The verdict is out. Infosys has beaten Tata Chemicals for the Number 1 position in our 2020 India sustainability and CSR chart. Tata Chemicals held the top spot for three consecutive years, until now. Infosys was the second ranker in 2019, and has risen to numero uno for CSR in 2020.
Infosys Foundation Chair Sudha Murthy’s loving perseverance in supporting the most deserving has left a deep impact on other businesses to do social good. All the companies mentioned in this list are responsible businesses that place corporate social responsibility (CSR) high on the agenda.
This ranking is based on the companies’ spending patterns on CSR, performance and spending with respect to the responsibility matrix, ESG performance and how companies are incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their responsible business actions.
CSR in 2020
Implementation in 2020 is a mixed bag, what with COVID-19 activities taking up the biggest chunk of funding. A number of cyclones and floods wreaked havoc in large parts of the subcontinent. As a result, funds were also directed to disaster relief operations in Assam, Kerala, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal. Sustainability and CSR in 2020 is a work in progress, since we haven’t reached the year-end yet. However, these rankings take into account the FY 2019-20 CSR projects which have been running since last year. Factors we took into account were impact assessment, compliance, funding and implementation on ground.
Which Indian companies topped CSR in 2020?
Tata Chemicals has dropped to the third position after being No. 1 for the past three years. Infosys has climbed one spot. Mahindra & Mahindra has climbed two spots to claim the second rank in the top 10 Indian companies for CSR in 2020. ITC has also climbed up from No. 5 to the fourth position this year. The Vedanta Group has outdone itself in the corporate citizenship realm, making it to the top 5, from its previous 8th rank. A new entry on the chart is Grasim Industries. The part of the Aditya Birla Group, Grasim won numerous awards for its flagship programmes. Without further adieu, here are our top 100 rankers from India for CSR in 2020. Click here to find the top 100 companies for CSR and sustainability in 2021.
1. Infosys Limited
“CSR can’t be merely a job, it’s a passion,” says Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, the CSR arm of IT services conglomerate Infosys. The company spent nearly Rs. 360 crore towards various CSR schemes this year. COVID-19 relief work dominated the activities, with education and health-related programmes following after.
Among the main CSR initiatives in the financial year 2019-20 were a 100-bed quarantine setup in Bengaluru in partnership with Narayana Health City, and another one which had 182 beds for COVID-19 patients for Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College & Research Institute.
Infosys Foundation primarily works with non-governmental organizations as the nodal agency for implementing projects. Highlights of the Foundation’s interventions in the past include the introduction of Aarohan Social Innovation Awards, restoration of water bodies in Karnataka, enabling the pursuit of access and excellence in sports through the GoSports Foundation, and disaster relief efforts in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
2. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
No other Indian corporate comes close to Mahindra & Mahindra when it come to leading the charge for climate change action and sustainable business practices. The company spent INR 93.50 crores on CSR initiatives during the financial year 2018-19. Sustainability runs through the ethos here. This commitment stems from the leadership at the top – head honcho Anand Mahindra is passionate about leading by example. Under his guidance, the conglomerate has set international benchmarks for corporate success and sustainability. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Association of India, National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) and India Council for Sustainable Development.
Mr. Mahindra initiated Project Nanhi Kali in 1996 which went on to become the biggest CSR programme in India for educating the girl child. Not only does the project provide free education to girls from low-income backgrounds in rural and urban pockets, it also empowers their families. The success stories get more interesting when you witness how the very same girls who benefited from Nanhi Kali are growing up and giving back to the programme by mentoring young girls.
The group works closely with nonprofits like Naandi Foundation, which feeds over 1.3 million government school children every day. Naandi also works with small holder farmers on farming practices that are more environment friendly.
3. Tata Chemicals Ltd.
Author and The CSR Journal columnist Dr. Shashank Shah explains what makes Tata Group’s CSR unique:
Although the prescribed CSR for 2019-2020 was 21.39 Crores, the company went on to spend 37.81 crores on community development projects. Improving the quality of life and fostering sustainable and integrated development in the communities where it operates is central to Tata Chemicals’ corporate philosophy. Tata Chemicals spends INR 12 crores on CSR annually, and wildlife conservation accounts for 30% of the budget of the TCSRD. The spend is distributed over the three places the company has operations — Mithapur in Gujarat, Haldia in West Bengal and Babrala, Uttar Pradesh.
Tata Chemicals established Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) in 1980 as a society and trust. It lays emphasis on the spirit of participatory development by involving the beneficiaries at each stage of the development process which ensures viability and sustainability of the programmes.
4. ITC Ltd.
This is a conglomerate contributing to rural development in a big way. ITC Choupal is a long-running flagship CSR programme by the company that has become the gold standard on community development in international circles. Not only has ITC Choupal impacted lakhs of farmers over the years through digital literacy and economic empowerment, it has also been replicated by scores of other corporates for social welfare in their own communities.
ITC spent Rs. 326.49 crores on CSR initiatives in 2019-20, surpassing its spend for previous years. The conglomerate has active social projects in education, environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, healthcare, digital literacy, sports and culture. Chairman Sanjiv Puri leads the social initiatives with a mix of humility and ambition.
In his recent AGM address, Mr. Puri said: “ITC’s vision to serve a larger national purpose has inspired unique business models that build substantial economic, environmental and social capital for the Nation. Over the years, competitive and inclusive value chains have been built which are anchored by our world-class brands. Our Social Investment initiatives build capacities for tomorrow through extensive vocational training, women empowerment programmes and supplementary education. In addition, the Company’s extensive interventions in agriculture help in empowering millions of farmers. Our superior environmental benchmarks in all its operations, creation of large forestry and water resources as also a renewable energy portfolio accounting for over 41% of total energy consumption makes ITC an icon of environmental stewardship.”
5. Vedanta Ltd.
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.
Focusing on its sustainability pillars of zero harm, zero waste, zero discharge, Vedanta has generated 1,653 units of renewable energy, while solar power projects are being commissioned to produce 22 MW of power. Around 92% of the high-volume low effect wastes such as fly ash, slag and jarosite are being recycled. The company is more and more committed to green mining. footprint
6. Wipro Ltd.
Wipro has spent more than the prescribed CSR budget in the last three financial years. The implementation of the CSR programmes happens through multiple channels – Wipro Foundation, a separate trust set up in April 2017, Wipro Cares, the trust for employee contribution and in some cases, directly through functions and groups within Wipro Ltd. The implementation approach of Wipro is to primarily work through partners with established track records in the respective domains. The majority of projects are long-term multi-year programmes.
Wipro’s work in primary health care from 6 projects across four states touches the lives of more than 70,000 people. Apart from providing regular health services, the emphasis is also to build the capacity of the communities in terms of higher awareness and developing a higher degree of self-reliance to handle their own primary health care needs. In terms of disaster management, Wipro has helped rebuild the lives of people affected by Karnataka Floods, Bihar Floods, Odisha Floods, the Japan Tsunami, Hurricane Sandy and Philippines Cyclone.
7. Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
Hindustan Unilever Limited, popularly known as Unilever or HUL, works on the basis of USLP (Unilever Sustainable Living Plan). The plan was launched in 2010 and is creating sustainable growth through the company’s world-famous brands and in the process cutting costs, reducing risks and building goodwill for the company. USLP has three global goals: to help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and wellbeing, to reduce the environmental footprint of its products and to enhance the livelihoods of people as they grow their business.
HUL has been spending more than the mandated 2% of profits over the years. In FY 2020, its CSR spend was a whopping Rs. 142 crores. The company uses its CSR funds to work on issues which plague India’s development. It has achieved huge successes in the areas of water conservation as well as tackling health and hygiene issues at the grassroots level. HUL has pledged INR 100 crores to help the Indian government fight COVID-19.
8. Godrej Consumer Products Ltd.
Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. (GCPL) spent Rs. 19.49 crore on CSR initiatives in FY 2019-20. Although the spending is 23% lower than the prescribed Rs. 25.34 crore, the impact of long term projects give it the 8th ranking on our list. Disease prevention, waste management, livelihood with a focus on women are some of the areas of focus for its flagship corporate citizenship initiatives.
GCPL CSR is partnering with the Government of India to eliminate malaria by 2030. The company’s flagship project EMBED (Elimination of Mosquito Borne Endemic Diseases) works with the government and NGOs for intensive behaviour change in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
As part of its CSR efforts, GCPL runs community waste management projects using circular economy principles. Some of the projects include collaborations with the Hyderabad and Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporations, a partnership with the Pondicherry Municipal Corporation, another one with a social enterprise in Guwahati for turning plastic waste into fuel. GCPL is working with a nonprofit in Assam that recycles forest and agricultural waste to produce briquettes (used as biofuel). The goal of these waste management projects is to prevent 50 metric tonne of waste from going to landfills daily.
9. Grasim Industries Ltd.
The new entrant in 2020 is Grasim Industries, part of the Aditya Birla Group. The total CSR expenditure by Grasim was Rs. 47.14 crore. This sum funded CSR initiatives that had 7,12,140 direct and indirect beneficiaries. World CSR Congress bestowed the Halol unit with the 2019 Global CSR Excellence and Leadership Award. CMO Asia recognised Grasim’s Jagdishpur unit with Asia’s Best CSR Practices Award 2018-19.
The company’s CSR work is carried out under the aegis of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, with Rajashree Birla as the Chairperson. The Centre gives the CSR team a strategic direction and ensures performance management.
Says Rajashree Birla: “The societal challenges we are facing require a pace of change and innovation that can only be achieved by working together across sectors and industries. Our motivation to engage and collaborate goes beyond economic, social and environmental responsibility. We want to create lasting value for all our stakeholders by building partnerships across the value chain.”
CSR of Grasim includes managing and operating hospitals and schools in the surrounding communities. The company provides an immunisation programme for children as well as a programme on antenatal and postnatal care.
10. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is a Government of India controlled Maharatna oil and gas company. BPCL employees stood strong in the fight against the virus. They made a collective contribution of INR 4.27 Crores from their salaries. As part of its corporate social responsibility for COVID-19 relief, the PSU organised ‘Swachhta Pakhwada 2020’ from July 1 to 15, 2020. This special initiative was in support of the Indian government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Under the umbrella of “enabling quality education”, the focus of BPCL CSR is on imparting holistic education, preferably through technology apart from catering to adequate infrastructural facilities, access to education and improvement of education systems. BPCL’s CSR philosophy also includes involving the creation and maintenance of toilets, associated sanitation facilities, Waste Management initiatives leading to overall health and hygiene for the communities.
11. Tech Mahindra Ltd.
Part of the Mahindra Group, Tech Mahindra is an IT company that is leveraging technology for the greater good. Tech Mahindra stands by the concept of social and relationship capital, which is created by CSR efforts undertaken in partnership with communities, government primary schools and NGOs. Students and the youth get as much importance as the other external stakeholders. The basis of this association stems from a common vision of greater good. Through its CSR interventions and activities, people at Tech Mahindra Foundation (the CSR division of the company) ensure social value.
Flagship CSR programme SMART (Skills for Market Training) is making the youth self-reliant by training them with in-demand skills. The Foundation believes that there is Ability in Disability. With the focus on creating an inclusive world and providing a life of dignity and confidence, we are continuously working in the area of education and skill development for children and youth with disabilities, respectively.
12. Apollo Tyres Ltd.
Apollo Tyres Ltd spent Rs. 18.37 crores on its CSR activities in FY 2019-20. The company’s CSR initiatives are primarily divided into two major areas: Environment and Social (Health and Community Development). These initiatives follow a well-defined approach to ensure that the key requirements of the identified stakeholders are met. The nature of the programme varies from location to location, depending upon the need identification.
