A UNIQUE WAY OF IMPLEMENTING CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
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