Communication on Progress of Balmer Lawrie
Communication on Progress (CoP) Report – 2019-20
This Report on Communication of Progress (COP) represents our assessment and perspective on the manner in which the principles of Global Compact have been taken forward in our organisation through various initiatives. The accompanying statements attempt to capture the achievements vis-à-vis the principles pursuant to the actions taken during the past, including the year under report, in brief. For more details, please contact the Corporate Communications Department at the Company’s Corporate Office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Principles Relating to Human Rights
Principle # 1 & 2 : Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights / Not be complicit in human right abuses
Balmer Lawrie remains committed to uphold and strives to further the cause of human rights in all aspects of its business and ensures that neither the Company nor any of its business partners indulge in any human rights violation or are complicit in any human rights abuse in any manner. The various actions taken and the status are as under:
- The Company has duly constituted Internal Committees (as per the Prevention of sexual harassment of women at the workplace Act) at the Corporate Office and the Regional offices, which can be approached by women employees in case of any harassment. The Internal Committees hold quarterly review meetings.
- The Company has constituted committees to ensure that the employees are able to work in a positive atmosphere free from physical or psychological threat, abuse or sexual harassment. The committees meet periodically to identify and address issues, if any, that are of concern.
- The Company does not, as a matter of principle, deal with any party with history of human rights abuse.
- The Company consciously works towards the development of the society at large and provides financial support for community development projects. These include programs aimed at ameliorating the problems of the socially and economically downtrodden and the weaker sections of the society and improve their social and economic status.
- All legal and statutory obligations towards employees, shareholders, clients, customers, associates and the society at large are complied with. Periodic audits are undertaken and reports on compliance are submitted to the Board of the Company. Action Taken Reports (ATRs) against Non-Compliance Reports (NCRs) are also reported to and reviewed by the Board.
Principles Relating to Labour
As reported in the previous COPs, Balmer Lawrie recognizes and respects the dignity of labour and strives to ensure that there is total freedom of association and no discrimination whatsoever in matters of employment. The Company provides safe and healthy working conditions, pays competitive wages much above the minimum levels and at times best in the industry / region that it operates in, and provides the best of health care and other welfare facilities to its employees. In all matters pertaining to labour, it follows conventions adopted by the International Labour Organisation. Further, it abides by all regulatory provisions governing the employment in the organisation and strives to enhance the quality of work-life of its employees. To be more specific, the present status, including the actions taken, is detailed in the ensuing paragraphs.
Principle # 3 : Uphold the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
- The Company strongly believes in and supports the employees’ right to association. As of now, there are 6 Unions and 1 Association representing different sections of employees in the Company.
- Settlements on terms and conditions of service of unionized employees are arrived at through the process of collective bargaining. All the commitments made to the collective are implemented in letter and spirit.
- In the previous COP it was reported that Balmer Lawrie Workmen’s Union signed the Long Term Settlement (LTS) with the Management of the Company on 14th November, 2017 towards their Pay Revision effective 01st January, 2014 for a period of 5 years. Balmer Lawrie Employee’s Union, CCDC signed the LTS with the Management of the Company on 23rd October, 2017 towards their pay revision effective 01st April, 2014 for a period of 5 years. The LTS of LI, Mumbai was signed on 6th July 2017 in Mumbai, the LTS of the Establishments in Chennai and Bangalore was signed on 23rd April 2018 and the LTS of Establishments in Delhi was signed on 11th September 2018.
- The Company continues to follow the policy of non-discrimination of bargaining agents based on political affiliation or any other extraneous considerations.
Principle # 4 : Elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour
- Employment in the Company is on free volition of the employees. No form of forced or bonded labour exists or is allowed.
- Employees are free to terminate the contract of employment by giving notice as stipulated in their appointment letters.
- All forms of employment are governed by Letters of Appointment / Engagement and are subject to acceptance by the prospective employees.
Principle # 5 : Abolition of Child Labour
- The Company policy does not permit employment of any person below the age of 18, directly or through contractor, in any of its businesses. To ensure this, the age of all candidates for employment is verified at the time of recruitment and recruitment rules ban employment of persons below 18 years.
- It does not buy goods/products from agencies that use child labour.
Principle # 6 : No Discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
- The Company does not practice any form of discrimination or bias in matters related to hiring of employees, their career planning, training and development, promotion, transfers, or on remuneration and perquisites. All sections of employees, including women, are given equal opportunities and the Human Resource Policy is to advance the cause of meritocracy and foster development of employees, including learning and growth.
