IT IS IMPORTANT TO GIVE BACK WHAT WE EARN FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF SOCIETY. COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES THAT WORK TOWARDS
ERADICATION OF POVERTY, CHILD WELFARE AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT WILL BE OUR FOCUS FOR COMMUNITIES AT LARGE IN OUR COUNTRY.
CHAIRMAN, VEDANTA RESOURCES
Business and society are interdependent. Strong economic growth advances community development, which, in turn, promotes economic growth. At Vedanta, inclusive development has always formed an integral part of our progress and we continue to invest in initiatives that lead to equitable growth in society.
Our social programmes are designed to empower the impoverished and mainstream the marginalised, thus, partnering in their progress. The social interventions are developed using a needs-based approach. They seek to bring about long-term impact and are often implemented to supplement or enhance existing government programmes.
Vedanta's CSR policy lists the following ten focus areas of work:
(INCLUDES 24 OUTREACH VILLAGES)
(In alignment with SDGs)
Although the focus of all our development programmes is to partner with the communities for their progress, there are certain initiatives, which we consider as our Signature Programmes. These programmes are: Nandghar, Football and Healthcare through Hospitals.
THE NANDGHAR PROJECT WAS AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS 'CSR PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD' FOR THE YEAR 2017 BY INDIA CSR GROUP, WHICH ENCOURAGES PRACTITIONERS AND ORGANISATIONS IN INDIA TO BUILD RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIETY.
Hirakali Devi, an Anganwadi worker at the Nandghar in Ghera Richola, Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, not only encourages parents to educate their children, but also inspires other women in her village to become self-dependent and organises health awareness sessions for pregnant women and new mothers. Her Nandghar that has an average attendance of 43 children a day has been declared a 'Model Anganwadi Centre'. Hirakali Devi's efforts were rewarded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development when she won the National Award, which comprises a citation and a cash award of US$ 400 (INR 25,000).
Nandghars benefit scores of children and women by providing pre-school education, nutrition for children and skill development for women.
Smt. Vasundhara Raje
Hon'ble CM, Rajasthan
These centres are 'happy' places with modern infrastructure including solar power, treated drinking water and IT-enabled learning equipment. They have slowly become centres in the villages not only for supplementary nutrition and early education services, but also centres for capacity building for women and mothers.
Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
Minister, Women and Child Development, GoI
functional Nandghars across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa & Uttar Pradesh
Nandghars have pre-defined curriculum for imparting pre-school education
children at the Barmer Nandghars are fully immunised, which is higher than the state average for Rajasthan (53%)
As per the impact study done by SEED
This is a pioneering initiative for children's well-being and education, along with women's health and empowerment. Vedanta signed an MoU with the Ministry of Women & Child Development in FY 2015-16 to construct 4,000 new-age Nandghars (Anganwadis) across India. It aims to touch the lives of around 4 million community members, while directly impacting around 200,000 children and around 180,000 women on an annual basis.
Nandghars are designed as state-of-the-art child friendly spaces that facilitate quality preschool education, primary healthcare and entrepreneurship training, besides being a convergence point for several government programmes.
Till now, 154 Nandghars have been started in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Madhya Pradesh. In Rajasthan:
||Over 1,000 children are being provided prepacked, hot-served wholesome nutrition every day
||72% children at the Barmer Nandghars are fully immunised, which is higher than the state average for Rajasthan (53%)
||Nearly 1,000 OPDs are being conducted every week by the Nandghar Mobile Health Vans
||More than 750 pregnant and lactating women are provided with immunisation and regular health check-ups at Nandghars
||Around 150 Anganwadi workers/sahayikas have been trained to utilise TV for e-learning sessions and smart kits for interactive teaching sessions in all Nandghars
||100% Nandghars have pre-defined curriculum for imparting pre-school education
||More than 1,600 women have been trained and 165 women have started their own micro-enterprises with nearly US$ 27,000 (INR 17.50 lakh) of credit distributed
We plan to construct 250 Nandghars in FY 2018-19 and another 1,000 are in the planning process.
SESA FOOTBALL ACADEMY
Established in 1999 on a reclaimed mine at Sanquelim, this started as a CSR programme at our Iron Ore Business, with the vision to become a premier
academy in India. Till date, the Sesa Football Academy (SFA) has graduated 123 boys, some of whom have represented India internationally and many
are pursuing their football career with major Indian football clubs.
