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CSR activities:

Sharing wider responsibility

At BPCL we believe that its equally important to return back to society. Which is why, we believe some of our finest achievements arent those found in our balance sheets but those, in small towns and villages spread across India. Our involvement in sharing this wider responsibility dates way back to 1984, when in pursuance with our philosophy to give back to the society/community our best, we aimed to help the people enrich their lives, be it our employees or their families also extending the scope of definition of families to those that we saw beyond our glass cabins in these rustic surroundings, and thus started our romance. Today, we term them as our extended family i.e. our villagers from rural areas. India, has a social contrast, while one strata of the society comprising of approximately 30% live in the cities, a great percentage of nearly double -700 million Indians reside in villages, which we term as rural India. Now rural India too has its own disparity, some are what we call the islands of prosperity and the rest that have the other extremes, riddled by droughts and some difficult conditions of weather and climate and sometimes these villages are so remote and far flung from cities that many a times makes others go past unnoticed BPCL initially started working in Mahul, the village located in our neighborhood of its Mumbai refinery since 1986, for the sole reason of their upliftment. The habitants of Mahul, essentially from the fishing community, were rich because they possessed marine wealth but as far as education, health, etc was concerned, they needed help. BPCL volunteered and the initial success brought such gratification that immediately it adopted another village (this time an interior one) called Karjat, developments with selfless intentions helped introspect about the future role BPCL should adopt in its aim to contribute to this effort, then there after there was no looking back As a corporate responsibility, today 37 villages across India have been adopted. This includes making substantial investments for nearly a decade and a half in them to make them fully self reliant, providing them fresh drinking water, sanitation facilities, medical facilities, enhancing their income standards by imparting vocational training and agricultural innovations. However, BPCL also firmly believes that the only vehicle for raising the villagers from their present state is by educating both the young and the old, a focus on providing grants for opening schools and opening adult literacy camps as well. A Herculean task indeed, which BPCL recognized and thus even sought assistance from NGOs working around these centers in fulfilling its dream, which to many of BPCL employees still remains incomplete, on account of the large magnitude of work necessary in completion Name of the village Activity NGO/BPCL Community centre , vocational G.P.T. T.M. - ( R ) Agra guidance and non formal education / sensitization, Hand pumps (No. 3), Bhogalpura (U.P.) sanitation blocks and appointment of NGO for running the activities have been carried out. Babukheda (U.P.) Provided Medical van cum mobile G.P.T. T.M. Lucknow education van. Extension of community centre to accommodate school upto 5th std. / distribution of uniforms and books to the children. Conducted medical camps, Mid-day

meal scheme . Approach road, bore well provided Basantgarh (U.P.) Community centre , compound wall for Population-740 approx existing school, provided furniture to SC Population school , educational support (distribution of uniforms and study material), medical camp, cattle camp and eye camp have been carried out Chawri (U.P.) Non Formal School Up To 2nd Std., Uniforms & Mid-Day Meal Scheme , Dispensary Provided Srinivasapura Operating Mid-day meal scheme to 75 / Munneshwara children ,bore well , school building, karnataka educational support , vocational training - agro based, Health centre Jyotinagar Karnataka Repair and maintenance of school building , open well , sanitation blocks carried out and development activities will be revised Ramthenga Orissa Educational support, Medical camp, sewing machines , Intensification of fishing ponds & Improvement of Infrastructure during 2004 / 2005 onwards Brindabanpur Provided bore well, conducted medical / Farikkadanga W.B. camps and cattle camps. Jahajpur W.B. Road, Bus shelter, Tank for fishing, Medical centre, Vocational training, through R.K.Mission Uttar Goalpara W.B. Solar street lighting through Tata BP solar & Medical facility through ST. Jones Ambulance established . Balance activities like sanitation, tree plantation and horticulture will be taken up in due course of time. Mankara W.B. Road primary school, Hostel (extn.,) Workshed for training women Kadambankulam Community centre, bore well and Tamilnadu sanitation block established, repair and maintenance, vocational training, nonformal education and medical facilities. Low cost housing (19 No.s) Kuruchi Tamilnadu Community Hall with Medical centre, Community Kitchen, Library, Toilet Block & Veterinary Centre Kizhmaruthur Tamilnadu Creche facility provided

Faridabad

G.P.T.

