CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Together we help uplift communities

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We are the primary economic driver for the communities, where we operate. We shoulder this responsibility seriously and endeavour to fulfil our role in a manner that upholds the dignity of all our stakeholders and allows us to live up to our deeply cherished values.

The Vedanta Sustainability Framework and its associated standards and policies guide our work on social performance. In areas with indigenous populations, we are committed to following the principles of Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC). With its genesis in the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it has been adopted as a best practice by the IFC and ICMM.

Our CSR Council, led by a senior business leader, and including CSR Heads and CSR Executives from all business units, meets every month and reviews the performance, spends and outcome of CSR programmes across units. Governed by our in-house CSR Policy and Sustainability Framework, the Council is responsible for governance, synergy and cross-learning across the Group's CSR efforts.

The Board CSR Committee comprising senior Independent Directors, apart from providing strategic direction for CSR activities, also approves its plans and budgets, and reviews the progress of the initiatives.

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SOCIAL PERFORMANCE & SOCIAL LICENCE TO OPERATE

Securing and retaining one's social licence to operate is an outcome resulting from a company's ability to garner the trust of the communities where it operates. Social performance frameworks are a good mechanism to measure, manage, and monitor this aspect of the business.

With a view to evaluate Vedanta's social performance and impact, our senior leadership commissioned a study conducted by independent, globally renowned experts. This study spanned four sites, post which the reports were submitted to the Vedanta ExCo for its consideration. The reports made a clear case for a reboot of our social performance practices.

Based on the findings of the report, a Group-wide self-assessment drive with all units was conducted in FY2021. These led to the formation of Social Performance Steering Committees, with cross functional participation. The primary intent was to explain to our internal stakeholders that social performance and licence to operate go beyond the ambit of an organisation's CSR activities and are closely related to its operations, HR practices and other activities.

This awareness initiative resulted in the formation of Social Performance Management Committees (SPMC) at each unit, development of standard and guidance note and its implementation through VSAP.

Following the success of the initiative, we are engaging the third-party consultants again to reinstate the project through the means of pilot to be conducted at two BUs - Lanjigarh and HZL. With the initial formalities complete along with senior management approvals, FY2022 will see these two BUs undertake pilot projects including social risk assessment and grievance mechanism tracking, among others.

Through such proactive and targeted initiatives, we are progressing towards our objective of becoming a developer of choice in our areas of operation.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVES

Community provides us the critical support to grow sustainably with all stakeholders. We have evolved one of the most elaborate community empowerment initiatives in our industry, and we regularly garner inputs and insights from stakeholders to improve our programmes.

In FY2021, ~₹331.12 crore was spent to help communities elevate their quality of life through various interventions. An overview of these programmes is provided below.

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Children's well-being and education
Key-Features
  • 44+
  • Initiatives

7,00,000+
Children Benefited

Types of Interventions

Anganwadis, child-care centres; public school infra structure & sanitation, scholarships, teacher training, digital classrooms, libraries, career counselling, exam preparation, science fairs and Vedanta schools.

Healthcare
Key-Features
  • 38+
  • Initiatives

2.4 million
People Benefited

Types of Interventions

Support to primary health centres; HIV/AIDS awareness programmes; health camps; mobile health vans; specialist doctor support; nutrition programmes; Vedanta-run hospitals; health awareness drives

Women's Empowerment
Key-Features
  • 11+
  • Initiatives

47,000+
Women Benefited

Types of Interventions

Self Help Groups; Women's co-operatives; Micro-enterprises

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Agriculture & animal husbandry
Key-Features
  • 16+
  • Initiatives

36,000 +
People Benefited

Types of Interventions

Climate change adaptation; Wadi & water-shed rejuvenation; natural resource management; dairy & livestock development; farmer training; SHGs; co-operatives; veterinary care; irrigation.

Environmental restoration & protection
Key-Features

74,000+
Saplings planted and under maintenance

Types of Interventions

Sapling plantation and greenbelt management; water conservation structures; pond desilting

Drinking water & sanitation
Key-Features
  • 20+
  • Initiatives

3,23,000 +
People Benefited

Types of Interventions

Provision of drinking water; construction of toilets; RO plant set up; digging of borewells; handpump repair/installation; sanitation drives

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Upskilling youth
Key-Features
  • 20+
  • Initiatives across our Group companies

76,000+
Youth Benefited

Types of Interventions

Sewing centres; vocational training centres; technical & computer literacy programmes; traditional crafts and painting training

Sports & culture
Key-Features
  • 16+
  • Initiatives

69,000+
Sports persons and culture enthusiasts benefited

Types of Interventions

Rural sports; sponsorship for: para-athletes; marathons; sports tournaments; music festivals; football and archery training academies

Community infrastructure
Key-Features
  • 50+
  • Initiatives

96,000+
People Benefited

Types of Interventions

Tube-wells, checkdams; drains; ponds; roads; public CCTV; bus stands; street lights; parks; public infra; community centres; health centres; sports complexes; temples, irrigation.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH DURING COVID-19

In addition to the execution of our long-term social development agenda, we were also among the foremost Indian companies which stood in solidarity with the larger community during these challenging times. We have pledged ~₹150 crore to help the country in its fight against the second wave of COVID-19 and we are undertaking several initiatives, as summarised below.

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Health and medical support
  • Setup 10 field hospitals with 1,000 critical care beds for COVID patients, across Rajasthan, Delhi/NCR, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu
  • Vedanta's business units have been supporting 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients across business locations
  • Cairn Oil & Gas has set up a 100-bed COVID Care Centre in Barmer along with the district administration
  • Vedanta Aluminium, Jharsuguda & BALCO, Korba have set up COVID Care Centres with a capacity of 100 beds each
  • Vedanta Sesa Goa has added 100 critical care beds with oxygen and ventilator support at Goa Medical College
Oxygen supply
  • HZL is supplying 8 tonnes of oxygen to local hospitals, while Sesa Goa is providing 3 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen on a daily basis. ESL has also committed to supplying up to 10 tonnes of oxygen daily
  • HZL runs an oxygen bottling plant with capacity of up to 500 cylinders per day, and is setting up a 1,200 cylinders per day bottling plant
  • In order to facilitate on-time oxygen transportation to hospitals in Rajasthan, Cairn Oil & Gas has provided 11 tankers
  • Sterlite Copper is initiating the operation of its oxygen plant at Tuticorin, with a capacity to produce 1,000 tonnes of oxygen per day

UN SDGs and target linkage

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Goal: SDG 2

Zero Hunger

Target: 2.1 - End hunger and ensure access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food, all year round

Target: 2.2 - End all forms of malnutrition

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Goal: SDG 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target: 4.4 - Increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

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Goal: SDG 6

Clean water & sanitation

Target: 6.6 - Protect and restore water-related eco-systems

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Goal: SDG 8

Economic Growth & Decent work for all

Target: 8.6 - Reduce youth unemployment, illiteracy, unproductivity

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