Improving quality of life through sustainable development
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been making meaningful contributions to the society in different areas, for decades now. CSR activities at Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) extend well beyond its business objectives, and the company’s concerns for the society are evident from the various initiatives it has taken in different fields. JSPL’s CSR objective further gets reiterated through the company’s vision “to be a globally admired organisation that enhances the quality of life through sustainable industrial and business development.”
JSPL’s CSR policy aims at bringing about a radical transformation in the quality of life of people living in and around the operation areas of the company through positive intervention in social upliftment programs. Its key areas of focus are Health, Education, Women Empowerment, Livelihood, Livestock Care, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Youth and Sports and Infrastructure Development.
JSPL has always believed in inclusive growth, taking along the communities around its plants, endeavoring to improve the quality of life of the people in the areas it operates in. Its focus on community development and social issues around its facilities in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha has changed the living standards of the people, heralding a turnaround in these areas.
Offering proper access to medical and other essential healthcare facilities is yet another aspect of JSPL’s social initiatives.
JSPL recognizes education as one of the building blocks of any nation and considers it as a priority area of its CSR activities. Realizing the importance and relevance of education, JSPL has taken a number of initiatives like establishing a Global University, Specialized Institutes and Schools.
O.P. Jindal Community College of Technology and Skills (Industrial Training Centres) have been established to develop skilled workforce by empowering competency based, skill oriented, technical and vocational training. These institutes offer vocational training in trades like Electrician, Welding, Plumbing, Fitting, Computer Operation, Cutting & Tailoring, Steno Hindi and Motor Mechanic. A three months MES (Modular Employable Skills) Course is also run by "theses" institutes. These institutes are located at Angul (Odisha), Patratu and Godda (Jharkhand).
The company also runs four ITIs which have been adopted under the public private partnership scheme of the Govt. of India. They are located at Sarangrah, Kharsia, Gharghoda in Chhattisgarh and Barbil in Odisha.
JSPL is also running English medium CBSE affiliated Schools at various plant and project locations like Raigarh, Tamnar, Nalwa, Angul and Patratu, wherein quality education is being imparted to over 9,000 students.
Realising the importance and relevance of education, JSPL, has established a global university and specialized institutes to impart education with a view to producing world-class professionals, scholars, and academicians in law and other disciplines.
In keeping with its Founder Chairman, Sh. O. P. Jindal’s mission to establish global institutions in India that are comparable to the best in the world, JSPL has set up the O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) and the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). The educational institutions equip students and faculty with knowledge, skills, scholarship and vision to meet the challenges and demands of globalization.
The company is equally concerned about the environment and is committed towards restoring nature’s balance by maintaining a clean and green environment. JSPL has taken many initiatives in this direction like planting of large number of trees, using environment friendly technologies, setting up of an environmental laboratory etc.
To assess and identify the needs of the people, a socio-economic survey of the people in the surrounding areas is conducted regularly by independent agencies through door to door surveys, questionnaire sessions, focus group discussions and in-depth interactions. Various social initiatives are introduced based on the findings of this survey.
JSPL has won many accolades for its CSR initiatives. Notable among them are the “Transforming Vision into Reality” award for 2009-10 that the company bagged at the CSR Quest 2010 at Ranchi as well as the CSR Excellence Award by ASSOCHAM that it was conferred with at Delhi recently.
Below is the latest information on initiatives taken in the past one year in each state:
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