As business and society are interdependent, Vedanta acknowledges that responsible growth and shared value are the only measures of true success.
We aim to go beyond compliance and support programmes that create economic and social value for the communities in which we operate. We make a significant contribution to national economies – in 2017/2018, our contribution to public finances was US$5.4 billion (35% of turnover). Beyond this, we actively engage with our stakeholders to integrate their priorities into our strategy and to address grievances.
Inclusive development through effective community investment has always been an integral part of our process. Our community and social programmes are based on local needs and are often implemented to extend or enhance existing government initiatives. In FY2018, Vedanta invested $39 million in social investment programmes, benefiting 3.4 million beneficiaries. To find out more about our approach, see Fact sheet: Vedanta communities. Some of our flagship programmes may be found in the case studies section.
Key community programme milestones FY2018
Children’s well-being and education
- Education initiatives have impacted more than 230,000 children
- Hot, fresh and nutritious meals are provided to more than 56,000 students
Skilling the youth
- Eleven working projects skill young people across the group
- Close to 3,400 young people are trained in different trades
- 77% of them have been placed in well-paying jobs
Drinking water and sanitation
- Close to 212,000 people have benefited from safe drinking water initiatives
- 57,000 community members have benefited from the construction of 8,746 household toilets and 61 community toilets
- 2,614 self-help groups have been established as vehicles for empowerment
- 32,838 people are active in self-help groups
- 3,001 group members have started micro-enterprises
- Health services benefited 1.13 million patients
- More than 168,000 people have been reached through health awareness campaigns
Sports and culture
- Around 175 aspiring footballers have been trained at residential academies
- More than 500 young players have been reached
Agriculture and animal husbandry
- 8,735 farmers have been supported in the adoption of sustainable farming practices
- 2,900 farmers adopted horticulture as well as floriculture as a source of livelihood
- 152 veterinary camps have been held, benefiting 6,769 animals
- 74,410 plants have been planted on 132 acres of land
- 582 solar street lights have been installed in villages near our operations
Featured case studies
HZL: Automation of molten metal transfer
Employees at the Pantnagar Metal Plant silver refinery had been manually transferring hot molten metal between furnaces, essentially putting them ‘in the line of fire’.
HZL: “Being Safe”
With more than 10,000 contract employees working on various sites in Hindustan Zinc, inculcating safety as responsibility is imperative.
BALCO: The Chetna Programme
Introduced in May 2018, this training programme is designed to keep safety “front of mind” by providing tools and information focused on preventing injuries.