continuity of education.
Gyanarjan accords special coaching classes to the students of 10th to 12th Std., and prepares them for competitive exams such as CET/ NEET. During the year, they engaged with two centres (Channapattana Govt. Girls PU College, Maharani Govt. Girls Jr. College, Mysore and R V Institute of Management, Jayanagar, Bangalore) covering 1094 students across southern states. Up until now, this CSR initiative has supported 5,754 rural girl students. Furthermore, personality development and career counselling programs are also conducted for these students.
Through the “Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya” programme, under the “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan”, ABFRL motivates underprivileged girls in continuing their education. The company supports seven KGBV schools in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Special Coaching classes for the core subjects (Maths, Science and English), benefit 755 rural girl students. This was begun in 2011-12. As a result, the KGBV School, Byrapattana, is continuously achieving over 95% score in their 10th exams.
Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited is implementing the Career Readiness Training Programme for Senior Secondary students and youths in three Model villages and 21 Spoke villages in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The programme aims to develop employable skills including problem solving, empathy, collaboration and communication, technical competency and English proficiency. Through this programme, 246 youths were trained.
The Kaushalya project aims to create and ensure sustainable livelihood opportunities to the rural youths by providing them appropriate skills. This year, due to the restrictions on conducting physical classes, they modified the skill training strategy by introducing a combined model of “online & offline” teaching. Also based on market demand, they have introduced new programmes such as Customer Resource Management, Warehouse Pickers & Digital Marketing apart from retaining Self-employed tailors course. In 2020-21, 339 rural youth were enrolled for training in 14 batches, out of which 318 youth have completed their training and received certificates. 230 trained and certified youths were linked to sustainable livelihood opportunities.
32. Tata Steel
Established in India as Asia’s first integrated private steel company in 1907, Tata Steel today is one of the most profitable and lowest cost producers of steel in the world, with captive iron ore mines and collieries located near the company’s manufacturing facilities in Jamshedpur and Kalinganagar. Tata Steel serves communities particularly the most marginalised and voiceless sections across more than 4,500 villages in nine districts of Jharkhand and Odisha. In alignment with the company’s core philosophy, it envisions an enlightened, equitable society in which every individual realises his/her potential with dignity. This vision is enabled through the work Tata Steel’s Corporate Social Responsibility team does with tribal and excluded communities to co-create transformative, efficient, and lasting solutions to their development challenges. CSR spend for 2020-21 was Rs. 222 crores.
Tata Steel continued with the community development programmes and CSR initiatives, despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI) continued to fully support expecting mothers as well as new-born and infants. Healthcare services were available to those with chronic ailments. A lockdown learning model was devised for the Thousand Schools programme for rural children, especially girls facing challenges with access to digital devices and networks, potentially driving increased dropouts and permanent learning disruption. The model equipped volunteer and government school teachers with digital access who then teach children in small COVID-safe clusters using customised teaching learning material thus saturating 90% of children in eight blocks and 60% in 11 blocks. Farming communities were supported to continue their livelihoods. Technical institutes operated by Tata Steel continued to function with online classes ensuring the vocational training available to youth continues unabated.
The company’s signature CSR programmes are recognised as models of positive change addressing critical development issues at scale in school education, maternal and neonatal health, tribal identity and building of a multi thematic corridor of well-being connecting its operational hubs in Jharkhand and Odisha. CSR of Tata Steel also focuses on development imperatives of communities proximate to its operations especially indigenous tribal groups through multiple initiatives including enhancing household livelihoods, eliminating child labour and empowering women, youth and Persons With Disabilities.
33. Hindalco Industries
Hindalco Industries Limited is a metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group. It is the world’s largest Aluminium rolling and recycling company and a major Copper player. It is also recognised as one of Asia’s largest producers of primary Aluminium. During the financial Year 2020-21 the Company has spent Rs. 40.50 crores under Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 on CSR activities, which is more than 2% of average net profits of Hindalco for last three financial years.
In India, there are 105 project activities for 24 projects based on 5 focus areas. These development projects have undergone the process of community consultation. CSR of Hindalco created awareness against child labour, child marriage, women abuse, dowry and illiteracy. It has also focused on training SHG members on managerial, conceptual, financial literacy and various income generation methods. A special mention must be made of the Kosala Livelihood and Social Foundation, a not-for-profit company. This subsidiary of Hindalco has been spawned to mentor women in the art of making textiles including sarees from Kosa silk, thereby, reviving the ancient Kosa silk art form of Chhattisgarh.
Hindalco believes in the power of knowledge and promote a learning environment for all through CSR. Pre-school education, educational support programme, vocational and technical education training and infrastructure of the school are some of the key areas that they focus on as part of education initiatives. CSR of Hindalco has supported 764 students with 15 Anganwadis and 837 students with 30 Balwadis. Under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) it has reached out to 64 malnourished children and helped nurture them into healthy children. In 2021, they distributed educational material, sports, and dress material to 1881 students and offered financial support and scholarships to 126 students. To meet the shortage of teachers in the rural areas in government primary and secondary schools, the company sponsored 29 teachers. They constructed 6 schools and repaired 13 school buildings.
Hindalco’s healthcare projects include eye camps, dental check-ups, tuberculosis camps and general health counselling. 23 seasonal disease (malaria and Diahorrea) camps were organised wherein 5890 cases were attended. Additionally, 2000 mosquito nets were also distributed among the people. CSR of Hindalco runs four Hospitals, 19 dispensaries and clinics and 26 family welfare centres. Moreover, 1,52,265 patients benefitted through these hospitals, dispensaries, clinics and family welfare centres. They were able to impact 7250 mothers through mother and child healthcare support. 1630 expecting mothers were motivated and facilitated for institutional delivery through the company’s family Welfare Centre. Around 1,64,127 children were immunised against polio and 11,596 vaccinated against other life killing diseases.
Established in 1935, Cipla is a global pharmaceutical company that is committed to make medicines accessible and affordable. Cipla is the third-largest pharma company in India and the third largest in the private pharma market of South Africa.
Cipla’s product portfolio spans complex generics as well as drugs in the respiratory, anti-retroviral, urology, cardiology, anti-infective, CNS, and various other key therapeutic segments. In May 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, the pharma company rolled out Remdesivir under the brand name CIPREMI at an affordable price, which was the only USFDA-approved Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) treatment for patients severely infected by COVID-19 at the time. Cipla continues to stay at the forefront of fighting COVID-19 with supply of key medicines like Remdesivir, Tocilizumab, and Favipiravir as well as a range of testing and diagnostic kits for patients. Cipla’s humanitarian approach for healthcare is in pursuit of their purpose: ‘Caring for Life’. The company spent Rs. 42.84 crores in India on CSR activities.
Cipla Foundation works with credible institutions, NGOs, government agencies, domain experts, visionaries and other philanthropic foundations (as permissible under the CSR Rules) to enhance the outreach of CSR initiatives. Under the guidance of IICT, the first batch of 1,00,000 face masks were distributed free-of-cost in rural areas of Telangana to vulnerable groups, including frontline COVID-19 warriors, migrant workers, children and the elderly, in 57 villages across 26 districts. The company provided urgently needed safety and hygiene kits, face masks, sanitisers, dry rations and food packets to vulnerable groups at the height of the pandemic. This included frontline workers, healthcare staff and patients, truck drivers, waste pickers handling disposed COVID-19 gear in Mumbai’s dumping grounds and pre-school children in highrisk communities in India and South Africa.
To strengthen public healthcare facilities, the CSR of Cipla collaborated with 26 healthcare institutions across India to support them in diverse ways – from setting up dedicated facilities to providing specialised equipment. At JJ Hospital, Mumbai, it supported the setting up of a 24/7 RT-PCR COVID-19 Testing Laboratory. The facility has completed 8,900 tests during FY 2020-21 against targeted 4,000 tests. Additionally, they strengthened infrastructure at COVID-19 Care Centres by providing 19 Oxygen Concentrators and High Flow Nasal Oxygen Canulas across four locations in Bengaluru, Indore, Kurkumbh and Patalganga. Cipla also provided a Centrifuge machine at Baddi to enhance COVID-19 testing.
Project PRAKASH (Programmed Approach to Knowledge and Sensitisation on Hepatitis) is a collaborative project with the Institute of Liver and Biliary Science (ILBS). It aims to build capacity amongst primary care physicians and paramedical professionals to diagnose and manage Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that affects an estimated 40 million Indians. The course curriculum is endorsed by WHO and the programme skills healthcare professionals through trainings and web-based sessions to meet the global mandate of Hepatitis Elimination by 2030. The company had supported the setting up of India’s first-of-its kind Comprehensive Thalassemia Care Paediatric Haematology – Oncology and BMT Centre in Borivali, Mumbai. In FY 2020-21, they have supported 23 life-saving bone marrow transplant surgeries and 1,115 blood transfusions – which were done during COVID-19 under stringent safety protocols.
The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) aims to strengthen Anganwadis, the early childhood care and education centres. CSR of Cipla has supported 75 Anganwadis across Goa with digital learning content, along with a television and 15 digital tablets at each location. In addition, they also conducted capacity building programmes for teachers. Mobile Science Labs (MSL) is an interactive learning programme, run in partnership with the Agastya International Foundation. It takes 100 science models to students in government-run and aided schools. Trained instructors conduct hands-on grade relevant science sessions for students, as well as train teachers to make low-cost models and run experiential sessions for their students. During the pandemic, the six MSLs continued reaching out to nearly 68,000 students digitally through video calls and live online sessions, covering 113 schools across 8 districts.
The Balvatika project in Baddi was modified into a peer-led programme with sessions in courtyards or open spaces around slum settlements. For this, 11 peer leaders were identified, trained and assigned up to 10 children each from their neighbourhoods. All COVID-19 related precautions were strictly followed by the staff and children, with regular virtual and occasional physical monitoring. Over 150 children were a part of the peer-led education programme in FY 2020-21.
35. Godrej Industries Ltd.
Godrej Industries Limited (GIL) is a part of the diversified conglomerate with a significant presence in Home and Personal Care, Animal Feeds, Crop-Protection, Oil Palm, Dairy, Poultry and Processed Foods, Real Estate Development, Oleo-chemicals and Vegetable Oils directly through subsidiaries/ associate companies. GIL has subsidiaries which are required to comply with provisions of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013. They have their own CSR projects and do not participate in the business responsibility activites of the parent company.
Through investment and oversight by the trust, a large tract of mangrove forests in Mumbai have been protected, developed, and maintained for several years and serve as a second set of lungs for the city. The Godrej Group has continually supported education and supports the Udayachal pre-primary and primary schools, which focus on the all-round development of children. The Udayachal high school has been accredited with the International School Award in recognition of the school incorporating global education into its curriculum and innovation into classroom teaching.
In addition, the Godrej Group has supported initiatives in healthcare through the Godrej Memorial Hospital, which aims to provide quality healthcare at affordable costs. One such initiative is the partnership with ‘Smile Train’, a US-based NGO, which helps in performing corrective cleft lip and palate surgeries for children from low-income families.
Elimination of Mosquito-Borne Endemic Diseases (EMBED) is a great example of a CSR initiative built on the principle of shared value. It was initiated in Madhya Pradesh in 2015 in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s National Vectore Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP); they have also recently expanded to Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Through EMBED, CSR of Godrej Industries collaborates with non-profit organisations and the state government to run intensive behaviour change programmes in seven districts of Madhya Pradesh, and two districts each in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The focus is on building awareness in households for people at the bottom of the pyramid and for vulnerable and marginalised groups in tribal, hilly, and hard-to-reach areas. The programme has achieved full coverage in 830 villages across these 11 districts.
CSR of GIL works closely with neighbouring villages at their flagship plant in Valia, Gujarat. In April 2020, they provided ration kits to workers in the villages. Keeping in mind the need for hygiene, they distributed soaps to villagers. They also donated to local trusts and foundations who were on the frontline and provided food and meals to the underprivileged. In May 2020, they provided medical supplies to frontline workers. In June 2020, they provided food and ration kits to families in Valia, Naldhari, Desal, Pansoli and Dediyapada villages. In July 2020, they gave portable hand sanitisers to the Valia police station. At their Ambernath plant in Maharashtra, GIL made a donation to the Additional Ambarnath Manufacture’s Association in April 2020. The Association provided hot meals to the migrant workers living around the nearby villages.
36. Cisco Systems India Pvt.
Cisco is a leader in technology that powers the Internet. The global corporation has 79,500 employees in 95 countries, generating approximately US$50 billion in revenue in fiscal 2021. Products and services include networking, collaboration solutions, security solutions, wireless and mobility, data center, IoT, video, analytics, and software solutions. Technology has the potential to create opportunities — or deepen inequalities. Cisco believes that technology, when thoughtfully and strategically applied, can help address inequities; bring positive, lasting change to people’s lives and communities; and benefit the planet. ‘Power an Inclusive Future for All’ is Cisco’s Purpose announced officially in 2020. The company has developed a framework to fulfill this purpose through technology, actions, intentions and its corporate citizenship.
Cisco’s India Cash Grant programme uses innovation to identify news ways to solve challenges and partners with civil society agencies and key stakeholders to collaborate effectively. Programme partners help create technology-based solutions that improve lives and enable an inclusive future for all. Reflecting Cisco’s global CSR efforts, the purpose in India goes beyond profits to benefit employees, communities, and the planet.
To improve productivity and increase farmers’ income, CSR of Cisco collaborated with Social Alpha to launch Krishi Mangal – an initiative that brings together the power of innovation, entrepreneurship, and communities for the wellbeing and prosperity of smallholder farmers. Krishi Mangal follows a two-pronged approach to support deep-tech innovations – a Scale-up Accelerator for AgriTech start-ups and promoting the Digital Innovation Platform for collaborations across the agriculture and allied value-chain.
Building Blocks is an app-based solution that the India Cash Grant programme is funding over a three-year period. It was developed by the team at Akshara Foundation and provides access to math practice and learning for children in grades 1 through 5. This free learning app helps children practice math through games. The app lets children practice math concepts learnt at school, as a set of fun games. It is designed to work on the most basic-level smart phones, online and offline! Mapped to NCF-2005 guidelines, it is currently available in 9 regional languages and offers a total of 250 intuitive math games. The Cisco Networking Academy offers courses that cater to different experiences and skill levels from exploratory to career. More than 300,000 students in India have joined Cisco Networking Academy and accelerated their path to job readiness.
Marico Limited is one of India’s leading consumer goods companies operating in the global beauty and wellness categories. It nurtures leading brands across categories of hair care, skincare, edible oils, immunity boosting and healthy foods, male grooming, and fabric care. Its portfolio of brands in India includes Parachute, Saffola, Nihar Naturals, Saffola FITTIFY Gourmet, Saffola Immuniveda, Saffola Arogyam, Hair & Care, Parachute Advansed, Mediker, Coco Soul, Revive, Set Wet, Beardo and Livon. Headquartered in Mumbai, Marico is present in over 25 countries across emerging markets of Asia and Africa. The company spent Rs. 20.4 crores on CSR activities in FY 2021.
To provide continual scientific and outcome-based learning to farmers, the Kalpavriksha Knowledge Centre (KKC) was set up in FY21. The main aim of this Centre is to impart knowledge to farmers regarding best management practices for coconut farming with the help of SMEs. Farmers undergo training under the guidance of experts in areas such as pest, disease, water management and so on. Classroom learning is followed up by open house group discussions to clarify doubts. In the last part of the learning module, farmers get to visit our Kalpavriksha demo farm. In FY21, Marico partnered with the Federation of Indigenous Apiculturists (FIA) to enhance employability and socio-economic livelihoods of bee-keepers in India. Financial aid of Rs. 5 Lakhs was provided for developing common facility centre (processing plant, quality control lab etc.) for the proposed KVIC, SFURTI Beekeeping Cluster, Thiruvananthapuram, for housing a Natural Pure Honey Hub (NPHH).
