Jindal Stainless Limited

Introduction

Jindal Stainless CSR intiatives are carried out under the aegis of Mrs. Deepikka Jindal, Chairperson Jindal Stainless Foundation. The focus of activities is to make a difference in lives of people in an impactful way and empower communities toward sustainable growth.

Mr. Ratan Jindal, CMD of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL), has clearly articulated his resolve of 'Responsible Business' in the Company's Vision Statement 'To be admired as a socially responsible Corporate'. Toward this end, besides the activities linked toward sustainable growth, the CMD has signed the United Nations (UN), 'CEO Statement of Support on Women Empowerment Principles (WEP)' and JSL as a member of the UNGC, is committed toward embracing the 10 UNGC principles. Since signing the 'CEO Statement of Support on WEP', the Company has increased its representation of women in the work force, which is a major shift in policy as steel and mining industries, as a practice have a thin presence of women, due to the intense nature of work. However, the CMD has encouraged the women to join the workforce and set an example of promoting women with equal opportunities. Besides, Mr. Jindal has been making deliberate efforts in addressing issues relating to Business and Human Rights and is a strong proponent of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGP) and JSL is the only member of Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI), which has a select group of 18 member companies from across geographies, like to name a few are GE, The Coca Cola Company, Vale, Rio Tinto, Bechtel, Flextronics, NovoNordisk, Sime Darby and so on. It is also important to note that Jindal Stainless Limited is also a member of a select group of 32 members of the UN WEP Leadership Group.

CSR activities focus on the 'social advancement of all stakeholders i.e. employees, communities and their families; skill enhancement and entrepreneurship development for rural youth and women; and providing basic amenities to rural communities living around the plants."


Women Empowerment:
This is one of our flag ship programs with the aim of giving women a voice through positive contribution in the overall growth and development of a family, a community a society. A number of income generating activities have been initiated and over 150 Self Help Groups (SHGs) established at Jajpur. The women are exposed to processes linked to financial inclusion and leadership roles through entrepreneurial linked activities. Over 3000 women are engaged in the activities and have been operating approx Rupees Two crores being served by banks against loans and subsidies.


Project ASMITA
As part of the Women Empowerment programs, with the support of an NGO has established a production unit for and of the local women. The project essentially works on developing the skills of women to make both home furnishing products as also apparel to include school uniforms. The project has attracted markets from big houses like 'FabIndia and Good Earth', besides a number of other international and national brands. A number of schools in close proximity of the production centre have now started placing orders with the production centre. This has proved as a great initiative of empowering women from the communities, where the women are engaged in all processes from selection of fabric to sourcing, production, QC and marketing.


Health Care
JSL is running an Integrated Health Care project at Hisar, Jajpur and Vizag. The health team also creates awareness on different health issues as preventive health care. The objective of the static and mobile health clinic is to deliver preventive and curative health care to the poor and marginalized sections of society especially rural poor women, children and the aged. Annually the health clinics reach out to approximately 23000 beneficiaries. With the aim of reducing the male female ration at Hisar, JSL has launched an interesting program 'Save the girl child'.


Business and Human Rights
JSL believes in fundamental principles of Human Rights and continues to work on a the UN Resolution of Business and Human Rights, wherein efforts are being made to promoting John Ruggie's framework of 'Business and Human Rights' and creating greater awareness amongst Corporations and other agencies. In collaboration with the UN Global Compact Network It has further launched the CEO Forum on Business and Human Rights and has taken a leadership role toward such promotion.


Education
In order to promote education and realize the goal of universal education to children in and around its plant locations in Jajpur, Hisar and Vizag, JSL has been working with the children out of school. The purpose of such engagement is to facilitate children to get mainstreamed into government and non government schools. In addition to the aforesaid, efforts are made to provide computer education to children who are first timers in the field of digital literacy. Partnerships with private and government schools have been established at Jajpur to promote computer education.


Skill Training
JSL has been working in the space of skill training by creating training facilities in remote locations and partnering with organizations with domain expertise. Efforts are being made to link the beneficiaries to various employers and facilitate placements. The Company has in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) supports the Himayat program with a difference wherein the youth are given training outside the State of Jammu and Kashmir.


Environment Conservation
Efforts are made to educate the marginalized sections of society on the importance of proper waste management and develop the habit of clean living. Low cost toilets have been made and efforts are being made to sensitize communities in the usage of toilets.

Clean drinking water and water harvesting is also high on the agenda and communities are sensitized toward the process.

Good farming practices are being encouraged and farmer clubs established to promote the concept of organic farming.


Project Paper Back
JSL in collaboration with Greenobin has initiated a "Paper Back project" across the companies to recycle waste paper and demonstrates good practice of using, reusing and recycling paper. The waste paper is then used for making different products, which are artistically created and used by employees themselves.