Vedanta bags 4 Gold at CSR Health Impact Awards 2020
The Vedanta Group bagged 4 awards at the CSR Health Impact Awards organized by Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) council. The awards were for the exemplary work and initiatives undertaken to combat the COVID 19 pandemic and were presented to Vedanta Alumina Lanjigarh, Hindustan Zinc Limited, Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar project and the Vedanta group. All the initiatives undertaken by the group were under its ‘Vedanta Cares’ program, a unique project hosted by Vedanta Group Chairman Anil Agarwal, to support the communities to combat the pandemic.
Vedanta Group, which was one of the first corporates to announce its support to PM-CARES fund, has been proactively serving society during the pandemic under its ‘Vedanta Cares’ initiative, reaching more than 15 lakh beneficiaries, touching 280 villages across 7 states. The group also donated to various state CM COVID relief funds, and through its ‘Meals For All’ program, distributed around 12 lakh meals to the daily-wage earners and fed 12.70 lakh stray animals across the country. Apart from distributing essential PPEs like masks, sanitizers, and gloves, Vedanta joined hands with the Ministry of Textiles to import 23 machines for producing indigenous personal protective equipment (PPEs).
Ajay Kapur, CEO, Vedanta Aluminium, and Power who is also the Group Anchor for Vedanta’s CSR efforts said, “We are delighted to have won four Gold Awards and this recognition reinvigorates us to continue with our mission of greater good. Vedanta Cares is a lot more than a CSR initiative, it stems from Vedanta Group’s philosophy of ‘Giving Back’ to the communities and the nation. We truly appreciate the jury of IHW Council and the organizers of CSR Health Impact Awards to have conferred us with this honour.”
On receiving the award, CEO Project Nand Ghar -Ritu Jhingon said, "The award is dedicated to our Nand Ghar frontline warriors who even in difficult COVID times ensured that the essential medical care is taken to the doorstep of our communities."
IHW is a premier think tank, which works towards creating awareness, while advocating for societal well-being, with a focus on national health. The Vedanta Group was awarded Gold for the following in their respective categories:
Vedanta Group – COVID Relief Efforts
Hindustan Zinc Limited – Response to COVID-19
Vedanta Alumina, Lanjigarh – COVID Indigenous Response Project
Nand Ghar – Health CSR Project Category as a Large Corporate
Hindustan Zinc Limited won the award for the special response campaign which was launched for COVID 19 in which it created an interconnected web of stakeholders to create awareness across six districts of Rajasthan. The company also served the communities during the unprecedented times through its ‘Food Bank’ initiative, actioned by the women members of HZL’s Self-Help-Group, Sakhi. Over 14,000 Kg grains have been distributed in the vulnerable households in the community, through this initiative. Apart from this, HZL supported its communities through sanitizer, PPE, and packed-meal distribution.