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.
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.
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
Urja Chetana is a Sustainable Education Programme for schools. The Project seeks to build capacity of teachers and students for initiating action on air pollution, waste management, and biodiversity conservation in schools and their neighbourhoods. 5,869 students and 325 teachers have been involved with the Project.
is a community-based waste management project being implemented in Metro Colony slum near Dakshineswar. The Project aims at reducing the amount of organic waste channeled to landfills, sensitising the community about vermicomposting and its benefits, creating employment opportunities for women in the compost plant, and creating a cleaner and more hygienic living environment. The Project has impacted approximately 1,000 community members belonging to 200 households. 100% of the organic waste generated in the slum and 25 % of the organic waste generated in the surrounding areas has been converted into vermicompost by the community. 547 kgs of vermi-compost was produced.
is a rainwater harvesting project implemented in the Super Speciality Block of Kolkata Medical College and Hospitals. Through this Project an alternative source of water is available for usage by patients and staff for washing, cleaning, and gardening activities, thereby, saving ground water. Through the Project, a catchment area of 900 sq.m has been marked on the rooftop of the building, which will enable at least 22,000 litres of rainwater to be harvested and stored while the excess amount of rainwater will be recharged underground.
CESC has partnered with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for beautification of the city of Kolkata. It has been maintaining the median strips (green verge) in certain city roads.
is being implemented in Tiljala area reaching out to 10,000 households in Ward 66. 504 children in the age group of 3-18 years have directly benefited from the Project through our Early Child Education and Development Centres and community-based academic support centres, thereby, covering the entire spectrum of pre-primary, primary, elementary, secondary, and higher secondary education. The Project addresses both in-school and out-of-school children.
is being implemented in Kamarhati Municipality and seeks to retain children in the school system. Over 400 children in the age group 0f 6-16 years directly benefit from the Project. The Project supports out-of-school children and child labourers to get enrolled in schools as well as provide academic support to underprivileged school going children.
is being implemented in Pujali. The Project has directly benefited 243 students from classes VI to X by providing supplementary education support to children who are eager to continue education but are unable to afford coaching, children who are meritorious and are achieving good grades but require subject-specific support, first generation learners who are eager to continue education and have no support at home, and children who have learning gaps, language barriers, etc.
The quality of education is significantly influenced by the presence of suitable school infrastructure. Educational institutions, especially government and municipal schools, are confronted with not only an unfavorable teacher-student ratio but also a deficiency in fundamental amenities like classrooms, restroom facilities, clean drinking water access, seating arrangements, and libraries. Through this initiative, we commit to revamping and improving government school structures, creating play areas, erecting bicycle stands, installing drinking water provisions, providing seating, supplying computers, and more.
SNEH Project is being implemented in Tiljala area. The Project aims to improve maternal, child health and nutrition and increase awareness of the community on related issues. It focuses on the first 1000 days of care i.e., care of children below two years and awareness on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) with handholding support to frontline workers for close tracking of 'AT RISK' mothers and children through cohort tracking system. The Project reaches out to around 35,000 vulnerable slum population covering 7,000 households. The Project caters to over 5,400 direct beneficiaries comprising of children (0-2 years), pregnant mothers, lactating mothers, parents, community members, community mobilisers and local community members.
Two eye camps have been organised in Pujali, Budge Budge, for conducting visioning tests for underprivileged communities. Beneficiaries of the camps have received free spectacles and free cataract surgeries were facilitated for those diagnosed with cataract issues. Close to 550 persons have benefited from the camps.
CESC believes in building social capital through its CSR initiatives. The Company has launched several projects to create income generating opportunities for communities and to make an overall improvement in their quality of life.
The Nirmal Sankalp Project is a community sanitation and hygiene project, which is being implemented in Titagarh Municipality since 2014. Over the years, the project has been implemented in 6 Wards under the Municipality. Under the Project, pay and use community sanitary complexes have been built, which are wholly run and managed by community-based Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Committees. The Project seeks to improve availability usage, quality and sustainability of water sanitation facilities by involving community members as change agents.
Nirmal Kolkata is a community sanitation project implemented in Chetla slum area, under which 51 bio-toilets and 6 ladies' washrooms have been installed to provide safe sanitation facilities for the resident population. The Project has benefited a population of about 2000. Along with the installation of the bio-toilets there have been sensitisation programmes on health and hygiene with the beneficiaries.
Hamari Awaaz is a comprehensive community sensitisation Project on child protection in urban slums, which is being implemented in the Tiljala area. The aim of the Project is to create child friendly communities in urban slums by mobilising, sensitising, and empowering communities to fight against child labour and other forms of child abuse and foster child protection. The Project is being implemented through CINI.
The skill development projects undertaken by the Company focus on 'core employability' skills to ensure that underprivileged youths are equipped with appropriate skills and knowledge to be able to find secure employment opportunities. The Project reaches out to youths in Khidderpore, Garden Reach, Tiljala-Topsia, Kamarhati, Howrah etc. Youths have been upskilled in domains, such as Basic computer with Advanced Excel, Tally and GST, Tailoring, Beauty and Wellness, AC/Refrigerator Repairing, Customer Relations Management (CRM), Retail Management, and Electrician. The Project is run across 14 centres in Kolkata though which about 1650 youths are trained annually.