Corporate Social Responsibility of Balmer Lawrie
Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects aim at transforming the lives of the under-privileged and enhance collective community well-being in and around our work centers, besides the broader goal of driving sustainable development and growth for its stakeholders. In line with this and the various programs initiated by the Government of India (GOI) like the Clean India Mission and Skill Development program, Balmer Lawrie has been driving various CSR projects independently around its units and establishments across the country and has also been supporting various programs as part of the GOI initiatives. The Company is responsive to the needs of the society at large, and its socio-economic goals are well aligned with the business objectives.
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 agencies. The focus areas for the Schemes under the Programs, amongst others, have been on education, healthcare, sanitation, integrated village development, 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 areas it operates. With the advent of the various National flagship programs launched by the government, we as an organization 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. 516.00 Lakhs was spent during the year 2018-19, towards CSR activities and expenses.
The following activities / initiatives were undertaken during the year under report, i.e. FY 2018-19.
i. Education & Child Sustenance
1. 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. In all 30 children are being supported.
3. Our 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.
4. Financial support of Rs. 5.00 lakh was provided to Mentaid, Kolkata for the education of the physically challenged and underprivileged children.
5. 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 primary government schools to avail facilities of toilets. It was committed by Balmer Lawrie to maintain the toilets at least for 5 years. Therefore, our Company is maintaining the toilets as per need in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana. Taking a step ahead our Company also refurbished/repaired the toilets which have been used for last 3 years from the date of commencement.
1. 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. In the financial year 2018-2019 a new van was provided to Helpage India to further the initiative.
2. The capacity building on health & hygiene project initiated at Sayli village in Silvassa in the month of December 2019 as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was taken forward with great enthusiasm. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated 25th December 2018 was signed between Balmer Lawrie as sponsor, Swadeep Shikshan Vikas Sanstha, Ahmedabad, the Implementation Partner and the Collector District Magistrate, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Silvassa, the Operating Partner. Though children of the village and primary schools comprise the major target group, school teachers, Anganwadi workers and staff, parents and the school management committee of the respective schools will also be involved in the various activities. Training sessions and workshops on health, hygiene and nutrition were organised in the Anganwadis and primary schools. Also, personal hygiene kits, sanitation kits, dustbins and Anganwadi vessel kits were distributed. The objective of the project is to ensure sustainable development by promoting good health, quality education, clean water and sanitation in Sayli village.
This project addresses three sustainable development goals and is being carried out to meet twin objectives:
- Ensuring that children in the preprimary schools and in the primary schools are provided with understanding on personal hygiene that over a period of time will help in behavior change modification among them, thereby impacting the issue of Stunting and reducing the Under Five Mortality rates.
- Parents, teachers and the workers associated with these centers are to be involved in the community connect initiative so that they play an important role in ensuring better and improved hygiene standards.
3. As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Balmer Lawrie sponsored the construction of 40 borewells at a cost of Rs 28.73 Lakhs in the DIKOM area in Dibrugarh, Assam where a site of our SBU: Refinery & Oil Field Services is operational.
4. An incinerator and vending machine for sanitary napkins was installed in ten government schools at Kolkata in West Bengal and behavioral training was carried out for the adolescent children and their parents.
iv. Skill Development
Skill Development Institutes (SDI) are being set up at various places in the country by the member companies of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOPNG), Govt. of India. As a member Company, Balmer Lawrie contributed Rs 225.00 Lakh for the institutes at Ahmedabad, Rae Bareilly, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Kochi and Visakhapatnam which are fully operational.
v. National Cleanliness Campaign
1. Balmer Lawrie constructed 02 toilet blocks during the financial year 2018-19. A Public toilet block was constructed in the Panvel area adjacent to the civil court in district of Raigad, Maharashtra and toilet block was built for boys and girls in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu.
2. The Swachh Bharat Pakhwada was observed from 1st to 15th July 2018. The Swachhta pledge was administered by Mr. A Ratna Sekhar, Director [HR&CA] at the Corporate Office in Kolkata. Employees across units and establishments pan India took the pledge to propagate the message of Swachh Bharat Mission all over and endeavor to devote 100 hours for cleanliness. A host of activities were initiated to further the 'Clean India' movement not only in our plants and offices but also in the communities residing close to our establishments. As part of the various community involvement activities, a sit and draw competition along with an awareness session for adolescents and school teachers were organised for school students of Government schools at Joynagar, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal; a drawing competition and an orientation on health and hygiene was organised for under privileged children at Bantala, Kolakata; and a drawing competition, essay writing contest, quiz and elocution competitions were held in a Higher Secondary School at Manali, Chennai. In Silvassa, clothes both old and new were distributed to the villagers of Sayli village.
3. To spread awareness on cleanliness and the importance of planting trees, Balmer Lawrie in association with The Times of India distributed saplings in Kolkata during the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada. A branded cantor vehicle travelled through the city from 11th to 14th July 2018, handing out saplings to all those who took the pledge to stay clean and green. The response was very good and a total of 800 anti-pollutant, benzene absorbent saplings, placed in biodegradable jute bags were given away. A radio jingle to spread awareness on the initiative was played 15 times in day on Radio Mirchi from 12th to 14th July 2018. Saplings were also distributed in the Corporate Office by C&MD and Director [HR&CA].
4. Balmer Lawrie joined the ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ movement and organized various cleanliness activities not only in its units and establishments but also in the schools and villages near its factories. Various activities were organized like the Swachh Karyasthal contest, Essay and Drawing competitions for school students, cleanliness drives, Swachhta awareness sessions, distribution of dustbins, personal hygiene sessions for girl students and distribution of sanitary napkins.
5. Balmer Lawrie, as part of the Swachh Bharat initiative, sponsored the beautification of three ghats along the Hooghly river. The Hooghly river holds immense religious and social significance for the people in Kolkata and the Eastern Region. Balmer Lawrie, in association with Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) and Times of India, carried out the beautification of the Bagbazar Ghat, Moti Seal Ghat and Ram Krishnapur Ghat under the ‘Ghat Kahon’ project. The spruced up ghats were inaugurated in the month of February and early March 2019 and have been open to the public.
vi. Care for Elderly
Financial support was provided to Kolkata Kinjal, a forum for senior citizens and an NGO that works for the elderly. An amount of Rs 5.00 lakh was given for the Roop-o-Bani program through which activities were conducted in five old age homes in Kolkata.