CSR Programme of the Year
Founded in 2007, on the border between the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana—an area that lacks basic healthcare, education and employment infrastructure—HPCL-Mittal is all too aware of the positive impact that corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes can have on local communities. While not the largest CSR program in the sector, HPCL-Mittal has spearheaded a truly unique and innovative ground-level programme, in a region that badly needs economic empowerment.
HPCL-Mittal has led the way in the region's hydrocarbon sector. The company developed the first oil and gas project in the state of Punjab—the 9m tonnes per year Guru Gobind Singh refinery at Bathinda—and operates a 1017 km crude pipeline from Gujarat to Punjab. The refinery is the state's single largest investment to date.
Despite no statuary obligation, the company has organized and established a number of CSR initiatives in healthcare, education and life skills. HPCL-Mittal launched one scheme to encourage rural farmers into dairy farming to supplement seasonal income. As a result, the firm set up local infrastructure, veterinary services and milk production rose by a factor of ten to 11,000 litres.
Other projects involved vocational training for local youths and women. Programmes offered computer courses, training in sewing, welding, masonry and automobile maintenance, which directly helped place more than 10,000 families into employment.
The courses also helped individuals launch their own businesses to become financially independent. These welfare projects have shown they can be replicated in many other rural areas, both in India and abroad, and benefit some of the most disadvantaged in society.