At Vardhman, we look at our business as an efficient creator of prosperity for not only our shareholders but also for our employees, marginalised sections of society and the local communities in which we operate.
The organisation has responsibility towards the prosperity and well-being of its employees. We recognise the vital importance of employees in our growth story and foster an atmosphere of trust, ownership and learning while empowering them with ever-expanding opportunities.
Looking after the health and safety of human capital is always a priority. We have embedded health and safety risk assessment in all our business decisions and strive to prevent & promptly address any work-related hazards.
Our robust safety systems and processes ensure that our employees are up to date with our comprehensive safety manuals as also emergency preparedness and response plans. As part of their induction, all new recruits have to undergo a rigorous safety training programme. These are followed by advanced sessions on material handling, firefighting, safe chemical handling and regular mock drills. System-based maintenance of machines and equipment, as well as the LOTO system for electrical and maintenance work, add to our safety quotient.
Regular inspections of all the workplace facilities including warehouses, sensitive areas (such as chemical and HSD storage), boilers and captive power plants are undertaken, to ensure that all safety guidelines and policies are followed.
Safety Frequency: 6 Months
Canteen Hygiene & Safety
Washroom Hygiene & Safety
Third Party Audit Frequency: Annually
ISO - 45001 / OHSAS 18001 & ISO 14001
Hazardous Plants Safety
In order to inculcate and propagate safety as a culture, rather than just as a checklist item, the following measures are taken at all our units:
Exhaustive safety training session is an integral part of induction for all new recruits
Periodic training sessions on material handling,
firefighting, chemical usage, health and safety
Participation of worker representatives in safety
committee meetings along with management
Periodic lux level monitoring of workplace, as also audiometric and eyesight tests for workers
Provision and compulsory usage of personal
protective equipment, such as nose masks, ear
plugs, safety helmets, gloves, shoes, etc.
Well documented and comprehensive safety
manual containing workplace policies and
procedures to guide employees while at work
Trained and qualified fire-fighting teams in all group units. A well-equipped set up of fire-fighting equipment, such as fire extinguishers, fire hydrants, fire hose reels and emergency escape windows
Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan to
assist with planning and execution of
appropriate actions in response to local
Continual improvement of safety systems
through safety kaizens, better surveillance
mechanisms and installation of machine guards
Behaviour based safety approach to develop a
positive mindset about safety in employees
Road Safety campaigns to generate awareness
about traffic rules and road safety
LOTO (Lock Out Tag Out) system for Electrical Maintenance related work
Regular Mock Drills
System based maintenance of machines and
We consistently work to equip our employees with the skillset and knowledge to perform their best at work. They are given induction, functional orientation and attitudinal training. Regular workshops on best and next practices too are organized. Our Quality Circles help sharpen analytical and problem-solving skills of employees, leading to win a slew of national and international awards for Vardhman.
Health & Wellbeing
We are invested in the overall wellness of our employees and undertake comprehensive programmes to augment their well-being. Nutritious meals prepared in automated
kitchens and provision of clean washrooms equipped with all amenities are basic to all units. To ensure continual focus and create a spirit of healthy competition, at the end of every financial year, top three
units are felicitated based on their scores. Each unit is also equipped with a fully functional occupational health centre which is staffed with a qualified doctor and medical attendant.
True empowerment of women includes augmenting their ability to participate equally in society; access to decent work, control over their own time and lives; and providing equal and meaningful participation in decision-making at all levels and in every facet. Economic mainstreaming is the lever that enables this holistic empowerment, especially for rural women who are severely deprived on all the above counts.
At Vardhman, we have successfully transitioned thousands of rural girls into the organised, mainstream economy. We have provided them economic advancement through enhanced income and higher return on labour, ensured their access to opportunities through capacity building and skills training, nurtured their decision-making capability in different spheres, trained them on life-skills, and shored up their self-confidence.
Our safe and enabling environs provide accommodation to 3,000+ women in 14 hostels, taking care of their every need from nutritious food to healthcare facilities, encouraging them to play sports and lead an active life.
In the process, not only have we transformed their lives, but have also created empowered change agents, who are spearheading grass-root transformation in their area of influence.
We strongly believe that we are an integral part of our local communities and it is our responsibility to empower them and stimulate inclusive growth. Towards this objective, we undertake multiple initiatives,
with the same level of meticulousness and dedication, as we do to our business projects. Over the years, we have created a strong symbiotic relationship with our host communities which is built on
professionalism and mutual trust.