SEVEN ALUMNI OF SFA HAVE PLAYED FOR THE INDIAN NATIONAL TEAM AND EIGHT ARE PLAYING IN THE ELITE INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE 2017-18 SEASON.
Taking forward the commitment and passion to nurture the girl child through sports, we launched the 'Vedanta Women's Football League' in November 2017 with the support of Goa Football Association (GFA). Vedanta created history through this first-of-its-kind league by providing women footballers, a prominent platform to showcase their talent and skills.
137 WOMEN FOOTBALLERS HAILING FROM ALL OVER GOA PARTICIPATED IN THIS LEAGUE THROUGH 6 TEAMS AND MADE IT A GRAND SUCCESS.
ZINC FOOTBALL ACADEMY
Hindustan Zinc has been organising the 'All India Mohan Kumar Mangalam Hindustan Zinc Football Tournament' in Zawar for the last 42 years. Given this long and rich footballing tradition, the Company has now set up a Football Academy, which will not only have a residential academy, but also 64 community academies across five districts. The residential academy also has a technology centre which helps bring more objective metrics to player assessments.
DURING THE YEAR, SCOUTING CAMPS WERE HELD ACROSS RAJASTHAN, EVALUATING NEARLY 3,500 CHILDREN AND SHORTLISTING 56 OF THEM FOR THE RESIDENTIAL ACADEMY. CURRENTLY, 58 COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CENTRES ARE OPERATIONAL, INCLUDING FOUR CENTRES FOR GIRLS WHO MADE THEIR DEBUT IN RAJASTHAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND REACHED THE SEMI-FINALS.
HEALTHCARE THROUGH HOSPITALS
BALCO MEDICAL CENTRE
The Vedanta Medical Research Foundation (VMRF), a voluntary, non-profit organisation, has been set up by BALCO, to contribute to the prevention,
control and eradication of cancer and related illnesses.
Dr Raman Singh (center left), Chief Minister of Chattisgarh inaugurates the BALCO Medical Centre along with Vice-Chairman, Mr Navin Agarwal (center right)
VMRF'S FIRST FLAGSHIP INITIATIVE WAS TO ESTABLISH 'BALCO MEDICAL CENTRE' - A 170-BED, STATE-OF-THE-ART TERTIARY CARE ONCOLOGY FACILITY IN NAYA RAIPUR. THIS FACILITY WAS INAUGURATED ON 25TH MARCH 2018, AND BRINGS MODERN, COMPREHENSIVE AND HIGH QUALITY MEDICAL CARE WITHIN THE REACH OF THE POPULATION OF CENTRAL INDIA IN GENERAL, AND CHHATTISGARH IN PARTICULAR.
The services rendered include: Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Radiation, Nuclear Medicine, Critical Care, Pain and Palliative Care, Laboratory
Services, Radiology and Transfusion Medicine.
CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING AND EDUCATION
Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the
son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. Nelson Mandela
Vedanta firmly believes in the power of education to unlock the potential of a nation. We therefore, have a broad spectrum of community interventions around education - beginning from pre-school and all the way to higher education. Our education programmes are carried out in partnership with government and civil society, and at times, independently.
THE MAIN AREAS OF INTERVENTION ARE:
Access to quality pre-primary, primary, high school, college and university level education
Basic infrastructure development at schools such as sanitation facilities, drinking water facilities and recreational facilities
Counselling, career guidance workshops and financial assistance to talented students from low income families
OUR EDUCATION INITIATIVES HAVE IMPACTED OVER 230,000 CHILDREN IN FY 2017-18 THROUGH THESE PROGRAMMES. THE COMPANY IS ALSO SERVING HOT, FRESH & NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO MORE THAN 56,000 STUDENTS THROUGH 4 KITCHEN CENTRES.
KHUSHI | HINDUSTAN ZINC
Hindustan Zinc's Khushi programme focuses on supporting the government in improving the functioning of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme in 5 districts of Rajasthan.
The programme is the largest such Public-Private-People initiative in the ICDS space and aims to improve children's attendance, retention, learning levels, health status and community engagement.