- The Company does not practice any discrimination, in matters relating to recruitment, compensation, promotion, training on the basis of religion, caste, region, political affiliation or sex, excepting positive discrimination in hiring of employees to give effect to constitutional guarantees for socially backward / underprivileged groups like SC / ST / OBC / Minorities / Persons with Disability.
- In all recruitments where there are candidates from SC / ST / Minority communities, the Selection Committee has a member from the said community to ensure that the interest of these communities is safeguarded.
Principles Relating to Environment
Principle # 7: Environmental Protection
The Company gives highest priority to protect the environment. Towards this end, precautionary measures have been put in place with regard to storage, collection and disposal of hazardous wastes. Recycling of water is being done in various plants to minimise water consumption. LED lights and energy efficient machines are installed in the plants and establishments to minimise our carbon footprint.
- The Silvassa plant of SBU: Industrial Packaging (IP) installed a RO System to process and reuse the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) treated water in the drum manufacturing process. This has reduced water consumption of the plant significantly.
- Water-based grease is being used in the manufacturing processes of IP - Manali, Chennai, which helps in reducing generation of hazardous waste in the plant.
- IP - Manali, Chennai recollects and reuses paint sludge thus, reducing the generation of hazardous waste.
- IP - Taloja, Navi Mumbai has constructed a separate area for storage of hazardous waste in the plant.
- At G&L - Manali, Chennai, for labelling lubricant drums / packaging, screen printing has been replaced with thermal label printing thereby reducing the usage of solvent inside the plant.
Principle # 8: Promoting greater environmental responsibility
- G&L - Silvassa replaced 12 nos. of 800W lamps at the High Mast Lighting tower by 350W LED lights. With this initiative, carbon emission was reduced by 19T and power consumption was reduced by 23650 units approximately. 33 trees have also been planted in the factory premises, as a green initiative.
- G&L - Manali (Chennai), G&L – Silvassa and G&L - Kolkata installed Occupancy Sensors to automatically control office lighting.
- IP - Silvassa installed a new Fume Extraction System, which improves the plant air quality significantly.
- At IP - Silvassa, productivity improvement and significant improvement in operational efficiency have reduced electricity consumption by 3%. This in turn has reduced the carbon footprint of the plant.
- IP - Kolkata replaced HSD by LPG as fuel for its baking oven and this has reduced the energy consumption of the plant significantly.
- CFS - Navi Mumbai, IP - Taloja (Navi Mumbai), G&L - Manali (Chennai), G&L - Kolkata, IP - Kolkata, IP - Chittoor, Temperature Controlled Warehouses (TCWs) at Hyderabad and Patalganga (Navi Mumbai), IP - Vadodara and other establishments across India planted large number of trees during the last financial year (2019-20). This creation of green cover aims to reduce the overall carbon footprint.
- Asbestos roof sheets were replaced with pre-coated galvanized iron roof sheets at IP - Silvassa and G&L - Kolkata thereby improving the work environment and reducing health risk hazards.
- The Company has till date installed solar plants with a total capacity of 526 KWp in five different sites at Asaoti, Navi Mumbai, Chennai, Patalganga and Rai. Out of this, 33 KWp solar power plant has been commissioned in the current financial year at TCW - Patalganga, Navi Mumbai. This helps Balmer Lawrie to offset 800 tons of carbon dioxide per year from its manufacturing and cold chain operations.
- Various manufacturing plants of Balmer Lawrie have installed LED lights replacing conventional lights thus, reducing electrical consumption.
- Many plants of the Company installed atomizer tap controller thus, reducing water consumption of the plants significantly.
- Single use plastic is banned in all the plants and establishments of the Company.
Principle #9: Development and diffusion of environmental friendly technologies
- The Company has continued its efforts at technological up-gradations in its manufacturing processes to ensure that adverse impact of our operations in the environment are minimised.
- IP - Silvassa installed inverter based 3 phase welding machine replacing the old 2 phase welding machine which has helped in reducing power consumption from 250A to 80A.
- IP - Taloja installed 120A capacity Active Harmonics Filters at auto welder to mitigate the harmonics. This reduces electrical energy consumption and carbon footprint of the plant.
- IP - Chittoor installed IGBT type welding machine controller reducing power consumption of welding machine by 40%.
