With the intent of ensuring the principles enshrined in the CMD's Vision statement 'To be admired as a Socially Responsible Corporate', Jindal Stainless Hisar Limited, CSR efforts have remained focused on 'Making a difference in the lives of people', with a special reference to communities around the plant location. Such efforts are streamlined around sustainable models of development and growth. As signatories of the United Nations Women Empowerment Principles (WEP) statement of support and as one amongst the 32 members worldwide of the WEP Leadership Group, we have been entrusted with the responsibility of encouraging women to take on leadership roles, both within the Company as also outside.

Being a manufacturing and extractive industry, JSHL has to address a number of varied concerns of communities after understanding their needs. JSHL, besides addressing issues on women empowerment has undertaken projects like Skill training, Health care, creating awareness amongst women on issues relating to female feticide through the project 'Save the Girl Child'. In addition Community development, Business and human rights, and so on are having a positive impact amongst communities. Some of the key CSR interventions have been briefly elaborated in the subsequent paragraphs.

Women Empowerment and Income Generation - The focus of the Women Empowerment Programs remains at strengthening the resolve of women to undertake various roles and display their leadership prowess. Efforts are being made to encourage women through either the self help group models or independently driven model of 'Women Owned Businesses'.

To promote and encourage women to participate in the family decision making process, we continue to evolve with an innovative project - 'Save the Girl Child', which addresses the issue of female infanticide. The project aims at creating awareness on a safe and healthy environment for the girl child and their Rights. Through a process of awareness campaigns and a door to door delivery mechanism put in place, efforts have started to show results as they suggest that institutional deliveries are now being encouraged in families. This in turn has a positive impact on improved infant mortality and morbidity rates as also on the overall health of a family.

It is interesting to note that over 1000 women through the model of 'Self Help Groups (SHG) have been engaged in financial literacy and financial inclusion and have been empowered adequately to open up their own bank accounts resulting in reasonably good savings. It is also prudent to mention that the women SHGs have been able to save large amounts and have started their own small inter linked business ventures. The initiative also encourages women to interact with each other on various topics from household chores to business relationships and the like.

Organic Farming - There is an effort to promote organic farming through the concept of 'Farmer Clubs'. Regular interaction is carried out and linkages established with farmer producer organizations. Interestingly the concept of 'Trust' has picked up well with the farmers growing organic produce are getting a good price despite that the product is not certified as organic.

Skill Development - Skill Development training programs include computer education, dress designing and fashion technology, beauty culture, electrical courses, stainless steel fabrication courses etc. All these skill training programs have an inbuilt component of soft skill training. Our efforts are to provide employable skill sets and facilitate in students getting jobs.

Health Care - The community health needs are being taken care through various interventions from mobile health vans to holding specialist camps in villages. Over 12, 000 people from over 20 villages have availed of the opportunity and are treated for different ailments. In addition through a series of organised workshops we create awareness on HIV and AIDS and other diseases. The efforts are going to become more focused around specific diseases with a special mention of cancer and drug abuse, which through partner organizations are going to be addressed in a very deliberate manner.

Business & Human Rights - In collaboration with the UN Global Compact Network and as members of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, JSL has been championing the cause and facilitated the creation of 'CEO Forum on Business and Human Rights', which meets periodically to address various issues around UNGPs.


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