Corporate Social Responsibility
CESC Limited is a socially responsible company, which aims at contributing towards the upliftment of the poor and underprivileged residing in its area of operation, along with its focus on generating profits, protecting the interests of investors and shareholders, and, serving its customers with utmost satisfaction. The Company is aware of its duties towards the society and environment in which it operates and recognizes its role in managing the social, economic and environmental challenges confronting society.
- To be a socially responsible Indian Company empowering lives by providing access to education, healthcare, art facilities, skill development, livelihood opportunities etc. to improve the overall quality of life.
- To actively contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in which the Company operates. It wishes to build a better, safer and sustainable way of life for the weaker sections of society and contribute to the overall human development.
- To promote inclusive growth fired by free-spirited entrepreneurship and community development
- To be recognized for the Company’s strong commitment towards the community and to uphold the values of community service.
The Company’s mission is to implement CSR programmes and projects that assist in creating an empowered environment in the Indian society for inclusive growth leading to social and economic development of the community. Through a series of interventions, it seeks to reach out to various sections of society and provide them opportunities that empower their lives.
The Company’s strategy is to integrate the activities in community development, social responsibility and sustainable livelihoods, and encourage each business unit or function to include these considerations into its operations. To achieve the same, the Company will constantly strive to review and improve its efforts to positively contribute towards the well-being and welfare of the people across the country, especially across its area of operation. It would ensure the same by continually reviewing and improving its efforts to conduct responsible business practices, uphold the highest ethical standards in all its engagements, and take the extra initiative to reduce damaging impacts on the environment and to nurture a workplace of diversity and inclusion.
- To integrate social, environmental and ethical responsibilities into business governance to ensure long-term success and create shared value
- To go beyond a giving back to society’ and create sustainable social impact in CESC operational areas
- To demonstrate leadership in corporate citizenship
The CSR projects of CESC are designed in alignment with the Millennium Development Gaols (MDGs), the National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibility of Business (NVGs) and the national development goals. CESC believes in supplementing and contributing to the nation’s development process through its CSR initiatives.
CSR is often associated with the theme of the social contract’ or alternatively of license to operate’. A social contract perspective enables a firm to act responsibly not because it is in its commercial interest, but because it is part of how society implicitly expects business to operate. CESC has always endeavoured to create a platform for different partners/stakeholders to share and discuss for building strong, open and lasting relationships. All the CSR projects of the Company are designed in alignment with stakeholder needs and concerns.
CESC regularly interacts with government officials, local administrators, non-government agencies, and communities to plan and execute its CSR projects.
Our Development Partners
- Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
- City Level Action for Street and Working Children (CLPOA)
- Child in Need Institute (CINI)
- Hope Kolkata Foundation (HKF)
- NEXT Education
- WASH Institute
- NSHM Udaan Skills Pvt. Ltd.
CESC is committed to making continuous improvement in the management of its environmental impact through technological innovations and community interventions. CESC is the first thermal power utility in the world to be registered with UNFCCC for Carbon Credits. In line with its commitment to conserve the environment, CESC has brought in a change in its power mix from solely thermal to solar, wind and hydel power as well. Some of the renewable energy projects are already in commission or underway. The Company has launched several community-based initiatives to generate awareness on environment issues as initiate action on the same.
The Urja Chetana Programme is conducted in 30 schools in and around Kolkata in partnership with Centre for Environment Education (CEE). The project aims at generating awareness on energy conservation and efficient use of energy. Energy clubs have been formed in the selected schools; essentially, these clubs consist of about 25-30 students from classes VI to IX with a teacher-in-charge. The energy clubs drive the activities of the Urja Chetana Programme within and outside the school. The activities include conducting energy audits in schools, paper re-cycling, composting, rain water harvesting, wall art painting, creating educational material based on school curriculum, theme-based contests and competitions, rallies and campaigns, community outreach, observation of Urja week and Urja Diwas, among others.
Initiatives with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation
CESC has partnered with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for beautification of the city of Kolkata. It has taken over the maintenance of median strips (green verge) in certain city roads.
Development of Parks and Playgrounds
Developing parks and playgrounds for children around Generating Stations is perceived as an important environmental initiative by CESC. Not only do such initiatives help in reclamation and beautification of public spaces, they also have a positive impact on the development of children and residents of the surrounding communities.