Children's attendance at the centres has gone up from 43% last year to 60% this year. A unique Anganwadi Grading Tool was developed and is used to rate each one of the 3,089 Anganwadis and will be used year-on-year to assess progress.
(AWCs) directly reaching
children in the age group
of 3-6 years
25,067 COMMUNITY MEETINGS WERE HELD DURING THE YEAR, AND COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS EQUIVALENT TO NEARLY USD 83,500 (INR 54.32 LAKH) WERE MOBILISED
To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Gautam Buddha
Our effort is to bring quality healthcare closer to the communities of our operational areas through our health initiatives. We partner with non-governmental organisations and government authorities in their efforts to deliver healthcare facilities to remote rural locations, and in urban areas.
Our healthcare services include clinical healthcare through hospitals using state-of-the-art methods and practices, mobile healthcare vans, and health camps. The focus is on both preventive and curative services.
DURING FY 2017-18, OUR HEALTH SERVICES BENEFITTED 1.13 MILLION PATIENTS, AND MORE THAN 168,000 PEOPLE WERE REACHED THROUGH HEALTH AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS.
SETTING UP A MEDICAL COLLEGE AT KALAHANDI
Vedanta Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Odisha for setting up a medical college and a 500-bed hospital at Bhawanipatna with an investment of US$ 15.3 million (INR 100 crore).
This will be the first such facility to come up in the Kalahandi District - a big leap towards bringing quality and comprehensive medical care to the people of Kalahandi.
Presently, the company runs the Vedanta Hospital in Lanjigarh, which is a state-of-the-art hospital with 24x7 ambulance and emergency services. It was established in 2010 and continues to serve the neighbouring communities with free medicine, treatment and consultation. Mobile Health Units offer free doorstep consultation and medicine to more than 45 remote villages in the Lanjigarh and Muniguda Block.
DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION
We shall not defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking
water, sanitation, and basic healthcare. Kofi Annan
Clean water and sanitation are the very foundations of a healthy life, which is a prerequisite for progress. Ensuring clean and safe drinking water along with adequate sanitation infrastructure, is thus one of our key priorities. Across locations, various initiatives have been taken up to fulfil this objective. Initiatives like installation of borewells, overhead tanks, laying of drinking water pipelines and establishing community water filtration
units are a few of them.
DURING FY 2017-18, CLOSE TO 212,000 INDIVIDUALS BENEFITTED THROUGH OUR SAFE DRINKING WATER INITIATIVES.
Aligning with the government vision of 'Ghar Ghar Mein Shauchalaya', Vedanta has taken up the initiative of supporting the development of sanitation infrastructure. The initiative also includes hygiene awareness, maintenance of toilets and changing practices to enhance toilet usage.
MORE THAN 57,000 VILLAGERS ARE BEING BENEFITTED THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION OF
INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLD TOILETS AND
JEEVAN AMRIT YOJANA | CAIRN OIL & GAS
This is Cairn's flagship safe drinking water project being run in Barmer District. The project has also won 2 prestigious awards.
Work is in progress for installation of additional 75 RO plants in Barmer region. In addition, Cairn has reached out to the Border Security Force (BSF) to address their concerns on availability of safe drinking water for its forces deployed in the border area. 4 RO plants will be installed by Cairn under operations & maintenance of BSF.
During the reporting period, the project touched the lives of more than
families with an uptake of more than 3 million litres
through 71 RO plants.
I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back. Malala Yousafzai
We believe that empowering women to be economically independent and self-reliant is vital for any society. Financial inclusion, skill development and access to employment opportunities are important for their holistic progress. So, the Company has been working towards a variety of programmes aimed at women's socio-economic development.
Several of our businesses are promoting sustainable, women-run, grassroots institutions like Self Help Groups (SHGs) to act as vehicles for empowerment. The primary objective is to enable women to come together and leverage the power of self-help. We provide them support in terms of linkage with financial institutions, enterprise training and market linkages, so that they begin to take small, but sure steps towards economic empowerment.
