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Balmer Lawrie launches noteworthy CSR Initiative
Balmer Lawrie launches noteworthy CSR Initiative

On 23rd July, 2014 Balmer Lawrie launched a noteworthy Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative for Drivers of commercial vehicles, in its Greases & Lubricants Division at Hide Road, Kolkata. The Company has decided to conduct free health check-up camps for 50,000 Drivers across the country over the year 2014-15. In the first phase spread over end July and August, 10,000 Drivers will be covered in the eastern region. The Company will be executing this initiative in the eastern region in association with "Kasba Shed Foundation", an NGO based at Kolkata.


Balmer Lawrie believes that good financial results are not an end in itself to assess the success of any business; rather it is a mean to achieving higher socio-economic goals. In pursuance of this belief, the Company is committed to conducting its business in a socially responsible manner and be responsive to the needs of the society at large. Accordingly, the Company has been pursuing various CSR initiatives since the last decade or so.

Balmer Lawrie's CSR initiatives are driven by two Flagship Programs -Balmer Lawrie Initiative for Self Sustenance [BLISS] and Samaj Mein Balmer Lawrie [SAMBAL]. While the first Program is directed at providing & improving the long term economic sustenance of the underprivileged, the second Program aims at improving the living standards and quality of life of population in and around the Company's work-centers.

In pursuance of these Programs, the Company has undertaken several community development projects, partnering with various NGOs with a focus to trigger development at micro-communities and thereby generate the desired developmental impact. The focus areas for the Schemes under the Programs, amongst others, have been on education, healthcare, sanitation, shelter, integrated village development, employment generation, vocational training leading to employability & livelihood, rehabilitation of the destitute, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection.CSR efforts are channelized on the above mentioned thematic focus areas and target groups like children, women, youth, elderly and differently abled people.

Through the various CSR programs, the Company has constantly endeavored to integrate the interest of the business with that of the communities in it operates. In keeping with Department of Public Enterprises [DPE] guidelines on CSR, the Company has formulated a CSR Policy and Long Term Perspective Plan. In order to facilitate companywide implementation of our CSR policy and ensure that CSR is embedded across various business units and their operations, a CSR governance structure has been put in place.

Further, Balmer Lawrie is a founding member of Global Compact in India and it has unstintingly pursued Global Compact's principles & agenda over the years. We have been constantly working towards adopting fair & equitable practices at the workplace, implementing focused CSR projects, adopting environment friendly processes and technologies and advancing sustainability efforts to champion the Principles of the Global Compact.

The Company in the last three years has taken up several CSR activities and spent in excess of Rs.5 cr. on these projects. Some of the projects/initiatives are detailed below:

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Education :

  • Infrastructural support to schools, including toilets - 2400 school children of Dara Adarsh Vidya Mandir in West Bengal benefitted from this initiative.
  • Provision of safe drinking water in schools - Dara Adarsh Vidya Mandir in West Bengal and School in Khadoli, Silvassa - Beneficiaries include 3100 children.
  • Scholarship to 75economically backward students pursuing Diploma/Degree Courses in reputed engineering colleges of India.
  • Supported AkshayaPatra to procure kitchen equipment & a van for mid-day meal distribution in schools in New Delhi.
  • Infrastructure support for Calcutta Emmanuel School for extension of classrooms for 10+2. (The school caters to economically backward children.)
  • Education and Overall development of 100 children from slums in and around Kolkata.

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Health :

  • Medical care for old & aged through mobile health unit in association with Hel page India - 12,000 elderly are being benefitted every year.
  • Reduction of infant mortality rate through special clinic - Child In Need Institute (CINI). 12,000 beneficiaries include mothers and children from 0-5 years are being benefitted every year.
  • Construction of Primary Health Centre at Dronagiri near BL's CFS in Mumbai.

Sanitation :

  • Sanitation facilities in the villageKhadoli in Silvassa and Sunderban in West Bengal.

Skill Development :

  • Training on Tours and Travel to girls - 204 girls enrolled in this course in the last 2 yrs.
  • Vocational training to youth on different trades - Around 150 youth have benefitted from these trainings.
  • Livelihood/Employment Generation for 100 economically backward women in Saharanpur.
  • Basic computer training was imparted to SC/ST girls at New Delhi.

Child care :

  • Child care, including family support & education to orphan/destitute children and children with physical & other disabilities - 30 children of SOS Children's Village in Kolkata & Vizag, 30 children of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) and 25 children of Indian Institute of Handicap & Backward People (IHBP) are being supported
  • Maintenance of play facility for physically challenged children in Wadala, Mumbai

Environment :

  • Setting up of an Ecology & Environment Protection Centre in Khadoli, Silvassa
  • Tree plantation in Bangalore
  • Environmental friendly biological toilets installed in and around Kolkata

Promotion of Art & Culture :

  • Promotion of classical songs through Concert for generating funds for empowerment of women in Sunderban region.

Awards :

  • 2011 - Silver Plate Award from Helpage India
  • 2012 - "CSR Corporate Governance Award" from Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE)-Hyderabad

A total sum of Rs.388 lakhs was spent during the year 2014-15, towards CSR activities, including expenses towards promotion and publicity of the schemes.

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