Water is one of Marico’s core sustainability impact areas by virtue of which the company’s CSR strives to ensure water security to people for domestic and agricultural use in less rain-fed areas. Jalaashay, the CSR flagship initiative, aims to promote effective conservation and management of water across the country. A parallel aim is also to replenish more water back to the community than that Marico uses for its operations by capacity creation. The key activities under this initiative, include dam desiltation, farm ponds construction, community awareness programmes to promote water conservation, rainwater harvesting and optimise water usage. They have created a cumulative water storage potential of around 215.05 crore litres till FY21 through desilting of water bodies across Maharashtra, UP, MP Karnataka and Rajasthan and construction of farm ponds across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry.
When COVID-19 broke out in 2020, the Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala (NSPF) Initiative decided to use this emerging challenge as an opportunity to impart accelerated learning to its beneficiaries (students and teachers from all over country) by harnessing the power of technology. To address the educational lacunae that were being induced into the country, the NSPF decided to adopt a 3-pronged principle to deliver incremental impact to the communities.
Amongst a multitude of problem statements, the NSPF decided to concentrate its efforts on English learning solutions for government school teachers. Fluency and confidence in English communication has been a continuing area of concern for teachers in governmental schools. With the pandemic-induced hauls, this issue matured into critical problem that needed immediate solutions. In collaboration with NGO Partner, LeapforWord, NSPF designed a tech-enabled English Literacy programme that directly addressed the gaps in English communication. The programme was conceptualised on an algorithm that translated English to Sanskrit and vice versa, thus enabling accelerated English learning as a subject and not as a language. Vernacular-based classroom instructions made the learning process really simple and empowered the teachers to confidently impact the learning to their students.
WhatsApp Enterprise model-based learning programmes were designed this year to upgrade the teachers’ capabilities on learning and imparting English literacy. Engaging formats that were innovative, practical and rural-ready in nature were deployed to create measurable and value-adding outcomes from the programme. In Alwar, under a MoU with Government of Rajasthan, school teachers were trained based on a unique teaching pedagogy that enabled students to learn English from regional languages. Through this CSR initiative, workbooks were provided to 12,000 students studying in 2nd – 8th in FY21. 150 teachers were provided with concept books and chart sets to ensure quality in-class trainings.
Remedial Learning Programme is initiative aimed at ensuring that teaching is geared to the learning levels of students, thus reducing the overall gaps in the overall learning maturity profiles. In collaboration with the Govt of Haryana, this initiative was based on enabling teachers and students to effectively build grade appropriate skills on subjects like English, Math, Science, and Hindi.
Economic Empowerment Programme in collaboration with UNDP was ideated to bridge the gap between needs and aspirations of young women and youth. It was kickstarted in FY21 and is currently being deployed in Madhya Pradesh. As part of this initiative, a local employment marketplace model is also being considered. This is aimed at drawing synergies between needs and aspirations of young women and requirements from potential employers through establishment of collaborative platforms and provisioning of bridging skill and professional aptitudes.
38. Shree Cement
Shree Cement Limited, incorporated in 1979, is India’s third-largest cement group today with operations spread across the country. The company spent Rs. 45.73 on CSR in FY 2021.
For improving the quality of education in areas in the vicinity of its plants, CSR of Shree Cement through its dedicated school support programmes, equips government schools with basic facilities like furniture, stools, tables, teaching and study material; undertakes construction of facilities and otherwise supplements efforts of the State governments for providing basic education to rural communities; pays honorarium for deputation of additional teachers in Government schools; runs in-house CBSE affiliated schools in residential colonies of integrated plants for imparting quality education to children of nearby communities.
The company has established computer literacy centres and conducts computer literacy programmes for students and villagers in collaboration with NIIT Foundation. Under its ‘Shree Ki Pathshala’ project, the company is running centres for imparting basic education to girls aged between 9 to 16 years who never attended any school or are dropouts. Also, tuition facility is provided to students of nearby community appearing for 10th standard exams.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra provides training of new farming techniques to farmers of nearby communities to improve their farming productivity. Shree Cement also provides agriculture tools (like sprayer machine, sprinkler sets, HDPE pipes) to farmers and distributes high quality seeds at subsidised rates for improved yield. For improving productivity of livestock which is one of the major sources of livelihood of nearby rural communities, the company provides fodder seeds for cultivation. It has given financial assistance for construction of feed mangers in individual households to minimise wastage of fodder during cattle feeding.
The company is providing training to masons and consumers to upgrade their knowledge about the construction methods and techniques. It gives them an opportunity to learn about the methods of environment friendly usage of cement and other building materials and acquire information about the latest construction techniques to improve their overall competence. Shree Cement also arranges internship training for students of IITs and IIMs to provide them a structured opportunity to gain practical experience of onsite working. Similarly, vocational trainings are provided to ITI passed students of nearby areas in its mining operations. This enables the students to integrate knowledge gained through their classroom learning with the competencies made available through actual experience in a professional setting and enhance their employability.
24X7 Health Management Centres provide primary healthcare services to local communities. These centres are equipped with all facilities to meet primary and emergency medical needs of nearby communities. Ambulance services are also made available from these centres for critical and emergency cases for people of nearby communities. Under the Mamta Project, CSR of Shree Cement organises health camps and arranges doctors’ visits in the nearby villages of its facilities for medical check-up of pregnant women and new-born children. To promote institutional delivery cases of pregnant women in nearby villages, it has appointed volunteers (Sakhis) to act as health educators and counselors.
To maintain minimum supply levels during peak summer season and to otherwise augment the water supply in nearby villages, Shree Cement constructed public water huts, water tanks, installed bore wells & pumps and supplied RO water through tankers in nearby villages. Under the Shree Shakti Project, the company promotes formation of Self-help groups (SHGs) of local rural women to help inculcating a habit of saving and creating corpus. Members of these groups with own corpus and financial assistance from lending institutions undertake entrepreneur assignments. In order to reduce girl infant mortality, it started the ‘Save the Girl Child Campaign’ which provides help in the form of a fixed deposit of Rs. 5,000 at the time of birth of a girl. The amount is available to her after she turns 18 years of age.
CSR of Shree Cement is supporting project Pronam of “The Bengal” foundation for the elderly people of Kolkata under which medical services like ambulance, health check-ups, camps, etc. are organised. This project also provides safety and security services to these people in co-ordination with Kolkata Police including legal help wherever necessary. On various religious and social occasions and as and when need arises, it undertakes distribution of food, clothes, shoes, winter wears, medicine, etc. to people living in old age homes, orphan and needy people.
Shree Cement institutionalised ‘Project Naman’ whereby free-of-cost cement is provided for building house upto 4,000 sq feet to widows and dependents of armed forces martyred in the 20-year period between Jan 1, 1999 to Jan 1, 2019. For the same project, an official MOU has been entered into between Company and Kendriya Sainik Board.
39. Adani Transmission
Adani Transmission Limited belongs to the Adani Group, which is headquartered in Ahmedabad. Integrated in 2013, Adani Transmission Limited (ATL) is responsible for handling the commissioning, operations and maintenance of electric power transmission systems. ATL is engaged in a number of community development projects (implemented through Adani Foundation). It reported a CSR expenditure of Rs. 25.26 crores in FY 2020-21.
The e-Learning Package Distribution programme is ongoing in 126 government schools of Tiroda Block, Gondia district, since 2016-17, bringing sustainable digital education to the marginalised. E-Learning kit packages have been installed in schools (computer, projector, speakers, UPS and updated syllabus material). While the schools were closed in FY 2020-21 due to COVID-19, the e-Learning Kit syllabus proved handy to fill in with regular online teaching. School teachers from clusters used the updated syllabus to engage with students, effectively explaining difficult concepts.
The Foundation runs 17 Navodaya Coaching Centers for marginalised but talented students from areas around Tiroda, Kawai and Raipur locations. Those who clear the entrance exams go on to study at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, which provides quality education in an environment conducive to learning. The selected students emerge as an inspiration to their village. Some 149 students enrolled at these centres in FY 2020-21. Due to COVID-19-induced restrictions, all schools and classes were closed; Adani Foundation initiated the coaching classes online. The teams prepared training videos and worksheets and provided notebooks, pens and question banks. Weekly follow-up sessions and mock-tests were conducted. Teachers held one-on-one interactive sessions to address queries and provide psycho-social support.
Mega health camps were organised at four villages in Kawai this year. There was a team of 12 doctors and paramedical staff provided treatment for general ailments, gynaecology, child issues, skin, ENT and eye checks. Some 1,717 villagers were diagnosed, provided medicine and referred for further treatment. A medical test facility was introduced for patients in four mini structured camps. A disability camp was conducted on the occasion of World Disability Day under Divyang Swawlamban Yojana wherein eligible people were distributed wheelchairs (31), tricycles (16), blind sticks (7), elbow crutches (3), hearing aids (25), sticks (5), crutches (4) and walkers (2).
In Tiroda block, the CSR of ATL (in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra) launched Manav Vikas Mission, running income generation activities for rural women. This included oyster mushroom cultivation, and manufacturing
lac bangles and incense sticks (agarbatti). These initiatives involved 253 members in 43 women’s SHGs. These home-based enterprises are upgrading skills and incomes. During FY 2021, 100 women are cultivating oyster mushrooms at their homes. Quality mushroom seeds/spawns were prepared at the Adani Foundation Mushroom Spawn Unit, generating the best oyster mushrooms which were then sold. Mushroom was cultivated across 3,712 beds, producing 9,280 kg of oyster mushrooms and fetching a profit of Rs. 12,43,520.
40. Reliance Industries Ltd.
Reliance is India’s largest and most profitable private sector company. It is a significant global player in the integrated energy value chain and has established a leadership position in the Retail and Digital Services business in India. Reliance has one of the largest commitments to CSR spends in India. It delivers on its social commitments at the site level as well as partnering with Reliance Foundation and other NGOs for wider reach. The Company is committed to supporting the nation’s goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat. The overall CSR expenditure of Reliance Industries for FY 2020-21 stood at a whopping Rs. 1,140 crore.
COVID-19 created unprecedented pressure on public health systems across India. Through Reliance Foundation, India’s first dedicated COVID-19 hospital was set up in collaboration with the BMC. The Foundation also extended its existing healthcare services to COVID-19 patients. As the second COVID-19 wave hit India, Reliance scaled up its operations to support the country’s fight against the pandemic. Under its project, Mission COVID Suraksha (Protection from COVID), the company provided over 81 lakh masks and safety advisory material to communities. It offered more than 5.5 lakh litres of free fuel to over 14,000 emergency vehicles across 249 districts in 18 states to deliver uninterrupted COVID-19 services. Since the start of the pandemic, Mission Anna Seva has provided over 5.5 crore meals for frontline workers and vulnerable communities across 80 districts, 18 states and 1 Union Territory.
Lack of irrigation facilities makes small and marginal farmers susceptible to thevagaries of rains. Chal-Khal is an age-old, simple and costeffective water conservation model popular in Uttarakhand. It enriches the soil, recharges groundwater and improves access to water. Led by SHGs and local community members, 41 villagers through ‘Shramdaan’, or voluntary labour, with the support of Reliance Foundation and local authorities, helped 24 villages in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand to construct two Chal-Khals for their region in March 2021. This enhanced access to water in the region and is improving the water table by recharging groundwater. With the help of Reliance Foundation, over 6,400 ha additional land was brought under irrigation through water harvesting and conservation efforts across India.
The corporation adopts a multi-pronged approach with an aim to ensure no child is left behind. Quality education is provided to approx. 15,000 kids annually through 14 Reliance Foundation Schools. Through Reliance Foundation, the company has partnered with 244 schools across seven states, positively impacting more than 1,700 teachers and over 64,000 students through digital classrooms. The Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarships have supported 12,776 deserving students across India, including 50% women scholars and 20% differently abled students since its launch in 1996. The programme has partnered with 27 State Boards, CBSE Board schools and junior colleges to identify top-ranking students for the scholarship.
41. Indian Oil Corporation
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IndianOil) is the country’s largest integrated and diversified energy company. IndianOil’s presence across the entire hydrocarbon value chain allows it to create sustainable business outcomes. As a ‘Maharatna’ company, it addresses the multiple energy needs of the nation.
Being a responsible corporate, IndianOil not only ensured continuous supply of essential petroleum products and services during COVID-19, but also enhanced the CSR allocation beyond the prescribed CSR budget. Moreover, this PSU has exemplified its CSR commitment by utilising 100% CSR budget allocation of Rs. 460.37 crores for the fourth year in a row. In compliance with the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) guidelines for CSR Expenditure by Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE), IndianOil spent Rs. 307.17 crores (which is 67% of total CSR expenditure ) on thematic area i.e. Health and Nutrition during 2020-21; and as against the 18 Aspirational Districts allotted by DPE, the Company spent Rs. 13.76 crore on 32 Aspirational Districts in 2020-21.
To fight the pandemic, the company donated a whopping Rs. 225 Crore to the PM CARES fund. In addition, it extended support to set up Covid CARE Centres, quarantine centres etc. and provided or distributed 16 Ambulances, 30 ventilators, 37 ICU cots, 460 IR temperature guns, more than 1,900 testing kits, more than 29 Lakhs masks; more than 33 kl of sanitisers; more than 17.5 Lakhs food packets; more than 40,000 grocery packets; more than 2 Lakh gloves; more than 10,000 PPE kits, more than 65,000 soaps or liquid hand wash, mosquito nets, gum boots, etc., across the country.
IndianOil collaborated with Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai to set-up an offcampus of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai at Bhubaneswar. The institute christened as ‘ICT Mumbai IndianOil Odisha Campus, Bhubaneswar’ (ICTM-IOC), was inaugurated by the President of India in 2018. The institute has been planned to evolve into an R&D / innovation hub to carry out high-end research in chemical engineering, petrochemicals, textiles, pharmaceuticals and energy, in order to become a world-class Centre of Excellence in Chemical Engineering & Technology. As on March 31, 2021, 178 students are undergoing a 5-year integrated M. Tech Programme; 21 students are undergoing a 2-year full time M. Tech. Programme; 12 industrial personnel are pursuing a 2-year Executive M. Tech course and 37 students are pursuing their PhD at the Institute.
“If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” A famous African proverb by James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey truly depicts the objective of starting the CSR programme ‘IndianOil Vidushi’ in the year 2018. Under this CSR initiatve, specialised coaching and mentoring is provided to underprivileged girls after class XII, to help them succeed in JEE Mains, JEE Advanced and other Central and State Engineering College Entrance Examinations. The entire cost for specialised coaching, study material, boarding, food & other consumables, blankets, hygiene kits, dresses, health insurance etc. is borne by the company. During 2020-21, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, online classes were conducted for 120 girls from 2 centres. Out of the 117 girls enrolled in 2019-20, 25 joined IITs, 26 joined NITs and 47 joined other engineering colleges.
Assam Oil Division Hospital, Digboi is a 200-bed hospital with modern facilities. It caters to the population residing near Digboi Refinery and other nearby areas of the North East. Every year, about 1 Lakh patients are treated at the hospital, including non-employees. The hospital admits about 4,000 patients and conducts operative procedures on about 2,000 patients every year. General as well as specialised health camps are also organised regularly by the hospital to reach out to poor villagers in the vicinity, who otherwise have no access to medical consultations or treatment. During 2020-21, 4,120 non-employee patients were treated at the hospital.
