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Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) framework extends across a multitude of initiatives aimed at the socio-economic development of the farmer-partners of our sugar business. We are also engaged in rural infrastructure development to provide people in nearby villages with access to basic amenities. Sports promotion is another area of our CSR intervention.
A) Research and Development for optimisation of resource usage through the application of state-of-the-art techniques for effective resource management. Under this project, Triveni Foundation provided funding support for Water Tool Applications for Sustainable Solutions, Enhanced Capacities, and Renewal (WASSER) 2020-21 Programme which includes research and development for resource usage optimisation through application of state-of-the-art techniques, which was carried out by CII Triveni Water Institute.
B) Supporting Football for Children and Youth in Villages/Small Schools: Triveni Foundation provided support to India Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) to work on developing football for children and youth in villages and small towns who have an interest in football. However, they do not have access to equipment and coaches. With the basic equipment like footballs, boots, playing kit, they can play and develop teams. By playing, they are engaged in a constructive effort keeping them away from anti-social activities especially in areas where there is little to do. Through football, they will develop life skills such as teamwork, leadership, respect, honesty, etc. Under the project, IYSA provided playing kit to players (jersey, shorts, stockings, shin pads), footballs, training equipment, administration and transportation. Technical guidance was also given to children and youth in villages and small towns in North India.
We also undertook the following projects directly under the CSR programme during 2021 including:
Quality of soil health, providing support to the community in these challenging times of pandemic through sanitisation drives in nearby villages, distribution of hand sanitisers, masks, oxymeters, etc. in the areas around our sugar units.
As part of the CSR projects relating to the promotion of education and women empowerment, the Company provided financial support to the Nursing School of Tirath Ram Shah Charitable Hospital to improve the teaching standards. It provided scholarships to good performers and deserving students, especially from the economically weaker sections of society. We also run a school at one of our sugar units where the students from the local community get access to quality education.
During the year, we also supported two healthcare projects carried out by the Tirath Ram Shah Charitable Hospital - cancer screening programme for females and prevention of coronavirus. Under the cancer screening programme, the hospital provided free investigations and medical advice/consultation to women from the lower-income group of Delhi. Under the prevention of coronavirus project, the hospital undertook many activities including: a) Providing prophylaxis to all staff working in the hospital for COVID as recommended by WHO, b) Screening of staff who are exposed to COVID patients/having symptoms of COVID, c) Minimise the chance of exposure to staff/doctors by modifying OPD chambers, d) Equip emergency department by installing HEPA filters, so that the risk of infection is minimised.
We provided funding support for the "Developing a Digital Water Platform for Generating Knowledge, Awareness, and Systems of Project Documentation" programme which was carried out by CII Triveni Water Institute. The programme was a step towards enabling stakeholders to reap the benefits of an integrated and comprehensive water-system knowledge; take advantage of increased system resilience, improved resource efficiency, and support for a circular economy, while addressing greater cost-effectiveness. We felt that the programme has a positive social impact and would especially help in enhancing awareness on water security issues across the country.
The foundation of a robust business is the collective growth of its people and society, not just on economic parameters but also on social environment. At Triveni, we believe in fostering a culture for sustainable development while focusing on corporate growth. We have built our businesses with as much head as with heart.s that are related to our operations.
At the heart of our sustainability-led strategic charter is a multi-pronged approach, crafted to the future needs of society. We believe in and remain committed to the promotion of conserving the natural ecosystem for our future generations.
In our sugar business, we adhere strictly to sustainable business practices. A C4 crop, sugarcane captures a large amount of CO2, thus helping to combat climate change. The co-products from our sugar operations are used for generating power and producing biofuel ethanol and Extra Neutral Alcohol, while complying to the highest standards of environmental norms. Bagasse is a fibrous residue left after crushing of sugarcane and is a key co-product of the Sugar industry. Being a renewable fuel, it does not lead to any net carbon dioxide addition to the atmosphere, and is thus regarded as green fuel.
Our water and wastewater treatment solutions are contributing to sustainable water management for the present and future generations. Our strong focus on leveraging technology helps us to ensure sustainable reuse of water and preservation of this precious natural resource. We have partnered with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to set up 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 water-related issues holistically.
Through our power transmission business, we provide innovative solutions to a wide range of industries, including Biomass and Municipal Solid Waste based Independent Power Plants (IPPs). The exponential growth in these sectors in recent years underlines the growing focus on reducing the environmental impact of business, since the fuels used at the MSW plants are renewable and, hence, eco-friendly.
All our manufacturing facilities are eco-friendly. Our distilleries are zero liquid discharge plants, with safety and environmental features in-built in their designs. We comply strictly with international safety norms. We conduct regular awareness drives and programmes to keep our people and vendors, as well as the communities in our vicinity, aligned with the EHS regulatory framework to which they need to adhere at all times.
Driven by our philosophy of maintaining ecological balance while ensuring business excellence, we have adopted the best-in-class sustainable practices across our operations and units. Our efforts are geared to reduce carbon footprint, minimise the use and storage of hazardous chemicals, keep air emissions in check, and ensure optimal use of water and other resources. Effluent treatment equipment is used to manage waste. We also undertake periodic assessments and studies to analyse the environmental impact of our business. We have set up an organisation-wide Environment Monitoring Cell to ensure strict implementation and adherence to all legal requirements in respect of environment conservation.
We have a well-defined safety policy and various safety committees to keep employees and communities safe at all times. We take extensive measures to protect our physical and IT infrastructure, with safe emergency shutdown systems incorporated in all processes, machines and equipment. Modern safety equipment and experienced fire/safety teams are in place to meet any emergencies. Comprehensive disaster management and emergency preparedness plans are also in place, while regular safety drills help keep our people well prepared to deal with any situation.
Being sensitive to the needs of our people and of the communities in the areas of our operations, we undertake various healthcare programmes throughout the year, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment. Our foray into the production of hand sanitizers amid the COVID pandemic was also aligned to this commitment.