Engage with the community to understand needs and priorities. Engagement helps in discovering the strengths and resources already present in the community. Laying the foundation of an active partnership between our CSR team and the community, it facilitates identification of priorities to be addressed and involves the community as partners and not just recipients of dole or charity.
Evolve key community needs by assisting in the identification of prioritized needs from its wish list and select appropriate responses based on the community’s strength to address the same. There is a need to respond to prioritized and evolved community needs by doing the right things, however unprecedented this may be at UPL. The engagement in doing pioneering things has helped in creating an environment of partnership and ownership that has extended beyond established CSR roles.
Enable the community (individuals and groups) through skilling that empowers them to transform their life and surroundings. Our objective is to stimulate and encourage activities that develop and empower the community. Since community strengthening and poverty eradication are interrelated, and the ambient community environment (socio-economic-politico environment) influences empowerment, these factors are observed, analyzed and acted upon.
Enrich people through our CSR initiatives. Our focused engagement, supported by evolved community needs and executed through the process of enabling communities, are directed at helping people lead better lives. We address issues that matter most to communities, leading by example to continuously improve our CSR process.
Evaluate our initiatives by continuously monitoring and learning from experiences, improvising service delivery, planning systematically, optimizing resource allocation and demonstrating results.
In 2016-17 as per the India CSR report, UPL has spent over INR 23.8 crores on CSR while the prescribed was just INR 4.9 crores, that’s 3.5 times more than the prescribed amount.
UPL’s CSR annual report 2016-17 highlights the multiple initiatives – ecological, health and sanitation, medical, educational, employability and agricultural that were undertaken. A full-fledged Sarus Crane Conservation Project was also undertaken and has shown great results.
In fact, UPL’s CSR has reached overseas too with Brazil’s Complementary Education Programme and various other community development programmes undertaken in countries where we are present.
The Dang Paddy Development project objectives comprise improvement in the quantity and quality of paddy output through a demonstration and availability of high-yield paddy seeds; improvement in farmer capacity through village-level training and exposure visits.
The UPL Niyojaniy Kendra was established under the S. R. Shroff Aajivika Trust to provide school dropouts and underprivileged youth with livelihood opportunities. Entrepreneurship development is supported through entrepreneurship training, development of small enterprises, strengthening of existing clusters/sectors, and support services.
In 2014-15, comprehensive skills like welding, fitting etc. were imparted for specific industries. Mobilisation drives were conducted through the Vadodara, Vapi, Makarpura and Savli centres. Theoretical and practical training for welding, fitting, electrical executions and other industrial competencies was imparted at the campus; certificates were distributed to candidates following training. In 2014-15, more than 390 candidates were placed in various industries. The Vadodara center mobilized corporate support in subsidizing skill education for urban underprivileged youth.
Vapi evolved from a sleepy village of the Seventies to the largest concentration of medium and small-scale industries in Asia, And yet, the location lacked quality tertiary education for long, limiting opportunities for the youth.
Gyan Dham Trust and S. R. Shroff Ajivika Trust, the two trusts of UPL Limited, transformed the landscape of educational services in the town.
Gyan Dham Trust has been managing the Gyan Dham School since 1972, providing world-class quality education.
Sandra Shroff ROFEL College Of Nursing, GIDC Rajju Shroff ROFEL Institute of Management Studies (GRIMS) and Shroff S. R. Rotary Institute of Chemical Technology (SRICT) provide world-class education and employment opportunities in Vapi and Ankleshwar.
UPL is extremely serious about its responsibility towards the environment. Raising awareness about this responsibility in our immediate community is part of our environment protection plan. On the occasion of World Enviornment Day 2017, we undertook activities based on the theme of ‘Connecting People with Nature’ that involved our employees, farmers and school students.
The UPL CSR team at Vapi joined the nation in observing World Environment Day on 5th June 2017 by taking the lead in planting trees by the national highway. The project was undertaken in partnership with the forest department, Valsad under the 'UPL Social Forestry Project' and connected our employees (known as WAU volunteers) with nature.
On this World Environment Day, UPL took the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and the conservation of Sarus Crane amongst farmers. In collaboration with Nadiad Social forestry division, a programme at Ecotourism Centre, Pariej wetland was organised. Mr. Ashwin Parmar, DCF Nadiad spoke about the importance of environment in our daily life. Ms. Kantaben (Head Samrath Foundation) spoke about eco-friendly living that we can practice. Mr.Mukesh Chaudhury (Agriculture officer, KVK Dethli) spoke about the relationship between agriculture and environment. UPL Sarus conservation project is part of 'UPL Vasudha Programme' with an objective to connect farmers (known as Sarus Protection Group) with nature.
World Environment Day was celebrated at the Pariya Mukhyashala on 5th June 2017. Students participated in a handprint moment. The objective was to sensitize young minds about their responsibility towards environment sustainability. A total of 75 students and 6 school teachers participated in the event. The initiative was done under the 'UPL Vasudha Programme' with an objective to connect school students (known as Eco-Club Volunteers) with nature.
The National Burns Center is a unique project to extend research, training and the latest in burns care technology to India. The intervention was adapted to India’s rural socio-economic profile, characterized by low incomes, unsanitary domestic environment and low infection resistance.
Mrs. Sandra R. Shroff, Vice Chairman of UPL, has been President of Burns Association of India for almost a decade. The Association provides information on burns prevention and treatment.
The National Burns Centre (NBC) at Airoli, near Mumbai is a 50-bed public charitable hospital, the only hospital of its kind in Navi Mumbai.
Response to relief from floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and other calamities is our CSR engagement focus. We invest extensively to provide supplies, rebuild infrastructure and rehabilitate the affected. We also assist in slum development, neighborhood improvement, safety promotion and other initiatives.
Cyclone Phailin left 44 people dead, affecting more than 12 million across 18,250 Odisha villages. More than 500,000 hectares of agricultural land and 200,000 houses were destroyed. Our CSR team provided monetary compensation for rebuilding houses across Odisha.
Employability and Entrepreneurship
Education and Empowerment
Environment and Nature conservation
Health and Sanitation
National / Local Area Need