V.G.K.K. Vivekananda Girjana Kalyan kendra (Ramkrihan Mission ) Dr.Sudarshan Desur ( T.M. - R )

Bhuvaneshwar T.M. LPG RAC - agreement up to 30/04/2005

Not to be progressed Kalyan(kalyan krishi vigyan kendra )

Sevavrata Community Action For Rural Devlopment (CARD)

Gramiya Social Welfare Society DGM (HRS) South R.. Ravi kumar Gramiya Social Welfare Society DGM (HRS)

Pulianthurainallur Tamilnadu

Integrated sanitary facility provided

Nangal Govind Community Centre, Hand Pumps, Rajasthan Educational Support, Medical Camp Neelgarh M.P. Pedawada /Manjripal Chattisgarh Laakarkhawar Jharkhand Provided community centre, tube well, Educational support, Boat (1), Big nets (2), one goat to each family, lanterns & Blankets . Mungadih/ Jardih Dimra Community centres ( 3 ) , low cost / Obar Jharkhand latrines (10 ) recharge tank ( 3 ) , Bio gas plant ( 10 ) non formal education, Bee-keeping (training and inputs ) mushroom production ( Training and inputs ) small animal rearing ( training and inputs ) Villagers have become self-sustaining , per capita income has gone up between 30,000 to 50,000 per annum. Kasabkhede/Pohey Community centre repaired and Maharashtra established. Medical facility, cattle camp, non - formal education, solar lighting and open well will be provided Bhaktachiwadi Community centre, vocational training, MogreJ/Mahul/ Tembre medical camp, fertilizers, smokeless /Washala Maharashtra chullahas etc. are provided. Kaparada Gujarat Kharabairaja Gujarat Drinking water, Community centre, sewing machines, medical facilities are provided through Red Cross . G.konduru Andhra We have developed hostel to house 64 Pradesh Nos. SC/ST students. Under the guidance from collector and additional dist. magistrate. Provided 8 living rooms with amenities and facilities of toilets and bathrooms, dining room, kitchen etc. Also provided lockers, fans and electrical fixtures for providing conducive atmosphere for studies. Pinapaka Andhra Construction of the school building, Pradesh Provided desk / benches sets - 30 Electrical wiring, fans / lights provided

South Gramiya Social Welfare Society DGM (HRS) South G.P.T. Jaipur - T.M. LPG

Not to be progressed

Kalyan (Kalyan Krishi Vikas Kendra & Sevavrata & Divyayan ) These NGOs are part of Ramkrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad & the agricultural training centre at Narendrapur (W.B.) Saffi T.M. (R ) Manmad

Refinery villages Surat T.M. ( R ) Jamnagar / Rajkot T.M. (R ) Vijaywada T.M. Retail

Listed below is a case study on our village adoption at Karjat Arming Them Towards Self Sufficiency The rationale behind selecting Karjat for community development initiatives was that the company wanted to work for vulnerable groups.. The Karjat endeavour began with construction of a community hall, which was like a meeting place for villagers and way of reaching out to village women. Later many programs like medical assistance, grain bank, marketing artifacts, conducting certified vocational training courses, etc were carried out. From last 10 years farmers in 21 villages of karjat are helped through our interventions. There are eight villages, which are covered through BPCLs projects in and around Washala. Washala is situated in Shahpur taluka in Thane district. It is made up of tribal population. The various on-going activities are:
Farm facts:

For agricultural upliftment, we arrange training through Pune Agricultural University, distribute seeds and fertilizers every year. There are lectures arranged on technical guidance, use of less water for farming, teaching newer methods of agriculture, etc. They also educate the farmers about fish farming and provide them all necessary information. Guidance is also given as regards buying of seeds. The methods of multiple cropping are taught. Every year farmers are given free fertilizers. Bamboo cultivation is also promoted. 5000 Bamboo saplings are planted every year, by giving it to villagers who will take care of it. Along with it, even mango, chikku and guava saplings are provided.
Cattle care:

