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BHEL : Social welfare and community development initiatives

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, popular as, BHEL is the largest engineering and manufacturing enterprise in India in the energy-related/infrastructure sector, today. BHEL was established more than 40 years ago, ushering in the indigenous Heavy Electrical Equipment industry in India – a dream that has been more than realized with a well-recognized track record of performance.

Social welfare and community development is at the core of BHEL’s CSR philosophy and continues to be a top priority for the Company. It revolves around the Company’s deeply-held belief in the principle of symbiotic relationship with the local communities, recognizing that business ultimately has a purpose – to serve human needs. Close and continuous interaction with the people and communities in and around the manufacturing divisions has been the key focus while striving to bring around qualitative changes and supporting the underprivileged. Fostering the tradition of repaying the society at large by actively participating in the welfare of local communities through numerous Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, undertakes socioeconomic and community development programmes. It has developed a CSR Scheme and its Mission Statement on CSR is “Be a Committed Corporate Citizen, alive towards its Corporate Social Responsibility”. As an integral part of the society, is moving forward by achieving the objectives of its social responsibility. In the year gone by, the Company supported innumerable social initiatives across the country by undertaking projects in diversified areas like Health, Environment Enrichment, Hygiene, Education, Community Development, Self- Empowerment etc., supporting projects of Afforestation, Water Conservation, providing Potable Water accessories, besides conducting Health Camps around the Units/Project sites for Diagnostic and Medicine distribution for common ailments.

CSR initiatives

Participation in the UN’s Global Compact Programme:
As the world’s largest global corporate citizenship initiative, the Global Compact Program is the first and the foremost concern which is exhibiting and building the social legitimacy of business and markets. BHEL has continued to play a prominent part in the United Nation’s Global Compact Programme on CSR by promoting the core values on human rights, labour standards, environment and anti-corruption and intends to advance these principles forming part of its strategy & culture within its sphere of influence. The company demonstrated its commitment through regular pooling of communication of progress (COP) on the UNGC
website. Periodically submits annual Communication of Progress on the relevant principle of global compact in respect of Environmental issues.

Health, Safety & Environment
It has continued with its commitment towards conservation of the environment. The Company successfully completed various Environment Improvement Projects (EIPs) during the year 2012. These projects helped in enriching the environment, conservation of precious natural resources like energy, water, fuel oil, coolant and mitigating the environmental pollution. Major ElPs cumulatively completed in and around units/
regions and sites, include: (i) Rain Water Harvesting Plants; (ii) Tree Plantations; and (iii) development of Green Coverage.

Other key EIP initiatives undertaken were in the areas of Water Conservation Projects, Energy Saving Systems utilizing efficient technologies, Installation/ Improvement in fumes extraction system, Installation of Paint Booth, Noise Level Reduction System, Chemical Storage & Handling System, Resource Conservation (Lubricant/ metal/Coolant), and Utilization of Non-Conventional Energy Sources. Besides the above activities, BHEL conducted Training and awareness Programmes on Environment, Health & Safety and Skill Development programmes for employees including contractors’ workers etc.

Environment Management / Development Policy:
Its an environment friendly company in all its activities, products & services, besides providing safe and healthy working environment to all its stakeholders and has made UNGC programme as part of the Company’s strategy, culture and day-to-day operations. The company has formulated its Sustainable Development Policy as an integral part of the Company’s strategy. A Budget of Rs 50 Lakhs plus 0.1% of Profit After Tax (PAT) for the previous year exceeding r 100 Crore is earmarked for Sustainable Development projects and activities. For the year 2011-12, an amount of Rs 6.41 crore is provided towards sustainability development expenditure.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach towards CSR in which health and medical care, hygiene, sanitation, provision of pure drinking water and education take the top most priority, BHEL initiated projects titled ‘Vision to all’ in (i) Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh to carry out cataract operations for five hundred patients; and (ii) another unique project, for carrying out 300 orbit surgeries for eyepatients from Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chattisgarh commenced at Sankar foundation Eye Hospital in Vishakhapatnam (AP).

Employement Generation
Projects related to self employment generation are also taken up every year where women and youth are given training in certain trades to become self employable and in some places certain equipments have also been distributed.
An home for the elderly has been set up at Bhopal.

Taking the focus on Community development beyond the basic needs of health and education, organizes various programmes for talent upgradation of social and economically backward students for their empowerment in order to make them self-reliant. It supported one such programme for Apparel training of students belonging to below poverty- line families in Chhindwara district, Maharashtra. Organized a Cutting and tailoring training programme through NGOs for ladies in Jhansi to provide livelihood opportunities and empowerment of women.

The Company is promoting various Scholarship Programmes for students to enable them pursue higher education. Under these programmes, financial assistance is provided to wards of widows in adopted schools and villages by units. Supporting need based Construction of hostels, classrooms, toilets etc. in educational institutes.

Disaster Management:
BHEL has compassionately responded to the beck and call of the victims devastated by the earthquake in Sikkim by initiating efforts for the refurbishment of four government schools which were damaged by the earthquake.

CSR Policies

(Health, Safety and Environment)
BHEL shares the growing concern on issues related to Environment and Occupational Health & Safety (OHS), and is committed to protecting Environment in and around its own establishment, and to providing safe and healthy environment to all its employees. For fulfilling these obligations, a Health, Safety & Environmental Policy has been formulated and implemented through management systems.

Human Rights
Principle 1) : Business should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
BHEL policies have been meticulously drafted & followed, keeping the principles of human rights, the Constitution of India, labour laws etc., in mind.
Principle 2) : Make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses 

Principle 3): Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of right to collective bargaining.

Labour Standards

The Government of India has enacted various labour laws to adequately protect the interest of the working class. These laws are strictly adhered to in BHEL. All Heads of BHEL units are required to submit a report about compliance with different laws. This is done to ensure that the interests of the workers are protected.
Apart from this, BHEL has various bi-partite fora for workers, where the issues/problems concerning the workers are discussed and settled.

Principle 4): The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour. The company does not employ forced and compulsory labour.

Child labour

Principle 5) :The effective abolition of child labour

As per BHEL’s Recruitment Policy, the minimum age for the employment is 18 years. No person below this age can be employed in BHEL, thereby ensuring that child labour is not employed in BHEL. In fact, BHEL is “Zero Tolerance” company regarding employing of child labour.

Principle 6): Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 

Uniform set of rules are mentioned in the ‘The Personnel Policy’ of BHEL, that apply equally to all employees, irrespective of factors such as sex, caste, religion, race etc. All recruitments are conducted in transparent manner, giving equal opportunity to all citizens of India without any discrimination whatsoever

Principle 10 : Business should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.
-With a view to contain corruption Government of India has enacted “Right to Information Act” giving right to all citizens of India to seek information besides other rights of inspection etc. BHEL has taken lead role in implementing all provisions of the act in letter and spirit.
– In order to prevent corruption, a host of ‘transparency measures’ have been initiated company wide.

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