Swarna Jayanti Samudayik Hospital at Mathura is a 50-bed hospital providing medical treatment to residents near Mathura Refinery, Uttar Pradesh. The hospital provides free treatment to the destitute and offers subsidised treatment to others. During 2020-21, 30,707 patients were treated at the hospital, out of which operative procedures were conducted on 337 patients.
In line with the sports policy adopted in 1985, this PSU has, over the years, recruited many promising sportspersons. IndianOil had introduced Sports Scholarship Scheme in the year 2006-07 for promising young sportspersons representing States in team games and national rank holders. The scheme started with 55 scholarships in 7 sports. At present, 250 scholarships in 20 games and sports (Olympic sports categories and other popular games such as Cricket, Carom, Chess, etc) are awarded to upcoming junior players from 13 to 16 years of age in two categories viz., Elite Scholar and Scholar. The scholarship amount varies from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 19,000 per month for Elite Scholars and Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 16,000 per month for Scholars, for a period of 3 years and covers the cost of kits as well. In addition, the company also provides assistance for their travel and lodging. During 2020-21, 166 sportspersons benefitted from the scheme and since inception, more than 1,000 sportspersons have benefitted from the scholarship.
The company implemented an innovative project and provided remote operated water drone or Floater Boat to clean the Bhalswa Lake at Jahangirpuri, Delhi. It helped to remove the floating garbage from the lake on a regular basis. It cleaned plastics, micro-plastics, alien vegetation (e.g. duckweed), floating debris etc. from the lake. The water drone is an unmanned garbage collection marine surface vessel designed for round-the-clock waste collection. It also scans and monitors the environment, sending necessary data to the central command. The project has not only benefitted the flaura and fauna dependent on the water body but, has also been a boon for residents of surrounding areas.
Bindusagar is one of the largest water bodies in the famous Lingaraja Temple, Bhubaneswar. Due to wastewater and sewage from the surrounding buildings, flowers and offerings from the temples, and other waste from the ghats, the lake was polluted and had lost its self-purifying capacity. The Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and IndianOil Campus, Bhubaneswar (ICTM-IOCB) undertook the project of cleaning the Lake. ICTM-IOCB used the patented Hydrodynamic cavitation technology to reduce Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), Chemical oxygen demand (COD) and microbial population in the water body. The project has also reduced turbidity of water in an energy efficient and affordable manner.
42. HDFC Bank
HDFC Bank spent Rs 634.91 crore in FY 2020-21 towards #Parivartan, the umbrella programme for all its CSR initiatives. Out of Rs. 634.9 crore, over Rs. 110 crore was allocated and utilised towards initiatives focused on Covid-19 relief.
Under ‘Teaching the Teachers (3T) initiative, in association with NGO partners, the bank has trained over 19.67 lakh teachers benefitting over 2.07 crore students. Parivartan has touched lives of 1.29 crore households in 28 states across 544 districts under Sustainable Livelihood Initiative (SLI).
During the financial year 2021, HDFC Bank’s CSR activities focused primarily on COVID-19 relief, education, healthcare, livelihoods and supporting persons with disabilities. Other interventions taken up during the year included support for senior citizen homes, support for Olympic athletes including para-athletes and environmental programmes supporting solid waste management, green energy and ecological restoration for urban and rural communities. The bank’s flagship programme – the Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP) – endeavours to provide tools and means to the rural population to grow and prosper. Firstly, the critical needs of the chosen villages are identified and addressed in consultation with the village community and other stakeholders. This is followed by implementation of a bouquet of initiatives basis the need and acceptance levels of uptake by the community. All programmes are continuously monitored and assessed for performance and inconsistencies if any, in terms of funds or execution is flagged off.
43. IndusInd Bank
Indusind Bank spent Rs. 94.72 crores in FY 2021 towards various CSR activities. Rs. 26 crores are earmarked on several ongoing projects whose expenditure was delayed due to COVID and will be spent in the subsequent year totaling to Rs. 120.72 crores.
During the year, IndusInd Sattvam was launched as the umbrella brand for all social responsibility initiatives undertaken by the Bank. Aligning with the CSR mission of designing sustainable CSR programmes that primarily empower and benefit marginalised and weaker sections of society, high risk and high-stressed communities, the initiatives are focussed on five major themes: environment, education, healthcare, sports, skills & livelihood.
School Academic Improvement Programmes focuses on providing remedial education to bridge the learning gaps in grade level reading, comprehension, and solving arithmetic with a holistic approach for overall development of children in government schools. Teachers are also trained through disseminating unique teaching ideas, approaches and concepts. In another programme, Education Centres run group tuitions to assist children from poor families with necessary education and knowledge support, to help them pass class 10th. It also intends to reduce dropouts and encourage them for salaried employment. To continue the programme during the pandemic, online mode of teaching and offline mode of teaching in community centres were conducted to provide access to face time with their teachers. Keeping in mind the restrictions due to pandemic, and to provide timely access through primary medical care in remote locations, e-Health/Telemedicine Clinics were set up. In some places, access was provided through Mobile Medical Units (MMUs). Local Awareness campaigns on health and hygiene, and preventive healthcare, were conducted by local Community Health Facilitators. CSR of Indusind Bank has also launched the Mother and Child Care Programme in conjunction with the Government Healthcare machinery of Odisha State Government and a specialised menstrual and general health programme for Adolescent girls in Telangana.
The sports programmes focus on inclusion (gender, differently-abled and the underprivileged) and sporting excellence. Athletes who are scouted and supported, compete at national and international sports tournaments to win accolades.
Employment security is provided through creating village entrepreneurs in sanitary pad manufacturing and carrying out three short-term, employment-led skill training programmes and providing placements for youth. The latter has led to average earnings of Rs. 8185 per month, while the former has created 201 women Village Level Entrepreneurs, further creating livelihood opportunities for more.
Apart from the above, Indusind Bank also carried out COVID-19 relief work through its existing CSR implementation partners with activities like ration and sanitation kit distribution, awareness programmes, stitching and distribution of masks through SHGs, grocery procurement from small farmers, SHGs, MSMEs whose livelihood were impacted due to COVID. In one such drive, 50000 Happiness boxes were distributed to children of Govt. schools and their families.
44. Steel Authority of India (SAIL)
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), a Government of India Undertaking and a Maharatna Central Public Sector Enterprise, is the premier steel-making organization of India. Headquartered at New Delhi, SAIL is producing both basic and special steels for domestic construction, engineering, power, railway, automotive and defence industries and for sale in export markets. The company is among the 10 Maharatnas of our country’s Central Public Sector Enterprises. SAIL produces iron and steel at five integrated Plants and three special Steel Plants, located principally in the eastern and central regions of India.
The company spent Rs. 47.18 crores on CSR in FY 2021. With the underlying philosophy and a credo to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, SAIL has been structuring and implementing CSR initiatives right from the inception. These efforts have seen the erstwhile obscure villages located around SAIL plants, turn into large industrial hubs today. SAIL carries out CSR projects in and around steel townships, mines and far flung location across the country.
The company has been providing specialized and basic healthcare to people living in the vicinity of its Plants/Units through extensive and specialised Healthcare Infrastructure. Surgeries like Cataract and lens implant, cleft lip and palate disorder, polio-leg correction, etc. are conducted. Treatment of hearing impaired, anaemia and identification and counselling of Sickle cell and Thalassemia patients, women with gynaecological disorders, Leprosy and Tuberculosis patients was done free of cost this year.
SAIL has been supporting Divyang children and PwD through provision of equipment like- tricycle, motorized vehicles, callipers, hearing aids, artificial limbs, etc. Various schemes and centres at Plants are being supported by the company. Old age homes are also supported at different Plant townships like ‘SiyanSadan’ Bhilai, ‘AcharyaDham’ at Durgapur and ‘Senior Citizens Home’ Rourkela, etc. SAIL has adopted, developed and is maintaining a Lepers Colony at Kajora through Durgapur Steel Plant wherein all the social and infrastructure facilities have been maintained.
SAIL is implementing CSR projects in 7 Aspirational Districts, viz. West Singhbhum, Bokaro & Ranchi in Jharkhand; Kanker, Narayanpur & Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh (also Naxal affected areas) and Nuh in Haryana. During Financial Year 2020-21, around 16.44% of the total CSR expenditure has been spent on development of these 7 Aspirational Districts.
SAIL regularly organizes inter-village sports tournaments, extending support to major national sports events and tournaments. The company is also supporting and coaching aspiring sportsmen and women through its residential sports academies at Bokaro (football), Rourkela (Hockey), Bhilai (Athletics for boys), Durgapur (Athletics for girls) and Kiriburu, Jharkhand (Archery). Cultural events like Chhattisgarh Lok Kala Mahotsav, GraminLokotsav are organised every year.
45. Tata Motors Ltd.
Tata Motors Limited (TML) is one of India’s biggest automobile manufacturing companies with an extensive range of integrated, smart and e-mobility solutions in its portfolio. Part of the multi-national conglomerate, the Tata Group, it has a diversified portfolio of commercial, passenger, and luxury vehicles. TML spent Rs. 23.33 crores on CSR activities in FY 2021.
CSR at Tata Motors is underpinned by ‘More from Less for More People’ philosophy which implies striving to achieve greater impacts, outcomes and outputs of CSR projects and programmes by judicious investment and utilization of financial and human resources, engaging in like-minded stakeholder partnerships for higher outreach benefitting more lives.
Tata Motors believes in creating an inclusive society through Adhaar, the Affirmative Action Programme. Continuing the spirit of inclusion, the Integrated Village Development Programme (IVDP) aims at delivering holistic development to a village through an integrated approach. They partner with government agencies in driving village development; the government provides 70% of the programme resources. The company’s partnership with the CSR Cell of the Maharashtra government has helped improve the quality of life of 8,876 tribal people of Pathardi, Shiroshi and Chauk gram panchayat in Palghar, an aspirational district with 100% tribal population, and Devadthal village of the Ahemadabad district, Gujarat.
Community health initiative Arogya focuses on addressing malnutrition in children aged between 0-6 years. Apart from providing supplementary diet and supplements, it enables behavioural changes in communities, especially among young mothers and parents through awareness sessions, ante-natal and post-natal services. The project also facilitates curative health care services for diagnosis, administration of generic medicines and consultations. TML ensures access to safe drinking water through the Amrutdhara initiative. The health programme has benefitted 3.8 Lakh people. Over 73% of the malnourished children are in the healthy category.
Targeted CSR programmes in education include need-based rolling scholarships/ financial support for economically disadvantaged students, organising support classes for difficult subjects, value-based life skills, and sports and other co-curricular activities. Leveraging infrastructure, technology and the company’s innovation capabilities, Tata Motors made these programmes easily accessible. An innovative partnership has been worked out with government schools – Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNVs) – for JEE and NEET aspirants. These initiatives have led to an improvement in the pass percentage of Class X board examination for government school students – from 55% in 2015 to 93% in FY 2020. At the TML centre in Puducherry, among the students undergoing JEE/NEET coaching, 43% scored above 90% in their board examinations; 81% qualified for JEE Mains; 59% for JEE Advanced and 80% of them got into IITs, NIITs and other medical institutes.
Tata Motors’ Skill Development programme provides training to unemployed youth under three segments – auto trades, non-auto trades, and agriculture and allied activities. In auto trades, the company leverages its domain expertise and business connect to impart training on driving and motor mechanic. On the completion of training, most of which are NSDC certified, they find ready employment either in Tata Motors’ ecosystem or in the open market. The company also engages with community-based groups of women and farmers and help them earn supplementary income through their CSR programme on agriculture and allied activities. In FY 2021, they trained 17,661 youth and farmers of which 69% have found employment, resulting in an annual increase in family income by Rs. 1 lakh.
46. Titan Company
With a corporate lineage tracing back to the Tata Group and Tamilnadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO), Titan has transformed itself from being one of the world’s largest integrated watch manufacturers to a premier lifestyle company with a presence in the jewellery, watches, fragrances, eyewear and Indian wear segments. Mandated CSR expenditure for FY 2021 was Rs. 37.26 crores while the actual amount spent was Rs. 37.55 crores.
The CSR policy of the company focusses on Education, especially the education of the underprivileged Girl Child, Skill Development for the Underprivileged and support for Arts, Crafts and Indian Heritage. While most programmes have a large focus on the Girl Child, the company also makes all efforts to make it truly inclusive by building in requirements of Affirmative Action and also including Persons with Disabilities. Being a pan-India organisation, the Company continues to support local causes that are important to the communities with which it operates, including issues that are of national importance. Titan also pursues design impact programmes, which seeks to engage the youth towards applying design thinking for social impact.
The Girl Child Programme focusses on remedial education both within the Government school system and in learning centres. The programme currently has reached over 16,000 children across Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. The science education programme has also been effectively implemented through technology and has reached to most of the locations where the girl child programme is in place in Tamil Nadu. They have initiated the engagement at Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu and will be moving out of Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu) after a successful engagement. They have also completed teacher training programme and certified more than 325 teachers during the year.
Many elements of the Kanya Sampurna programme in Yadgir and Kattumannarkoil have been implemented. Be it the school readiness programme, creation of model anganwadis, Early Grade Reading for teachers, adolescent education, creation of community libraries and also livelihood-based engagement, they have all shown signs of progress during the pandemic. This year in Karnataka, high school children pass percentage of the beneficiaries has been significantly higher than the state average. The biggest milestone in Affirmative Action has been the formal signing of an MoU with the Government of TN for adopting all tribal ITI’s for long-term holistic development. The longest programme in terms of tenure has been the Titan Scholarship Programme which has been taken into its 33rd year of implementation.
The Titan Skill Development intervention (Titan LeAP – Learn Apply and Progress) focusses on skilling for employment (in its skill centre and spokes at Chennai and other locations), skilling for employability (across Government ITIs in Tamil Nadu and Tier 3/ Tier 4 Engineering colleges in TN) and entrepreneurship development. In FY 2021, the project successfully leveraged technology for reaching out to the candidates, both at our LeAP centre, spokes and also the engineering colleges. In addition to this, Titan has also covered Government ITI students and the programme has now been put back on track. It is encouraging to see progress in the skilling and placement of Persons with Disabilities. Around 344 persons with disabilities were skilled and placed this year.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, what started off as a basic support grew into a full-fledged engagement throughout the year. Titan not only earmarked funds from CSR, but also proactively engaged with the community in many of its manufacturing and office locations and extended support towards COVID-19 relief. It has reached out to 3.2 lakh beneficiaries through a multi-layered response. In addition to this, Mission Gaurav, which is a programme addressing challenges of the guest workers in four states, is ongoing and will be reaching out to over 33.3 lakh individuals. Mission Gaurav is focussed on supporting migrant workers in four states – Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Rajasthan which would cover individual beneficiaries over a 6-9 month period.
47. GAIL (India)
GAIL (India) Limited is a natural gas company with diversified interests across the natural gas value chain of trading, transmission, LPG production & transmission, LNG re-gasification, petrochemicals, city gas, etc. In the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market, GAIL has a significantly large portfolio. It is also expanding its presence in renewable energy like Solar, Wind and Biofuel. GAIL spent Rs. 147.67 crores on CSR in FY 2021.
GAIL has implemented CSR programmes primarily in the rural areas which are in close proximity to its major work centres or installations. It has identified seven broad areas of CSR intervention, each of which is titled by the objective they seek to achieve viz. Arogya – Nutrition, Health and Sanitation and Drinking Water projects, Ujjwal – Education initiatives, Kaushal – Livelihood Generation and Skill development initiatives, Unnati – Rural Development, Sashakt – Women Empowerment initiatives, Saksham – Care of the elderly and differently abled, and Harit – Environment centric initiatives.