At Karjat, We conduct exhibitions of cattle of various breeds, training sessions are arranged for improving the health of available cattle, there is vaccine program conducted on regular basis for all pet animals. Competitions are also held among cattle and prizes are given to the best cattle. Once a year there is a camp organized in which doctors from veterinary inspect all the cattle. Education: For motivating intelligent students coaching is provided to students. Balwadis is available for small children as pre-school intervention.. Tree plantation programs are held at Adivasi ashram schools.
Health:

A dispensary with a doctor is available and regular health camps are conducted. General health camps are organized twice a year. To cater to the needs of all villagers, may it be men, women, senior citizens, children and so on. To ensure proper eyesight, eye camps are conducted periodically. their sight back through this endeavor. There are camps held for pregnant women regarding guidance in pregnancy, stress on nutrition, etc.
Grain Bank:

In the villages of Karjat, Institute Of Rural Farmers were dependent on moneylenders for money as well as seeds and grains and thus in turn fell in the debt trap. The moneylenders would harass them and exploit them. For e.g. for every one quintal of grain borrowed, the farmer would have to return it three quintals. To avoid such exploitation, IRCED came out with the grain bank scheme. The concept of grain bank was to make grains easily accessible to the farmers and to keep them away from the clutches of the moneylenders. Grains are made available to the farmers without any advance and they also do not have to return anything extra than what they had taken. Through BPCL, there is also a small room allocated for the purpose of maintaining the grain bank in every village so that the grains do not get spoilt.

Community centre:

We have provided a multipurpose Samaj Mandir at Pinglas Karjat for the Villagers to have a meeting point. There is a community centre which encompasses classes for villagers on tailoring, mehendi, beautician course, bamboo article making, multi-skill training, etc. Cane Weaving and Bamboo making classes are conducted regularly. Tailoring is helping the girls in income generation. Later there is also an exhibition held in Mumbai for sale of the bamboo articles made in these villages.
Rain water harvesting:

To make available water in case of scarcity, there was a need felt to start a project on rain water harvesting. The work has just begun. As this is a hilly area the problem of ground water and land water still remains. For provision of water, tube wells and small dams are made for the villagers.
Infrastructure development:

We have constructed shed for schools. For e.g. repairing the fans, replacing broken furniture, etc jetty for fishermen so that they can rest in the night when they are not fishing. We have also constructed a public toilet. We are vigilant in keeping the surroundings clean. Timely garbage disposal is also taken care of. Tree plantation programs are carried out on a regular basis. .
Every village: Sakhi Shejarni

A group of women came together in Karjat who felt the need of being together and saving some amount of money. They started meeting regularly and since then they collect savings and deposit in the bank This is a scheme whereby every village will have one woman leader. This leader is trained in such a way that she is able to manage the whole group of other women, take training sessions for them, conducts awareness programs and also provides counseling help. Such women leaders are termed as SAKHI, which means a friend in Marathi. Thus the groups serve a double purpose, that of starting a small-scale business and that of learning through various sessions. These meetings help them to improve their quality of life. Counselling Initially counseling began in BPCL to overcome the different problems of employees at work. But now, we have come closer to their lives. Thus now counseling does not only aim at solving disputes at work but involves a whole gamut of issues ranging from employees overall development to the development of their families. Thus there is a shift from what used to exist earlier as our orientation is towards prevention. Over the time, recoveries and success stories started flowing in resulting in values of counseling being upheld as an important contribution for employees well being. Thus at the refinery counseling is seen as a mission which aims at making people live lives fruitfully. The help received through counseling is what is valued by most of our employees. As a continuation to individual help, We feel proud to say that we are one of very few companies who regularly visit employees at their plant. This helps us to understand employees better and plan intervention. Accordingly. Plant talks have made a positive effect in the minds of the employees as they get an idea that the company is really interested in their issues
Addiction-The Slow Poison