- At G&L - Manali (Chennai), dust collector at the Lithium Hydroxide (LiOH) dosing area at kettle has reduced emission of LiOH dust particles in the plant. This has improved air quality of the plant significantly.
- Our R&D team continuously works to identify raw materials, processes and technologies, which will have minimum impact on the environment. The Application Research Laboratory (ARL) of SBU: Greases & Lubricants has made significant progress in developing a number of biodegradable lubricants and environment friendly tribological solutions. Continuous trainings are being imparted to our workforce on the latest development in the lubricant industry. To enhance our R&D initiatives the newly modernised ARL at Kolkata was inaugurated on 20th July 2019.
Principles Relating to Ethics & Transparency
Principle # 10: Elimination of corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery
- Transparent policies and systems have been put in place to ensure ethical behaviour of Balmer Lawrie employees, and we expect our employees to behave in conformity with these principles. As a matter of policy, the Company regularly interacts with clients, customers and associates to get their views / suggestions.
- Issues relating to corruption, dishonesty or unethical behaviour are looked down upon and any instance of such nature is dealt with expeditiously for corrective and preventive action, including disciplinary action against erring employees. There is a Vigilance department in the Company to deal with such matters in an organised and systematic manner. The Vigilance department proactively works along with the Businesses / Functions to enhance transparency and good governance in the organisation.
- Balmer Lawrie has institutionalised its “Fraud Prevention Policy”. The policy provides for detection, reporting and prevention of fraud, whether committed or suspected. This has been done in pursuance of the Company’s motto to nurture a culture of zero tolerance for fraud or fraudulent conduct.
- Balmer Lawrie has also institutionalised the “Whistle Blower Policy” to develop a culture where it is safe for all employees to raise concerns about any irregular, undesirable or unacceptable practice and any event or incident of misconduct.
- In order to ensure greater transparency in respect of all procurement actions through tendering, all tenders are now hosted on Company’s website, Government e-Marketplace and the Public Procurement Portal. Further, it was decided by the Company in December 2012 that all procurements above Rs 5 lakhs need to be carried out through the e-procurement mode.
- A Handbook on “Public Procurement” was published by the Vigilance Department, with the aim of assisting all Executives in understanding the procurement process well.
- The Company has a practice of conducting internal and external audits by experts.
- All the employees have been advised to take the integrity pledge released by the Central Vigilance Commission.
- Purchases are being made on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal and procurement of approximately Rs. 5 crore has been done till date.
HSE: HSE: The full-fledged Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Department institutionalises a proactive HSE culture in the organisation. Balmer Lawrie published its Sustainability Report and Business Responsibility Report for the year 2018-19 and it has been uploaded on the Company’s website. Corporate HSE carried out HSE audits in all units across all SBUs, conducted trainings / workshops on Behaviour Based Safety, Process Safety, Sustainable Development and CSR for employees and other stakeholders, and General Planned Inspections at different units on a daily basis. Process Safety Audits were also carried out for the Temperature Controlled Warehouses at Rai and Patalganga and IP - Vadodara in 2019-20.
World Environment Day was observed with much fervour at various units / establishments of the Company on 5th June 2019. An online quiz on Environment was organised on an all India basis. Saplings were planted in various units and establishments as part of our green effort.
The 49th National Safety Week was observed from 4th to 10th March 2020 in all units / establishments across locations. The week commenced on 4th March, observed as National Safety Day, with the administering of the safety pledge and reading out of C&MD's message. In line with the theme, various programs were organized over the week. The programs included extempore, quiz, skit, spot the hazard contest, mock drills, safety slogan & essay writing competitions.
Balmer Lawrie achieved Zero LTI [Lost Time Injury] for the last three consecutive financial years that is from 1st April 2017 till 31st March 2020.
Environmental Sustainability: Environmental Sustainability aligned to business is the need of the hour and towards this a long-term Sustainability Development Plan was developed for the Company in association with E&Y. Balmer Lawrie published the Sustainability Report on triple bottomline for the year 2018-19. Industrial Packaging, Taloja (Navi Mumbai) participated in the India Green Manufacturing Challenge organised by International Research Institute for Manufacturing in December 2019 and Balmer Lawrie was categorised as a Gold standard company for its green initiatives. Manali, Chennai (manufacturing units) was awarded a 4-star rating for commitment to EHS Practices in the CII-SR EHS Excellence Awards for the year 2018-19 given away by Confederation of Indian Industry.
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