CESC Learning Labs Programme
The CESC Learning Labs Programme has been implemented in 12 government/government aided schools in and around Kolkata. The Programme is a learning solution which integrates Science and Math Labs with classrooms. The Programme allows students to enhance their learning capabilities by helping them co-relate classroom learning with computer aided simulations. Learning Labs in Mathematics and Science emphasises on learning by doing to foster applied reasoning.
Access to good libraries plays an important role in improving quality of education. Schools, particularly government or government-aided, have limited library facilities. Even where libraries are there they are not stocked with good books. Also, with the wide usage of guide books students barely refer to good reference books. And this is adversely impacting the learning achievements of children. In view of this CESC has launched a library programme in schools and communities around its Generating Stations.
The Muktangan Programme launched by CESC in partnership with Hope Kolkata Foundation (HKF) is an initiative to improve learning outcomes of students, particularly those coming from underprivileged backgrounds. Students from classes VIII to X are provided academic support to fill in the deficiencies in school learning and prevent drop-outs.
The Programme seeks to improve child health through provision of safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation facilities in government and government-aided schools. The Programme is being implemented through City Level Programme of Action for Street and Working Children (CLPOA). The approaches followed are – child friendly toilets and school led total sanitation through formation of child cabinets, teacher training and parents’ orientation.
The graph below denotes the number of schools covered, teachers trained and the number of students benefitted from this programme.
School Build Programme
Quality of education is determined to a large extent by the availability of appropriate infrastructure in schools. Schools, particularly government and municipal schools, not only have an adverse teacher-student ratio but also lack in basic infrastructure such as classrooms, toilets, drinking water facility, benches, libraries, etc. Therefore, CESC has been focusing on infrastructure development of schools around its Generating Stations.
Roshni is an integrated project on child rights and entitlements by facilitating parents’/ children’s access to government schemes and services. Through the project we reach out to pregnant women, lactating mothers and children in the age group of 0-18 years. The Project was launched in 2015-16 and is being implemented in partnership with Child in Need Institute (CINI). The Project seeks to mainstream dropout children in the age group of 6-14 years and also emphasises on securing appropriate learning achievements of children and making schools child friendly. Enhancement of reading, writing and arithmetic is focused upon through the Child Assistance Centres, where regular academic support is provided to them. In addition, reading and writing camps are organised in schools from time to time to improve learning achievements of children.
Infrastructure Upgradation of Government/Municipal Hospitals
CESC is focused upon improving the public health infrastructure around its Generating Stations. CESC has been working extensively for the development of Titagarh Municipal Hospital by upgrading its Maternity Ward and Operation Theatre, and setting up the ENT and Ophthalmology Wards. It is also supporting the setting up of a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Hospital.
The Suswasthya Project is being implemented by CESC in partnership with CLPOA in Bhadreswar, Champdani and Kamarhati Municipalities. The overall objectives of the Project is to improve maternal and child health by reducing mortality and morbidity among pregnant women, lactating mothers and children, improving awareness on health, nutrition and hygiene, and establishing linkages between health services and beneficiaries.
Community Sanitation Project
CESC has been implementing the ‘Nirmal Sankalp’ in Titagarh Municipality since 2014. In 2014-15, the Project was implemented in Ward No. 13 and in 2015-16 the Project was implemented in Ward No. 1. Under the Project, pay and use community sanitary complexes have been constructed in Ward Nos. 13 and 1, which are wholly run and managed by community-based Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Committees This is a community sanitation project, which seeks to improve availability, usage, quality and sustainability of water and sanitation facilities by involving community members as change agents. In the current year the Project is being implemented in Ward No. 10. The Project covers an approximate population of 17000.
The project has been launched in September 2016 in partnership with NSHM Udaan Skills Foundation for skill development and livelihood generation of 50 women in Titagarh. Courses offered are beautician and tailoring.
Organisation of Sports Activities
As a responsible corporate citizen, CESC is committed to promote the overall development of the communities among which it operates, particularly that of children and youth. Apart from developing parks and playgrounds, CESC organises community sports activities to encourage youth and children.
Save Energy Championship Tournament organised under Urja Chetana Initiative of CESC Limited
Under Urja Chetana Programme of CESC Limited a ‘Save Energy Championship Tournament’ was organised from March 11th to 22nd, 2017, in which eight schools had participated. The objective of the Tournament was to encourage students to come out and play outdoor games instead of watching television and playing with electronic gadgets during their free time, and thereby promote healthy lifestyles. This will also help in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. The final match was played between Jadavpur N.K. Pal Adarsha Sikshayatan and Tiljala High school on 22nd April, 2017, which is the World Earth Day. Through the matches played under this Tournament carbon emission was reduced by 48.524 kg.
