Message from Ms. Suchita Oswal Jain
To begin with, I would like to thank India CSR for awarding me with the India CSR Leadership Award 2021. I am so honoured and grateful. My delight has increased manifold since I am also accepting the award for Vardhman Textiles. Our initiative to promote education called Vardhman School Development Program, has also been selected as the India CSR Project of the Year [Large Impact] in Textile Sector.
My heartfelt thanks to India CSR for the acknowledgement, and congratulations to everyone contributing to build a Resilient India in the New Normal. CSR and social good is a subject close to my heart. I find it very important for the industries to carry out large and impactful activities for the people and the society and am privileged to be part of a Group that can.
Vardhman is a progressively responsible organization and believes in giving back to society. We firmly believe that the communities that host us play a major part in our success. With an emphasis on structured approach to growth, the CSR initiatives of Vardhman Group are crafted with the same commitment and dedication as we do for our business projects. Our CSR teams are continuously analysing the avenues to understand the need and designing sustainable solutions for the same. For us, development is holistic and inclusive. We try to cover many aspects of social welfare. Our CSR endeavours primarily focus on uplifting the infrastructure of education and healthcare besides rural development and women empowerment.
Promoting education is a primary goal for us since we believe that education is the key to break the chain of poverty. For the same, we have upgraded the infrastructure of several government schools and provided them with well-equipped classroom blocks, separate toilet complexes for boys and girls, water coolers with purifiers, equipped computer and science labs etc. The selection of these schools was made following a need-based approach.
These are the schools in the proximity of our manufacturing units where the children of migrant labour and economically weaker section of the society study. We realized that many of these schools did not have the required number of classrooms. Students had to sit in the open air and teachers too worked hard in tough weather conditions. The seating arrangement changed depending upon the sun and rain. There were too many distractions, and in the absence of washrooms, girls particularly stopped coming to the school. The dropout rate was high, there was a sense of inferiority among children who had to bring sacs from their homes and sit on the ground. When we came across the situation, we decided to develop
enabling environs for the students to study.
Our goal was not to provide classrooms alone but to bring about behavioural change, to promote health and hygiene. Therefore, along with the Vardhman School Development Program, which is at present covering 65 schools and 41 anganwadis and counting, we also launched project Nandini.
Project Nandini aims at generating awareness among adolescent girls about menstrual hygiene management. These girls coming from background where they rarely received any guidance on menstrual health are provided with affordable sanitary napkins besides information on MHM. We have installed sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators in the schools, and regularly organize sessions to address their doubts and enhance their understanding about the biological changes they are going through. The reason we picked school girls for this initiative is that they can easily embrace change and take the information to other women in their community.
Women empowerment and providing equal opportunity is a crucial aspect we work on. From the women working in our units to the women residing around, we develop inclusive programs to help them become confident decision-makers of tomorrow. We counsel the parents of women coming from rural areas and instil faith about the safety and opportunities for growth we provide at our factories. It is this emphasis on development that our women workers have not only delivered presentations at global platforms but won accolades.
We also invest heftily in making quality healthcare accessible to all and provide funded hospital and healthcare centres with advanced medical equipment. Besides we provide grants for the treatment of poor patients and research on critical diseases.
In the unprecedented times of global coronavirus pandemic, when safety and healthcare became the utmost priority, we continued contributing to society. From financial support to providing masks, PPE kits, testing machines, development of isolation zones, setting up of sample collection kiosks etc. we offered as much support as possible. We also carried out sanitization drills, distributed rations kits and other essentials in Old Age Homes and to the needy during the lockdown.
In the hour of distress, Vardhman always steps forward to fulfil its responsibility as a corporate citizen. For a business to be sustainable, it is vital to care for the people, environment and the
country. We are all integrated and every act of goodness will multiply several times and contribute to building the kind of society we wish to bequeath to our future generations.
To conclude, I would like to thank you, and all of our well-wishers, for your continued support.
Ms. Suchita Oswal Jain
Ms. Suchita Oswal Jain
Vice Chairman & Joint Managing Director,
Vardhman Textiles Limited