Corporate Social Responsibility
The Sona Group's social responsibility focuses on 3 key areas - reduce energy consumption contributing to the effort against global warming, turn into a zero waste group by 2010 and support skills development.
Based on an audit by CII Hyderabad, we have implemented several energy saving devices and undertaken training sessions for our employees. The second round of recommendations is being implemented across group companies. We are also experimenting with alternate fuels and sources of renewable energy.
In order to become a zero waste company by 2010, we are examining all of our manufacturing processes and systems. Waste is being eliminated and products such as waste oil and scrap paper are being completely recycled. Path-breaking steps have been taken to eliminate Chromic Acid (a hazardous material) from our plants. This has the potential to improve paint shops of manufacturers across industries. Efficient usage, conservation and recycling of water are being ensured. Steps are being taken to make us ' water positive ' in the near future.
On Skills Development, the Sona Group has been supporting primary and secondary education in the village of Begumpur Khatola, situated behind our manufacturing facilities in Gurgaon. We have been supporting healthcare, livelihoods and basic infrastructure development, all of which facilitate the education and skills development process. The Sona Group runs a charitable dispensary, supports women's Self Help Groups and provides skills training for women and young people in the community. Women's empowerment has been the keystone to success. Addressing the critical need for Vocational Training, the Sona Group has entered into a PPP with the Govt. of Haryana and has completed the first phase of revamping ITI Nagina in Distt. Mewat. Students are being introduced to modern manufacturing concepts and practices, making them "job ready" across industries.
Dr. Kapur has set up an incubation centre for Innovation in partnership with MDI Gurgaon. This addresses the need for support to innovation and entrepreneurship development. 30% of the seats have been reserved for weaker sections, taking forward the Government agenda on Affirmative Action.
CSR POLICY STATEMENT
The Sona Group is acutely aware of its responsibility towards following Environmental, Human Resource and Societal best practices both within its premises and beyond for the wider societal good. Our core values are: Respect for Individual, Service to Customers and Excellence in Pursuit of our Goals, and these reflect in our CSR policy as well. We are committed to our various stakeholders.
We are committed to (a) using environment friendly and safe process in production, (b) conserving water & energy by consistently reducing consumption and wastage and (c) complying with all safety & environmental laws & regulations. We set and periodically review sound environmental objectives and targets for each manufacturing unit. We will do everything possible to become carbon and water neutral within the next 5 years.
We are guided by our core beliefs to promote the well-being and development of our employees (as well as their families) through our stated corporate value of "Respect for the Individual".
We strive to be a good Corporate Citizen by empowering people & communities by promoting skills development at the primary, secondary and vocational level. Skills development is being taken to its logical conclusion either via job creation or support to Entrepreneurship. Skills Development cannot be achieved without the requisite support in the areas of Health, Water, Sanitation and income generation, which The Sona Group supports in specific communities.
We regard suppliers as our partners and work with them to help us achieve our objectives in environmental, HR and social development programmes.