A UNIQUE WAY OF IM­PLE­MENT­ING COR­PO­RATE SO­CIAL RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY

Airports India - - THE ABODE OF PEACE -

The Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia has made re­cent strides in CSR ac­tiv­i­ties with in­creased em­ployee aware­ness and valu­able progress in all pri­or­ity ar­eas. AAI will con­tinue to build on the CSR strat­egy and prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, putting it at the core of busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties. The fu­ture plan is to ex­pand the progress based strat­egy, con­sid­er­ing ge­o­graphic cov­er­age, meet­ing lo­cal chal­lenges of com­mu­ni­ties and to com­ple­ment gov­ern­ment ef­forts to achieve na­tional de­vel­op­ment goals. AAI has un­der­taken ma­jor projects for 2012-13 for im­prov­ing health care fa­cil­ity for mother and child health­care, in vo­ca­tional skills de­vel­op­ment, en­hanc­ing ac­cess and qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion, and un­der­tak­ing needs based com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes near our air­ports across the coun­try. CSR is not only un­der­stood as a re­spon­si­bil­ity at AAI, but a life­time op­por­tu­nity for its employees- spread across In­dia, to con­trib­ute in im­prov­ing lives of as many peo­ple and the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia aims to achieve, consolidate and strengthen good cor­po­rate gov­er­nance mea­sures with so­cially and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble busi­ness prac­tices that bal­ances fi­nan­cial profit with so­cial well-be­ing. AAI ac­knowl­edges that there are or can be ex­pected and un­in­tended out­comes and im­pact of its core busi­ness which is to build and op­er­a­tionalise air­ports. Given the na­ture of its work, the pri­mary im­pact is on the en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­ni­ties in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity of the air­ports. There­fore, our in­spi­ra­tion and ap­proach for CSR has been to bring em­pow­er­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties near our air­ports in or­der to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment of in­clu­sive growth.

In 2012, AAI started a six month skills de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme for un­em­ployed women liv­ing in ‘San­ganer’ area near Jaipur Air­port. The pro­gramme trains 180 women in 16 batches on cut­ting and tai­lor­ing, making soft toys and dyes. In or­der to pro­vide bet­ter ac­cess to the train­ing op­por­tu­nity, the project is im­ple­mented in prox­im­ity to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The ini­tia­tive has not only opened up new av­enues for un­em­ployed

women of the com­mu­nity but also broad­ened em­pow­er­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties through col­lec­tivi­sa­tion.

In yet an­other CSR ini­tia­tive, AAI sup­ported free of cost surg­eries to 500 po­lio af­fected and dis­abled chil­dren in as­so­ci­a­tion with Narayan Seva Sansthan Udaipur, Ra­jasthan. Po­lio and Cere­bral Palsy are two of the ma­jor causes of lo­co­mo­tor dis­abil­ity in In­dia. There are a large num­ber of chil­dren af­flicted with po­lio liv­ing in ru­ral and semi ur­ban ar­eas in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try. Due to their low so­cio eco­nomic sta­tus and the lack of ac­ces­si­bil­ity or avail­abil­ity of any com­pre­hen­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices in­clud­ing sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tions in State/ Dis­trict hos­pi­tals, it leaves a large num­ber of such chil­dren liv­ing un­der harsh con­di­tions. The or­gan­i­sa­tion is ren­der­ing free of cost ser­vices in the field of treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of po­lio af­fected per­sons. Pa­tients are pro­vided free of cost aids and ap­pli­ances post surgery. Sub­se­quently, they are also pro­vided eco­nomic re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) pol­icy of the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) is aligned with its over­all com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing the high­est stan­dards of busi­ness per­for­mance. The vi­sion of AAI is “to be a world-class or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship in air traf­fic ser­vices and air­port man­age­ment and making it a ma­jor hub in Asia Pa­cific re­gion by 2016”. The pol­icy has been formulated as per the guide­lines on cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for Cen­tral Pub­lic En­ter­prises is­sued by the Depart­ment of Pub­lic En­ter­prises, Min­istry of Heavy In­dus­tries and Pub­lic En­ter­prises.

‘AASHA’ Skill Train­ing Pro­gramme for Un­der­priv­i­leged Women, Jaipur

Bet­ter Fa­cil­ity for Lo­cal Fish Mar­ket Near Tri­van­drum Air­port, Kerela

AAI re­lief pro­gramme

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.