Beyond our massive thrust on women empowerment, Vardhman actively contributes to the socio-economic development of the community through various participatory and need-based
initiatives in the field of education, healthcare, rural development and disaster relief.
Education is a powerful tool to trigger progress. It creates a plethora of opportunities that provide employment, improves socio-economic indicators and ensures a secure future.
Vardhman School Development Program
Our flagship project to promote quality education, Vardhman School Development Program is an initiative under which we improve the infrastructure of Government Schools with the intent to support students from marginalized section of society. We have carried out the construction of 'Vardhman Block' equipped with furnished classrooms, separate toilets for girls and boys, and other amenities like water coolers with purifiers at several Government Schools including:
Government Primary School, Giaspura, Ludhiana, Punjab
Government Senior Secondary School, Kasabad, Ludhiana, Punjab
Government Senior Secondary School, Sekhewal, Ludhiana, Punjab
Government High School, Lohara, Ludhiana, Punjab
Government Senior Secondary School, Ladhowal, Ludhiana, Punjab
Government Excellence Higher Sec. School, Obedullahgunj, Mandideep, Madhya Pradesh
The Project has covered over 65 Government Schools and 41 Anganwadis. Through this intervention, over 30,000 students have benefitted, many of whom hail from migrant labourer families, employed in nearby factories.
Making our school development program holistic, we have launched Project Nandini to generate awareness about menstrual hygiene management among adolescent girls coming from family backgrounds where they rarely receive any guidance on managing their periods or understanding the biological changes they undergo. Under the initiative, we have installed sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators in the school washrooms besides conducting seminars, educational fairs, etc. to provide the school girls with affordable and hygienic alternative to keep them safe from diseases arising from poor intimate hygiene. Inspired by the impact and understanding the need, we have extended this project to slums.
To ease the financial burden and encourage more students from underprivileged
backgrounds to pursue higher education, we award scholarships to deserving
students, with a strong preference to girl children.
In today's world, digital literacy is a must for an individual to participate in the
global digital economy. Vardhman has set up advanced computer labs in
educational institutions and government schools to improve digital literacy among
financially disadvantaged students in the communities around its factories.
While it is essential to ensure good health and overall well-being of our employees, it is equally important that underprivileged sections of our community get access to
affordable and effective healthcare. To accomplish our goal of taking healthcare to the masses, Vardhman provides healthcare equipment, infrastructure, grants and
other facilities to local dispensaries and hospitals.
Government health institutions like primary health centres, community health centres and regional hospitals, are the focal points for marginal, disadvantaged and general public, to access health services. To strengthen healthcare infrastructure, we have provided modern medical equipment to several hospitals and community health centres.
Maternity & Childcare
As part of our efforts to improve the
physical health of women and children,
Vardhman provided equipment such as
colour doppler, ultrasound machine,
ambulance, water cooler and modular
toilets for outdoor patients at the
Mother & Child Hospital (MCH),
Ludhiana. Vardhman Group has also
contributed INR 1.20 crore for the
construction of a paediatric ward at a
district hospital of Hoshangabad.
Health Check-up Camps
We organise health awareness programmes to educate and encourage people in our communities to be more vigilant towards their health. By organising health check-up camps in nearby villages around our manufacturing units in Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab regions, we are able to take healthcare to remote regions.
Blood Donation Drive
A blood donation drive with the slogan
'Be the hero you always wanted to be -
Donate Blood' was organised at all our
manufacturing locations. The 14
blood donation camps witnessed over
1,500 units of blood being collected by
the Civil Hospital and other regional
When rural communities flourish, the nation flourishes. At Vardhman, we undertake various initiatives ranging from electrification and provision of safe drinking
water, to inculcating good hygiene and imparting new skills. We have installed solar street lights, handpumps and borewells, besides constructing toilets, shelters
at bus stops etc. to bridge the access gap in these communities, enhance their dignity and empower them to be self-reliant.
DISASTER RELIEF SUPPORT
Assistance during times of crisis and providing for immediate needs through relief efforts, are essential pillars of true community care. As a responsible citizen and partners of society, Vardhman contributes to various disaster relief funds such as the Prime Minister National Relief Fund, to show our
solidarity with victims of natural disasters such as earthquake, floods and cyclones.
During the coronavirus pandemic too, Vardhman made generous contributions to support the Nation. A sum of INR 7.5 Crore was provided to different relief funds besides providing masks, PPE kits,
testing machines to healthcare institutions. Alongside carrying out sanitization activities, everyday essentials were provided to people in need.