Vedanta Lanjigarh scores a hattrick at Odisha CSR Forum Awards 202212th January 2023
Lanjigarh, Odisha; January 12, 2023: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, bagged the Odisha CSR Forum Award in three categories: healthcare and hygiene, women empowerment, and production of alumina and community development initiatives during COVID-19, for the year 2022. The company’s developmental interventions in these fields have had a transformative impact on the socio-economic advancement of its surrounding communities.
Receiving the award on behalf of the company, Mr GG Pal, Dy. CEO – Alumina Business, Vedanta Limited, said, “Vedanta Lanjigarh strives to create a tangible and sustainable social impact through its operations. Towards this end, we have undertaken deep community development interventions on the five pillars of education, healthcare, livelihood, grassroots sports and art & culture, with a special focus on women and child development. We are focused on partnering with the community towards our shared progress. These recognitions are an immense boost to our unceasing journey to bring sustainable development to Kalahandi and its surrounding areas.”
Healthcare is one of the core pillars of community development at Vedanta Lanjigarh, implemented under ‘Project Arogya’. Annually, the company is helping over 60,000 people access quality healthcare, through grassroots initiatives such as the Mobile Health Unit, Mega Health Camps and Cataract Camps, where services are provided in underserved areas, free of cost. In the recent past, the company has undertaken several new projects such as the introduction of a digital health card for enhanced patient services, and a collaboration with the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to boost quality healthcare access for shopfloor employees and business partners. In FY23 alone, over 3,300 people from 9 gram panchayats have benefitted from the mega health camps.
Vedanta Lanijgarh’s women empowerment initiative, under the ambit of Project Sakhi, is focused on promoting access to better livelihood opportunities. The Shaktimayee Federation, a group of women entrepreneurs supported by Vedanta Lanjigarh, recently marked the 6th anniversary of its commencement of operations. So far, the company has supported over 4,000 women from Kalahandi and Rayagada districts in taking up entrepreneurial activities like farming, kirana shops, sewing shops etc. with an aim to promote women in business. The project also links its members with beneficial government schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Yojana, and the Sukanya Yojana.
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.27 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 4th in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2021 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. The company operates a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), India since 2007 and an associated 75 MW captive power plant. 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.
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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