GAIL’s Utkarsh programme provides free residential coaching, including boarding and lodging expenses for 11 months at Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Dwarahat (Uttarakhand) and Srinagar (Uttarakhand) to 160 students from underprivileged segments of society. During these 11 months, students are trained and nurtured to make it to IIT, NIT and other premier Engineering Colleges of the country. Since the inception of this project in 2009-10, 1139 students have been trained, of which 797 students have been selected – 223 in IITs and 574 in NITs and other engineering colleges. GAIL has taken up project Bhavishya in 15 Govt. schools in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Smart class solutions have been provided in these schools as a part of the project. Further, 10 schools have been provided with sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators. 155 Smart classes have been set up in Dharwad (Karnataka), Khunti and Giridih (Jharkhand), Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) and various districts of Assam.
Over the years, GAIL Arogya project has become bigger and bigger and currently extends vital health care services to nearly 15 lakh people through operation of 67 Mobile Medical Units (MMU), covering 51 districts in 15 states of the country. The MMUs are operated by a highly qualified team of professionals, including an MCI Registered Doctor, Pharmacist, Nurse and a Lab Technician for providing these doorstep healthcare services. The project primarily serves the underprivileged people who have limited access to the established Public Health Centre facilities.
GAIL is the nodal PSU for Skill Development Institute, Raebareli, the first skill academy set-up in the Hydrocarbon Sector in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is currently supporting establishment and operation 6 Skill development Institutes in Raebareli (UP), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Kochi (Kerala), Vizag (Andhra Pradesh), Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Guwahati (Assam), jointly promoting it with other PSUs. A total of 2322 candidates have been trained in the 06 SDIs through the CSR project’s proportional contribution of Rs. 23 crores in FY 2019-20.
GAIL, through Project Saheli, has organised specialized health and sensitization camps to identify and diagnose women and adolescent girls, who largely face the potential risk of getting infected from life threatening chronic diseases. The camps act as an opportunity to inculcate in them, safe and sustainable menstrual practices, along with educating them about nutrition, menstrual hygiene management, and prevention of STDs. Counselling sessions were also conducted to sensitize them about ‘Good Touch Bad Touch’, Sexual Abuse, and other crimes against children, teens and women.
The company has taken up project Adivasi Mahila Pragati to improve health & hygiene of tribal Women in West & East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh by providing low cost sanitary Napkins manufacturing. The project also aims at improving school attendance among tribal girls aged between 10 and 17 years in primary and secondary schools, provide affordable access to safe hygiene practices and encourage tribal women to use sanitary napkins.
Clubfoot is a congenital deformity that severely twists the foot downward and inward, making walking difficult or impossible. In order to address this disability which can be completely cured through non-surgical procedures, GAIL is supporting 50 weekly clubfoot clinics across various districts of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Uttarakhand.
48. ACC Ltd.
Incorporated in 1936, ACC Limited is one of the leading players in the building materials market with a pan-India presence. ACC structured its social development interventions through ACC TRUST in alignment with United Nations SDGs. Community development interventions undertaken in previous years continued with vigour with a widening portfolio of projects. During the reporting year, the focus was on malnutrition mitigation, water conservation and combating the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to regular broad thematic areas. ACC’s total CSR expenditure during the year was to the tune of Rs. 32.33 Crores. This was 2.05% of the average net profit of the last three years. Community development projects reached 8.30 Lakh people in 166 villages and 15 municipal areas across the country.
ACC TRUST is the CSR arm of ACC. Its initiatives are focused on our key impact areas—DISHA (Sustainable Livelihood), VIDYA UTKARSH (Quality Education) and WASH (Water, Sanitation, Health & Hygiene). ACC TRUST has been playing an active role in ‘POSHAN Abhiyaan’, a flagship programme of the Government of India, to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers and achieve the goal to make India malnutrition free by 2022. The Trust is working closely on 14 Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) projects around the company’s manufacturing units. Among the steps undertaken under the Malnutrition Eradication Project is closely working with government health workers to create Model Anganwadi Centres (Childcare Centres) around the plants, benefiting around 30,000 children (under six years), adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women.
Foreseeing the risk of water scarcity in the communities, the Trust designed a programme Low External Inputs for Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA) and Sanrakshit Paryavaran. These programmes include interventions towards water conservation and also stress on the importance of water management. In partnership with community members, the government’s irrigation department and civil society organisations, it took several steps to ensure that lives and livelihoods in surrounding communities flourish. In 2020, ACC Trust undertook various projects such as construction of check dams, renovation and pond desiltation activities.
49. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited was established in 1981. A joint venture agreement was signed between the Government of India and Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), Japan in 1982. The company became a subsidiary of SMC in 2002. The CSR activities are undertaken in three strategic areas, namely community development, road safety and skill development. The automobile manufacturer has spent Rs 140.940 crores on various CSR activities in the financial year 2020-21.
Maruti Suzuki focuses on community development projects related to water, sanitation, health, education and common community assets in 26 villages near its facilities in Haryana and Gujarat. The projects are developed in consultation with the local communities. Key projects in the area of water and sanitation are potable water ATMs, water supply infrastructure, construction of individual household toilets and laying of sewer lines.
In the area of road safety, CSR of Maruti Suzuki implemented two technology-driven road safety projects in the national capital namely Traffic Safety Management System (TSMS) and Automated Driving Test Tracks (ADTT) in association with Delhi Government. Under the TSMS project, traffic surveillance systems, comprising of sophisticated 3D radars and high resolution cameras, have been deployed at select high-volume traffic junctions, to capture traffic violations and allow Delhi Traffic Police to issue prosecution notices to offenders. The company is currently supporting the Police in maintenance of the project infrastructure for a short period as per agreement. Under the ADTT project, driving test tracks are being laid and advanced cameras are being installed at 12 centres to support Delhi transport authorities in issuing computerized driving licenses in a transparent and efficient manner. Maruti Suzuki continued to offer driving training at the seven Institutes of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR) set up in association with various state governments across the country.
In the area of skill development, Maruti Suzuki continued to support projects that are aimed to prepare the youth for employment opportunities in manufacturing and service sectors. Under its flagship skill development programme, it has set up Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) at Mehsana, Gujarat and Uncha Majra, Haryana. Here, students undergo industrial training courses and learn Japanese manufacturing practices. This year, government approved Dual System of Training (DST – on the job training) scheme was implemented at the JIMs. Under this scheme, students will undergo theory and basic training at JIMs for five months. They will also undergo on-job training (OJT) in shop-floor of the Company/Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited or partner industry for seven months and will be paid a stipend during this period. In current financial year, 100% students of JIM Mehsana have been placed. In addition, the company provided industrial and soft skill training by adopting 115 Industrial Training Institutes (ITI). The interventions at the ITIs include upgrading workshops, enhancing industry exposure for trainers and students and imparting soft skills to make students industry-ready.
50. HCL Technologies
HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company which offers an integrated portfolio of products and services through three business units. These are IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS), and Products and Platforms (P&P). HCL Technologies had a CSR expenditure of Rs. 197 crores in FY 2021.
The HCL Foundation, responsible for driving the company’s corporate social responsibility agenda, oversees a host of flagship programmes and initiatives. The Foundation’s aim is to help break the poverty cycle by building more resilient individuals and communities. Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way that HCL Foundation and other charitable organizations operate. As the global community acted with urgency to battle the pandemic and keep people safe, the Foundation deepened its commitment to its mission of addressing socio-economic and environmental challenges through a series of sustainable programmes.
The HCL Samuday programme made headway in Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh through an immersive approach, drilling deep into the rural communities to build the assets and infrastructure needed to galvanize the community to take charge of its future. For example, in FY21 4,628 students and 6,521 neo-literates accessed and benefited from education initiatives, while an open educational resource (OER) portal for content distribution was launched across Uttar Pradesh for classes one through five.
HCL Grant supports NGOs involved in path-breaking work in three areas – environment, education and health. Every year, it awards a grant of Rs. 5 Crore to a single NGO in each of the three categories, in support of three to five-year projects they are undertaking. Each of the six remaining HCL Grant finalist NGOs is awarded a grant of Rs. 25 lakhs (approximately USD 34,000) for a one-year project, making a total grant of Rs. 16.5 Crore (approximately $2.5M). This year, the three awardees and their projects were SAAHAS, CRY (Child Rights and You) and IHAT (India Health Action Trust).
CSR programme HCL Uday leverages the scale of the government, the expertise of NGO partners, and the volunteering spirit of HCL employees to bridge the access gap and provide the city’s poorest residents with quality services. Working through integrated community development, HCL Uday’s convergent approach is creating a comprehensive and holistic model of urban development. In FY21, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, HCL Uday continued to support and stand by the communities, helping to provide 450,000 people across 11 HCL Uday locations with comprehensive care and services, including early childhood care and development, education, skill development, health, water and sanitation. Further achievements included planting 183,062 saplings, rejuvenating 22 water bodies, and providing protection, care and treatment of 16,424 animals, as part of HCL’s Green Space Initiative.
Clean Noida represents HCL’s commitment to transform Noida into one of the cleanest cities in the world. The aim of the programme, which is implemented in full partnership with the citizens of Noida and the Noida Development Authority, is to create awareness of suitable waste management practices and evolve structured, technology-driven systems and practices for efficient management of waste in the city. In FY21, Clean Noida highlights include clearing 2,748 tonnes of legacy waste in urban villages, operationalizing end-to-end waste management processes in eight urban villages, strategically managing waste segregation by type and waste collection sites for 67,000 households, and creating 17,000 sq. ft. of wall art across Noida city.
51. Tata Communications
Tata Communications is a digital ecosystem enabler guiding the digital transformation journey of enterprises globally. It carries around 30% of the world’s internet routes and connects businesses to 60% of the world’s cloud giants and 4 out of 5 mobile subscribers. It operates one of the largest wholly-owned and most advanced subsea fibre networks which underpins the internet backbone. Tata Communications spent Rs. 9.22 crores on CSR activities in FY 2021.
Among its flagship CSR programmes, Assam Cancer Care focusses on reducing the disease burden of cancer in rural Assam by facilitating early diagnosis and Drishti, launched in FY20, aims to improve care management of bilateral blindness in Bihar (including preventive eye care and setting up of hospital management systems) and to break the gender-health-poverty nexus by equipping community members (girls between 13 and 20 years old) with relevant education and exposure.
ANEW, initiated in 2016, is a school transformation programme aiming to facilitate holistic school reform in 110 government schools across Gurugram District (Haryana) by equipping teachers with evolved teaching practices, integrating technology into the curriculum of first generation learners, improving learning levels of students, reducing dropout rates and enhancing community ownership. The project is implemented with the support of Gandhi Fellows: passionate and capable individuals between 20 and 25 years old, they are fresh graduates from premier institutions or young professionals, who have chosen to commit to a rigorous fellowship tenure of 2 years. The vision of ANEW requires their consistent engagement with district education officers, head teachers, teachers, children and parent communities to ensure successful and sustainable social impact.
CSR projects at Tata Communications focus on equipping underserved youth with demand-led employability trainings and personality development initiatives, with an emphasis on training young girls and women. The projects also support inclusion of young girls and women in the economy by providing entrepreneurship development
trainings and handholding support through enterprise creation. Through such programmes, the team has served 1,21,498 individuals, including 13,830 direct participants. As part of this endeavour, 1,905 youth have been trained in trades ranging from BFSI, customer relationship management, retail sales, BPO, Android app development, general duty assistant, electrician, beauty therapist, solar technician and auto sales in Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Post placement, the average salary secured by a trainee is Rs. 11,597 per month.
Through a CSR project in Odisha and Jharkhand, 2,800 women were provided smartphones. An initial training in smartphone usage was followed with further support, where they were trained in cultivation, livestock management and financial literacy and a customised livelihood support application. Further, 580 women (mainly from the Vimukta Jati and Nomadic tribes) from Raigad District, Maharashtra, have been trained on entrepreneurship development to build their entrepreneurial capacity for sustainable income through enterprise creation. As a result of the project, more than 50% households have doubled their income due to improved agricultural practices with an 80% reduction in rural-urban migration. 1075 hectares of land is now an irrigated command area and 4 solar power driven, hamlet-based drinking water schemes are currently providing potable water solutions.
Along with Trickle Up, Tata Communications started the MPowered programme in 2016 to uplift vulnerable and poor women from remote locations of Jharkhand and Odisha, who lived on less than Rs. 88 per day through interventions that support sustainable livelihood development, and digital, social and financial inclusion. Tata Communications has provided 1,000 mobiles and smartphones to the project participants in Jharkhand and Odisha. This will enable them to reap social as well as financial benefits from smartphones and help them get better access to government schemes. Providing said technology needs to be actively supported with a range of training initiatives. Participants are regularly trained on the use and benefits of smartphones and PoP applications.
Disaster relief efforts (immediate humanitarian relief and rehabilitation) were extended to support disaster-struck, underserved communities in the wake of Cyclone Fani (Odisha), floods in Maharashtra and the outbreak of COVID-19.
52. Tata Consumer Products
Part of the prestigious Tata Group, Tata Consumer is a consumer products company, with offerings across food, beverages and Out-of-Home Retail, and is home to diverse iconic and well-regarded brands. Tata Consumer has a brand presence in over 40 countries. The company has spent Rs. 11.74 Crores (2.05%) of the average qualifying net profits of last three financial years on CSR activities. In addition to the projects specified as CSR activities under section 135 of the Act, the company has also carried out several other sustainability and responsible business initiatives and projects on a global scale.
The UNICEF – ETP Improving Lives programme aims to tackle the systemic issues affecting women and children in 200 tea estates of Assam, which is over one-fourth of formal tea estates in the region. The project has expanded to education, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation challenges. Adolescent girls have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make informed decisions about their future. Through this programme 26,000 adolescent girls and 5,000 adolescent boys have been equipped with life skills through meetings and awareness drives. During the pandemic, the programme promoted safe sanitation practices through ‘Swachcha Bharat Mission’ along with capacity building activities for frontline and sanitation workers of health care facilities. UNICEF collaborated with the District Administration in Dibrugarh, the Education Department and Radio Brahmaputra 90.4 FM on an innovative programme called ‘Radio Parhasali’ for continued education for children during the lockdown.
Tata Consumer Products’ flagship water management programme is aimed at creating sustainable water sources, building and enhancing water capacities and strengthening sanitation in the communities where the company operates. It partnered with Tata Trusts and Tata Water Mission on Water and Sanitation (WASH) projects in Himachal Pradesh and Assam to benefit over 25,000 community members. Tata Consumer Products is among the founding members of trustea, India’s Sustainability tea programme, that has sustainably transformed over 650 million kg or 50% of India’s tea. It has been instrumental in disseminating sustainable agricultural practices to over 600,000 tea workers and 50,000 small tea growers; making it one of the largest programmes worldwide.
53. Dalmia Bharat Group
Dalmia Bharat, established in 1939, was founded by visionary business magnate Shri Jaidayal Dalmia. The company is a leader in the super-speciality cement segment and India’s largest producer of slag cement. With a footprint across nine states, Dalmia Bharat has the country’s fourth-largest cement manufacturing capacity. On a consolidated basis, the Group has spent Rs. 8.13 crore in FY 2020-21 towards Corporate Social Responsibility activities. The CSR approach of the Group is based on the principle of Gandhian Trusteeship. For over eight decades, the Dalmia Bharat Group has addressed the issues of health care and sanitation, education, rural development, women empowerment and other social development issues.
