For us in the Aditya Birla Group, reaching out
to underserved communities is part of our
DNA. We believe in the trusteeship concept. This entails transcending business
interests and grappling with the "quality
of life" challenges that underserved
communities face, and working towards making a meaningful difference to them.
Our vision is – "to actively contribute to the social and economic development of the
communities in which we operate. In so doing
to build a better, sustainable way of life for
the weaker sections of society and raise
the country's human development index".
(Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya
Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and
All projects are identified in a participatory manner, in consultation with the community, literally sitting with them and gauging their basic needs. We take recourse to the participatory rural appraisal mapping process. Subsequently, based on a consensus and in discussion with the village panchayats, and other influential people, projects are prioritised.
Arising from this the focus areas that
have emerged are Education, healthcare,
Sustainable livelihood, Infrastructure development, and espousing social causes. All of
our community projects are carried out under
the aegis of The Aditya Birla Centre for
Community Initiatives and Rural Development
Prior to the commencement of projects, we carry out a baseline study of the villages. The study encompasses various parameters such as – health indicators, literacy levels, sustainable livelihood processes, population data – below the poverty line and above the poverty line, state of infrastructure, among others. From the data generated, a 1-year plan and a 5-year rolling plan are developed for the holistic and integrated development of the marginalised. These plans are presented at the Annual Planning and Budgeting meet. All projects are assessed under the agreed strategy, and are monitored every quarter, measured against targets and budgets. Wherever necessary, midcourse corrections are affected.
The Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development provides the vision under the leadership of its Chairperson, Mrs. Rajashree Birla. This vision underlines all CSR activities. Every manufacturing unit has a CSR Cell. Every Company has a CSR Head, who reports to the Dr. Pragnya Ram, Group Executive President (Communications & CSR) at the Centre. At the Company, the Business Director takes on the role of the mentor, while the onus for the successful and time bound implementation of the projects is on the various Unit Presidents and CSR teams. To measure the impact of the work done, a social satisfaction survey / audit is carried out by an external agency.
Collaborative partnerships are formed with the Government, the district authorities, the village panchayats, NGOs and other like-minded stakeholders. This helps widen the Company's reach and leverage upon the collective expertise, wisdom and experience that these partnerships bring to the table.
In collaboration with FICCI, we have set up Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence to
make CSR an integral part
of corporate culture.
The Company engages with well-established and recognised programmes and national platforms such as the CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM to name a few, given their commitment to inclusive growth.
A specific budget is allocated for CSR activities. This budget is project driven.
The Company's engagement in this domain
is disseminated on its website, annual
reports, its house journals and through the media.
Our Board of Directors, our Management and all of our employees subscribe to the
philosophy of compassionate care. We believe and act on an ethos of generosity and
compassion, characterised by a willingness to
build a society that works for everyone.
This is the cornerstone of our CSR policy.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility policy conforms to the Corporate Social
Responsibility Voluntary Guidelines spelt out
by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs,
Government of India in collaboration with FICCI (2009).
Corporate social responsibility policy (.pdf 80 kb)
Dr. Pragnya RamGroup Executive President, Corporate Communications & CSRAditya Birla Management Corporation Private LimitedAditya Birla Centre, 1st Floor, 'C' WingS.K. Ahire Marg, WorliMumbai 400 030.
91-22-6652 5000 /2499 5000
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