Alcohol and drug use is extremely common in todays world. In spite of the awareness of the ill effects of these substances, people continue to get addicted to it. The abuse and addictions result in malfunctioning of an individual in major spheres of life. Addictions lead to poor

work performances, disrupted relationships and adjustment problems. The rising awareness about employee welfare and raising the quality of work, various companies today make efforts to reduce addictions. We have been one of the first companies to engage in continuous endeavours to help our addicted employees to overcome their problems. We have successfully partnered with Kripa Foundations De-addiction Center for sustainable efforts in this direction. Kripa foundation is one of the largest Non- Governmental organization in India helping people suffering from Chemical Dependency and HIV Infection. Kripa offers a non-discriminating, supportive community living, helping people to introspect and bring about change in lifestyle.
Our Success- Strength Of Sobriety

Although difficult to believe, the success ratio is 60% at the refinery level, whereas the addiction improvement rate worldwide is 45.50%. Through counseling employees who recovered from alcohol addiction and the other personal problems became our biggest strength for extending our chain of human help. These peer educators are very efficient at work and they they aid our CSR activity by being of help to the other addict employees and the community too.
The Pune Centre

A de-addiction center has been set up at Pune for both men and women addicts for all over Maharashtra. The Kripa Foundation runs it. We are supporting them and helping them in their efforts
Family Wellbeing

Through all the Employee assistance programs, prominence is given to family as a system. It is a known fact that family is one of the most closely knit system which needs to be enriched to cope with the stresses and strain of life. Thus when an employee comes with a problem, joint counseling sessions are also conducted including his family members to ensure resolving of problems amicably.
Grooming Children As Caretakers Of Next Generation

Children are tomorrows future, and when it comes to our own employees children, We ensure their development through various activities like Career guidance, aptitude tests, etc
Parenting

During training or workshops, one of the main topics covered is parenting. This is important because in todays competitive world it is very difficult to manage both work and house Thus to ensure care of children, parenting sessions are conducted about emotional problems and problems encountered by children at different stages, puberty issues, etc.
Women Empowerment

In women lie natures best qualities of motherhood, compassion, humanity and love. Because they have been blessed with the capacity for giving and nurturing life, women also have the capacity for a deep commitment for preserving and nourishing not only their own offspring, but of the entire planet as well. BPCL is also blessed with efficient women staff who are enthusiastic and who come forward to help others. Women power in the true sense is seen when women meet regularly and discuss on varied issues and the stands they take. LIKE WOMAN IS WOMANS BEST FRIEND. It is normally said that a woman is a womans worst enemy. But at the refinery, the bond within the women is exceptionally charged with making a difference to their personal as well as work life.
Safety Ambassdors

This is a new activity being started at the refinery. Some of women employees are made

safety ambassadors to ensure safety in the plant. These women would co-ordinate with the safety observers at the plant level and ensure that their co-employees take adequate safety measures. It is process to help the employees help themselves for their own safety and that of the other.
HIV/ AIDS Care And Prevention

AIDS is a major concern worldwide. It is forth killer of human beings. It has spread far and wide across nations, caste, creed, sea and racial boundaries. The UN AIDS estimates 5.3 million sero positive people housed in India alone in 2004. The growing number of sero positive people in the productive age group affects the economy in the long run.. BPCL too encountered presence of sero positive employees. However the comprehensive health policy of the company protects the employees and their family. Considering the significance of interventions in this area, the Social Welfare dept. initiated plant talks on Family Life Education and Health and Well being. Various awareness programs were conducted in the refinery on HIV/AIDS. Avert Society, a triplicate body of USAID, NACO and Government of Maharashtra, noticed the efforts of BPCL. The Avert Society invited BPCL for long-term partnership for an AIDS Intervention Project in the refinery, and the adjacent community. The project identifies three major areas of intervention, viz. workplace intervention (including around 30000 workers), Mahul and 25 villages from Karjat. The activities under this project include one to one intervention at village level, counseling at workplace, behaviour change communication, street plays and folk media to spread awareness about the same. 'Generation Next' BPCL is passionate about the Generation Next, and thus also supports various education initiatives at all levels. This involves granting aid to schools, acknowledging and rewarding meritorious students and an initiative called BPCL scholars. BPCL scholars are a group of approximately 100 Indian students, who yearly, seek full studyassistance from BPCL in doing their post graduation, both in India and abroad. We support these students, the future of tomorrow, the fuel of tomorrows growth, with all humility and passion. Take a trip through our ambitions section to know more about the BPCL Scholars