Vedanta Lanjigarh bags multiple awards for Environmental, Healthcare, and Education Initiatives

1st September 2022

  • Greentech Award – 2022 for environmental protection
  • India CSR Award – 2022 for healthcare and education initiatives

Lanjigarh, Kalahandi District, Odisha; 1st Sep 2022: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, bags a trio of awards for its initiatives in environment, healthcare, and education. The company bagged the first prize for ‘Environmental Protection’ at the 22nd Greentech Environment Awards, 2022, and also stood first with its impactful initiatives in ‘Promotion of Healthcare’ and ‘Promotion of Education’ at the 9th Annual CSR India Award 2022.

Congratulating the respective teams whose endeavours garnered the company these awards, Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO – Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, said, “Sustainable development through excellence in Environmental, Social and Governance practices is central to the way we run our operations at Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh. We believe that our progress as an organization should create in long-term positive impact on the environment and the community. Therefore, guided by our ethos of ‘Zero Harm, Zero Waste and Zero Discharge’, as we strive for operational excellence, we also continue to enable our neighbouring communities with deep interventions in livelihood, skill development, healthcare, education and women & child development, for improving their quality of life.”

Vedanta Lanjigarh’s environment-first policy was appreciated by the jury at Greentech Awards. The company’s endeavours echo the sustainability targets of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, which includes best-in-class ESG practices and initiatives such as:

  • First in India to implement dry stacking method of storing bauxite residue, ensuring zero chances of ground-water contamination
  • Recycled more than 44 lakh litres of water in FY22 for reuse within plant & township, ensuring zero liquid discharge
  • Energy savings of 2.15 lakh GJ in FY22 through robust energy conservation initiatives
  • Plantation of nearly 10 lakh saplings till date, with more than 15,000 saplings planted in FY22 alone, creating large carbon sinks in and around the plant operations
  • Industrial by-products like fly ash and bauxite residue are being supplied to cement & concrete producers, brick manufacturing MSMEs, etc. for utilization in construction purposes
  • Digital monitoring of all environment parameters like ambient air quality, water usage, etc. to ensure benchmark environment performance standards
  • Rainwater harvesting and voluminous water reservoirs for optimizing freshwater intake

The CSR India Awards recognized Vedanta Lanjigarh’s endeavours to enhance the quality of life of local communities of Kalahandi through deep interventions in healthcare and education. In the ‘Promotion of Healthcare’ category, the company stood out for its initiatives like:

  • Project ‘Arogya’, under which the company provides healthcare facilities to over 36,000 beneficiaries in FY22
  • Vedanta Hospital, a 20-bed state-of-the-art medical facility at Lanjigarh, well equipped with doctors, physiotherapists and visiting specialists, and 24X7 ambulance service for referrals. Over 60,000 people visit the Vedanta Hospital every year.
  • Free of cost cataract treatment and multiple health camps for local communities
  • Mobile Health Units provide doorstep healthcare services to hundreds of villages in and around Lanjigarh
  • Free of cost healthcare services by Vedanta Aluminium and awareness campaigns have helped decrease the prevalence of malaria in Kalahandi as well

The DAV Vedanta International School, Lanjigarh, stands as a testimony to the company’s interventions for ‘Promotion of Education’ among rural communities:

  • Vedanta Aluminium established Kalahandi’s first English medium school – the DAV Vedanta International School – which today has 1,200 students, 90% of whom are from local communities
  • This school created an aspiration for quality education among local communities, which is reflected in the rise in literacy levels in Kalahandi from 38.4% in 2001 to 50.9% in 2011
  • 40,000 children and youth have benefitted till date from the company’s interventions quality education, career counselling, midday meals etc.
  • The company also oversees the operations of 252 Nand Ghars, which are modernised anganwadis that act as centres of women & child development in Kalahandi and nearby areas. More than 7,800 children access quality pre-school education and over 2,100 women are supported through the Nand Ghars.

Vedanta’s operations at Lanjigarh have always worked with the motive of society and environment first and it has successfully managed to do that over the years. The organization is still not limiting its work towards environment and society, constantly finding new and innovative methods for creating a better world for people to live in, be it in terms of basic facilities like education and healthcare or towards the environment we live in.

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, Golden Peacock Award for excellence in Corporate Governance 2022 and certified as a Great Place to Work 2022. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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