Integrated Watershed projects rolled out by DBF in Kadapa, Dalmiapuram, Belgaum and springshed management project in Umrangso aim to optimise capture and deployment of water resources to improve soil and vegetation conditions. A holistic ecosystem of capabilities including pebble bunding, a mini percolation tank, horticulture and block plantation, recharge wells, farm ponds, water absorbent structures, stone gully plugs and trench cum bunding works enable this optimisation.
Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF), the CSR arm of the Group, addresses the environmental challenges associated with traditional cooking fuel in a multi-pronged fashion. It advocates clean cooking solutions and facilitates access to Government schemes for LPG connections, Biogas plants etc. For clean lighting, efforts have been made to curb the use of polluting kerosene and replace it with solar-powered lights. DBF installed 12 solar-powered streetlights in Pipal Pukhuri, Assam. Solar lanterns have been given to 32 families in this area. Solar-powered pumping systems have also been distributed to five small farmers under a scheme from the Government Agriculture Department in the state. LPG connections under the Prime Minister Ujjwal Scheme have been given to 284 households.
DBF’s World on Wheels (WOW) digital education and awareness-building initiative accelerated the digital transformation of learning through e-education. The aim is to train Anganwadi workers, PHC Staff, Women SHG members, and creating employment opportunity for the unprivileged communities. The WOW bus is a self-contained, internet enabled, solar power equipped facility with interactive screens which is used as a mobilisation tool for the communities. It was rolled out across six locations benefitting 1,811 community members, including more than 700 school students.
54. JSW Energy
JSW Energy is one of India’s leading private sector energy companies. For FY 2021, their total CSR contribution, enabling inclusive growth of our local communities is Rs. 17.28 crores.
Through JSW Foundation, JSW Energy has deployed a strategic inclusive development approach that encompasses preserving and building drinking water resources, building better sanitation facilities, conserving environment, providing health and nutrition amenities, providing quality education, creating platforms for skill-building and livelihoods, promoting sports and art, culture and heritage. Through its various CSR interventions, the Foundation has benefited 73,111 beneficiaries directly in FY2021. Working Under the Skill Enhancement Programme through JSW Skill Schools, the impact of the training was seen in employment increasing from 11% to 46%, contributing greatly towards their household which led to improvement in their quality of life, their health and access to various facilities. In particular, the prospects and successful employment earned women greater respect and recognition, empowering them to handle their family finances.
Under the Waste Management Programme, at-source segregation and decentralized waste management helped in ensuring that the waste landing at the landfills is reduced. As a result of this programme, about 90% people within the programme became aware of the harmful impacts of the burning waste and have stopped burning the waste. As a result, the total quantity of waste collected has gone up significantly for wet and dry waste.
Under its CSR initiatives for improving the nutritional status of children and pregnant women, JSW’s Barmer plant started Mission Against Malnutrition (MAM) Project in 2019 to improve the health and nutritional status of children of 34 Anganwari centres of Barmer Block. A total 1045 children of 18 villages were covered and benefitted through this initiative and this year pregnant women, lactating women, adolescent girls & boys of targeted Anganwadi centres will be additionally covered under the Project. Under the programme, the CSR arm of JSW Energy distributed Spirulina supplements; fostered birth preparedness by printing Maternity Card provided supplementary food for pregnant women; created awareness through meeting with villagers & PRIs; and provided Mother Child Protection Cards for weight monitoring.
While facilitating community entities, extensive efforts have gone in fostering Strategic Linkages with various entities such as marketers, facilitators and trainers, which has immensely helped to take the initiatives to their logical conclusion while channelising the energies in the right direction. A few examples of such synergies are connecting the women’s group involved in the production of handloom products at Himachal Pradesh to the market, linking women’s group in the mango pulp production at Ratnagiri to the urban consumers, and organising the farmers at Bellary for training on an improved package of practices.
55. Power Grid Corporation of India
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) is a Schedule ‘A’, ‘Maharatna’ Public Sector Enterprise of the government. It is India’s largest Electric Power Transmission Utility. POWERGRID spent Rs. 247.22 crore on CSR activities this year. It has contributed a steep Rs. 200 crore towards PM CARES fund (Rs. 130 crore during 2019-20 and Rs. 70 crore during 2020-21).
POWERGRID, in association with the Govt. of India, is funding construction of the POWERGRID Nuclear Medicine Theranostics Unit at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. This facility will be the largest therapeutic nuclear medicine treatment facility in the world (at a cost of Rs. 30 crore). CSR of the company is providing financial assistance of Rs. 26.40 Crore for Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) for developing Modular Operation Theatres at Women and Child Hospital, ACTREC campus TMC, Navi Mumbai. It has also funded the construction of the POWERGRID Centre for Capacity Development in Oncology, at Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati (at a cost of Rs. 4.18 crore).
Ten-storeyed, 300 bedded POWERGRID Vishram Sadan at AIIMS, New Delhi was constructed at a cost of Rs. 33 crore to mitigate acute shortage of accommodation for patients and their attendants. Keeping in view the impact of such an initiative, this facility has been replicated at other government hospitals in the country. A 142 bedded POWERGRID Vishram Sadan at KGMU, Lucknow was completed in March 2020 at a cost of Rs. 7.98 crore.
CSR of POWERGRID completed an Integrated Watershed Management project at about 12,500 Hectares of arid land in two semi-arid Districts namely Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh and Vijayapura, Karnataka in association with ICRISAT at a cost of about Rs. 18 crores. After the success of this project, the CSR team is replicating the project in five villages of Kalahandi District in Odisha.
56. Welspun India
Welspun India Ltd is part of the $2.7 billion Welspun Group, which specialises in home textiles. The company has a strong presence in the bed, bath and flooring segments. It spent Rs. 16.03 Crores on CSR projects in FY 2021.
SPUN is a model where artisans create beautiful handcrafted products using age-old weaving techniques from the textile waste generated in the company’s bedding manufacturing plant, making each product unique with its own stories woven in. The project primarily engages with women and artisans to uplift their communities. The initiative has a multi-pronged impact on women empowerment, environmental conservation and handicraft preservation. As a result, more than 400 tonnes of waste is converted into new products annually, thus preventing the waste from going into landfills and providing women with livelihood opportunities.
In a country as large and diverse as ours, there exists vast potential to churn out some of the best athletes in the world. But most often, talents from lesser known towns and from underserved communities are overlooked because they don’t have the means to get trained professionally. The Welspun Super Sport Women initiative identifies budding sportswomen across the country and supports them in seeking pathbreaking career opportunities in sports. These sportswomen have made not just us, but the whole nation proud by bagging 146 medals across International, National and State Level competitions. The programme has provided financial support for 26 sportswomen from 11 different sports backgrounds. It is supporting athletes like Manasi Joshi, Shivani Charak, Palak Kohli, Suvarna Raj.
Welspun has facilitated the plantation of more than 2 lakh saplings with over 24,000 saplings planted in Anjar alone. They encourage community members to nurture the saplings planted near their homes. The company has undertaken efforts under the government initiative ‘Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyaan’, under which it deepens ponds in the villages around the area of operations before the monsoon. This increases the capacity of the ponds and helps increase ground water supply, helping communities be resilient against water shortages.
Livestock rearing is a significant activity ensuring socio-economic development of rural households. But in Kutch, the lack of agricultural land compounded by water scarcity, it is challenging to grow fodder for maintaining livestock. To help the communities in this regard, the Welspun Foundation procures and distributes fodder to cattle owners in 27 villages. The programme has resulted in improved income for the cattle owners and better health of the livestock.
The ‘Model Village Program’ seeks to provide communities with employment, while creating ancillary livelihood opportunities that leverage technology and green growth opportunities. CSR of Welspun has constructed essential infrastructure across 4 villages.
57. Nestle India
Nestlé India is the Indian subsidiary of Swiss multinational company Nestlé. It manufactures popular edible products such Nescafé, Maggi, Milkybar, Kit Kat, Milkmaid and Nestea. Nestlé India spent Rs. 46.42 crores on CSR activities in FY 2021.
Flagship CSR programme Nestlé Healthy Kids has been developed with a focus to raise nutrition, health and wellness awareness among adolescents. The programme is implemented in partnership with seven regional universities and NGO Magic Bus India Foundation. Launched in 2009, the programme has expanded significantly, incorporating plastic waste management in the existing curriculum, as well as, including parents and teachers as direct beneficiaries. To further equip beneficiaries about implications of COVID-19 and its precautionary measures, Nestle held virtual training sessions for the beneficiaries in collaboration with its NGO partner.
As part of its commitment to inspire people to lead healthier lives, the company, in partnership with Mamta Health Institute for Mother and Child, implemented Project Jagriti. The CSR project focuses on developing community support for improved health and nutrition outcomes among adolescents, young couples and caregivers while improving the uptake of public health services. As a result of COVID-19, beneficiaries of Project Jagriti were trained virtually about the preventive measures of COVID-19.
As a result of COVID-19, street food vendors were anxious about impact of the pandemic on their livelihoods. Recognising the potential for street food vendors as an important source of livelihood, Nestle partnered with NGO Nidan and National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), to develop programmes to train street food vendors on health, food handling, food safety, personal hygiene, cart hygiene and garbage disposal. Along with its NGO partner, Nestle organized virtual sessions on food safety, hygiene, COVID-19 precautionary measures and digital payments.
In collaboration with S M Sehgal Foundation, Nestle India launched Project ‘Vriddhi’, an initiative towards village adoption. The three-year project is aimed at improving the livelihoods of 1,500 people in the village of Rohira in Nuh district, Haryana, to bring a positive change in the lives of the locals. The project focuses on improving access to clean drinking water for communities, promoting water-saving irrigation practices, increasing awareness on nutrition, enhancing farm productivity and providing healthy learning environment in schools by improving hygiene and sanitation practices.
58. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, known as HPCL, is a Government of India oil and gas enterprise with a Maharatna Status. HPCL bagged the 1st Prize for Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign instituted by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It has also bagged ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award for Swachhta Pakhwada campaign instituted by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The company had a CSR expenditure of Rs. 156.35 crores in FY 2021.
CSR Project ‘Adapt’ aims to enhance the quality of lives of Children with Disabilities (CwD) through provision of online education, individual training and therapeutic treatment. In addition to online educational classes for CwD, uninterrupted therapy services were provided through Tele-Rehab, which emerged as a key vehicle for delivery of services. This new model of providing online services helped the parents and the beneficiaries cope with the pandemic.
Project Nanhi Kali provides holistic development and supports academic pursuit of girl children from tribal and urban slum locations. The project addresses challenges and constraints faced due to gender gap in communities and aim to develop gender equality. During the year, ‘Nanhi Kali’ girls were provided with online remedial classes, material kits, sports curriculum, other guidance and counselling on personal hygiene and career development.
Kashmir Super-30 (Medical) supports the Sadhbhavna (Goodwill) efforts undertaken by Indian Army in Kashmir valley. This project provides mentoring and coaching to aspiring students from Jammu and Kashmir region for preparing them for various medical entrance exams in the country. This residential training programme gives wings to academic aspirations of youth for their career development. In the same vein, Centre of Wellness and Excellence – Ladakh Super- 45 (Medical & Engineering) is a project that supports the Indian Army’s campaign of ‘Winning Hearts and Minds’. This project supports the less-privileged yet aspiring students of Ladakh region in enabling them to compete in various streams like Engineering, Medical and other career-oriented programmes.
Project Dhanwantari is focused on providing basic healthcare facilities and services at the doorsteps of beneficiaries in remote rural areas of the country through Mobile Medical Vans. The majority of beneficiaries are women, children and elderly whose general health is neglected due to poverty and lack of resources, awareness and facilities. Dil Without Bill supports free-of-cost heart surgeries for people with heart ailments from low-income families, particularly children. This health care project has given life and hope to thousands of families over the years.
59. Oil India
Headquartered in Duliajan, Assam, OIL is a leading PSU involved in exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, production of lique?ed petroleum gas and transportation of crude oil & petroleum products. Currently, the Government of India, the promoter of OIL, holds 56.66% of its issued and paid-up capital. The remaining equity capital is owned by other shareholders. Oil India spent Rs. 105.25 crore on CSR activities in FY 2021. OIL also contributed Rs. 25 Crore towards the PM CARES Fund to strengthen India’s fight against COVID 19 in FY 2020-21 in addition to the contribution of Rs. 13 crore in the last financial year.
Started in 2012, Project Sparsha is one of the most significant and foremost community development projects that caters to the primary healthcare needs of the people in operational areas of the company in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Charaideo in Assam and Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh through mobile healthcare services. During the COVID pandemic, continued healthcare services were provided and awareness programmes on the pandemic were conducted. Special home visit drives for senior citizens, pregnant ladies and chronically ill patients were also organised. In FY 2020-21, 1,813 camps were organised to provide primary healthcare services to 84,272 patients.
Started in 2012 again, OIL Dikhya is among the company’s flagship projects. It promotes SMART education among students of rural schools in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Charaideo in Assam. The project has matured into a holistic education programme with multi-pronged interventions based on innovative concepts of learning. One of the concepts is ReadToMe, which brings technology into the classroom with tenets of minimal change and sustainability to impact language fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Started in 2012, implemented in 20 villages of Tinsukia & Dibrugarh districts in Assam, Project Aarogya aims at reduction of Infant and Maternal Mortality Rates (IMR/MMR) in the region. Hands-on training is given to equip village women with required knowledge and skills on balanced dietary requirements at different periods of life according to age and gender. In FY 2020-21, 565 pregnant women were tracked, 1,875 children immunised as a result of the intervention. Under the CSR project, more than 92% institutional deliveries were reported in the region.
Under the project OIL Super 30, free residential coaching is provided to students from economically disadvantaged sections, aspiring to clear engineering (JEE) and medical (NEET) entrance examinations to secure admissions into the prestigious engineering and medical institutes. OIL Super 30 centres are run at 6 locations namely Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Nagaon in Assam, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Jodhpur in Rajasthan. In FY 2020-21, 169 students were coached in these centres. The project has more than 95% success rate.
Started in 2016 in the company’s operational areas in Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh, OIL Jeevika is North-East India’s first induced community cluster-based sustainable livelihood intervention. The project has benefitted more than 400 households. Skill and capacity building training in the areas of beekeeping and honey processing, mustard, buckwheat and local pulse processing is provided to the beneficiaries along with backward and forward linkages to make the cluster self-sustainable. Similar initiatives are also being undertaken in Tinsukia, Assam.
60. Axis Bank
Axis Bank’s primary business comprises commercial banking operations for retail and corporate customers. It provides a range of products and services, including loan products, fee and commission-based products and services, deposit products and foreign exchange and derivative products to India’s leading corporations, middle market companies and small and medium enterprises. Axis Bank spent Rs. 91 crore on CSR activities in FY 2021.
Axis Bank Foundation (ABF) is the CSR arm of this financial institution. It has been working in partnership with NGOs to create long-term positive impact for rural communities. Launched in 2018, Mission2Million is the bank’s commitment to help 2 million households improve their lives and livelihoods. To achieve this, ABF engages with communities by introducing them to a ‘basket of livelihoods’ and developing skills to improve decision-making, fostering leadership qualities and leading them to financial independence.
In April 2020, the bank launched Axis DilSe in Manipur in partnership with the Sunbird Trust. The three-year programme seeks to strengthen and upgrade the Lyzon Friendship School – a special school focusing on the rural poor and tribal children of the region, along with helping develop other support facilities in the vicinity. Axis DilSe is supporting the expansion of the school’s infrastructure, pedagogy and teaching methodologies, and developing infrastructure to enable the school to play a larger role in the sustainable economic development of the region. Under this CSR project, during the COVID-19 induced lockdown, the bank supported Lyzon Friendship School’s digital learning initiatives by providing 50 tablets to ensure continuity in teaching and learning.
