Castrol India Limited is part of the BP Group worldwide and is aligned to the BP Code of Conduct that gives us the guidance and support to conduct our business ethically and to comply with the law. These two things are vital to our success. We respect the communities we work with and want them to benefit from our presence. BP defines responsibility at three levels – legal compliance, being a progressive operator and evidencing leadership.
Both compliance and being a progressive operator lie in what we call our sphere of control and we call this ‘responsible operations’. It is here that we control the choices made and we are accountable for the outcomes. It is also through this that we are able to generate considerable benefits for society – taxes, salaries, dividends, capability development and a range of essential products. At a further level, being responsible prompts us to play our part in helping to solve challenges that are directly relevant to our long-term business strategy. In line with our business strategy and growth, we recognise the need and importance to make a focused and inclusive contribution towards development, both social and economic.
Corporate Social Responsibility at Castrol India:
Castrol has a presence in India for over a hundred years. Over the years, the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme has evolved from charitable giving to a strategic CSR programme which seeks to support the communities it operates in and its key stakeholders. Going forward, the company aims to build on this as we develop a CSR programme that aligns business risks and opportunities with the national agenda of development priorities to meet the needs and aspirations of the populace.
The various programmes undertaken to date include:
- Training for two-wheeler mechanics (Eklavya – the flagship programme)
- Relief and rehabilitation of communities affected by natural disasters
- Community development
- Road safety (Drive for Safety)
Eklavya - the mechanic training programme:
Based on the popular Indian mythological legend, Eklavya aims to help independent two-wheeler mechanics, who have no access to technical education, to enhance their skills and technical knowledge resulting in a better opportunity for livelihood.
It is a two-wheeler mechanic training programme that recognises the need to keep independent mechanics abreast of fast-changing technology and changing customer demand patterns to stay relevant and in employment. The last decade has witnessed rapid changes in vehicle technology. Every day sees new and better two-wheelers on the road which results in challenges for the independent service network of mechanics, with no formal technical education and no means to access knowledge of the new technology. Eklavya runs training programmes that cater to this need in a format that continues to allow the mechanics earn while building awareness and gaining an understanding of the new technology, at no cost.
Launched in 2009 as a pilot programme in Tamil Nadu, impacting a little more than 2000 mechanics that year, today Eklavya has provided training to more than 145,000 mechanics across seven states including Maharashtra, Delhi/NCR, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The programme now covers three levels of training and is conducted in four regional languages.
Relief and rehabilitation of communities affected by natural disasters:
Sadly, India has experienced some significant natural disasters over the last many years. Castrol India Limited has reached out to affected communities in such times of need to provide necessary relief and rehabilitation. This has included support provided during the floods affecting Uttarakhand, Bihar, Silvassa and Mumbai, the Tsunami in Tamil Nadu and the Gujarat earthquake.
Restoring livelihoods in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu The Tsunami that hit the country’s southern states in December 2004 caused significant loss of lives and livelihoods of many, especially the local fishermen. Castrol supported the restoration of livelihood of 208 families in three villages (Poombuhar, Chinnagudi and Palayar) in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu - one of the worst affected areas in India. Rebuilding lives in Bhuj, Gujarat The devastating earthquake of January 2001in Gujarat left behind a trail of unparalleled damage, destruction and loss of life. BP employees and companies across the world came together in this hour of need with Castrol India as the focal point to extend support. The objective was to rebuild lives, not just homes. This was delivered through a model of working partnerships with NGOs and villagers and not mere donation. The result - rebuilding of Bandiya and Bhaivari Vandh villages. In Bandiya, the partnership resulted in:
- Reconstruction / retrofitting of 195 houses;
- Provision of clean drinking water and sanitation facilities
- Women empowerment providing sustainable income
- Sustainable income generation through watershed development
- Building the school and an innovative mid-day meal scheme
The key focus areas for community development programmes undertaken around our Plants have been in the area of health and education. One of the largest programmes has been around our Silvassa Plant in the Union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The projects undertaken since the Plant started in 1996 include supporting:
- Computer education in local school – provision of computers and related accessories which enabled the Rakholi Government School to start a computer section for the children
- Education for differently abled children – providing financial support to the school run by the local Red Cross Society for differently abled children
- Primary health care – supporting the Primary Health Care centre in Sayli village
- Establishing higher education facilities: the equipping of the Silvassa Pharmacy college set up with the vision of increasing employability of local youth
- Supporting local NGOs – who primarily work for welfare of tribals and areas of adult education, health and self employment
Drive for Safety:
Road safety is the number one priority for Castrol in India. Given that India accounts for the largest number of road accidents in the world, the company has been focused on driving safety for its own employees as well as transport operators who ferry goods on behalf of the company. Some of the initiatives include spreading the road safety message to communities in Mumbai and Delhi and the Drive for Safety campaign to create awareness around new legislation being introduced especially around the use of seat belts and mobile phones. Using mass media and on-ground activities, the focus was on two key messages – “Don’t use mobile phones whilst driving” and “Buckle Up and Drive”. The programme also included a range of on-the-ground activities such as “Theatre at Home” and other exciting activities held at schools, colleges and various places of public convergence.
The Castrol India CSR Committee (CSR Committee) is mandated to guide the company’s social responsibility agenda, while providing strategic and executive oversight, as we uphold the tenets of the Code of Conduct to enable the country and its people to benefit from our presence. All members of the CSR Committee will be Board Directors. A quorum for the meeting of the CSR Committee shall be minimum two members. The CSR Committee will meet at least twice a year. The CSR Committee meetings will have participation by invitation, of relevant company personnel, as required. The Castrol India Limited CSR Committee includes the following Directors currently on the Board of Directors of the company:
- Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan – Independent Director, as Chairman
- Mr. Ravi Kirpalani - Managing Director
- Ms. Rashmi Joshi- Director Finance
Role / Terms of Reference of the CSR Committee
- Responsible for recommending, reviewing and overseeing the Castrol India CSR Policy and plan on an annual basis.
- Ensure that the CSR Policy and plan, and all recommendations thereof to the Board are in accordance with the applicable laws and rules
- Ensure adequate monitoring mechanism and processes are in place to enable implementation of the CSR plan
- Do all such other duties, assigned by the Board from time to time