There are various women empowerment initiatives running across the group. The total reach at the end of this financial year was:
~US$ 1 MILLION (E 6.7 CRORE)
~US$ 2.2 MILLION (E 14.3 CRORE)
CREDIT LEVERAGED FROM BANKS
~US$ 0.83 MILLION (INR 5.3 CRORE)
SHG MEMBERS WHO STARTED
THEIR MICROENTERPRISES 3,001
SAKHI | HINDUSTAN ZINC
Sakhi, Hindustan Zinc's Self-Help Group (SHG) programme, has a mission to form 2,000 SHGs by the year 2021, touching lives of nearly 24,000 women. By then, the project also aims to have set up 6 self-sustaining federations owned and managed by these women.
During the year, 10,580 women took loans amounting to USD 1.2 million (INR 7.9 crore). These loans were taken for household consumption, agriculture, health & sanitation and animal husbandry. Women used the loans to set up new or expand existing enterprises. At Pantnagar, a sanitary napkin making unit 'Sparsh' was established in collaboration with ICDS. This unit is giving direct employment to 20 women.
International Women's Day 2018 was celebrated across all HZL locations with the participation of more than 12,400 women from the communities and company's own employees.
By the end of FY 2017-18,
HZL had set up
functional SHGs, with a membership of over
women, having an accumulated savings of about USD 0.5
million (INR 3 crore).
SKILLING THE YOUTH FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES
The youth of a nation are the trustees of posterity. Benjamin Disraeli
India is poised to benefit from having a very young population at this juncture in its history. The resultant demographic dividend can be huge, but it will need our young people to be skilled and educated. Skill India is the government's initiative to bridge the skilled manpower gap by providing training to all sections of the workforce. We at Vedanta, are committed and collaborating for the same.
The skilling initiatives are especially important, if we want to include youth from rural areas into the national development process. We are also looking to skill them in such a way that they not only get employment, but also improve their entrepreneurship skills.
THERE ARE 11 WORKING PROJECTS FOR SKILLING THE
YOUTH ACROSS THE GROUP. IN FY 2017-18, CLOSE TO
YOUTHS WERE TRAINED IN DIFFERENT TRADES AND
77% OF THEM WERE PLACED IN WELL-PAYING JOBS.
TAMIRA MUTHUKKAL | STERLITE COPPER
Sterlite Copper commenced this project in 2008 as a 'Coastal Livelihood Project' (CLP) in partnership with NGOs and vocational training institutes. Youth were trained in disciplines like computer training, beautician, nursing assistant, cell phone mechanic, embroidery, tailoring and shipping management.
As part of our continued care to the community, CLP has metamorphosed as 'Tamira Muthukkal' with the objective to mobilise, motivate and train unemployed, unskilled youth and facilitate suitable employment linkages within or outside the district.
In partnership with the IL&FS Skills, the centre began by offering training courses for the following vocations - electrician, data entry operator, and sewing. However, to keep pace with the requirements of new skill-sets, the institute added three additional courses in 2017 - welding technician, solar PV
technician, and forklift operator/driver.
Since 2014, more than
youth have been placed with an employer or have become self-employed.
SPORTS & CULTURE
Sports has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Nelson Mandela
We believe that there are few things as powerful as sports. It has the ability to improve health and builds an individuals' character, which in turn can build communities and nations. However, often the lack of infrastructure and opportunity, lead to this potential remaining locked.
AS A GROUP, WE ARE DEEPLY INVESTED IN BRINGING SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES CLOSER TO OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH. FOOTBALL IS ONE THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN TO FOCUS ON, WITH ONE ACADEMY ALREADY FUNCTIONAL IN GOA AND ANOTHER ONE NOW BEING SET UP IN RAJASTHAN BY HINDUSTAN ZINC.
KALAHANDI UTSAV, LANJIGARH
Like every year, the 'Kalahandi Utsav' is hosted by the district administration of Kalahandi in Odisha as a platform to encourage and showcase their art and culture to the world.
Vedanta also participated in the festival to pay homage to the native culture and enlighten visitors about health, education and development as a way forward for both the community and the organisation.
KUMBHALGARH HERITAGE WALK
With an objective to promote tourism, and to preserve and protect the traditional culture, Kumbhalgarh Heritage Walk is being organised every year. This year, it was organised on 30th November 2017 by District Administration, Archaeological Survey of India with
the support of HZL.
More than 400 people from across the country participated in the 12 km long walk along the boundary wall of the Kumbhalgarh fort.
UDAIPUR WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Conceptualised by the cultural organisation SEHER and supported by HZL, the Udaipur World Music Festival has become a matter of cultural pride in the city of Udaipur.