Schools Supported by CESC Limited Receives Nirmal Vidyalaya Puraskar 2016
Two schools, supported by CESC Limited, under the Nirmal Abhiyan initiative (water and sanitation programme in government schools) of the Company, have received the Nirmal Vidyalaya Puraskar 2016, awarded by Sarva Shiksha Mission, Kolkata. Schools that are eligible to participate for the Award have to be equipped with safe drinking water, proper sanitation facilities, mid-day meal, and cleanliness of the institute to name a few.
This year, 28 schools in the State received the coveted Award. The two schools supported by CESC Limited, which received the Award are Satyaranjan Khastagir Sishu O Prathomik Vidyalaya and Gandhi Colony Balika Vidyalaya.
On the occasion, Sarva Siksha Mission Kolkata, also felicitated Ms. Neepa Saha Sharmaa (Head-CSR, CESC Limited) for CESC’s contribution to the cause of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in government schools.
Annaprashan Ceremony under Roshni Project
CESC, in partnership with Child In Need Institute (CINI), has taken the initiative of organising Weaning Ceremonies better known as Annaprashan for children in the age group of 6-9 months under the Roshni Project in Topsia-Tiljala area. The Annaprashan ceremony is organised to improve awareness of mothers, grandmothers and caregivers within the family about benefits of appropriate complementary feeding and caring practices and correct ways to practice them. On May 18, 2017 yet another Annaprashan Ceremony was organised in Mazdurpara, Ward 66 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The Medical Officer of Ward No.66 and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) Supervisor of the area were among the distinguished guests. CSR Volunteers from CESC also participated in the event.
Shishu Mela organised under Roshni Project
A Shishu Mela was organised under the Roshni Project of CESC Limited on 23rd May, 2017 at Mazdurpara, Ward No.66 of the KMC in Topsia-Tiljala area. The objective of the Mela was to enlighten mothers as well as other women in the community on importance of early registration of pregnancy, ante-natal care (ANC) and post-natal care (PNC), early child care and other related issues. It also sought to felicitate mothers who have gone through the entire ANC and PNC process along with child care, as a motivation for other women in the community to avail these services. Along with this, the community was also educated on power safety, prevention of power theft, and the process of getting legal meters.
The event was facilitated by Ms. Neepa Saha Sharmaa (Head-CSR, CESC Limited) and Mr. Rajprashanta Chakraborty (Manger-LCC, CESC Limited). Approximately 30 mothers along with their children, 25 adolescents and several other community members attended the event. A quiz was conducted for the community members on education, nutrition, health, and child rights, in which the CESC CSR Volunteers actively participated.
Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation facilities Inaugurated in Three Schools under Nirmal Abhiyan Project
CESC Limited has been implementing the Nirmal Abhiyan Project since 2014, in partnership with City Level Programme of Action. This is a school water and sanitation Project and to date the Project has been implemented in 15 government schools. In 2016-17, there has been intervention in three schools, namely, Shishu Bharati Prathamik Vidyalaya, Mukul Vidyapith, and Netaji Vidyamandir.
The new water and sanitation facilities were inaugurated in Shishu Bharati Prathamik Vidyalaya and Netaji Vidyamandir on March 24, 2017 and in Mukul Vidyapith on May 5, 2017. The inauguration programmes were attended by the respective Councillors of the areas in which the schools are located, representatives from Sarva Siksha Mission, respective school teachers, Head-CSR (CESC Limited) and staff of CLPOA.
Stakeholders’ Meeting held in Kamarhati Municipality under Suswasthya Project on 24.5.17
A Stakeholders’ Meeting was held in Kamarhati Municipality on 24.5.17 to share the objectives, activities, achievements, impact, innovations of ‘Suswasthya’ Project for the period of 2016-17. The Meeting was attended by the Chairman of Kamarhati Municipality along with other officials of the Municipality, including the Health Officer. The Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) from ICDS Department along with ICDS Supervisor, Community Organiser, and Health officials from the Health Administrative Unit had also attended the meeting. The meeting was facilitated by CESC and CLPOA.