The foundation came together with Ashoka University, one of India’s leading private liberal arts and sciences university, to support academic scholarship for female students enrolled in the three-year undergraduate programme in any of the STEM disciplines offered by the University, over a five-year period from 2020 to 2025. During fiscal 2020-21, the programme supported 10 women students as ‘Axis Bank Scholars’.
Axis Bank has been running a comprehensive Financial Literacy Programme since 2018 named Axis Sahyog – a retail microfinance initiative to expand financial inclusion and deepen financial literacy among women from economically weaker backgrounds. The programme specifically focuses on financial literacy campaigns, improved awareness on family health and hygiene, and awareness on relevant government schemes, such as Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). During fiscal 2020-21, Axis Bank’s Rural Lending vertical – in partnership with its BC partners – conducted Financial Literacy and Health Awareness programmes in 22 states and one Union Territory. This year, the programme also ran a new initiative—Sachetana—to raise awareness on COVID-19-related personal safety and hygiene.
During these trying times, the Bank, as a responsible corporate citizen, proactively undertook various steps to mitigate the hardships of the community affected by the pandemic. This included collaborating with various Government and Local Bodies like the Municipal Corporations, District Authorities, Police Departments and medical centres – the frontline warriors, to provide vital medical accoutrements like PPE kits, masks, sanitizers, ventilators, intubation boxes, thermal guns and other essential apparatus with the mission to tackle the grim situation. Axis Bank, during the year FY 2021 covered more than 15 states through this participative approach of endowing relief materials.
61. Larsen and Toubro Infotech
Larsen and Toubro Infotech is a new entry this year in the top 100 companies for CSR in 2021. The company undertakes its CSR programs to work towards development of sustainable communities. LTI’s initiatives are planned, monitored and evaluated in partnership with the company’s stakeholders i.e. NGOs and the community throughout the project life cycle. LTI ensures that the projects undertaken, have complete participation and support from the community, thus ensuring that they are sustainable and generate the necessary impact.
LTI’s programs focus on forming and strengthening community leaders who act as catalysts towards community development. The company also works on holistic development program to increase curiosity and inquiry-based learning of students, make them industry ready, increase employability and create decent livelihood. During the pandemic, the company’s CSR programs were customized using online mediums to ensure continuity and focus on achieving desired results.
In the last financial year, LTI spent a total of Rs. 14.7 crores on its CSR initiatives. The company won the Platinum award at the 7th CSR India Awards 2020 in the category ‘Employment Enhancing Vocational Skills’.
Another new addition to the list of top 100 companies for CSR in 2021 is Mindtree. The company spent Rs. 8 crores on its CSR initiatives in the last financial year, benefitting about 18087 through its programs.
According to Mindtree’s annual report, sustainability is embedded into the vision and mission of Mindtree since inception. Sustainability Triple Bottom Lines People-Planet-Profit are the cornerstones of the company’s commitment to responsible business. It has in place a focused sustainability framework, with pillars of workplace sustainability, ecological stewardship and ethical governance.
Sustainability is closely integrated with Mindtree’s business strategy. The company’s emphasis on resource conservation in areas of energy, water, and waste management has been strong and its investments in green building and technology leverage for ecology have been fruitful.
63. Cummins India
Corporate citizenship is a natural extension of Cummins India’s values and personality. For a brand that is all about dependability, the company recognizes the symbiotic relationship between the various stakeholders to strengthen communities. The company spent Rs. 16.08 crores on social welfare in the last financial year.
Cummins designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and alternative fuel engines as well as related components and technology. The CSR initiatives are predominantly implemented through Cummins India Foundation. Cummins provides a development platform for students through its CSR programmes like Education Assistance to Socially and Economically Weaker Sections, Women Education and Employability supported by Cummins College of Engineering and Vocational Education – TEC.
Increasing opportunity and equity for those most in need is another focus area. The CSR team concentrates on capacity building and enhancement of communities around which Cummins operates. The company has continued its focused efforts and work towards scaling up identified strategic projects namely Cummins Powers Women with Rise Up, Phaltan Model Town, Clean Air Delhi and Monsoon Resilient Maharashtra under the CSR umbrella.
64. Havells India
Fast Moving Electrical Goods company Havells is big on the notion of “giving back to the land”. While the global community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals to improve people’s lives by 2030 in 2015, Havells India claims to have begun working on Goal 2 – ‘Zero Hunger’ as long back as 2005. Havells India spent Rs. 21 crores on its CSR initiatives in the last financial year.
Havells CSR tied up with the government of Rajasthan to provide mid-day meal in government schools. Ownership of the entire mid-day meal value chain from procurement of food materials to food preparation, storage and transportation to school, gives the company complete control over the quality and hygiene of the meals. More than 3.5 lakh meals were distributed in FY 2020-21. Till date more than 90 million meals have been distributed through this initiative.
In line with the WASH (Water, Health and Hygiene) programme, Havells initiated a sanitation drive in 2014 in government schools of Alwar district wherein the company built eco-friendly bio-toilets. These eco-friendly bio-toilets use special bacteria developed by DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation) to convert human waste into biogas and water. The water can be used for gardening, cleaning or ground water recharge. Havells has built about 128 in the last financial year. For menstrual hygiene management, the company joined hands with Project Baala wherein the young rural girls are educated about menstruation in rural schools and provided with eco-friendly sanitary napkins. As of now, the parntership has provided sanitary kits to 60,000 girls.
All these initiatives helped improve attendance, health and cognitive development, increased girls’ participation, and offered better hygiene in communities and addressed issues of inequity and exclusion.
The company has planted over 5 lakh trees in and around its plants in the last financial year of these, 4 lakh saplings were planted at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, while the remaining 1 lakh were planted in Neemrana, Rajasthan. Additionally, the company has partnered with Ashoka University, one of the most prestigious institutions in India, to develop and support education infrastructure for higher education. Focussing on its plan to strengthen the school infrastructure, Havells India has donated over 2,500 education sets benefiting students in government schools in Alwar, Neemrana and Haridwar. These education sets are created out of waste recycled wood pallets in plants.
65. Eicher Motors
Eicher Motors is the flagship company of the Eicher Group in India. You probably know this motorcycle and commercial vehicle manufacturer as the stable of the Royal Enfield aka the Bullet. Eicher Motors spent Rs. 56 Crores on CSR activities this financial year.
The Company undertakes its Corporate Social Responsibility programme under the aegis of EGF (Eicher Group Foundation) for ensuring maximum impact. In FY 2020-21, the company continued to contribute to skill development, maternal and child health, environmental sustainability and community development programmes across various parts of the country. It also provided support in the form of COVID-19 kits, essential equipment for hospitals and conducted various pandemic-related relief activities to support communities navigate life-altering challenges.
66. Exide Industries
Batteries and life insurance might seem like polar opposites. However, Exide Industries Limited is India’s largest selling battery company which also happens to deal in life insurance.
In response to the community needs, the CSR engagements of Exide Industries are built on a commitment to contribute towards a balanced, responsible society by supporting inclusive and long-term sustainable growth at local, regional and national levels. Exide factories are located in relatively remote areas where the available social infrastructure for the locals is inadequate, so the battery producer’s corporate social responsibility carries more weight there.
The company spent Rs. 20.94 crores on its CSR initiatives in the last financial year. During the year, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, 70 per cent of the company’s CSR funds were utilised for various medical projects.
Through its flagship “Abhaar” campaign, the company initiated a special drive for distribution of nutrition and health kits in collaboration with its NGO partner ‘YUVA Unstoppable’. Through this initiative, immunity booster kits were distributed to 23,199 school students in 55 schools adopted by the company. The campaign engaged 357 Exide volunteers who invested 1,140 hours to help more than 1,20,300 beneficiaries.
Taking healthcare to remote locations in India, Exide’s primary focus remained on making healthcare accessible to the weaker sections of society. The company initiated projects in collaboration with the Diabetics Association of India, the Society for the Rehabilitation of Paraplegics, Marrow Donor Registry (India), Indian Cancer Society, Cankid-Kidscan, the Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevashram Sangha to provide necessary support required for meeting healthcare needs.
Exide also introduced livelihood enhancement programs for women from tribal and urban slums to create livelihood opportunities. It invested in the development of community infrastructure such as classrooms, laboratories, sanitation and drinking water facilities. Moreover, it carried out training and development programs for street food vendors in Kolkata and assisted them to resume business after the lockdown.
67. Bharat Forge
Bharat Forge Limited is a Pune-based multinational company involved in automotive, power, oil & gas, construction & mining, locomotive, marine and aerospace industries. The company follows the philosophy of ‘Good Corporate Citizenship’ and works to improve the quality of life of its community members. Its goal is to create a long-lasting positive impact on the community allowing it to jump its rank from its 82nd position in the last year. The company spent about Rs. 18.3 crores on its CSR initiatives in the FY 2020-21 and impacted the lives of more than 179492 beneficiaries.
Bharat Forge focuses its CSR programs primarily around Village Development, Education, Skill Development, Women Empowerment, Health & Hygiene, supporting and nurturing the talented player and Swachh Bharat. The company’s efforts on environment front includes water harvesting projects, planting and taking care of trees and keeping surrounding clean by constructing underground gutters in the villages.
In its social development project, the Company aims for social inclusion by focusing on development of every individual in its 100 target villages. It is helping drive livelihood by improving agriculture scenario and facilitating skill development. Education of underprivileged children is ensured by strengthening Zilla Parishad schools infrastructure. Health and hygiene of villagers is ensured by facilitating safe drinking water and building infrastructure and facilities to store and conserve it.
Additionally, in FY 2021, the Company undertook several measures to strengthen the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It distributed PPEs, relief materials and oxygen concentrators, supported setting up of sanitization tunnels, oxygen beds and production of ventilators, and helped strengthen infrastructure of the village Primary Health Care Centers.
Bharat Forge was declared the winner of ‘The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA) Annual Awards 2020’ under Corporate Social Responsibility
Siemens is a German multinational conglomerate dealing with products and technology in energy, industry and healthcare sectors. The CSR initiatives of Siemens India are creating sustainable communities through use of simple and inclusive technologies, developing innovative solutions that help sustain the environment and improve quality of life. Furthermore, fostering India’s youth by making them industry-ready while also making technology and knowledge accessible to a wide number of people.
Siemens has developed and implemented an energy optimization solution for Government Hospitals across India. The solution contributes to annual saving of millions and reduces the hospitals’ energy consumption.
Corporate Citizenship leverages Siemens competencies in electrification and automation to deliver clean drinking water, pumping solutions for irrigation & better healthcare. With Project Asha, Siemens addresses the severe development deficit in rural areas. Started in 2012, from a remote village in Mokhada, the project has spread across 72 villages in Mokhada, Palghar District and Aurangabad of Maharashtra impacting over 500,000 lives.
Based on the German dual education system, Siemens Scholarship Programme hones youth to become industry-ready engineers, and launch a sustainable career in engineering, R&D or manufacturing. The programme offers four years scholarship to meritorious engineering students from economically disadvantaged families. The internships, trainings, projects and mentorships provided by Siemens acquaints these bright minds with the dynamics of the industry, thereby leading to their holistic development. The Dual VET programme at Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) is based on the German Apprenticeship model. The model employs project-based learning interlocked with theory, workshops, and On-The-Job training in Industries, augmented with soft skills for holistic development.
Siemens has contributed to the immediate emergency relief and response by providing basic relief, medical and social help, building infrastructural needs and support livelihood interventions. The company has provided relief to disaster-hit regions in Nepal, Srinagar, Chennai, Assam, Bihar, Kerala and Odisha.
69. Bajaj Auto
Bajaj Group believes that the true and full measure of growth, success and progress lies beyond balance sheets or conventional economic indices. It is best reflected in the difference that business and industry make to the lives of people.
Baja Auto spent Rs. 126.91 crores on its CSR initiatives in FY 2020-21. Through its social investments, Bajaj Group addresses the needs of communities residing in the vicinity of its facilities, taking sustainable initiatives in the areas of health, education, environment conservation, infrastructure and community development, and response to natural calamities.
The two flagship projects for Bajaj Auto have been the Bajaj Education Initiative (BEI) and the e-Learning Project. The BEI covers 76 low cost schools (a mix of private and government schools) in Pimpri-Chinchwad area of Pune, and supports them with infrastructure development and capacity building. The e-Learning project has reached more than 1550 schools till date- covering Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Both of these are implemented by Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha, our own NGO.
In addition Bajaj Auto has supported school infrastructure development, vocational training for entrepreneurship, teach-to-lead as well as scholarships for meritorious students. ajaj Auto is also supporting Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) in training 25000 young persons in Aurangabad and Wardha to create 1000 entrepreneurs in 5 years. Over 177 entrepreneurs have been created in first 2 years of the project.
Bajaj Auto, in partnership with other Bajaj group companies, is supporting JBGVS in launching the Bajaj Water Conservation Project (BWCP) at Aurangabad. BWCP aims to cover an area of 21,500 ha over the next 4 years with JBGVS and looking for partner NGO to take up additional 44,000 ha under Bajaj Water Conservation Project.
70. Dabur India
Dabur India’s CSR Policy is inspired by the words of its founder Dr S K Burman who said “What is that life worth which cannot bring comfort to others”. The CSR activities of Dabur are largely implemented by their own foundation SUNDESH, supported by Dabur Foundation and Dr. S.K. Burman Charitable Trust.
Dabur India spent Rs. 28.71 crores for implementing its CSR initiatives in 149 villages in India in the last financial year. With the entire country under lockdown in the initial part of the 2020-21 financial year and most educational, commercial and social activities restricted in view of the social distancing norms that were put in place by respective state governments, Dabur focussed its development initiatives towards lending a hand to the Government’s efforts to endure the social and economic impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic as well as protecting vulnerable populations by enabling access to food and essential medicines.
With the rapid spread of the outbreak in March 2020, Dabur immediately commenced activities aimed at providing relief to COVID patients, frontline Police, Health and Sanitation workers, migrant workers and community members. The Dabur Group also established a ‘Dabur Care Fund for COVID-19’, to protect lives and livelihood, and support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Later, the company supported the pandemic effort in every way that was required, be it supporting covid-care centres, vaccination camps, oxygen availability, etc.
Dabur had initiated its sanitation programme under the ‘700 Se 7 Kadam’ project a few years back. Under this project, aimed at protecting the dignity of women in rural India, the company helped provide them access to clean sanitation facilities within their households. Having reached the saturation level with household toilet construction, this programme now focusses on maintenance of existing household toilets and conducting awareness and training programmes on Health and Hygiene, besides distribution of hygiene kits in households. In 2020-21, Sanitation Kits were distributed among 1,111 families in two villages of Uttar Pradesh.
71. Coca-Cola India Private Limited
Beverage maker Coca-Cola is one of the many global companies working towards a circular economy and a less polluted world. These principles apply to its corporate citizenship programmes in India as well. Coca-Cola India CSR’s key areas of focus include waste management and recycling, sustainable supply chain, water conservation and optimisation, sustainable product categories and community welfare.
The Coca-Cola System in India, along with partners is working to develop sustainable, community-led programmes for integrated plastic waste management and promote efficient recycling in India. The company has launched various projects and campaigns across the country to create awareness about segregation of waste at source, streamline collection mechanisms and help build infrastructure to recycle post-consumer packaging into value-added products. These initiatives will also create better livelihoods and provide better social security for the marginalized waste workers in the existing largely informal economy.