A unique initiative by the tyre maker is preventive healthcare for truck drivers. Under this CSR programme, Apollo Tyres operates 32 healthcare centres in the transhipment hubs spanning 19 different states across India. Prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS, vision care, integration of tuberculosis and other non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are the main health interventions for the truck driver community.
The company contributes to the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ with various projects on solid waste management and safe sanitation like Clean My Transport Nagar, Clean My Village, Sanitation Management and End of Life Tyre Playgrounds. As for environmental initiatives, the Apollo Tyres is running various conservation efforts abroad and down here. Conserving mangroves of Kannur in the state of Kerala, afforestation in Tamil Nadu are two examples.
13. Cisco Systems India Pvt. Ltd.
For over three decades, Cisco has leveraged the power of technology and partnerships to aid in solving some of the biggest problems of society. Now, Cisco is committed to using technology to help the communities it works in adapt to this transformation.
During the pandemic, the company joined hands with NGO Akshaya Patra to help deliver half a million cooked meals to stranded migrant workers through their mobile kitchens. In the last few years, Cisco has helped digitize Akshaya Patra’s kitchens, enabling more efficient operations. They are also working with the CII Foundation to donate PPEs to three states in India – Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Additionally, to avoid gaps in students’ education in India, Cisco has partnered with the government to enable access to its Network Academy programmes online through a government-run portal. More than 20,000 students and faculty have benefitted from their key programs like cybersecurity awareness, Python, and IoT.
14. Hindustan Zinc Ltd.
As a socially responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc has been relentlessly working to improve the lives of rural and tribal people residing near its business locations. The company is consistently among the Top 15 CSR spenders in India. HZL currently reaches out to 184 villages in Rajasthan and 5 in Uttarakhand.
HZL recently bagged the CSR Health Impact Award for its work towards fighting COVID-19 and minimizing the risk of this pandemic within communities in operational areas. The award was conferred by IHW Council in association with Jagran Pehel. The company has engaged an extensive network of stakeholders, including District Officials, Local Community Representatives, SHG Members and Union Members to prevent the spread of this virus. So far, it has reached out to 4,20,000 people through its ongoing COVID-19 relief initiatives.
15. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Being climate-positive is one of the major threads running through the sustainability initiatives driven by Indian Oil. This PSU makes a conscious effort to utilise renewable energy within the plants and in the supply chain spanning retailers and distributors.
One breakthrough initiative that is successful in greening the supply chain is “retail outlet solarization”. Indian Oil has begun encouraging fuel stations in its network to use localised solar power rather than conventional energy sources. The positively aggressive push to solar meant that the number of solar-powered retail outlets went from 9,140 to 14,173 in a year.
Indian Oil’s CSR spend has been increasing year-on-year, from Rs. 113.79 Crores five years ago to a generous Rs. 490.60 Crores in FY 2018-19. Actual amount spent on CSR funding was higher than the prescribed spend for the last four years in a row. Last year, there was 100% budget utilisation.
16. Toyota Kirloskar Motor India
As a safety crusader, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has been engaged in Road Safety since 2005 through various pan India campaigns. They are addressing traffic safety through integration of people, cars, and the traffic environment with the aim of completely eliminating traffic casualties.
The Toyota ABCD programme has been significantly contributing to the Government’s Sustainable Development Goal of ending open defecation in India. In the local villages of Karnataka, TKM partnered with NGO SNEHA to improve the health and hygiene behaviour of students. Students, teachers and villagers were educated about the unhygienic impact of open defecation, the necessity of washing hands, maintaining cleanliness of toilets and precautionary measures against infections.
As a result of the ABCD programme, families also started championing community sanitation. With government scheme linkages for toilet construction, residents have built their own sanitation units, with no monetary support from TKM. Owing to TKM’s girl child sanitation initiatives and ABCD project implementation, school missing hours drastically reduced to zero (earlier, girls used to go to their home to use the toilet and miss the school for hours).
Toyota ABCD was so successful, two IIM professors did a case study on it! The case study was published by Ivey Publishing, a leader in providing business case studies with a global perspective.
17. Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
Building on over eight decades of social responsibility activities, L&T contributes to inclusive growth by empowering communities and accelerating development through interventions in four core areas of water and sanitation, health, education and skill development.
Larsen & Toubro spent Rs. 121.68 crores on CSR activities last year, which is higher than the prescribed budget. In recent years, L&T consolidated its CSR programmes with a focus on certain development areas that align with the global and national development agenda which has led to improved focus.
In 2018-19, L&T supported more than 400 schools and reached out to over 2.4 lakh children with its education initiatives pan-India. Their Skill Development projects have trained close to 20,000 people in employable vocational skills last year. Almost 9,000 youth completed various courses at their Construction Training Institutes in the previous financial year.
18. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
Coming from the Tata Group legacy, which gives utmost respect to the community, environment and employees, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Say Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and Managing Director, TCS: “We are partnering non-profits and governmental agencies to impart functional literacy to adult learners, running employability programmes for disadvantaged students from rural areas, and empowering individuals from underprivileged backgrounds to become digital entrepreneurs. We have built the enabling platforms to realize policy initiatives to extend banking to millions of unbanked Indians.”
TCS makes good use of its pioneering stand in information technology to run literacy programmes that have proven to be Best in Class. One example is the Adult Literacy Programme (ALP), which has extracted many rural villagers from the scourge of illiteracy. Last year, ALP was implemented in 18 states. It won the PMI India Award for Contribution to Community, SABERA Award, and India Digital Award (from the Internet & Mobile Association of India) for Best use of technology to drive CSR in India.
19. Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd aka APSEZ spent Rs. 68.37 crore in FY 2018-19. Adani Foundation (CSR arm of the Adani Group), works on behalf of APSEZ for its corporate citizenship interventions.
APSEZ got a special mention at the National CSR Awards 2019 for ‘CSR in Challenging Circumstances’ for transforming the fishermen community in Gujarat. The project spans six core areas including livelihood, women’s empowerment, quality education, skill training, health and infrastructure development for communities in the vicinity of Mundra and Anjar towns of Kutch districts in Gujarat.
For impact, the project is being simultaneously implemented in tandem with other CSR programmes, such as Vidya Deep Yojana for empowering Balwadis in fisherfolk settlements, free education at Adani Vidya Mandir school, Machhimar Arogya Yojana for Mobile healthcare unit, financial support and senior citizen health card, Machhimar Kaushalya Vardhan Yojana for alternate skill training and Machhimar Shudhh Jal Yojana for potable water.
20. UltraTech Cement Ltd.
The company has always been dominating the CSR landscape, much before the famous mandate came into place. Ultratech Cement spent Rs. 125 crores on CSR projects in FY 2019-20. The firm’s employees put in a total of 53,364 hours in corporate volunteering.
They are running community projects in 502 villages in proximity to their plants, touching more than 1.6 million lives. More than 80 of these villages have already transformed into model villages. With the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting livelihoods, their teams in 50 manufacturing plants across India stepped up to provide relief to impacted people by providing meals, grocery packets, masks, sanitisers and PPE kits.
Ultratech Cement’s investment in social and relationship capital is being recognised by the industry. The company’s Birla White unit in Kharia received the ‘Best CSR Practice Award’ 2019, in cement sector, at the CSR Summit and Awards, and the Golden Peacock Award in the cement sector. Kotputli Cement Works won the ‘Platinum’ award for ‘Excellence in Livelihood Creation’ at the FAME Best CSR Awards 2019. Vikram Cement Works was conferred with the Award for ‘Excellence in CSR activities’ in the ‘Large Enterprise’ category, by Madhya Pradesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FMPCCI).
21. ACC Ltd.
Since its inception in 1936, ACC Limited has been conscious of its obligations to the community and has always kept in view its social responsibilities. Over the years, the company has carefully inculcated an organizational culture driven by ethics and the fundamental values of integrity and people engagement. In FY 2019-2020, the company exceeded its prescribed CSR obligation by spending more than Rs 25 Crore on various CSR initiatives.
The company has established schools at most of its locations that provide high-quality education to children of employees and those from the host communities. It has constituted ACC AHEAD, a voluntary group of ACC employees’ spouses which takes an active part in providing vocational training to women SHGs in communities around its plant locations. It also organizes health camps and mobile van health services for the community around its plants. In addition to this, the company partnered for as many as 32 government projects under its CSR initiatives during the financial year. These projects mainly focused on three areas – a) Sustainable Livelihood, b) Quality of Elementary Education and c) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
Through its CSR initiatives, the company touched about half a million lives in the year 2019-20 across 215 villages in the vicinity of its plants.
22. GAIL (India) Ltd.
GAIL (India) Limited believes in the philosophy that “our actions today shape our tomorrow”. Since its inception as a PSU in 1984, the company has been working with the mission of ensuring sustainable energy and growth. In FY 2018-19, the Company incurred an expenditure of 2.74% of its average net profit of the preceding three years on CSR accounting to`119.29 Crores.
Says B C Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director, GAIL (India) Limited: “In a changing landscape of consumer aspirations amidst a milieu of alternatives, GAIL is reinventing strategy and services to ensure growth of natural gas consumption in India’s energy basket for supporting Government of India’s twin mission of ensuring sustainable energy and growth.”
GAIL touches the lives of over three million poor people through its various development initiatives. The company’s core CSR activities revolve around socio-economic concerns like health and education; economic-social issues such as women empowerment, skill development, and environment; and largely social concerns like care for the elderly and differently-abled.
23. Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.
Jubilant Life Sciences as responsible corporate works in the line of Sustainable Development Goals with a thrust on social performance The Company’s approach towards sustainable development focuses on the triple bottom line of Economic, Environmental and Social performance. It spent about 44.40 million rupees in 2019-20 on its CSR initiatives.
During the year, Jubilant continued its CSR initiatives in the realm of Education, Health, Livelihood, Rural Development and Social Entrepreneurship. CSR initiatives of the Company are conceptualised and implemented through Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (‘JBF’), the social wing of Jubilant Bhartia Group. Major community projects that the company has been undertaking include Project Arogya and Swasthya Prahari for improving health indices through innovative services and promoting health-seeking behaviour, Project Muskaan for universalising elementary education and improving quality parameters for primary education through community involvement, Nayee Disha for enhancing employability through vocational training, and Rural Development for local area development. In addition to this, the Company confers ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ in association with the Schwab Foundation to recognise exceptional social entrepreneur of the nation.
Through its CSR initiatives, the company has made a positive impact on the lives of lakhs of people in the country.
24. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited’s CSR initiatives are guided by the company’s belief of ‘Good Health Can’t Wait’. The company contributed about 27.53 Crores in FY 2019-2020 for community development under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandate. This is 2.25% of the average net profits of the company made during the immediately three preceding financial years.
In FY2020, the company has implemented 182 energy conservation projects across various business units. It has also generated 127.15 TJ of energy using biomass/rice husk briquettes, thus eliminating GHG emission by 12,997 tons of CO2e. In addition to this, the company initiated various community development programs targeting 3 broad areas: education, livelihoods, and health.
Through its various CSR initiatives, the company has been able to reach out to more than 300,000 beneficiaries in the last financial year.
25. UPL Ltd.
UPL Ltd believes that business enterprises are economic organs of society that draw on various societal resources for its functioning and growth. Therefore, the company’s CSR vision is to be a catalyst for a more equitable and inclusive society by supporting long term sustainable transformation and social integration. The company spent 16 Crores under its CSR initiatives during FY 2019-2020, which is 3.54% of its average net profits.
The Company has launched an umbrella CSR initiative called ‘UPL Pragati’ which has six focus areas dedicated for the progress and development of the community. These focus areas are Education and Empowerment, Employability and Entrepreneurship, Agriculture Development, Environment and Nature Conservation, Health and Sanitation, and National/Local Area Need.
