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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 dynamic conglomerate driven by sustainable growth, efficiency and innovation

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.

Stakeholder Engagement

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

  • BTL EPC Ltd. (AGRO) - A Shrachi Group Company
  • City Level Action for Street and Working Children (CLPOA)
  • Child in Need Institute (CINI)
  • 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.

Urja Chetana

Urja Chetana, a sustainable education programme for schools, was implemented in 45 schools in and around Kolkata in partnership with Centre for Environment Education (CEE) from 2012 to 2020. The Project aimed at generating awareness and action on energy conservation and protection of environment. Under the Project, Energy Clubs have been formed in the selected schools. The Clubs consist of about 25-30 students from classes VI to IX led by a Teacher-in-Charge. These Clubs drive all activities related to energy and environment conservation within and outside the school. The major activities include conducting energy and waste 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.

Initiatives in Public Institutions

CESC has taken several environmental initiatives at Medical College & Hospitals for the beautification of the premises. It has developed a park for children suffering from Thalassemia and other critical diseases.


CESC's education initiatives focus on facilitating access, equity and quality of education, thereby, to create enabling environments for children and youth.

Nirmal Abhiyan

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 Project is being implemented in govt schools in Kolkata.

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 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 facilitates underprivileged children in urban slums to acquire quality education with level-appropriate reading and writing ability, and mainstreaming drop-out children through in-school and out-of-school interventions. The Project focuses on their right to life, survival, health and education by intervening with them from 0-18 years. The Project is being implemented in Topsia-Tiljala area.


Health has been a key social indicator in determining the well-being of communities. CESC is committed to improving the health of the communities among which it works.

Infrastructure Upgradation of Public Health Facilities

CESC is focused upon improving the public health infrastructure for underprivileged communities around its Generating Stations. Over the years CESC has supported upgradation of the Titagarh Municipal Hospital by improving its Maternity Ward and Operation Theatre, setting up ENT and Ophthalmology Wards, setting up of a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and setting-up of a Dialysis Unit. The Company has also supported the setting up of a Pathological Laboratory at the Hospital.

The Company has also provided infrastructural support to Birajlakshmi Primary Health Centre in Pujali, Budge Budge.


The Suswasthya Project is being implemented by CESC in partnership with CLPOA in Kamarhati Municipality covering a population of 93,000. The project seeks to bring about an improvement in maternal and child health status, reduction in mortality and morbidity of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children by increasing health seeking behaviour, improving awareness on health, nutrition, hygiene and establishment of linkage between formal health service delivery systems and beneficiaries.

Health Camps

CESC has been organising general health and eye camps for underprivileged communities with the objective of improving their access to health care services. In the general health camps, free diagnostic services are provided for lifestyle diseases, free health checkups are done as well as generic medicines are provided free of cost on prescription. In the eye camps, free eye checkups are done, free spectacles are provided and free of cost cataract surgeries are done for the beneficiaries.

Economic and Community Development

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.

Community Sanitation Projects:
Nirmal Sankalp

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

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

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.

Skill Development and Employment Generation Projects:

Jagriti, a skill development and employment generation project, was implemented in Titagarh Municipality. Courses offered were Basic Computer, Advanced Excel, Tally and GST.

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.


Saksham is a skill development and livelihood generation project being implemented in Topsia – Tiljala area. Courses offered are Basic Computer with Advanced Excel, AC & Refrigerator Repairing, Driving, Tailoring, Beauty and Wellness. 300 youths are trained annually from this area in two centres.


Prayas is a skill development and livelihood generation project being implemented in Kamarhati and Howrah Municipalities. Youth are trained on Basic Computers, Retail Management, Driving. Placement assistance is provided to them after they successfully complete the course. Over 300 youths are trained annually in three centres.


Udaan is skill development and livelihood promotion project for youth in Garden Reach and Khidderpore. Courses offered are Driving, Tailoring, AC and Refrigerator Repairing, and Basic Computer with Advanced Excel. 200 youths are trained annually in two centres.