Corporate Social Responsibility
Balmer Lawrie believes that good financial results are not an end in itself to assess the success of any business; rather it is a mean to achieving higher socio-economic goals. In pursuance of this belief, the Company is committed to conducting its business in a socially responsible manner and be responsive to the needs of the society at large. Accordingly, the Company has been pursuing various CSR initiatives since the last decade or so.
Balmer Lawrie's CSR initiatives are driven by two Flagship Programs - Balmer Lawrie Initiative for Self Sustenance [BLISS] and Samaj Mein Balmer Lawrie [SAMBAL]. While the first Program is directed at providing and improving the long term economic sustenance of the underprivileged, the second Program aims at improving the living standards and quality of life of population in and around the Company's work-centers.
In pursuance of these Programs, the Company has undertaken several community development projects, partnering with various NGOs with a focus to trigger development at micro-communities and thereby generate the desired developmental impact. The focus areas for the Schemes under the Programs, amongst others, have been on education, healthcare, sanitation, shelter, integrated village development, employment generation, vocational training leading to employability & livelihood, rehabilitation of the destitute, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection. CSR efforts are channelized on the above mentioned thematic focus areas and target groups like children, women, youth, elderly and differently abled people.
Through the various CSR programs, the Company has constantly endeavored to integrate the interest of the business with that of the communities that form part of the area it operates. In keeping with Department of Public Enterprises [DPE] guidelines on CSR, the Company has formulated a CSR Policy and Long Term Perspective Plan. In order to facilitate companywide implementation of our CSR policy and ensure that CSR is embedded across various business units and their operations, a CSR governance structure has been put in place.
With the advent of the various flagship programs launched by the government, we as an organisation take pride in furthering the initiatives which comes under the purview of CSR by engaging specialized agencies, and in keeping with the DPE guidelines, the Companies Act 2013 and Schedule VII of the Companies Act.
A total sum of Rs. 412.65 Lakhs was spent during the year 2016-17, towards CSR activities, including expenses towards promotion and publicity of the schemes and other related expenses.
The following activities / initiatives were undertaken during the year under report, i.e. FY 2016-17.
Under the Swachh Vidyalaya : Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, toilets were constructed in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Haryana for the students of the primary government schools to avail the facilities of toilets. It was committed by Balmer Lawrie to maintain the toilets atleast for 5 years. Therefore, our Company is maintaining the toilets as per the need in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana.
A Toilet block was constructed at Chatrapati Shivaji Vidyalaya, Village Palaspe in Maharashtra. The school comprises 650 students out of which 380 are girls. Hence, a need was felt to construct the toilets.
As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Balmer Lawrie has adopted the Sayali village in Silvassa and has sponsored the construction of a water tank, which will benefit 5000 villagers.
Balmer Lawrie assessed the need of a Hospital in Ranipet, Tamil Nadu and donated a sonography machine, so that people residing in the vicinity are benefitted
The Balmer Lawrie sponsored Mobile Health Van run by Helpage India at Manali, Chennai to provide medical care especially for the elderly people, caters to 12000 patients annually.
The Skill Development Institute is being set up at various places in the country by the member companies of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG), Govt. of India. As a member company, Balmer Lawrie contributed Rs 180 lakhs for the institutes at Bhubaneswar, Kochi and Vishakhapatnam Some of them have started the courses on skill development.
iv. Education & Child Sustenance
Child care includes family support and education to orphaned/destitute children and children with physical and other disabilities. Balmer Lawrie supports two Family Homes at SOS Children’s Village – 1 in Kolkata and 1 in Vishakhapatnam.
2. Two classrooms are being sponsored under the “Corporate Leverage and Support Scheme” (CLASS) of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) for supporting the differently abled, particularly children suffering from cerebral palsy. Balmer Lawrie also supported IICP in their fund raising Golf Tournament - “Hope Cup” held in the year 2016-17.
3.Balmer Lawrie sponsored Rs 50 lakhs for the construction of the Mogapair School at Chennai. This school is an initiative taken by various stakeholders to build a model school where only girl students from the marginalized communities are enrolled.
4. Company extended support to projects focused on the upliftment of the tribal students, run by Friends of Tribal Society known as EKAL Vidyalayas. Balmer Lawrie sponsored Rs. 10 lakhs for these vidyalayas catering to the tribal populace.
Cleanliness drive during Swachh Bharat Pakhwara
National Cleanliness Campaign
5.Balmer Lawrie also distributed waste bins, conducted rallies, quiz, essay competition and awareness programmes in schools of South 24 Parganas during National Cleanliness Week and Swachh Bharat Pakhwada