The company, through its CSR initiatives has managed to touch the lives of 6.7 lakh people in a year. The company has been recognised in the top 3 list of the most generous company of India in terms of CSR spend as a percentage of average net profit, in a Bloomberg report titled “India’s Most And Least Philanthropic Large Companies”.
26. Ambuja Cements Ltd.
Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF), the CSR arm of Ambuja Cement Limited, aims to ‘Energise, Involve and Enable Communities to Realise their Potential’ through its initiatives. The foundation undertakes projects and schemes to promote the social and economic development of communities in and around the manufacturing locations of Ambuja Cement. The company spent about Rs 62.57 Crores in FY 2019-2020 under its CSR spending, which is about twice its prescribed amount for the year.
The company, through its CSR, addresses some of India’s most important development challenges in the areas of water resource management, livelihood promotion, social development, women empowerment and infrastructure development. These development initiatives address the needs of the people by working with the beneficiaries, NGOs and the government.
ACF is functional across 12 states covering 22 locations in India and has succeeded in bringing about change in the lives of 1.5 million people.
27. Shree Cements Ltd.
Shree Cements Limited works with a belief that for its operations and growth to be sustainable, it has to be responsible. It believes in making social development as an integral part of its business activities so as to bring about a meaningful change in the lives of people associated with it. The company spent 31.32 Crores in FY 2018-2019 under its CSR spending.
The company works with around 255 villages in the country aiming to create sustainability and self-reliance. Its CSR activities focus on healthcare and family welfare Programmes, education, infrastructure, environment, social welfare, and sustainable livelihood.
For its CSR initiatives, the company has won various prestigious awards such as Mother Teresa Award for Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Governance Award for Best CSR Practices, Bhamashah Award by State Government Rajasthan for Educational Programmes, Golden Peacock Award, The International CSR Excellence Award for CSR engagement by The Crystal, London.
28. Dalmia Bharat Group
Dalmia Bharat Foundation, the CSR arm of Dalmia Bharat Group believes in the limitless potential of the human being and focus on community-driven, beneficiary centric development programmes.
With a vision to create an opportunity for every stakeholder to reach their potential, the group launched the India Livelihood Collective (ILC), India’s first non-financial and non-funding commitment based collaborative platform to leverage cross-sectoral expertise of organizations, enable collective action towards the creation of sustainable and local livelihoods avenues in India. The foundation is also a member of India Climate Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind India-focused collaborative that seeks to direct funding and visibility towards climate action in India.
In 2020, Dalmia Bharat Group won an award for Environment Sustainability at 18th FICCI CSR award ceremony, organized by FICCI. The award recognizes efforts of companies in integrating and internalizing Corporate Social Responsibility.
29. Tata Motors Ltd.
Tata Motors is committed to sustainable development, where business goes hand in hand with societal wellbeing and environmental consciousness. The company spent 22.9 crores of rupees for CSR in FY2019-20.
In line with the Tata Group’s vision of promoting community well-being, Tata Motors has actively implemented initiatives under its key thrust areas of Health (Aarogya), Education (Vidyadhanam), Employability (Kaushalya) and Environment (Vasundhara) and the Rural Development.
Says Mr Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, “As we enter the 75th year of Tata Motors, I share with immense pride that our collective CSR efforts over the last decade have made a positive difference to the lives of 5 million people across India. Our role has progressively grown from being just a resource provider to a facilitator and now an enabler for driving positive change. This is a true testament to ‘innovating mobility solutions with passion to enhance quality of life’ philosophy rooted in our mission statement. We will continue our endeavour towards uplifting the unprivileged communities and improve their quality of life by making them aware and self-reliant.”
Through its CSR programmes, the company has positively touched 8.3 lakh lives in FY19-20, out of which nearly 41% belong to the SC and ST communities.
30. Hindalco Industries Ltd.
Hindalco Industries, a subsidiary company of Aditya Birla Group has been involved in community development work way before the CSR law was introduced in the country. Inspired by the concept of Trusteeship of Mahatma Gandhi, the company has been working for over 50 years in the hinterlands of India to better the quality of life of the underprivileged sections of society.
The company spent about INR 38.53 crore under its CSR in FY 2019-20. The beneficiaries of the company’s CSR programmes are mostly the people from villages in India, 60% of which live below the poverty line. The company works for its upliftment by focusing on four areas that include healthcare, skill training/capacity building, Women Empowerment, and Agriculture Support. The company also works to bring about social reform through widow re-marriage and dowry-less marriages.
These social investments made by Hindalco Industries has allowed it to touch the lives of 1.13 million people belonging to 714 villages in 11 Indian states. The company has also been awarded the Government of India’s National CSR Award in recognition of its initiatives in skilling and livelihood.
31. Reliance Industries Ltd.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) had a CSR spend of Rs. 1,022 crore during FY 2019-20, according to the Company’s Annual Report. Its head honcho Mukesh Ambani is among the top philanthropists in India while RIL is among the top CSR donors, so this massive contribution to corporate social responsibility should come as no surprise. Of the Rs. 1,022 crore, Rs. 228.80 crore went to Reliance Foundation Institution of Education Research (RFIER).
RIL was swift in acting on relief measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, floods and cyclones that rocked various states over the past few months. Reliance CSR also supporting the Indian government’s Jal Shakti Abhiyan and Swachh Bharat.
Although Mukesh Ambani heads the company, it is Nita Ambani who helms the CSR activities of Reliance Industries Limited, as chairperson of Reliance Foundation. She is passionate about gender equality and bridging the digital divide as seen in her latest collaboration with USAID. Apart from actively supporting SDG 4 of Quality Education and fostering STEM learning in India, Reliance Foundation runs various programmes for Rural Development, Health, and Sports for Childhood Development.
32. Tata Steel Ltd.
Alongside Tata Chemicals, Tata Power and Tata Motors, Tata Steel is one of the Tata Group companies that has executed landmark corporate social responsibility programmes in the past. For example, flagship CSR programme MANSI (Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative) was recognised by President Ramnath Kovind at the National CSR Awards for empowering community ladies in over a decade of operation.
The steel giant spent Rs. 193 crore on CSR activities this year, as always exceeding the prescribed amount of Rs. 173.53 crore. Tata Steel Foundation broadens the deployment of CSR projects while Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) executes transformation at the rural level. Tata Steel CSR touched over 1.4 million people this year. It has set itself the ambitious target of reaching than 2 million people by 2025!
The primary CSR programmes are created in such a way that they can be scaled to the pan India level. These span focus areas of PwD (Persons with Disabilities), agricultural development and slum rehab to work towards reducing societal inequities.
33. Adani Power Ltd.
The company’s annual report explicitly states that Adani Power Ltd. (APL) is not required to spend on corporate social responsibility as per Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013. However for noble causes, has spent Rs. 2.7 crore on CSR activities this year. These initiatives have reached out to 6.5 lakh beneficiaries.
Adani Power runs replicable and sustainable initiatives across five states, in 200 villages. Flagship programmes include Swachhagraha, SuPoshan and Udaan. Community development at Adani Power is all about identifying the social needs, and then planning projects in their entirety in meticulous detail. While the CSR team interacts with the target beneficiaries before the project kicks off, third party agencies come in to make a formal assessment. Rural infrastructure, livelihood, education and healthcare are the primary focus areas for the interventions that Adani Power CSR takes on.
34. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporate Ltd. (HPCL) is among the top PSUs for CSR in 2020. This year, HPCL spent Rs. 182.24 crore on CSR activities. The focus of this responsible corporate citizen is to create social capital in the communities where it does business. HPCL CSR follows the model of “Creating shared values” for everyone, from the internal and external stakeholders, shareholders, and communities where it operates.
HPCL corporate social responsibility collaborated with NGO Akshaya Patra to provide meals to 20,000 school kids in government schools. The company is also a partner in Project Nanhi Kali. Under this project, the Maharatna company supported 13,000 young girls in their education. Project ADAPT is catered towards the education and therapy of children with special needs. Project Unnati gave free computer education to 12,000 students this year.
35. Hero MotoCorp Ltd.
Hero Motocorp implements corporate social responsibility projects under the CSR Umbrella ‘We Care’. Chairman and MD Pawan Munjal is passionate about social change and closely observes the work of the CSR team. The company’s CSR spend totaled Rs. 101.95 crores this year.
Hero MotoCorp CSR strategy is to address the most pressing social, environmental and economic issues through specialized interventions. Project Jeevika is about skilling young people, especially young women so they can leave the cycle of poverty behind. The programmes works in tandem with Self-help groups (SHGs) in villages. Large scale fruit tree plantation ensures that the poor have free access to fruits. Project Arogya gives free healthcare access to the economically backward. Project Shiksha wants to ensure that no child living in Hero Motocorp’s areas of operations misses out on schooling. Project Ek Pahal imparts freedom to girls with training in how to ride two-wheelers.
Hero ‘We Care’ has set up RO water filters and toilets in government schools. Project Aarush is replacing old light bulbs with LED lights in poor rural homes and promoting solar power in schools. Project Enable propagates inclusiveness and supports persons with disabilities. Project Khelo Hero helps para-athletes train for their full potential in tournaments. The company gives out motorbikes to forest guards and rangers so that poaching and deforestation is kept in check. Hero MotoCorp CSR works in solidarity with UNDP, various ministries, and civil society organizations on its CSR projects.
36. HDFC Bank Ltd.
HDFC Bank is up there as far as financial literacy and holistic rural development is concerned. It considers financial literacy the first step towards financial inclusion. This is achieved through training camps and working with SHGs in the villages.
This progressive bank spent a whopping Rs. 535 crore on community development programmes under the CSR umbrella Parivartan. HDFC Group committed Rs. 150 crores to the PM CARES fund to support the central government in COVID-19 relief work.
Flagship project Digidhan conducts a mobile financial literacy programme so that it can reach the vast unbanked population, which still forms the majority of India. Apart from digital banking, it also shows them the ropes of brick and mortar banking and talks credit. To date, HDFC Bank CSR has organised 16.93 Lakh financial literacy camps.
Says Ashima Bhat, Group Head of CSR at HDFC Bank:
The philosophy of the Bank has always been to ‘give back’ to the ecosystem in which we operate; not by way of donations but by being partners in change, with all stakeholders. And our CSR Umbrella is suitably called ‘Parivartan’ or change. So far, the fruit of our efforts are the smiles of the beneficiaries; from the children to womenfolk to farmers. Not to forget, the immense satisfaction my colleagues and NGO partners derive from making a meaningful difference in society.
The successful Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP) has trained farmers in sustainable agriculture, brought digital schooling to rural kids, incorporated solar power into farming and lighting, and turned thousands of rural women into entrepreneurs.
37. NTPC Ltd.
NTPC CSR impacted 10 lakh lives in 500 villages across India last year. Water, sanitation, health and education are the thrust areas for the social interventions. Since the areas of operations span as many as 19 states, the company is in a rare position to effect social change on a national scale.
Although the power company is looking after multi-year CSR projects, relief measures to fight COVID-19 were top priority this year, as was the case with most corporations. NTPC contributed Rs. 257.50 crore to the PM CARES fund and set aside an additional Rs. 21.74 crore by various units for relief measures against the pandemic.
38. Godrej Industries Ltd.
Godrej Consumer Products Limited which is also part of the Godrej group of companies is way higher than Godrej Industries on this list because of its recent performance in the field of ESG and higher expenditure. However, Godrej Industries has a history of running interventions that made impact on scale. Take, for example, Godrej EMBODE (Elimination of Mosquito Born Endemic Disease) which is working towards a malaria-free India.
Another biggie is Global Volunteer Day. The day is an extension of Godrej’s existing year-round philanthropic volunteering programme. Since its introduction in 2014, employees around the world have engaged in skill-based, long-term volunteering, preparing young people and adults for the world of work, day-long activities, and fundraising for emergencies.
