Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR is much more than funding social sector projects. In order to refine our approach and bring about a focus to our efforts in the areas of CSR, we have worked to create a sustainable framework on five key areas - education, healthcare, environment, community enhancement and sports & recreation. We understand that as a corporate citizen we have some duties to adhere to and our sustainable framework helps us to fulfil these duties.

Education

The Company runs schools at three of its major sugar units namely Khatauli, Deoband and Ramkola. The Company has established Lala Puran Chand Sawhney Memorial Inter College, Deoband as a primary school in the year 1970. Now this school imparts education up to class 12th to the children of the factory employees as well as to the poorest of poor family’s children in the vicinity of the factory at a very nominal fee. The Company has established a basic Prarambhik Pathshala and Rai Bahadur Ishwardas Sawhney Junior High School under the aegis of Rai Bahadur Ishwardas Sawhney Educational Society, Khatauli. The Company also runs Smt. Gopi Devi Girls Junior High School in factory premises of Ramkola unit to facilitate girls’ education in the area. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in these schools out of which around 85% students are from the financially weaker section. These schools encourage activity based learning. For inclusive growth of students, the schools organise various activities like painting & drawing competition, essay writing competition, singing and dancing competition, sports activities etc.

Early childhood care and education is now being universally recognised as a crucial input for overall development of Pre-Primary child. Realising this, many Non Governmental Organisations like Pratham, Mysore have come up with model Preschool centres called Balawadis which advocate and practice play-way methods. The Company supports Pratham in its effort to address the Pre-School needs of children in slums and narrow lanes in Mysore. Pratham Mysore’s Balawadi programme targets children from low-income families in the age group of 3-5½ years and familiarises them with schooling such that “school-going” becomes a habit. The Company also sponsored education of under- privileged students studying in schools located in backward villages near Mysore.

Healthcare

Triveni provides financial and management support to one of Delhi’s oldest and most reputed hospital, ‘Tirath Ram Shah Charitable Hospital’. The hospital runs free OPD service where around 250 to 300 patients are examined daily. In addition, the investigations are done on highly subsidised rates. The hospital admits patients from the financially weaker section of the society free of cost and treatment including operation is carried out without any charge.

The Company established dispensaries for the employees and the nearby villagers since the time of commissioning of sugar units at Khatauli, Deoband and Ramkola in 1930s. This initiative was taken to provide free medical facilities to the employees and the villagers of the nearby areas who could not afford medical expenses and first aid facilities. These dispensaries provide free treatment for general ailments. The villagers from the nearby areas come for the first aid and routine checkups in the dispensary and get free medical aid. On an average, more than 200 patients are treated everyday at these dispensaries. The sugar units also organise health checkup camps, blood donation and vaccination camps from time to time for the employees and nearby villagers.

The Company sponsors Akshaya Patra Programme of ISKON, which offers free, nutritious mid-day meals to underprivileged children studying in Government primary school in and around Mysore. The programme helps in increased enrolment of children in schools, enhanced classroom performance of children and improves nutrition status.

The Company supports Rehabilitation Opportunities, Services & Health for the Neurologically Impaired (ROSHNIin Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh with the objective of providing direct services for persons with neurological and other impairments, raise awareness about disability, build capacities to increase the numbers and strengthen the knowledge and skills of the lay and the professional, family and community, to enable the inclusion of persons with disability into the community.

Environment, community enhancement and sports & recreation

The Company organises Inter unit sports activities for employees with the purpose of enhancing various skills like team building, managing stress & conflicts and thus helping employees to develop attitude for success. Various units of the Company also organise sports activities for residents of adjoining villages and support community fairs and festivities with useful contributions for organising such activities.The sugar units distribute blankets amongst underprivileged people of surrounding villages. Triveni recognises its responsibility towards environment protection and realises the importance of awakening and engaging public at large to achieve greater impact. All units of the Company regularly organise tree plantation campaigns throughout the year and ensure participation of local communities into it.

CII-Triveni Water Institute: A Centre of Excellence on Water

Triveni has partnered with CII for setting up of CII-Triveni Water Institute (CII-TWI), the first of its kind in the world where Government, industry and civil society have come together to address the water related issues in a holistic manner. The vision of CII-TWI is “to enable India make substantial progress towards achieving water security by 2022”. Its core purpose is to transform water conservation and management in India by changing the mind-set and behaviour of stakeholders resulting in more effective and sustainable water management practices at the grassroots level.

CII-TWI, through its structured four verticals, namely Advisory Services (including Water Audits); Projects and Policy Advocacy; Training, Education and Capacity Building; and Communications and Events, is striving towards making the much desired change.

Impact and Achievements of CII-TWI include:

  • Water Audits undertaken in over 100 companies resulting in the following benefits:
  • Achieved direct water saving of around 40 billion litres.
  • Immediate 20-30% reduction in water use through low cost interventions
  • Return period of on investments mostly < 1 year
  • Reduction in wastewater generation through recycle and regeneration mechanisms
  • Identification of a roadmap for Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD), a strategy for better preparedness for meeting futuristic regulatory compliances.
  • Identified possibilities of around 20-30% water use efficiency and 20 water saving projects in ten industrial sectors by engaging with Municipalities and Industries for promoting Water Use efficiency.
  • Published a Handbook on Water Use Efficiency in Urban India, and shared amongst Industry members, Government and other stakeholders for mass awareness creation.
  • Prepared a Baseline Report on CETPs in India: Status, Issues and Case study.
  • Sensitised 2000+ stakeholders to enable them to adapt to the impacts of climate variability.
  • Contributed to Policy Advocacy and provided inputs to the National Water Policy 2012.