Under Project Unnati, the company and its partners also train farmers to become better entrepreneurs by deploying techniques such as ultra-high-density plantation, drip irrigation, good agricultural practices and high-yielding cultivars to increase their fruit productivity and then take a decision whether to sell the produce to processors or in the market for the best return on their investments. It also creates a positive impact across many other sustainability focus areas, including women’s empowerment, community wellbeing and water stewardship.
72. Jain Irrigation Systems
Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL) is a diversified entity with turnover in excess of one billion dollars. It is the second largest Micro-Irrigation company in the world. The low profile company believes that education, health, culture and environment are the pillars of a vital and vibrant society. Most of the CSR and social welfare initiatives are implemented through ‘Jain Charities,’ a Public Charitable Trust established in 1982.
Anubhuti Residential School is a co–educational residential school, promoted by JISL, based around Indian culture, interdependence and entrepreneurship. The school is affiliated to the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi, which conducts ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) examinations. The school won the prestigious Wipro Earthian Award for two consecutive years. Another school, Anubhuti English Medium School, was conceived by Dr. Bhavarlal Jain. It was instituted in Jalgaon in the year 2011 to provide quality English Medium Education to the children who live Below the Poverty Line. The children get a sense of responsibility for their individual belonging as well as for things that belong to the whole community. This directly reflects one of the principles of education at Anubhuti, where the limitations of individuality and need for inter-dependence are emphasized. The school provides them with nutritious food three times a day, and clothes, books, educational material and medical attention.
Jain Sports Academy conducts coaching and courses on sports and health education. The Academy also conducts competitions in traditional Indian games like kho kho and international games such as volleyball, table tennis, badminton, swimming, cricket. The training camps are sponsored for boys and girls under 15, making it possible for them to participate at the district, state and national-level tournaments. The Academy also adopts girls and boys to prepare them for state and national-level competitions.
73. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited believes in the guiding business philosophy of growth with equity and justice which is reflected in its CSR policy. The company spent the amount of Rs. 553 crores in FY 2020-21 on its CSR initiatives making it the fifth consecutive year that its CSR expenditure surpassed 500 crores.
Of this amount, the company contributed Rs. 300 crores to the PMCARES Fund to aid the country’s fight against the pandemic. Additionally the company undertook 384 projects worth Rs. 29.84 crores to tackle covid-19 outbreak and impact the lives of over 44.62 lakh beneficiaries. The company also contributed Rs. 3.80 crores for COVID-19 vaccine cold chain equipment.
74. Asian Paints
Asian Paints has a firm belief that society is an important pillar which supports business activities and creates the canvas of opportunities. As part of its CSR initiatives, the company endeavours to contribute to uplifting and upgrading the social infrastructure. The company spent Rs. 63 crores on its CSR programs in the last financial year.
The CSR initiatives of Asian Paints aim towards inclusive development of the communities largely around the vicinity of our plants and registered office and at the same time on ensuring environmental protection through a range of structured interventions in the areas of (i) Promoting education, including special education and livelihood projects (ii) Creating employability and enhance dignity of the painter community (iii) Enabling access to quality, primary healthcare services (iv) Focus on water conservation, replenishment and recharge and (v) Disaster relief measures.
Providing healthcare support to the communities, spreading awareness about health-related risks, and improving accessibility to healthcare facilities are central to the idea of the CSR support of Asian Paints. In alignment to the national development agenda of making primary healthcare accessible and affordable for the people, the company has undertaken several programmes to promote health and hygiene among its communities. Its health and hygiene programme aims at addressing the primary healthcare segment of the healthcare continuum.
Safar is a healthcare initiative directed towards improving health awareness and correcting lifestyle habits of truckers. They also get medical care facilities for that is both consultative and curative in nature. The project uses mass communication techniques like nukkad natak (street plays), games, interpersonal communication sessions and films to spread awareness on various health issues like ergonomic illnesses, skin diseases and gastritis, among others targeting truck drivers.
Gyan Shakti is a 3-year programme designed through stakeholder involvement (teachers, students, parents) and school requirements. The objective of this programme is to take a holistic approach to education for students of Class III to Class VIII. Naya Savera helps transform the lives of school dropouts through education and training. It enables them to earn a decent livelihood.
75. United Spirits
United Spirits Limited, a subsidiary of Diageo is an alcoholic beverages company and the world’s second-largest spirits company by volume. The Company was able to spend an amount of Rs. 9.49 crores in the FY 2020-21.
The Company, through its CSR initiatives, aims to empower the communities as stakeholders in their own development through a collaborative, and sustainable approach, underscored by responsible utilization of resource in partnership with community-based institutions, civil society organizations, value chain partners and industry peers. It aims to undertake sustainable initiatives under agreed focus areas, leading to measurable progress, especially in areas of education, maternal and child health indicators, economic wellbeing and environment. Above all, it seeks to address the harmful effects of alcohol abuse in society and advocate responsible consumption of beverage alcohol, thereby creating a positive impact on society.
76. Piramal Enterprises
Piramal Enterprises spent Rs. 7 crores on its CSR initiatives and made it to the list of top 100 companies for CSR in 2021 as against the last year. The company conducts most of its CSR programs through Piramal Foundation.
In the last financial year, the company was able to impact the lives of about 12 crore beneficiaries in 21 states of India through its healthcare initiative Piramal Swasthya.
Under its education initiatives, the company was able to collaborate with 4 state governments to build institutional capabilities of state level education institutions. Its Surakshit Dada-Dadi Nana-Nani Abhiyaan supported • 2.9 Million Senior citizens in 112 Aspirational Districts. 1.6 Lakh+ girl children were supported under Saksham Bitiya Abhiyaan, to build back equal education for girl child. The company also built digital teaching capabilities of over 9 lakh teachers to ensure continuity in learning for over 1 crore students.
77. Housing Development Finance Corporation
Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited also known as HDFC is a major player for housing finance in India. It also has a presence in banking, life and general insurance, asset management, venture capital and education loans. In FY 2020-21, the company has spent Rs. 189.82 crores on its CSR initiatives.
During the year, the Corporation’s CSR activities focused primarily on COVID-19 relief, education, healthcare, livelihoods and supporting persons with disabilities. Other interventions taken up during the year included support for senior citizen homes, support for Olympic athletes including para-athletes and environmental programmes supporting solid waste management, green energy and ecological restoration for urban and rural communities.
The Corporation prioritised key subthematic areas within each of these sectors to ensure that the CSR interventions were targeted most optimally. The Corporation contributed directly and through the H T Parekh Foundation to the identified social sectors.
78. JK Tyre & Industries
JK Tyre & Industries, popularly known as JK Tyre is a pioneer of radial tyres in India. The company invested Rs. 2.90 Crore in FY 2020-21 on CSR activities that aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
JK Tyre’s CSR activities are implemented directly by an in-house team and competent grassroots NGOs depending on the nature of activity and competence. Presently, adult literacy, reproductive and child health care projects are implemented directly, while for the implementation of projects on water conservation, livelihood and skill development, JK Tyre partners with competent NGOs. JK Tyre CSR worked in the area of the Swachh Bharat Mission, building a large number of individual and public toilets, making villages open defecation-free.
79. Aurobindo Pharma
Aurobindo Pharma Limited is a pharmaceutical manufacturing company that manufactures generic pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The company spent Rs. 58.84 crores during the FY21 for its CSR initiatives.
The company’s CSR initiatives mainly focused on areas including promotion of education, eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, preventive health care and sanitation, and making available safe drinking water, road and public safety, promotion of rural sports, rural development projects, environmental sustainability, ecological balance and conservation of natural resources and animal welfare among others.
The company conducts its majority of CSR programs through Aurobindo Pharma Foundation.
Aurobindo Pharma Foundation has installed approximately 70 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification Plants with different capacities in various locations and also extensively constructed RO Water Sheds. It has installed overhead water tanks, ground water tanks, laid underground pipelines for drinking water and ensured safe drinking water is supplied to many more villages through deliveries from water tankers.
As part of Swachh Bharat- Swachh Vidyalaya, Aurobindo Pharma foundation has constructed hundreds of modern new toilets, repaired and renovated old toilets for girls and boys in various government schools colleges, stadiums, etc., in both of the states. As part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Aurobindo Pharma Foundation has supported the Integrated House Hold Latrine (IHHL) scheme in various villages of the states to make Open Defecation Free villages (ODF).
Aurobindo Pharma has built a Government Degree College in Patancheru with approximately 40,000 square feet, modern amenities and classroom infrastructure for more than 200 schools. Libraries and reading rooms are also set up for students and orphans in various government schools and orphanages. In addition, the Foundation works to provide employment enhancing skills and support female empowerment in rural and urban areas; has renovated various government schools, colleges, orphanages and old age homes; provided approximately 12,000 3-seater school desks, 12,500 school bags and lakh note books in various government schools in both Telugu states.
National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) is a PSU that was awarded Navratna status in 2008. Rather than clubbing the transformation of tribal villages with the generic focus area of rural development, public sector firm NMDC has an Integrated Village Development plan that encompasses healthcare, education, infrastructure, livelihood and skill development, culture and sustainable agriculture. Tribal villages in conflict-prone zones have benefited greatly from these CSR initiatives of NMDC.
Most of the flagship CSR initiatives are running the conflict zone of Bastar in Chhattisgarh. NMDC spent Rs. 158.61 crore on corporate social responsibility this year. Healthcare, education, sanitation, safe drinking water, rural infrastructure development and employable skill development are the core focus areas for CSR. NMDC started the Integrated Village Development programme in 2009 to empower adivasi and rural groups with the concept of model villages.
In India, Bosch is a leading supplier of technology and services in the areas of Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The company conducts most of its CSR initiatives through Bosch India Foundation. In FY 21, the company spent Rs. 31.57 crores on its CSR programs.
Bosch’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) endeavours – carried out under the aegis of ‘Bosch India Social Engagement’ – aims to make a meaningful difference to society. Its focused interventions across a wide range of initiatives covers crucial areas of development such as youth skill development, child health, hygiene and education, neighborhood projects, and holistic village development.
When the COVID-19 outbreak posed a major threat to life and livelihood across India, Bosch mobilized its resources and extended active support to the nation’s fight against the pandemic. It collaborated with various organizations to provide relief to the communities, especially those who needed the most to sustain during these challenging times.
82. State Bank of India
State Bank of India has been actively involved in CSR activities since 1973, way before the CSR mandate in India. The primary purpose of the Bank’s CSR philosophy is to make a meaningful and measurable impact on the lives of economically, physically and socially challenged communities of the country. The bank spent the amount of Rs. 6.24 crores on its CSR initiatives in FY 2020-21.
The bank is actively working towards the upliftment of underprivileged sections of the society, by working towards the socio-economic well-being of the marginalised and vulnerable communities, with a vision to provide ‘Service Beyond Banking’. SBI Foundation, the CSR arm of SBI Bank has undertaken multiple initiatives to build momentum for a transforming India by creating an inclusive development paradigm. The focus areas of the Bank’s CSR activities include Healthcare, Education, Livelihood, Skill Development, Environment Protection of National Heritage, Empowerment of Women, Youth & Senior Citizens etc.
83. YES Bank
YES Bank is the new addition in the list of top companies for CSR in 2021 in India. Since inception, the Bank has developed and implemented various programs to enhance and create shared value through unique, scalable, and sustainable models to achieve this objective.
YES BANK’s first-of-its-kind CSR initiative ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’, was conceptualized to support MSMEs in adopting best practices in Energy Efficiency (EE) and Occupational Health & Safety (OHS). The initiative has helped MSMEs integrate sustainability into operations, reduce overall carbon footprint, enhance global competitiveness in terms of output and efficiency, and contribute to India’s ‘Zero Defect, Zero Effect’ vision.
YES FOUNDATION (YF), one of the implementing arms of YES BANK CSR, has a unique Grants & Accelerator program, which helps existing social impact organizations to improve quality of operations, adopt management best practices, scale up impact and emerge as benchmark organizations in the sector. 22 NGOs and social enterprises were selected in 2018 for this program through a competitive application process. Capacity building of these selected organizations was undertaken through workshops and mentorship sessions focused on Governance, Compliance, Controls, Performance and Risk Management. Subsequently, projects were identified to enable scale-up of each of these organizations through a three-year grants support. Launched in October 2020 under #ZimmedariSeTayyari initiative of the Bank, employee volunteering focused on engaging employees and their family members across several initiatives and causes benefitting senior citizens in old age homes, underprivileged youth, differently abled, orphaned children and children suffering from terminal diseases.
India is home to a rich biodiversity, many of the species being endemic to specific areas, and under threat from various anthropogenic factors. As a financial institution, YES BANK has taken focused measures to ensure conservation of biodiversity and endangered species, while mitigating the factors affecting them. The Bank has steadily worked towards preventing extinction of critically endangered/endangered species such as Red Panda and Great Indian Bustard by supporting habitat restoration (protected & potential) and community-led interventions in the NCR, Rajasthan and Sikkim. Through such initiatives, the Bank assisted in creating a holistic local ecosystem for promoting conservation and preservation of natural capital.
84. Bharti Airtel
Although telecom company Bharti Airtel was under no obligation to spend on CSR activities this year (due to net losses), the company has contributed Rs. 8.6 crores for CSR. Bharti Airtel conducts its CSR initiatives through Bharti Foundation. The company believes that strengthening the education system is an essential investment in our country’s future and have pledged to contribute towards it.
For the last two decades, Bharti Foundation in collaboration with multiple other organisations and government, has taken it upon itself to bring transformation in the field of education for underprivileged children in the country. It aims to impact the lives of children and youth by proactively implementing and supporting programs in primary, secondary, and higher education as well as sanitation through its Satya Bharti School Program, Satya Bharti Quality Support Program, Higher Education Programs and Satya Bharti Abhiyan program. These also contribute to the national programmes and government missions such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, National Nutrition Mission, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Since March 2020, children’s access to schools has been disrupted owing to preventive measures put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. To help children, especially in rural India, help them keep up with their learning and stay in touch with their peers and educators while staying safe at home, Bharti Foundation adapted online methods to facilitate remote learning. Through its presence in 16 States, Bharti Foundation ensured that a large number of rural children in India continue to learn during the pandemic.
85. ABB India
ABB India, the ABB Group company was incorporated in India in 1949, it is a leader in power automation technologies. These technologies enable industrial customers to improve their performance along with lower environmental impact.
The company views corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a channel to further its cause for a better world by writing the future together with its multiple stakeholders. It is committed to sustainable and inclusive development of the community’s social capital through active engagement. The Company’s CSR programs are aimed to contribute to the social development predominantly in areas where it operates”. The main focal areas of ABB India’s CSR activities include: Education and Skill Development, Access to Electricity, Health Care, Environment and Local Safeguard, and skills training and employment opportunities for the differently-abled.
86. Rural Electrification Corporation
Another public enterprise in the top 100 is Rural Electrification Corporation (REC). The national development agenda, of course, is the main concern for CSR interventions reaching a wide spectrum of beneficiaries from economically and socially backward communities, senior citizens, differently abled, children and youth.
REC makes a contribution to the Swachh Bharat Kosh set up by the Central Government for the promotion of sanitation by setting up mechanized sweeping, collection and transportation of Municipal Solid Waste, Amplifying the message of Swachh Bharat, and the behaviour change television show ‘Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon’ Season 3.
