As a responsible corporate citizen, AIS continues to earmark considerable resources for the common cause. AIS, among the premier glass manufacturing companies in India, has always believed that true corporate performance does not only mean delivering growth, but addressing larger social issues like protection of the environment, education of the underprivileged, health and sanitation upgradation. To that effect, over a period of years, the glass manufacturing company has been undertaking a number of community development initiatives around its manufacturing units.
In order to coordinate these diverse activities and bring them to a common platform, AIS decided that all such measures should be coalesced to a common platform – Integrated Community Development Program (ICDP). AIS ICDP is being administered and monitored by Youthreach – a Delhi based NGO.
The enunciated goal of ICDP has been to enhance the quality of life in the community by providing services, enabling “community participation and leadership” towards mobilizing government, community and all other entities that are critical towards achieving this goal.
2007-08, being the last year for implementation of phase 2 of ICDP (Phase 1 covered a period of 2004-06), continued targeting two areas for intervention and development each at Rewari and Roorkee “Education” and “Water & Sanitation” in Rewari and “Vocational Training” and “Enterprise Development” in Roorkee.
Environmental and social considerations have a strategic position in the outcomes and purpose of the business – as bottom lines. AIS follows a structured and documented system of best practices in environment. AIS has been carrying out the following activities to protect and safeguard the environment
- Conversion of arid land in and around its plants into a lush green belt.
- Upgradation of manufacturing and other processes to ensure least possible impact on the environment.
- Conducting tree plantation campaigns.
- Rainwater harvesting at plants.
- Recycling of waste paper.
In recognition of its meeting international standards in environmental management, AIS Auto Glass received the ISO - 14001 certification by the Certification Body of TUV Management Services GmbH.
2. HEALTH AND SAFETY
Health protection and safety of operations are permanent commitments of AIS.
AIS has been undertaking the following activities:
- Organising health awareness campaigns:
Awareness activities including wall writing, folk songs and film shows to disseminate information on several health related issues.
- Organising Health Camps:
Health camps organised by AIS provide access to primary health services, distribution of medicines, vaccinications and referrals to Bawal Community Health Centre.
- Reorientation training to health service providers:
Reorientation training programmes are conducted for ANMs, tradition birth attendants and registered medical practitioners.
It has been our continuous endeavour to provide and maintain an absolutely safe working environment for all our employees and we have been keeping up with the latest trends, standards and practices.
The education programs primarily focus on two areas – transportation of school children (especially the girl child) and establishing and running education centres (“AIS Unnati Centres”) for the school drop-out children.
School drop-out rates in this area is high among girl children due to lack of safe local transportation. The school bus program of AIS, started in 2004, continues to enable 475 girl children from about 34 villages to commute from Rewari to their Senior Secondary School in Bawal.
Two “AIS Unnati Centres” covering about 58 children are run in Mohammadpur & Kheramurar which enables the youth, especially girls who have dropped out of school to continue education. Out of the above, 17 children appeared for class X examinations through the ‘open school’.
Vocational training has been provided to more than 130 boys and 62 girls. Boys were trained in computer skills and the girls in beauty culture. 20 girls have also been referred to tailoring courses. Among those trained, 27 girls have already set up their own enterprises on a full-time or part-time basis and 11 boys have been gainfully employed. To enable these youth to set up their businesses, enterprise management training is also being imparted.
4. WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION
Falling levels of ground water, lack of access to safe drinking water and increasing the disuse of traditional knowledge and infrastructure are pressing issues in the realm of water and sanitation in Rewari. Under the water & sanitation program being carried out in 60 villages around Rewari, awareness covering the rainwater harvesting, recycling, managing waste water, water saving cropping pattern building and low-cost sanitation facilities were imparted.
Water & sanitation issues are better dealt with at a community level, for which community mobilisation is important. ICDP initiatives during the year focused on community mobilisation for participatory planning in villages through women’s groups. During 2007-08 study tours for villagers were also conducted to Churu in Rajasthan to better understand the success of rain water harvesting.