Dr. Vikas Goswami, Sustainability Head, Godrej Industries Limited and Associated Companies says:
“CSR and Corporate Sustainability is the way companies achieve enhanced ethical standards and a balance of social economic and environmental imperatives addressing the concerns and expectations of the stakeholders. I have always believed that Corporate Social Responsibility should be part of a company’s ethos and embedded in its business processes, instead of being reduced to just a mandatory expense or a compliance factor that involves only shelling out funds. Business growth is tied with not just financial sustainability, but also social and environmental sustainability.”
39. IndusInd Bank Ltd.
IndusInd Bank is one of the handful of Indian firms like JSW Group and Sony Pictures that are driving sports CSR programmes in a big way. Apart from sports, the bank has CSR programmes dedicated to preventive healthcare, environment, skill development and inclusiveness. The bank spent Rs. 108.15 crore on corporate social responsibility this year, nearly double of the CSR spend in 2018-19.
IndusInd Blind Cricket Programme is a special one that clubs sports and the specially-abled. The bank is principal supporter for 26 players in the Indian Blind Cricket Team, which won the bilateral ODI series against the West Indies and Nepal this year. It also started the Nagesh IndusInd Trophy this year to bring out new talent.
Nurturing Rural Champions Programme is an inclusive sports CSR initiative. The programme takes care of everything from training and nutrition to recovery for 15 national level and 40 state or district level athletes in Mann so they can achieve international success in future.
Stree Swabhiman Livelihood provided 4,500 girls with menstrual hygiene supplies in Madhya Pradesh this year. Not only did the programme achieve a sanitation goal, it also created livelihood for nearly 2,000 women who were employed to manufacture the pads. Indusind Bank started Road to School Project in collaboration with Learning Links Foundation for changing the delivery model of education in government schools. Road to School reached out to 10,915 children in 42 government schools in Odisha.
40. HCL Technologies Ltd.
Shiv Nadar, the second-most generous Indian because of his exceptional philanthropy, was at the helm of HCL Technologies until this year. His beautiful daughter Roshni Nadar Malhotra, who has taken over the reins as Chairperson this year, resonates with her father’s penchant for doing good. She heads the CSR Committee as well.
HCL Technologies had a CSR spend of Rs. 176.29 crore this year, according to the annual report. HCL Foundation is the CSR arm of the company. HCL Grant is a popular CSR intervention that sponsors NGOs from all Indian states working in Environment, Health and Education.
HCL Samuday is a rural development initiative, launched 2015 as a veritable source code for economic and social rural development. HCL Samuday is active in 164 Gram Panchayats, covering a population of 600,000 people in Uttar Pradesh.
HCL Uday is a project driven by the belief that the urban poor should have a life of dignity. HCL Foundation has designed an integrated urban development programme that tries to break the vicious cycle of urban poverty by creating clean, green and healthy communities.
41. Nestle India Ltd.
Nestlé India Limited firmly believes in the purpose of ‘Enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future’. The company spent INR 38.31 crores, which is more than the recommended 2 per cent.
The company operates around this mantra and is mindful of the needs of the communities around it. It not only strives to be sustainable with the community but also works to make a positive difference and create maximum value for the society.
Nestle CSR focuses its efforts in society on the three pivotal ambitions of enabling healthier and happier lives for individuals and families, on helping develop thriving and resilient communities, and on stewarding the planet’s natural resources for future generations, with particular care for water. The company’s flagship CSR initiative – ‘Healthy Kids Programme’ has been developed with a focus to raise nutrition, health and wellness awareness among adolescents. The programme contributes towards the overall development of adolescents as well as encourages a healthier lifestyle, by arming them with the knowledge that impacts them in a meaningful way. The programme has impacted over 300,000 adolescents across 23 states in the country.
In 2019, the company won “Best Overall Excellence in CSR” at the National CSR Leadership Awards.
42. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
Maruti Suzuki’s CSR policy aims to create a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of beneficiaries. The company spent about INR 168 crores in FY 2019-20.
The company focuses its CSR activities in mainly three areas including community development, road safety and skill development.
The Company recognises the need to improve community health and lays special emphasis on health projects. It is developing a 100-bed hospital in Sitapur, Gujarat. The facility, spread over 7.5 acres, will be one of its kind in the area with emergency care and super-speciality medical services. Additionally, the Company focuses on community development projects related to water, sanitation, education and common community assets in 26 villages near its facilities in Haryana and Gujarat. In the area of road safety, the Company 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. For skill development, the Company continues to support projects that are aimed to prepare the youth for employment opportunities in the manufacturing and service sectors.
The company has been implementing its CSR projects in line with the UN Sustainable Goals to contribute to the holistic development of the country.
43. JSW Energy Ltd.
JSW Energy Limited reinforces its commitment to the society and environment by adopting robust Environmental, Social and Governance practices. It strongly believes in inclusive growth to facilitate equal social and economic opportunities to communities. The company spent INR 16.75 on CSR in FY 2019-20.
JSW Foundation supports, plans and executes JSW Energy’s CSR interventions. It has been working alongside the communities and other stakeholders to create shared vision and values that rally around not only to create a synergy among the individuals but also serve to multiply the benefits of its CSR initiatives. Through its various CSR interventions, the Foundation has benefited 60,268, 54,000 and 67,381 beneficiaries directly in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively.
The Company won “Rajasthan CSR Leadership Award 2019” under “Poverty Alleviation” category and “National NGO & CSR Excellence Award-2019”, for “Water & Sanitation-2019” presented at the 6th National NGO and CSR summit-2019.
44. Titan Company Ltd.
Titan Company Limited operates with a firm belief in making a difference to the lives of people in the communities it engages with. The Company engages with communities through direct CSR interventions as well as through various NGOs and governmental agencies to deploy several programmes aimed at different sections of society. In FY 2019-20, the company spent about INR 30.99 crores for its CSR activities.
The CSR policy of Titan Company focusses on working with underprivileged female children through education, skill development for the underprivileged youth and working with arts and crafts and Indian heritage. The Company has a multitude of programmes that are being run with the help of NGOs across the four priority states – Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Sikkim. In addition, the Company has initiated a unique recognition and engagement programme (Design Impact Awards for Social Change) that seeks to recognise design thinking in product design that enables social change. Through its volunteering program, the company clocked more than 19,750 person-hours of volunteering involving employees across the Company in FY 2019-20, either in CSR projects or in local causes.
Titan Company touched the lives of over 3.5 lakh beneficiaries through its CSR projects in the last financial year.
45. Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL)
SAIL’s Social Objective is to conduct business in ways that provide social, environmental and economic benefits to the communities in which it operates. The Company reported an average net loss during the three immediately preceding financial years. Therefore, no amount was required to be spent for the Financial Year 2019-20 by it. However, it spent an amount of 27.56crore on CSR activities during the Financial Year.
The company carries out its CSR projects in and around steel townships, mines and far-flung locations across the Country in the area of rural development, including maintenance of Model Steel Villages (MSVs), Providing Medical and Health-Care, Immunization, Ante and post-natal care, Education, Access to water facilities, Roadside tree plantation, Environment Sustainability, Women Empowerment, Sustainable Income Generation through Self Help Groups(SHGs), Assistance to Sr. Citizens, Divyangs (PwD), Promotion of Sports, Art & Culture, etc.
The company has undertaken CSR activities in 7 Aspirational Districts, viz. Kanker, Narayanpur and Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh and West Singhbhum, Bokaro and Ranchi in Jharkhand, Nuh in Haryana; aiming to provide comprehensive development of both physical and social infrastructure in these regions.
The company was awarded ‘Best PSU’ in Education Category under the CSR Times Awards, 2019 in recognition of the initiative for setting up of ‘DAV Rowghat Ispat Sr. Sec. Public School’ in one of the Aspirational Districts- Kanker at Antagarh, Rowghat Mining area in Chhattisgarh.
46. JSW Steel Ltd.
JSW Steel Limited believes in creating value for all its stakeholders through quality products, consistent growth and CSR initiatives. It is committed to nation-building which is reflected in its CSR policy. The company spent an amount of 139.73 crores in FY 2019-20 for its CSR initiatives.
JSW steel through JSW Foundation carries out its CSR initiatives across 255 villages in four states. The CSR initiatives are focused on key intervention areas of health and nutrition, skills and livelihoods, education, water, sanitation and community empowerment. JSW Shakti initiatives are being scaled up to empower rural women entrepreneurs across the country through rural BPOs and the promotion of self-help groups (SHGs). The initiatives are also working to improving the quality of education in rural schools through infrastructure, training methodology and capacity building initiatives. In addition to this, the company is undertaking environment up-gradation programmes such as mangrove restoration and also working towards the preservation of national heritage and promotion of Olympic sports.
The company was accorded with second prize in IIM Sustainability Awards and was recognised for best quality, registering highest product development, profit-making in terms of rupees per tonne, HRD and environmental performances during the year under review.
47. Axis Bank Ltd.
Axis Bank Limited believes in being ‘Open’ to building deeper relationships with its stakeholders in order to contribute to building resilient communities and sustainable local economies. Adhering to this, openness and collaborations remain an integral part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approach. The bank spent INR 100.96 crores on its CSR activities in FY 2019-20.
The Axis Bank executes its CSR initiatives through Axis Bank Foundation (ABF), the Bank’s CSR arm. The foundation reaches out to millions of households across rural, suburban and urban India. Its work is around the core theme of ‘Sustainable Livelihoods’ wherein it works towards creating and strengthening rural livelihoods and imparting skilling to youth, including the differently-abled, in rural and peri-urban areas.
ABF works with experienced implementation partners with strong expertise in grassroots developmental solutions. Under its Mission 2 Million, ABF is committed to supporting 2 million households by 2025 and has adopted a progressive and knowledge‑based approach that is closely aligned to India’s developmental priorities. The foundation is active in 7,097 villages in 153 districts in 22 states.
48. Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd.
With a vision to transform rural and semi-urban India into a self-reliant, flourishing landscape, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited is supporting about 100 NGOs and implementing partners in the areas of Education & Livelihood, Healthcare and Environment through its CSR initiatives. The company spent the amount of 28 crores in FY 2019-20.
With an aim to empower the driver community, the company launched the Mahindra Finance Saksham Scholarship for the children of the driver community and the employees of Automobile dealers. In addition to this, it provided financial support to run a vocational skill building centre i.e. Divyang Vikas Kendra for 250 People with Disability. Further, the company introduced Dhan Samvaad – Financial & Digital Literacy program empowering working population with the knowledge of sound financial practices to enable them in managing their finances better by conducting workshops along with web-based mobile application on financial literacy. Reaffirming its commitment to the cause of education, the company continued its support to Nanhi Kali Program which has benefitted 9,927 underprivileged girl children from socially and economically marginalised families living in urban, rural and tribal parts of India. A total of 17,523 employees of the company volunteered and contributed 1,86,832 man-hours in various CSR programmes.
The company was able to impact 100,190 lives in the financial year through its CSR initiatives.
49. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited undertakes its CSR activities for the social and economic development of communities through initiatives in areas of rural development, education, skill development, health & sanitation and other areas of national importance. It spent the amount of 346.21 crores in FY 2019-20 for its CSR initiatives.
CSR activities of the company are focused on initiatives that promote inclusive growth and address the basic needs of the underprivileged and weaker sections of the society. The organization addresses the issues of Community Development with thrust on Healthcare, Education, Sanitation, Skill development, Infrastructure creation for Rural Development, Environmental Sustainability, Disaster Management, etc. primarily around its areas of operations. The company has carried out various CSR initiatives such as improvement in facilities at public healthcare / educational institutions, Scholarship / financial assistance to the deprived students, etc for improving the quality of life of the less privileged population. In addition to this, a large number of projects involving infrastructure development in rural areas like Installation of solar street lights, creating sanitation and drinking water facilities, construction/ renovation of roads, Construction of Vishram Sadans in Govt. Hospitals, construction of classrooms/community centres/toilets in school, providing schools furniture, operationalization of smart classes, etc. have been undertaken. The company is also continuing to undertake several Skill Development initiatives under CSR by imparting livelihood oriented skill development training through various Government agencies.