Rural development includes installation of water ATMs and hand pumps for providing safe drinking water to rural communities, infrastructure development of the hospitals, providing medical equipment to hospitals, distribution of milk pouches to government school students and distributing assistive devices to persons with disabilities (PwD).
87. National Aluminium Company (NALCO)
At NALCO, “Let all be happy” is the guiding spirit which is embedded in the company’s CSR logo.
The company has come to represent a better quality of life for communities residing in the vicinity of its plants and facilities.
To develop Puri as an iconic place, National Aluminium Corporation (NALCO) has taken up several CSR projects. Some of these are illuminating the Jagannath temple, battery-operated vehicles for easy mobility of pilgrims, thematic wall paintings of VIP road, development and beautification of Gandhi park, renovation of museum inside the temple and development of heritage corridor.
In response to the clarion call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a Clean India, NALCO has been actively engaged in Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan activities across the country. The company has vowed to make its peripheral villages Open Defecation Free – 6 at Damanjodi and 5 at Angul – by providing Individual House Hold Latrines to 1774 households with water facility. However, there isn’t much clarity on the progress on these interventions.
88. Bharat Electronics
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is a government-run arms manufacturer established by the Ministry of Defence. The company spent a total of Rs. 22.7 crores on its CSR activities in FY 21.
During the financial year 2020-21, the DPE guidelines for CSR Expenditure stipulate CPSEs to take up focused CSR interventions on the common theme of Health and Nutrition, with preference to Aspirational Districts identified by the NITI Aayog. Accordingly, the company allocated its CSR budget for thematic CSR programmes – thrust being on initiatives that support the Government’s concerted efforts in dealing with the challenges arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, CSR projects that impart technical & employability skill training to the rural youth from economically weaker sections of society have been implemented under Skill India.
One of Bharat Electronics’ earliest CSR programmes was adopting Doddabommasandra village in Bengaluru in 1986. BEL carried out a survey in the village. Accordingly BEL constructed black top roads and provided the villagers with basic facilities such as drinking water taps, streetlights and medical assistance. As the super cyclone of 1990 wreaked havoc on the coastal belt of Orissa, BEL was among the first companies to come forward for relief work. The Company constructed 500 cyclone-proof houses for the affected families in two villages of Ganjam District. The BEL team also renovated the village roads, installed solar streetlights, dug water wells, provided solar lanterns for houses and even built a community centre.
In present times, BEL has been supplementing the Indian government’s education schemes by constructing government school buildings, classrooms, library, kitchen blocks and compound wall apart from providing facilities for sports, prayer hall, toilets, drinking water and handwashing platforms across India. BEL has been trying to bridge the healthcare gap by upgrading the infrastructure and medical facilities at government district hospitals in states like Karnataka, Haryana and Maharashtra. BEL has taken up six projects under Healthcare and Preventive Healthcare. The company’s CSR division donated a Mobile Cancer Screening Unit to the Kidwai Institute of Oncology (KCI), Karnataka, to facilitate early detection of cancer in people of rural Karnataka. The cancer detection unit is built by the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC), Thiruvananthapuram.
89. Mahindra CIE Automotive
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been an integral part of the way Mahindra CIE Automotive Limited, (MCIE or the Company) has been doing business since inception. The Company focuses its CSR activities in the areas of (i) Education and Skill Development (ii) Promotion of Health Care and Sanitation (iii) Environment and (iv) Community Development. The company spent a total of Rs. 7.11 crores on its CSR initiatives in the last financial year.
90. Jindal Steel and Power Limited
Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) carries out its CSR activities in India through JSPL Foundation. Shallu Jindal leads the JSPL Foundation. JSPL has the core competency of running huge factories and mining sites, which it leverages in implementing the CSR projects through JSPL foundation. The foundation provides concept and leadership in the CSR intervention programmes.
JSPL collaborated with HP in creating a telemedicine centre to provide advanced health and medical services to the community to reduce mortality and morbidity. The 7 Telemedicine centres are linked to the Fortis OP Jindal Hospital at Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.
OP Jindal Hospital and Research Centre, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh was established on 7th August 2008, the 78th birth anniversary of the Jindal group founder Shri OP Jindal with a solitary aim of providing complete healthcare services to areas around Raigarh. The Hospital conducts Free Super specialist camps in the villages collaborates with District Health authorities for Family Planning camps and cataract surgeries. It also conducts free Polio and CP deformity correction camps, free dental check-up camps and conducts Health Assessment for school children.
JSPL Foundation has created a good number of critical infrastructure in the company’s operational areas so as to improve the overall quality of life of the community; roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, drinking water facilities, electricity and toilets on a partnership basis where a component of community contribution in the shape of shramdaan (labour cost) is given by the community.
91. Torrent Power
Torrent has always been committed to the cause of social service and has consistently channelized a part of its resources and activities, such that it positively impacts the society socially, ethically and environmentally. The Company has taken up various CSR initiatives improving the quality of life of the people and making quality value addition to the society. The Company channelizes its CSR activities in light of its guiding principle as enumerated by its founder- Shri U. N. Mehta: “Giving back to the society, for all the years of care, support and nurturance that is being bestowed upon the organization”.
The company’s CSR activities have been focused on the three thrust areas of Community Healthcare, Sanitation & Hygiene, Education & Knowledge Enhancement and Social Care & Concern. One of the major CSR programmes is REACH, focusing on paediatric care. Driven by the belief of Chairman Emeritus, Sudhir Mehta: ‘Children are the future of our nation and this future must be well preserved’, the flagship CSR programme of the Group REACH – Reach EAch CHild was initiated in the year 2016 under the aegis of Tornascent Care Institute, a section 8 company. REACH has three major pillars: (a) SHAISHAV (b) JATAN and (c) MUSKAN
Under Shaishav, medical camps were conducted in 351 villages, which screen across SUGEN, Dahej and Indrad in Gujarat. Medical health check-ups and consequent follow up activities were carried out for children in the age group between six months and six years. Children identified with malnourishment were provided with therapeutic food, free of cost. Of the, 71,387 children that were screened, 74% could overcome malnourishment. Free iron supplements were provided to anaemic children, who attended the programme and more than 90% were completely brought out of anaemia. Additionally, 73% of the children with specific/chronic ailment were provided with referral services after convincing their parents to avail medical intervention from trained consultants of reputed hospitals.
Under Jatan, in 2017, day care paediatric centres were established at locations; SUGEN, Dahej, Balasinor and Indrad, providing free specialist consultation, basic laboratory services and branded medicines to the underprivileged. These centres are closer to the beneficiaries especially in remote areas having inadequate healthcare facilities. During the pandemic, the services from these centres were stopped to avoid virus exposure, however, tele-consultation services were initiated at Dahej and SUGEN since September, 2020 to take care of community patients. As of March 31, 2021, 2,84,474 OPDs have been carried out across the centres.
Under Muskan, in order to help in developing increased confidence as well as self-esteem among adolescent girls, we have conducted mass awareness programmes on health and hygiene in 125 camp villages, covering more than 5,000 adolescent girls. Free sanitary pads are being provided on a monthly basis along with health and hygiene related information and counselling to gradually eradicate psychological and social taboos. The Group has been continuously focused on creating awareness to prevent the occurrence of the common diseases, which is a pre-requisite for sustainable health and hygiene.
92. Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL)
State-run engineering firm BHEL’s contributions towards corporate social responsibility till date includes adoption of villages, organising free medical camps, supporting charitable dispensaries, schools for the underprivileged and handicapped children, providing aid during disasters, natural calamities, providing employment to handicapped and ex-serviceman, rainwater harvesting, plantation of millions of trees, energy saving and conservation of natural resources through environmental management. BHEL’s world-class welding institute has trained welders from across the country. This has helped the trained people to generate income to support their families.
The company spent the total of Rs. 14.42 crores on its CSR initiatives as against the prescribed amount of Rs. 20.18 crores. The unspent amount will be carried forward to be spent in the next financial year.
93. Ashok Leyland
The automobile company based out of Chennai spent a total of Rs. 30.18 crores on CSR activities in FY 2020-21. Ashok Leyland has chosen education as the main focus for CSR initiatives. The social welfare interventions also focus on health, hygiene and nutrition issues; as well as working with the local authorities in strengthening infrastructure requirements of the schools they work with. The auto major undertakes other developmental initiatives around its manufacturing facilities so as to provide consistent support to educational, medical and charitable organisations.
Ashok Leyland’s flagship CSR initiative is the “Road to School Project,” a holistic child development initiative focused on improving learning outcomes with both scholastic and co-scholastic interventions. The project also focuses on comprehensive health care, hygiene, wellness and nutritious daily breakfast programme for all the students studying in Government Primary and middle schools where Road to School is being implemented.
As part of Ashok Leyland’s 70th anniversary celebrations, the CSR team rejuvenated 7 lakes to help the local community. They have initiated various water projects across the country under the Jal Jeevan Programme, mainly purified drinking water ATMs, rejuvenation or restoration of Himalayan Springs in Uttarakhand, solid and liquid waste management near Pantnagar Plant in Uttarakhand, Lake rejuvenation of Hosur and Bhandara lakes and Sustainable Water Management projects in Alwar.
94. RBL Bank
The RBL Bank, has always believed in bringing real change in the society through our CSR initiatives under Health, Education and Livelihood Opportunities. The bank spent Rs. 18.74 crores on its CSR activities in the last financial year. The Bank has been awarded as the Best Bank for CSR in India by the prestigious ASIAMONEY BEST BANK AWARDS 2021.
In FY 2020-21, the Bank focussed on the girl child education, migrant labourers, sanitation workers, people with disabilities (PWDs), and the marginalised groups pushed to low or no income, due to the pandemic.
The Bank supported the ‘Asha Kiran – minimum of 10,000 students. Hope Project’ in collaboration with the Nudge Foundation, which facilitates access of welfare schemes like MGNREGA to rural families, migrant and construction workers, and guides them through self-employment efforts. The project aims to alleviate the poverty of 2.5 million rural individuals in Uttar Pradesh by utilising welfare schemes providing food security and livelihoods.
The Bank is among the founding members of India Protector’s Alliance, managed by Collective Goods Foundation in collaboration with Hindustan Unilever Limited and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The alliance works towards uplifting sanitation workers’ livelihood and quality of life by providing training, skilling, and entrepreneurship opportunities. The initiative aims to transform the lives of 50,000 sanitation workers in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. During the pandemic, the Bank also provided Personal Protective Equipment and Hygiene Kits to the sanitation workers.
In line with the Bank’s commitment to support holistic education for students from low-income families, the Bank has adopted Udbhav School in Fatehnagar, Hyderabad. The funding for the program was raised through the Bank’s annual flagship fundraiser event, UMEED-1000 Cyclothon. The Bank plans to support 10 such schools by 2030, covering a minimum of 10,000 students.
95. Jindal Stainless
indal Stainless Limited is India’s largest stainless steel producer. The company believes that ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the direct connect between the head and the heart. It becomes impactful only when one speaks the language of the heart.’ The company spent about 67 lakhs for its CSR initiatives in FY 2020-21.
Aligning with the vision of Improving Lives Through Trustworthy and Innovative Stain-less Solutions, Jindal Stainless has continuously engaged itself in improving the lives of people in and around the manufacturing facilities. The company is resolute in its commitment to uplift and support communities and stakeholders through CSR endeavours in the areas of agriculture, education, women empowerment, gender equality and health care.
96. NLC India
NLC India Limited is a ‘Navratna’ government of India company in the fossil fuel mining sector in India and thermal power generation. As a socially responsible corporate citizen, the company continues to carry out developmental works in the surrounding villages, focusing on the socio-economic development of the operating regions for achieving inclusive growth.
The Company’s CSR initiatives focus on Healthcare, Education, Sanitation, Safe Drinking Water, Hunger, Poverty and Malnutrition Eradication, Women Empowerment, Gender Equality, Environment Sustainability, Rural Sports, protection of National Heritage, Arts and Culture, Rural Development, Water Resource Augmentation. During the last financial year, the company spent a total of Rs. 46.74 crores on its CSR initiatives.
CESC Limited is a socially responsible company, which aims at contributing towards the upliftment of the poor and underprivileged residing in its area of operation, along with its focus on generating profits, protecting the interests of investors and shareholders, and, serving its customers with utmost satisfaction.
The Company’s mission is to implement CSR programmes and projects that assist in creating an empowered environment in the Indian society for inclusive growth leading to social and economic development of the community. Through a series of interventions, it seeks to reach out to various sections of society and provide them opportunities that empower their lives. The company spent a total of Rs. 22.30 crores on its CSR initiatives in the last financial year.
Through Roshni Project, the Company facilitates underprivileged children in urban slums to acquire quality education with level appropriate reading and writing ability. Child-friendly environment in government schools is created through provision of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities under Nirmal Abhiyan Project.
Further, CESC School Building Project aims at providing conducive environment for learning and development in schools through development of school buildings, classrooms, laboratories, playgrounds and libraries. The Company’s Hamari Awaaz Project seeks to create child friendly communities in urban slums by mobilising, sensitising and empowering communities to fight against child labour and other forms of child abuse and foster child protection.
Improvement of health and nutrition status of pregnant women, lactating mothers, adolescent girls and children in 0-6 years age group through Suswasthya Project is another focus area of CESC’s CSR initiatives.
Under the Nirmal Kolkata projects, community-based water and sanitation initiatives have been undertaken for protection of environment and promotion of sustainable development.
CESC supports skill development projects, such as, Saksham, Udaan and Prayas in several locations for employment generation among underprivileged youths. Across the different programme areas focused by the Company, its endeavour is to reach out to the disadvantaged and the marginalised sections of the society, and thereby, contributing to the regional and national development goals.
98. GMR Infrastructure
Infra company GMR Infrastructure has been active on the corporate social responsibility front since 1991.
GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF) is the corporate social responsibility arm of the GMR Group. GMRVF supports the companies under the Group in implementing their CSR mandates. GMRVF’s purpose is to work in the fields of Education, Health and Empowerment such that its activities directly benefit mainly the communities in the immediate neighbourhood of the Group’s projects. Currently, GMRVF is working with selected communities in 20 locations in India. The locations are spread across different states namely Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
99. Apollo Hospitals Enterprise
Apollo Hospitals was established in 1983 by Dr. Prathap C Reddy, renowned as the architect of modern healthcare in India. As the nation’s first corporate hospital, Apollo Hospitals is acclaimed for pioneering the private healthcare revolution in the country. The vision of Dr. Prathap C Reddy, the Founder of Apollo Hospitals Group is what translates into the mission of the Apollo Foundation, which is, “to create meaningful interactions with people of our society, and help enhance their quality of life in every way we can.” Following this, the healthcare company is highly committed to CSR.
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise spent Rs. 10.42 on its CSR initiatives in the last financial year. It conducts most of its CSR projects through Apollo Foundation.
100. Vodafone Idea
Vodafone Idea Ltd is committed to developing communities where it operates in. It’s commitment to social sector is clearly stated in its vision statement – “to connect and inspire every Indian to build a better tomorrow,’ and further refined in the mission statement – ‘Be the most respected company by leveraging technology and purposeful innovation to catalyse social prosperity, digital literacy and inclusivity.’ In Financial Year 2020-21, the Company has spent Rs. 31.68 crores towards CSR activities.
The company carries out its CSR initiatives through Vodafone Idea Foundation. Its current CSR portfolio focusses on Vidya (Education), Swasth (Healthcare), Aamdani (Livelihoods and Women Empowerment), and transformative projects in each of these domains that offer the potential to improve wellbeing of millions, while showcasing innovative use of mobile technology and development approaches.
This wraps up our take on the top Indian companies for sustainability and CSR in 2021.