At Vedanta, we believe that meaningful dialogue and positive outcomes lay the foundation for a strong social licence to operate.
Enhanced economic activity ushers a multitude of new paradigms in these geographies and we realise the importance of expectation setting through communication, consultation and participation. Our goal is to jointly arrive at a shared purpose and vision that integrates local voices and choices.
A Guidance Note addressing Indigenous People/Vulnerable Tribal Groups (IP/VTGs) to help operations understand these standards. The core aim of the standard is to enable our teams to engage, negotiate, and partner with IPs/VTGs to avert negative impacts and risks for all stakeholders while establishing new projects
In FY 2017-18, several of our locations put their expansion plans into motion. As part of the process of seeking approvals from the appropriate government authorities, we held several public hearings with village communities, explaining to them the environmental and social impacts of our expanded operations. The EIA's that were conducted at the commencement of our operations can be found publicly on the website of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Grievances are the seeds of disputes. At Vedanta, we have institutionalised globally benchmarked redressal processes to deal with the grievances in a timely manner.
All community incidents (social and labour) and grievances are recorded and categorised as negligible (1), minor (2), moderate (3), serious (4) or disastrous (5)
Each grievance is addressed by the concerned department as per our Grievance Mechanism standard
Unresolved grievances are escalated to senior management for their perusal and decision-making
The expansion of Sindesar Khurd Lead-Zinc underground Mine (SKM) from 4.5 million TPA to 6 million TPA ore production, and beneficiation from 5 million TPA to 6.5 million TPA, involved community engagement. The public hearing was conducted by Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board on 1st November 2017 outside SKM. It was presided by the Government officials and about 800 villagers from nearby areas participated in it and shared their views. The mine has since received the Environmental Clearance for the expansion, after a successful public hearing process.