This year the festival hosted over 200 musicians from
17 countries over 3 thrilling days and was attended by 50,000 people.
SWACHH ICONIC PLACES INITIATIVE
We strongly value the conservation of our heritage and under this initiative, HZL took the responsibility of maintaining cleanliness at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Our vision for this initiative is to convert the Dargah into a future-ready, iconic site. This includes the development of a state-of-the-art Interpretation Centre as per the Ministry's agenda, and the process of appointing an architecture firm for this Centre is complete.
AGRICULTURE & ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness. Thomas Jefferson
Agriculture is the backbone of the village economy. We believe that strengthening farmers' capabilities helps strengthen not just farm-linked livelihoods, but also makes for a stronger foundation for the rural economy. Our programmes in agriculture include a whole gamut of activities including agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and water conservation measures.
THIS YEAR, WE SUPPORTED 8,735 FARMERS IN ADOPTING SUSTAINABLE FARMING PRACTICES IN NEARLY 5,900 ACRES OF LAND. ABOUT 2,900 FARMERS HAVE ADOPTED HORTICULTURE AS WELL AS FLORICULTURE TILL DATE, AS A SOURCE OF LIVELIHOOD AND HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING IT ON 446 ACRES OF LAND.
152 VETERINARY CAMPS WERE HELD IN OUR OPERATIONAL VILLAGES WHICH BENEFITTED 6,769 ANIMALS.
PROJECT UNNATI | CAIRN OIL & GAS
Project Unnati, part of Cairn's livelihood project in Rajasthan, was launched to increase the income of farmers by implementing measures to enhance their agricultural productivity. Over the last 5 years, the project has touched the lives of farmers in ~130 villages of Barmer district. Not only has the project helped increase farmer incomes, but it has done so by improving the overall environmental conditions of the region.
The key to improve farming yields was the construction and/or renovation of several water-harvesting structures (850 wadis, 550 khadins or on-farm check-dams, and 5 nadis or traditional community water bodies). The khadins have harvested nearly 270,000 cubic metres of water and helped conserve nearly 30,000 tons of fertile soil annually. The nadis have helped harvest nearly 500,000 cubic metres of water.
All of this has resulted in farmers being able to plant fruit trees, set-up three silvi-pastoral units, start 32 milk-chilling units that procure and sell nearly 11,500 litres of milk/day, and procure livestock for 36 landless and marginal farmers.
Collectively, the programme is well on its way to help improve farmer incomes in the region.
It is our collective and individual responsibility… to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live. Dalai Lama
For us, responsible environmental stewardship is of vital importance. Our efforts are towards creating a cleaner and greener environment with the help of technology, resources, intent and action. Our initiatives include the restoration of water bodies, promoting the use of solar-powered devices, tree plantation activities, and development of soak pits to manage household sewage.
PLANTS WERE PLANTED ON 132 ACRES OF LAND.
SOLAR STREET LIGHTS WERE INSTALLED IN VILLAGES
NEAR OUR OPERATING LOCATIONS.
SOAK PITS TO SAVE WATER | TSPL
It is anticipated that Punjab faces a looming water crisis brought on by declining rainfall and excessive withdrawal of ground water. Recycling household waste water can help alleviate this problem, up to a certain limit.
In continuation of the successful joint effort by TSPL and Zilla Parishad (under MGNREGA) initiated last year, 32 soak-pits were developed in FY 2017-18 in the village of Aspal. The development of these soak-pits takes the total number of soak-pits constructed over a two-year period to 97. These soak-pits have helped tackle waste-water management in the areas facing water disposal and sanitation issues. The soak-pit based system, which results in the filtration of household waste water, has also enabled in the recharge of approximately 17 million litres of ground water per year.
Looking at the successful outcomes of the soak pits, the Secretary, Rural Development, Punjab, ordered the replication of the project across Punjab.
soak pits constructed over two years of which 32 soak pits were developed in FY 2017-18. This has enabled recharge of approximately
litres of ground water/year
THE PROJECT HAS BEEN RECOGNISED BY THE MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN IT'S ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT 'SANKALAN' AND 'SADA PIND', A MONTHLY MAGAZINE PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND PANCHAYATS, PUNJAB.