The company was accorded with the National CSR Award during FY 2019-20 under the category Corporate Award for Excellence in CSR.
50. Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.
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 607 crores in FY 2019-20 on its CSR initiatives making it the fourth consecutive year that its CSR expenditure surpassed 500 crores.
60% of the company’s CSR expenditure was spent towards School Education, Nutrition and Healthcare. 33% of its CSR Budget executed towards Swachhta Projects. In addition to this, the company also made CSR expenditure aligned towards achieving the objectives of UN Sustainable Development Goals, covering 12 out of 17 SDGs.
ONGC’s CSR initiatives earned it the prestigious International recognition of S&P Platts Global Energy Awards, 2019 where it became the only Indian company to be awarded for its CSR activities.
51. Oil India
CSR of Oil India Limited (OIL) is governed by its social vision, its policies on CSR and Sustainable Development, the DPE Guidelines, 2013, on CSR & Sustainability for CPSEs; and the Companies Act, 2013. The CSR initiatives are implemented primarily in the operational areas of the Company in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
Started way back in the early 1980s, the mobile healthcare project “Sparsha” covers OIL operational areas of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, parts of Charaideo, Sibsagar districts in Assam and parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Project ‘Arogya’, is an initiative with an umbrella focus on reduction of Maternal Mortality Rate and Infant Mortality rates in and around OIL’s operational areas of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts in the state of Assam. Health camps provide pre-natal and post-natal check-up facilities and community health awareness generation.
OIL India Super 30 which started in July 2010, is an 11-month residential coaching programme for IIT-JEE and other engineering entrance exams, for meritorious students living below the poverty line. There are 6 OIL Super 30 centres at Guwahati, Jorhat, Nowgaon and Dibrugarh in Assam and Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh. This year, 83 students from OIL India Super 30 secured a rank in the JEE (Advanced) 2020 exams for securing admissions into IITs and other reputed institutions.
OIL with the partnership of the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Assam, started Project Rupantar in 2003, which is a sustainable livelihood generation project based on the self-help group (SHGs) and joint liability group (JLG) model in the agro-based sector. It has a central focus to assist SHGs for development of agro based industries like bamboo cultivation, floriculture, fishery, sericulture, organic farming, and other allied activities, thereby helping the unemployed youths to find alternate employment providing a scope for entrepreneurship. The primary objective of Agriculture Project under OIL India Rural Development Society (OIRDS) is to introduce modern methods of cultivation to generate large scale production.
Under Project Swabalamban, OIL provides skill based placement oriented training to youth from its operational areas, by focussing on various employable skills in trades like sewing machine operator, electrician, patient care assistant etc.
52. Ashok Leyland
The automobile company based out of Chennai spent a total of Rs. 41.52 Crores on CSR activities in FY 2019-20. At the 8th Manufacturing Today Awards, the CSR initiatives of Ashok Leyland won the top prize in “Excellence in CSR” for the second consecutive year. 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. In the year 2019-20, the CSR project has been scaled up to 714 schools.
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.
53. Cummins India
Cummins India has made it to our list of top companies for CSR because of the sincerity in doing social good in our country. American multinational corporation Cummins spent nearly double of its mandated corporate social responsibility budget in India this year. Their spend on social welfare this year was Rs. 32.57 crore while the mandatory requirement was much lesser at Rs. 17.23 crore.
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.
54. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL)
ABFRL’s CSR mission is “to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals in communities around it by developing model villages through focus on Education, Health & Sanitation, Water and Watershed, Digitalization and Skill Development”.
The ABFRL Jan Kalyan Trust continues to support the government in their polio vaccination immunisation drive in the districts neighbouring Bengaluru. School children were also involved in creating awareness on Pulse Polio through jathas (street plays). ABRFL is safeguarding water sources for communities through rainwater harvesting, borewell recharge pits and by recharging water bodies in water stressed villages. CSR activities include providing safe drinking water for villages by installing water purifying plants, called Water ATMs.
The Kaushalya Centre at Anekal aims to develop industry specific skills in rural youth. The Skill Development programme is primarily focussed in Data Entry Operations, Beauty and Haircare, Retail Operations, and the recently introduced Basic Tailoring Course. With digitalisation and technological development, the rural and urban communities face numerous social and economic changes and challenges. The ABFR Jan Kalyan Trust set up a Village Information Centre and SMART Classroom at Sollepura village to enable communities to keep up with the technological advancements that affect their economies. As a part of their drive to make computer and digital knowledge more accessible, they have introduced basic computer education in Government schools at Basavanapura, Jakkur Layout, Nyanapanahalli, Rayasandra and Sollepura.
Awareness programmes are held at anganwadis and schools, to emphasize the importance of a proper hand wash to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Health workers, along with school teachers implemented these awareness drives along with practical sessions.
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 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.
This consumer products company specialises in beauty and wellness brands including some of the most trusted household names such as Parachute, Saffola, Hair & Care, Nihar, Livon, Set Wet, Mediker and Revive. At Marico Limited, the idea of social responsibility is viewed from the perspective of moral and ethical duty rather than an obligation. The company wants to ‘Make a difference’ across the spectrum. Chairman Harsh Mariwala is passionate about social welfare, philanthropy and climate change action. Marico Limited is not only providing meals to the hungry and support to frontline workers during COVID-19 but also took the lead in innovation.
Writes Mr. Harsh Mariwala in the annual report 2019-20: “Since its inception in 2003, the Marico Innovation Foundation has strived to fuel and nurture innovation in India. The Foundation also responded to the growing seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic with the grand challenge, Innovate2Beat COVID, in March 2020, to harness the power of innovation to solve current and potential challenges that our medical fraternity stands to face, with respect to the shortage of ventilators, respiratory solutions as well as PPE solutions in hospitals and medical centres during this crisis.
Marico spent Rs. 19 crore on community welfare activities last year. Community sustenance initiatives are designed to build and maintain harmonious relationship with the local communities in and around operations, while uplifting their lives in a sustainable and responsible manner. This company’s flagship CSR programme is ‘Kalpavriksha’ directed at bettering the lives and produce of coconut farmers. There are various key initiatives that are propagated as a part of Kalpavriksha such as increased current crop productivity, hybrid plantation, replantation, right water management and usage of technological intervention. Kalpavriksha has also launched several projects under its umbrella in different domains such as digital channel, farm care personnel, and training.
57. Tata Power
Electric utility company Tata Power is no stranger to corporate social responsibility. In line with the famous Tata legacy, societal good is as important as profit-making. Tata Power spent Rs. 3.80 crore on CSR in 2019-20. CSR initiatives are categorised into five thrust areas: financial inclusion, education, health & sanitation, water, livelihood & skill building.
The 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. On an average, two micro-entrepreneurs with two associates each will be supported by the proposed microgrid of 30 kW.
To support women empowerment, Tata Power established an all women dairy-based enterprise with about 1,500 members from 26 villages of Maval in Maharashtra. The Dairy 10000 LPD Plant was successfully commissioned in December 2019. It is Maharashtra’s first and India’s second all women dairy farm. The dairy provides 1 lakh litres of bulk supply with a turnover of around Rs. 1 crore.
Tata Power Skill Development Institute (TPSDI) helps develop employable skills, especially in the power and allied sectors. The institute provides modular training and certifications. TPSDI operates five training centres and has trained 40,000 youth on various trades with safety and soft skills as an integral part of the modules. TPSDI Skills on Wheels is a new facet that will make skill training more accessible and provide Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), Motor Rewinding, and Solar Skills. Abha is an initiative to encourage skill development and empowerment for girls through the ‘earn while you learn’ approach in JJ clusters of Delhi. The initiative covers 2,246 beneficiaries in collaboration with the UNDP and Urban Clap across Maharashtra and Delhi.
Dhaaga is a women-based micro-enterprise initiative of Tata Power. This CSR initiative has led to the promotion of local talent and conservation of traditional art form. The Rabari women artisan and tribal Santhal women of Gujarat and Jharkhand, respectively, are engaged in this initiative.
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. 199.99 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. IVD started with just two villages, and has expanded into 18 model villages benefitting 20,000 people in remote rural areas.
59. Coca-Cola India
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.
60. Tata Consumer Products
Formerly known as Tata Global Beverages, Tata Consumer Products Limited runs small-to-largescale CSR initiatives in the communities where it operates. Tata Consumer Products Limited’s welfare initiatives in Munnar span quite a continuum. High standards of education are being provided through the High Range School, best-in-class medical facilities through the General Hospital, and livelihood and rehabilitation opportunities for differently-abled people.
Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL) is a tea plantation company located in Assam, in which Tata Consumer Products Limited has a stake. Some of its key CSR initiatives include creating a sustainable livelihood, employment generation and entrepreneurship development for successful micro enterprises for the semi-urban and rural youth through training programmes at Rowta and Chubwa.
61. 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. They were looking for reasons for non-availability of adequate manpower near the Alwar plant. The research showed that children from nearby villages did not go to school. Children were weak and malnourished and going to school was not even considered an option. The management realized that providing food could be the answer to this puzzle. 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.
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 over 4000 bio-toilets in 400 government schools in Alwar district of Rajasthan. 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 22,000 girls across 285 schools in the Alwar District.
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.
To preserve our heritage and pass it on to the future generations in the best possible condition, Havells tied up with Aga Khan Foundation India (AKFI) and will contribute towards building Humayun’s Tomb Interpretation Centre. A proposed Interpretation Centre will be the largest public cultural facility built since the National Museum. Havells will also help Aga Khan Foundation to conserve the monument of national importance called the “Sabz Burj” situated at Nizamuddin in New Delhi.
The company has planted over 50,000 trees in and around its plants in Alwar, Rajasthan and Baddi, Himachal Pradesh; and one lakh trees each in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and Neemrana, Rajasthan. We are also building a “Kanya Upvan” in the Alwar district by planting a tree with the birth of every girl child in the district.
62. 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 WASH programme, effected in collaboration with UNICEF for the student population from primary to high-school levels, has been one of Exide’s key programmes that has established diligent drinking water, sanitation and related healthcare models and procedures in the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Assam. The intervention was instrumental in developing the model for replication by UNICEF across schools at the national communities.
Girl child and women-oriented projects remains at the core of CSR interventions since gender parity takes the front stage for Exide CSR when it comes to making provisions for any empowerment initiatives. A livelihood and entrepreneurship enhancement programme for women from tribal villages around their plant in Maharashtra helps to usher in economic and social empowerment for the beneficiaries.
Availing regular and safe transportation to schools and colleges are an ordeal for most of the girls and young women from economically challenged backgrounds in both, remote villages as well as in the suburban areas of larger cities. The free School Bus project plies girl children and young women from a few neighbouring villages and suburban locations at two operation areas of Exide. This CSR project also helped to revive a school which was almost on the verge of closing down due to lack of admissions.
A unique battery-related training centre has been instituted in association with the Savitribai Phule Pune University to provide battery-related training programmes to students aspiring for a career path in the allied industry. School projects developed in association with YUVA Unstoppable saw the creation of replicable models for integrated development of Government schools both at primary and high-school levels. Exide’s partnership with India Sponsorship Committee enabled the CSR division to provide integrated educational and day-to-day life support systems for destitute children across India, especially Maharashtra.
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.
The Dabur Group this year established a ‘Dabur Care Fund for COVID-19’, to protect lives and livelihood, and support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FMCG company earmarked a fund of Rs. 21 Crore towards Relief efforts in FY 2020-21. Hunger emerged as a big challenge due to COVID-19 with a large number of migrant and daily-wage workers struggling each day for essentials to survive. Dabur was working with local NGOs and community leaders in extending support towards provision of nutritious meals and medicines to people in need during this lockdown. As part of this relief package, they provided over 10,00,000 litres of fruit juices and coconut water to support the nutrition needs of the urban poor and migrant workers. In addition, they have also been supporting communities with dry ration.
One of Dabur India’s longest running CSR programmes is Immune India, which seeks to drive awareness among school-going kids on the need for boosting your body’s internal immunity system to remain healthy in today’s fastpaced life. Through this programme, they have been reaching out to schools across the country and educating students, teachers and parents on how good immunity can help battle the host of diseases and recurring ailments spread by germs, viruses, and other organisms during the change of season.
‘700 Se 7 Kadam’ is a flagship CSR initiative aimed at protecting the dignity of women in rural India. The project helps women get access to clean sanitation facilities within their households, in addition to establishing proper sanitation facilities in schools. The household sanitation programme today covers three states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. This programme has reached a saturation level with Dabur constructing nearly 3,882 household toilets in these states, covering all the households in the adopted villages. With the household toilet construction activity completed, Dabur is focussing on maintenance of existing household toilets and conducting hygiene awareness and training programmes, besides distribution of hygiene kits in households.
Recognising the growing importance of community-level programmes for Water Conservation and Management, Dabur CSR has been running a water conservation programme in Rajasthan, covering two areas: Alwar and Newai. The programme has been developed with active community
participation to improve the sustainable livelihood of the poorest and excluded communities in the area by strengthening their access to water and technology as well as management capacities. Called Desert Bloom, this project uses cost-effective, eco-friendly community-based technologies like water harvesting, water conservation, recharging of tube wells and plantation to give rural communities in Rajasthan access to water all through the year.
64. 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. 55.39 Crores on CSR activities this financial year. This was 2% of the average net profits of the Company for last three financial years.
The Company undertakes its Corporate Social Responsibility programme under the aegis of EGF (Eicher Group Foundation) for ensuring maximum impact. It is focussed on enhancing education and quality of healthcare facilities throughout the country. Eicher Motors undertook the ride safe initiative aimed to use behavioural interventions to improve traffic management and compliance with an objective of reducing fatal accidents. This is done through road safety awareness, emergency and trauma care, community health improvement and vocational skill building and livelihood development.
Another CSR initiative is supplementing the livelihood of youths interested in entrepreneurship by skilling them with mobile repairing, ecotourism and basic computer. The company’s Hand in Hand India team has launched ‘Spoken English Course’ in Government schools to conduct Spoken English classes as a mandate during school hours.
EGF has collaborated with Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) to ensure the sustainable development of the remote villages in Ladakh. Continuing the work of Solar electrification in many new villages, the team focussed on innovations in the education and livelihood sectors. In 2020, the collaboration went a step ahead to create tangible livelihood opportunities in the electrified villages and has achieved a milestone of putting 14 villages on the path of holistic development. EGF has joined hands with EKAM Foundation to improve the status of maternal and child health across Sennakuppam, Nattarasampattu, Vallam and Valayakaranai villages of Kancheepuram for two years. The programme would involve facilitating immediate medical support, youth and community mobilization, hospital upgradation, infant care and counselling of mothers in paediatric wards.
65. Welspun India
The home textile, steel and energy company is not only committed for doing Corporate Social Responsibility but it aims at creating “Corporate Social Value”. The CSR vision of Welspun is enshrined in the 3E’s: Education, Empowerment of women, and Environment & Health. These 3E’s are implemented through the CSR programmes organized by Welspun Foundation for Health and Knowledge, tie-ups with NGOs, Developmental Agencies or Institutions, and facilitating Government initiatives.
Welspun India had a CSR budget of Rs. 6.71 Crore this year which was completely utilised. The CSR vision for 2022 is to establish and improve 5 model villages in sites such as Anjar, Vapi, and Dahej. A model village is a self-sustaining rural community.
The company has initiated the ‘Quality Education Project’ in Gujarat to provide children with quality education by appointing para-teachers. Para-teachers are appointed for specific subjects, teaching children from scratch and ensuring that they excel academically. In partnership with the Gujarat Government, Welspun has taken up the initiative to digitize government primary school classrooms and make them more conducive for learning. Gyankunj is a school digitalization programme to enhance classroom interactivity and teaching-learning processes with the help of technology tools like projectors, interactive boards, laptops, speakers, wi-fi routers. Thus far, they have impacted close to 40,000 students of Bharuch, Valsad and Kutch districts, installing almost 223 digital education software. In addition to founding and operating three schools near our facility in Anjar, India, the Welspun Foundation also runs vocational and skill training programmes, to create further opportunities for the youth and uplift families.
With over 36,000 saplings planted thus far, Welspun’s green initiatives in Anjar, Vapi and Dahej, have transformed the landscape of what were dry and arid regions. At Anjar, in what was once a desert, now thrives a verdant green oasis – a testament to the environmental programs initiated by the Welspun Foundation.
66. Jindal Steel & Power
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. In 2018-19 more than 20 thousand people visited these telemedicine facilities across the 7 centres and received advance medical care.
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.
Over the past 60 years, Bosch in India has created a space for itself in society not just as a technology and innovation pioneer, but also as a company that ‘cares’. The corporate social responsibility endeavours, known as ‘Bosch Social Engagement’, aim to make a difference in the communities in which Bosch operates. Bosch Social Engagement has three pillars: Bosch Limited CSR, Primavera and Bosch India Foundation. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, beginning with a contribution of a sum of Rs. 5 Crores to the PM CARES Fund, Bosch group companies in India pledged an additional Rs. 45 Crores for implementing various community welfare initiatives directly.
At the same time, Bosch began to supply cooked meals and ration packets to migrant workers, daily wage labourers, and other needy individuals in an effort to minimize the impact of the nationwide lockdown on the underprivileged. More than 1,00,000 cooked meals were supplied by Bosch across plant locations during the lockdown, period. Beyond healthcare workers, Bosch also donated nearly 1,500 hygiene kits to needy families in Nashik to help them stay safe.
Bosch’s Response to India’s Development and Growth through Employability Enhancement aka BRIDGE is an award-winning CSR programme. The short-term, job-oriented programme covers training modules on life skills, soft skills, industry and job-specific skills, basic computer skills, value education, and community service. As part of BRIDGE, Bosch assists the youth in getting entry-level jobs in semi-organized or organized sectors. Since the start of BRIDGE in 2013, over 30,000 youth have been trained and placed in entry-level service sector jobs through 466 BRIDGE Centres across India. Bosch has been collaborating with other corporates and Government/semi-Government bodies to make this sustainable and to scale the programme further and has also begun piloting the same at a few universities committed to skill development.
Through its Child Health Development Programme, Bosch focuses on improving the health conditions of children studying in 300 government schools located around its plants across India. To make the availability of child healthcare sustainable, Bosch CSR is also upgrading the local Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs).
In partnership with Agastya International Foundation, Bosch has deployed six Mobile Science Labs, six Lab-in-a-Box (LiB), one Lab-on-a-Bike (LoB) each in Bengaluru, Bidadi, Jaipur, and Nashik to help school children understand complex scientific concepts and thus to make learning more effective. Additionally, Bosch has also improved the career prospects of over 6,000 students through 17 Bosch-supported English, and computer teachers, deployed in 30 government-run schools around the Bengaluru and Bidadi plants.
One of Bosch’s CSR focus areas is holistic village development. Today, through the Bosch India Foundation, this initiative focuses on 250 villages located around Bosch plants to help villagers improve their quality of life at an individual and collective level. This holistic village development includes training rural women in Self-Help Groups on garment sewing and various other women empowerment programmes, in Rajasthan and Karnataka, creation of compost and biogas plants; at villages in Maharashtra, and counseling for adolescent girls.
68. Asian Paints
Asian Paints committed Rs. 35 Crores towards COVID-19 relief activities, out of which Rs. 15 Crores was spent as CSR this year. The contribution was made to the Central as well as other Disaster Relief State funds.
This year was all about streamlining systems and processes and ensuring better management through efficient fund allocation across CSR programmes. These initiatives reached out to 50 villages in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Asian Paints has put in place standard impact metrics to record progress across intervention areas. The company has formulated a “CSR 2025 Vision” with a year-on-year implementation roadmap.
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. Naya Savera is running in 15 centres across 9 states. A tablet-based, plug-and-play, digital learning laboratory for government schools, TABLAB is a platform that guides students to explore subjects in their regional language and English. This helps them bridge their learning gaps in a conducive environment. Student attendance has seen a rise following the implementation of this programme.
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. The initiative is running across seven manufacturing locations in Kasna, Rohtak, Visakhapatnam, Mysuru, Patancheru, Khandala and Sriperumbudur. During the year, Safar covered the treatment of over 32,000 truckers. At Ankleshwar, Project Drishyam is catering to diseases related to eyesight and distribution of spectacles. They are currently working in eight villages near the plant locations and have treated over 1,000 patients in the year.
Colour Academy is a unique initiative to hone local talent, so that the nation may become a hub for outstanding skills in the paint application trade. The company is upskilling those with an inherent predilection for paint work. The training programmes cover a multitude of subjects, such as designer finishes, emulsions, metal care, mechanisation, water proofing, wood finishes and wallpaper installation. This helps painters connect with lucrative professional opportunities in the industry. Colour Academies are equipped with contemporary facilities to provide hands-on experience to the participants.
During the year 2020, Asian Paints CSR also initiated upskilling programmes for plumbers in Himachal Pradesh and carpenters in Chennai with an objective to increase their earnings and disseminate knowledge and awareness to apprise them of latest techniques.
Asian Paints CSR is active in Disaster response and management. After Cyclone Fani hit the Puri district in Odisha, they conducted a relief programme between May and June 2019 to distribute hygiene and shelter kits to 1,500 families. Humanitarian support and essentials were provided to flood affected families in Bihar, Assam, Khandala and Mysuru.
69. 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. 31.62 Crore to CSR, mainly in education. Additionally, the Company has contributed Rs. 23.5 lakh towards other charitable causes which are not covered within the CSR ambit, taking the total spend on social responsibility to 31.8 Crore.
The major chunk of the funds went to Bharti Foundation for establishing Satya Bharti University.
Bharti Foundation is the philanthropic and CSR arm of Bharti Enterprises. Satya Bharti University is part of Airtel’s long-term social commitment to establish a world class institution for Science and Technology. The University is touted as a non-profit centre of excellence offering free education to a large number of deserving youths from economically weaker sections. It will also promote and fund advanced research in AI, robotics et al with global linkages.
70. Bajaj Auto
Bajaj Auto Limited spent Rs. 119.44 Crore on CSR programmes. The core elements of the CSR activities continue to include ethical functioning, respect for all stakeholders, protection of human rights and care for the environment. Bajaj Auto and Bajaj Group implement the CSR initiatives directly and through its Group NGOs, or charitable entities operating at various locations in India, non-Group NGOs, local authorities, business associations and civil society organisations.
Bajaj Auto CSR supported 37 projects in the Education and Livelihood sector and disbursed an amount of Rs. 36.43 Crore. Room to Read Literacy Programme attempts to improve literacy instruction and the establishment of school libraries to provide the students with well-trained teachers, effective literacy curriculum and a print-rich environment towards building a reading habit among children. Under phase 2, currently instruction classes for Class-1 and library sessions for Classes 2-5 are being held using teaching mechanisms like read aloud, shared, paired and independent reading. Aasra Trust in partnership with Bajaj works towards empowering street children with education. The project has 21 programme activities ranging from identification of out-of-school children, enrolling them in school and supporting them with facilities to retain them in schools till graduation. The project currently has a target of 2,672 children and 1,601 parents from 8 government schools under project intervention.
Bajaj Auto – BYST Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme, with financial support of Rs. 507.5 lakh has successfully created more than 1,000 entrepreneurs from Aurangabad and Wardha and generated employment for 29,725 individuals in sectors including engineering, hoteling and catering, lifestyle, logistics, marketing and branding. Of these newly created entrepreneurs few generated incomes worth Rs. 575 lakhs in the year 2018-19. Bajaj Auto Ltd. is supporting Sahjeevan, a not-for-profit organization that aims to create livelihood opportunities for shepherd communities. Saheejavan’s core area of work involves herd improvement, conserving alpine rangeland and ecological resources and reducing animal-human conflict. To achieve this, Sahjeevan recently has undertaken an in-depth baseline survey to gain an estimate of the total number of herding communities spread out across the Himalayas.
During the period under review, Bajaj Auto disbursed Rs. 12.05 Crore on 23 healthcare projects. Some major projects worth mentioning are The Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital, Aurangabad, which extends services to Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of society. While the treatment for BPL patients is free, for EWS, it is subsidized to the extent of 50%.
Bajaj Auto Ltd. has funded the establishment of the Abhinav Bindra Foundation which provides world class infrastructure to athletes in India, so that they can increase their performance by mitigating injuries and attain accurate result by adopting world class machinery. The objective of the Foundation was to set up a High Performance Training and Advance Rehabilitation Centre for providing world-class assessment, training, injury prevention and rehabilitation and to redefine health and fitness with principles of recovery and rejuvenation in Pune, Maharashtra.
71. JK Tyre & Industries
JK Tyre & Industries, popularly known as JK Tyre is a pioneer of radial tyres in India. The company invested Rs. 4.97 Crore in 2019-20 on CSR activities that aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It won the Best Practices Award 2019 on Sustainable Development Goals by United Nation Global Compact Network India (UNGCNI) during 14th Convention on Sustainable Development Goals.
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.
To enhance agriculture profitability, 100 women farmers were trained in floriculture in Kankroli (Rajasthan). The attractive scope of this livelihood is on account of the location’s proximity to Nathdwara Temple and Udaipur. Marigold, jasmine and chrysanthemum seedlings were distributed among enterprising women farmers. All farmers were provided wire fences to protect their crop from stray animals. This initiative empowered more than 200 women farmers to earn Rs. 10,000 per month.
Project Jyoti Kiran was initiated in FY19-20 to provide free eye-care services to truckers and transporters. The eye care camps were organised at Transport Nagar, mandis and other locations. Nearly 30% drivers had issues related to vision that warranted the use of glasses. CSR of JK Tyre is engaged in enhancing awareness about the prevention of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. The company commissioned three health clinics in high-risk HIV/ AIDS locations with partner NGOs. The
company supported affected individuals in Rajsamand and helped PLHIV to get emotional support, guidance, medicines and nutritional supplements for HIV positive children. The PLHIV network enrolled 1200 PLHIV in Rajsamand; a large number were linked with government social schemes like Antyodaya and Palanhar, among others.
Project Parivartan was started in the tribal-dominated Rajsamand district in 2004. It has moderated IMR and MMR and strengthened health-seeking behaviour in marginalised communities. Initially the project was implemented in Kankroli tehsil; presently, Parivartan is being implemented in the Kumbhalgarh tehsil of Rajsamand district (40% population ST & SC). During the reporting year, 7,668 patients were provided free medicines.
JK Tyre has achieved the distinction of being one of the lowest water consuming tyre companies in the world. The Company initiated water conservation initiatives in villages proximate to its manufacturing locations. Some community water harvesting structures, 10 check dams, 28 water tanks and 38 farm ponds have been developed to harvest water for irrigating agriculture fields, groundwater recharge, drinking water for animals etc. Other water conservation activities like farm bunding, bore well recharge and soak pits helped conserve water, benefiting more than 20,000 neighbours.
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.
The company entered into a public-private partnership to create infrastructure for regional benefit without engaging in unending land acquisition and government clearances. The Kantai dam inaugurated in October 2013 is one example. The aggregate regional benefits derived from the dam were recovered within a year of commissioning. The Kantai dam has helped enrich 4000 acres and nearly 1200 hinterland families, most of whom are mid-level farmers.
73. Hindustan Construction Company
As a pioneer in the construction industry in India, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) is aware of its social responsibilities. The Company’s CSR philosophy is ‘Do Good to Do Well and Do Well to Do Good’.
HCC has provided timely interventions in a number of rescue and relief operations within India and internationally, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Jammu and Kashmir earthquakes, the 2005 Mumbai floods, the 2007 Bangladesh cyclone, the 2010 Leh flash floods, the 2011 Sikkim earthquake, the 2013 flash floods in Uttarakhand, the 2015 floods in Kalpakkam, the 2016 bridge collapse at Kolkata, the 2017 landslides in Uttarakhand and the 2019 bridge collapse at CST Mumbai.
The Company is committed to monitor and conserve the amount of water used across its construction project sites. HCC was the first Indian company to endorse United Nations Global Compact’s ‘The CEO Water Mandate’ and is an industry partner of the World Economic Forum (WEF). As a responsible corporate citizen, it has focused on sharing best practices of water stewardship. In doing so, it has adopted various methodologies at the sites to reduce fresh water consumption. For example, HCC installed wastewater treatment plants at the Kishanganga hydroelectric power project, which helped to reduce fresh water consumption by recycling of treated wastewater.
74. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (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 and its employees contributed a total of Rs. 15.72 Crore to the PM-CARES Fund to fight COVID-19. BHEL has made a contribution of Rs. 7 crore through its CSR funds, while its employees donated one day’s salary.
75. Bharat Electronics
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is a government-run arms manufacturer established by the Ministry of Defence. BEL spent Rs. 31.16 Crores on CSR in key sectors like School Education, Healthcare, Nutrition, Rural Development & Vocational Skill Development, apart from donating Rs. 10 crores to PM-CARES Fund for COVID-19 relief. Effectively, BEL’s CSR budget for 2020 was Rs. 41.16 Crore.
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.
The Udupi District Government Hospital is equipped with most facilities but was lacking a Burns Ward. BEL constructed a 12-bed Burns Ward for the Udupi District Hospital for the benefit of poor and marginalised patients of neighbouring districts within a 150 km radius. The burns cases which were being referred to Mangalore are now given immediate medical care, reducing medical complications and improving their survival chances.
Being a technology-driven company, BEL has taken on itself the onus of skilling India’s youth in a bid to nurture the country’s wealth of human capital. Bharat Electronics CSR has adopted 10 Govt. Industrial Training Institutes in eight states across India. BEL is hand-holding these ITIs in their journey to becoming model institutions. Industry exposure, imparting management principles and requisite soft skills, introduction to benchmarked workplace practices like 5 ‘S’, green energy, are some of the interventions under progress for the holistic development of the students. BEL has partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to provide National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) aligned vocational skills to 700 rural youth in Andhra Pradesh.
76. TVS Motor Company
CSR activities have been textured into TVS Motor Company’s value system through Srinivasan Services Trust (SST). The Trust is working in 5,000 villages spread across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh covering a population of about 24.50 lakh individuals. TVS Motors spent a total amount of Rs. 33.66 Crore on CSR of which Rs. 17 Crore was donated to the PM CARES Fund.
SST has focused on the areas of economic development, health care, education, environment, social and infrastructure actively in 3000 villages. While each community and individual has different needs, progress can only be sustained when the development process touches key aspects of everyone’s life. SST has identified six areas of work. Its CSR strategy of inclusive change aims for better health, income, education, infrastructure, environment and social development.
The health programmes focus on preventive healthcare. Their aim is to enable women and children to survive childbirth, avoid malnutrition and access the care they need. SST organises camps that offer primary healthcare services to spot common issues including anaemia, poor vision and dental problems. Simple solutions include building toilets, providing clean drinking water and ensuring better nutrition through government programmes. The emphasis is on hygiene and sanitation to avoid communicable diseases.
SST partners with villagers, schools and local bodies to upgrade infrastructure be it water catchment tanks, adult literacy centres or communal toilets. Typically, when communities have a stake in interventions, they tend to take active interest in maintaining them.
77. 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).
78. 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.
79. GMR Infrastructure
Infra company GMR Infrastructure has been active on the corporate social responsibility front since 1991. It won the FTCCI Excellence Award for ‘Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)’ this year. During the year, the company was not required to spend any amount on CSR as it did not have any profits. However, through its subsidiaries, associate companies and group companies, GMR Infrastructure spent Rs. 43.24 Crores on social welfare in 2019-20.
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.
GMR Varalakshmi Foundation won the ‘Mahatma Award for Social Good 2019’, Kalinga CSR Award from the Institute of Quality and Environmental Management Service (IQEMS), and Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Awards 2019 from GoDiverse for its work of empowering women in its communities. Nagavali Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development run by GMRVF and Andhra Bank jointly at Rajam was adjudged as one of the 3 best performing RSETIs (Rural Self-Employment Training Institutes) in India by Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD).
The Community Services Wing of the Foundation works intensively with communities in all its project areas to improve the quality and access to education. Initiatives range from running Bala Badis (pre-schools), to working with government schools, to supporting meritorious children.
80. Coal India
This Central Public Sector Enterprise is the largest coal producer in the world. Coal India and its subsidiaries spent a whopping Rs. 587.84 Crore on CSR activities this year.
The “poor and needy” are the main beneficiaries of the CPSE’s CSR initiatives. Premashraya in Kolkata provides accommodation for free or at highly subsidized rates to underprivileged cancer patients and their families. Special cancer awareness sessions are aimed at preventing and early detection of the disease. Kolkata was chosen for this CSR intervention as after Tata Medical Centre (TMC) was founded, a large chunk of patients from Northeast and Eastern India go to TMC for cancer treatment.
The rural development project provides the scope of working holistically for the development of a rural area and transcends the sectoral boundaries. Oil India Limited undertook holistic development of 40 Villages in Purulia District, West Bengal. Purulia district is one of the backward districts of West Bengal. A part of the district lies close to the coalfield areas of Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (ECL), a subsidiary of CIL.
Oil India installed 11,483 Integrated Domestic Energy Systems (IDES). An IDES comprises one Solar Household Light and one Improved Cook Stove. The improved cook stove is an innovative stove which produces less smoke and ignites fuel quickly. Less smoke improves the quality of life of women and reduces the chances of lung diseases in future. People are able to extend their work hours till late night due to the solar lights, women are having better quality of life due to Improved Cook Stoves and Solar Street Lights have helped the society at large with better illuminated streets at night. The company constructed individual household toilets in 40 villages in conjunction with the government goal to make villages Open Defecation Free (ODF).
Coal India set up 40 KRCs (knowledge recreation centre) in 40 schools for children with the aim of imparting them basic computer education and providing them with contemporary knowledge through books.
81. NLC India Ltd.
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 year 2019-20, NLC India spent about 75.66 crores (including a contribution of 20 crores to PM CARES Fund) which is more than 2% of the average net profits of the Company for the last three years.
The company was conferred with “National Project Excellence Award 2019” for successful commissioning of Clean and Green Solar Power Project. It was also recognised at the PRSI National Awards for its outstanding contributions in the field of RTI and CSR.
82. Bharat Forge Ltd.
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. The company spent about 254.50 crores on its CSR initiatives in the FY 2019-20 which is 2.21% of the average net profit of the Company of the last three years.
The Company has identified six key programs that it invests in as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. These include Village Development Program – upliftment of 100 villages by focusing on improving water availability, enhancing livelihoods, health and nutrition, education and internal roads; Community Development program; Education; Employee Volunteerism; Skill Development and Sports Development.
The company won the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility in FY 2020, which is regarded as a benchmark of corporate excellence worldwide.
83. United Spirits Ltd.
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 required to spend an amount of 33.58 million (2% of the average of last three years profit) in the FY 2019-20. However, it ended up spending 169.37 million in the financial year 2019-20, which as a percentage of profit after tax for the year ended March 31, 2020, is 8.67 %.
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.
84. ABB India Ltd.
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.
85. Mangalore Refinery And Petrochemicals Ltd.
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited is an oil refining company in Mangalore and is a subsidiary of ONGC. Its social welfare and community development initiatives focus on the key areas of education, health care & sanitation and overall development of basic infrastructure in and around its operational area/ Dakshina Kannada & Udupi District/Karnataka State. The company spent 76.09 Crores on its CSR initiatives in 2019-20.
Right from its inception, MRPL has been undertaking CSR activities under the name “Samrakshan”. Its CSR policy is to ensure an increased commitment at all levels in the organization, to operate its business in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner, while recognizing the interests of all its stakeholders. The focus areas of the company’s CSR engagement include Shiksha Samrakshan, Arogya Samrakshan, Bahujan Samrakshan, Prakrithi Samrakshan, Sanskrithi Samrakshan. For the sustainability development, the company has been pursuing projects related to carbon management through energy conservation, improving the energy efficiency in its processes, use of renewable energy, water management project to reduce freshwater consumption by recycling /use of treated effluent and waste management through reducing, reuse and recycling initiatives.
In FY 2019-20, the company has bagged the prestigious ‘Annual Genentech Environment Award’ for outstanding achievement in Environment Management second time in a row.
86. Jindal Stainless Ltd.
Jindal 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 8.92 crores for its CSR initiatives in FY 2019-20.
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.
Environment, Health & Safety has always been focal point around which company has built its business processes. In FY 2019-20, the company’s efforts towards sustainable Environment were acknowledged as it was accorded with prestigious “Golden Peacock Environment Management” award during the year.
87. Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd.
Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. is a Public Sector Undertaking in India under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers of the Government of India. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, the company has undertaken several projects in the areas of rural development, promoting health care and education aimed for the benefit of needy and for general good of the society. In FY 2019-20, the company spent 3.42 Crores on CSR activities.
The Company’s major CSR initiatives include scholarships to 100 school students of SC community from the Aspirational District Osmanabad of Maharashtra, provision of drinking water for last 24 years to seven villages around Thal unit, running mobile medical vans at Thal, Alibag, Raigad Dist in association with Wockhardt Foundation, supplying sports material and organising district level Adivasi Kabbadi Tournament, among others.
The company was conferred with the Greentech Environment Award – 2019 for its outstanding achievements in Environmental Management. It also won 1st Prize towards Energy conservation award in HT Industrial consumer category above 10 MVA during TPC’s consumer meet 2019.
88. Vodafone Idea Ltd.
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 2019-20, the Company has spent 32.53 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.
In view of the losses incurred by the Company during the last two financial years, the Company had no obligation for CSR spend during the Financial Year 2019-20. However, through its CSR initiatives positively impacted the lives of around 28 lakh people across 18 states in the country.
89. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.
Aurobindo Pharma Limited is a pharmaceutical manufacturing company that manufactures generic pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The company spent 48 crores during the FY20 for its CSR initiatives, which is around 2.6% of the standalone Profit After Tax.
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 has been awarded as Best Energy Efficient Organization under Large Scale Industry Category in CII’s 4th edition of National Energy Efficiency Circle Competition. With more than 200 best case studies on energy efficiency from business, industry and institutions across India, Aurobindo got national recognition for outstanding contributions made in the area of energy efficiency at Unit-I.
90. Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) a Group company of Indian Oil Corporation is an Indian state-owned oil and gas corporation headquartered in Chennai, India. The company for its CSR policy aims to strive for Educated, Healthy, Economically Developed and Environmentally Protected community around the Refineries. The company spent 16.71 crores towards community development activities in the FY 2019-20.
The company’s CSR initiatives included an initiative in Nagapattinam near the Cauvery Basin Refinery, which includes rural development initiative i.e adoption of 3 villages in Nagapattinam district to benefit 1700 families to improve their social, environmental and economic gaps. Further the company has spent more than 60% of its annual CSR expenditure towards the common theme (school education, healthcare & nutrition) for undertaking CSR activities during the year.
The Institute of Public Enterprises, Hyderabad had conferred CPCL with an award for “Best Practices in CSR Awards 2020” in the category of award for rural development for its CSR initiative of Village Adoption / Development project in Nagapattinam District. The company had also been declared Winner under the sector Oil Refining for the Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.
91. Chambal Fertilisers & Chemicals Ltd.
The Corporate Social Responsibility has always been given due importance by Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals since inception. The Company has developed projects and programs keeping in view the needs and requirements of the community in the rural areas especially the villages near its plants. In FY 2019-20, the company has spent 15.33 Crores on CSR projects/programs.
The CSR projects/programs of the Company cover the areas of Education including Technical and Vocational Education, Rural Development, Health care and Sanitation, Employability and Empowerment and Environmental Sustainability, Animal Welfare and Soil Health. Under its Project Arogya, the company organised special sessions in the adopted schools in rural areas. It also provided necessary support in the nearby areas including support to local administration to spray disinfectant in villages.
The company was conferred with “Commendation Letter – Shiksha Vibhushan” in 25th State Level Bhamashah Awards – 2019, by the Government of Rajasthan. It was also conferred with the 3rd Rajasthan CSR Award in “Education and Skill Development Category” by the Government of Rajasthan.
92. IDFC Bank Ltd.
IDFC FIRST Bank strongly believes in inclusive development to create a maximum impact through its CSR initiatives. To achieve this, it conceptualises and design programmes that are either implemented directly or through non-profit organisations and social enterprises. The bank spent 7.2 Crores on its CSR projects in the FY 2019-20.
The bank’s CSR initiatives mainly focused on the areas including livelihoods, health and sanitation, education, and women Empowerment. The bank’s COVID-19-Relief program was unique in a way that the bank activated its entire ecosystem from customers to employees. For example, it engaged the rural customers to stitch cloth masks and remunerated them for it. These masks were then distributed by the staff to other customers. Similarly, it partnered with its restaurant customers to purchase hygienic meal packets from them and distributed it to select beneficiaries. The total contribution from the Bank towards all COVID-19 programmes was 7.4 crores.
Through its various CSR initiatives, the bank has so far touched the lives of over 36 lakh people across India.
93. 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 27.47 crores on its CSR initiatives in FY 2019-20.
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.
The CSR initiatives of State Bank of India has impacted over 10 lakh lives across the country.
94. EID Parry (India) Ltd.
EID Parry India’s CSR initiatives primarily focus on improving the quality of life of the communities where it operates, through socio welfare initiatives. Adherence to business ethics, transparency in dealings with all stakeholders, adequate and timely disclosure of information and commitment to corporate social responsibility are the basic elements of the government policy of the Company. The Company spent an amount of 88.81 Lakh on CSR activities in FY 2019-20 even though it was not required to spend any amount.
The Company has been carrying out its CSR activities for a long time through AMM Foundation, an autonomous charitable trust, in the field of education and healthcare, while also pursuing CSR activities for the benefit of local communities around the factories in the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It has identified the areas of focus for its CSR initiatives, that include providing basic health care facilities to economically backward societies across geographical areas, Improving access to education, Provision of Skill Development/ Vocational Training, Rural Development, Environmental Sustainability, Promoting Sports, Arts & Culture and Sustainable livelihood.
95. Reliance Infrastructure Ltd.
Reliance Infrastructure as a responsible corporate entity undertakes appropriate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) measures having positive economic, social and environmental impact to transform lives and to help build more capable & vibrant communities by integrating its business values and strengths.
In its continuous efforts to positively impact the society, especially the areas around its sites and offices, the Company has formulated guiding policies for social development, targeting the inclusive growth of all stakeholders under nine specific categories including Promoting education, environmental sustainability, economic empowerment, rural development, health care and sanitation.
The company has spent about 126.46 Crores for its CSR initiatives in the last five years.
96. Finolex Industries
Corporate social responsibility is an essential element to the mission and culture of Finolex Industries. Driven by its strategic focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement and environmental sustainability, the company is striving to be socially accountable – to itself, its stakeholders and the public. During the FY 2019-20, the company in association with MMF has incurred expenditure on various CSR activities aggregating 11.92 Crores
The CSR philosophy of the company is to Engage, Equip and Empower. This is interwoven in all the three thrust areas of focus of the company’s CSR, i.e. Sustainable Livelihood, Community Development and Issues of National Importance. The company strives to enhance education, to make need-based development interventions with community participation and address issues of National Importance like Disaster Management, Affirmative Action and Sanitation.
The company was accorded with ‘Punyadham Humanitarian Service’ Award in March 2020 for its initiatives.
97. Canara Bank
Canara Bank believes in following the founding principles and century-old tradition of taking up Social Responsibility. Therefore, the bank is engaged in varied CSR initiatives that are multifarious, covering activities like training unemployed rural youth, scholarship to meritorious SC/ST Girl students, providing primary health care, drinking water, community development, empowerment of women and among others. The bank has spent about 20.49 Crores over its CSR initiatives in FY 2019-20.
CSR initiatives of the Bank cover activities like training unemployed rural youth, scholarship to meritorious SC / ST Girl students, repair of schools and providing of other infrastructural facilities to needy educational institutes, providing primary health care, drinking water, community development, empowerment of women, environment protection, Swachh Bharat and other social initiatives.
For COVID-19 relief, the bank spent 4.35 crores as a part of its CSR initiatives.
98. Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Ltd.
Aligning with the vision of Improving Lives Through Trustworthy and Innovative Stain-less Solutions, Jindal Stainless (Hisar) has continuously engaged itself in improving the lives of people in and around the manufacturing facilities. The company is the subsidiary of the Jindal Group which conducts all of its CSR initiatives through Jindal Foundation. The company spent about 8.9 Crores for the CSR initiatives in FY 2019-20.
The company’s CSR interventions are focused in the fields of education & vocational training, integrated health care, women empowerment, social projects, rural infrastructure development, environment sustainability, sports, preservation of art and culture.
The company was accorded as a winner for the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award, 2019.
99. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd is committed to its social responsibility and has undertaken various programmes and projects, towards integrating its social and business goals in a sustainable manner. The company has spent an amount of 82 Crores in FY 2019-20 on CSR activities.
The thrust areas under the company’s CSR inter-alia include Healthcare & Sanitation, Education and Employment enhancing Vocational Schemes, Empowerment of women and socially backward groups etc.
The Company (Koraput Division) has been conferred with the “Kalinga CSR Award – 2018” in recognition of its consistent contribution towards CSR & SD during the fourth National Seminar on “Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives-2019”. It also bagged “Online Sustainability Award 2019” organized by Econaur under Water Harvesting Category for the Kumudavathi River Rejuvenation Project under CSR on April 22, 2019.
100. IDFC Ltd.
IDFC believes that profitability must be complemented by a sense of responsibility towards all stakeholders with a view to make a material, visible and lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged sections of the people, preferably in the immediate vicinity in which the Company operates but at the same time ensure widespread spatial distribution of its CSR activities Pan-India befitting its status as a conscientious corporate citizen.
IDFC Limited carries out its CSR activities through IDFC Foundation, a wholly-owned subsidiary non-profit company. The focus areas of the IDFC foundation’s activities include livelihoods, rural development projects, promoting healthcare including preventive health care, education, community engagement/development, environmental sustainability, disaster relief, research and studies in all or any of the activities mentioned in Schedule VII of the Companies Act.
The company spent 1.06 Crores in FY 2019-20 for its CSR initiatives.
This wraps up our take on the top Indian companies for sustainability and CSR in 2020.