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11th March 2022

BALCO commemorates 51st National Safety Week to increase employees’ safety awareness

Balconagar, March 11, 2022: Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer, conducted various programmes during the 51st National Safety Week to increase awareness levels on safety among its workforce. Based on this year’s theme of – ‘Nurture Young Minds, Develop Safety Culture – BALCO’s employees organised safety rally in the plant to spread awareness regarding cardinal rules of safety and road safety measures. ‘Safetython – A run for safety’ was also conducted, which witnessed enthusiastic participation by members of the BALCO family. The events were kicked off by Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director – BALCO in presence of senior management members, BALCO employees and business partners.

Speaking on the importance of safety, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO, said, “BALCO is striving to create the safest workplace in line with its philosophy of ‘Zero Harm’, through empowerment of each employee to stop any unsafe activity at site. Each member of the BALCO family is committed to contribute towards enhancing safety at workplace by adhering to cardinal rules of Industrial Heath, Safety and Environment. I am certain that our combined efforts will result in nurturing a safety-first culture.”

Reiterating their commitments, Mr. Balkishan Dhyanpelly, Quality Manager, NGSL & Mr. Rahul Dave, Site Incharge, LIPL, said, “Our emloyees are registering huge participation in the various safety awareness programmes conducted by BALCO. We are committed to work shoulder to shoulder in the direction of making BALCO the safest workplace.”

A participant of Safetython Ms. Simran Kaur, secretary, BALCO Ladies Club, said, “The safety programmes conducted by BALCO are playing a huge role in disseminating awareness regarding the same. Safety is of prime importance for every individual and we all are committed to take the safety management endeavors of BALCO to newer heights.”

In order to ensure best in class safety standards, the company has partnered with DuPont Sustainability Solutions to implement their safety management solutions at site. It is also carrying out several activities like waste reduction, carbon footprint reducation, water conservation, etc. in line with its mission of “Zero Harm, Zero Waste, Zero Discharge”. BALCO has also undertaken strong measures to dispose off 5 tonnes of e-waste through authorized recyclers and has also implemented Electrical Safety Governance Certificate OHSMS 45001. Apart from this, the company is working towards enhancing community health through its mobile health van initiative in partnership with Help Age India and by organizing regular health camps in the vicinity areas.

Taking long strides towards ESG goals, BALCO’s specific power consumption is lowest in India’s aluminium industry. At over 2.8 million certificates, BALCO is India’s largest REC buyer. The company is supplying fly-ash to cement manufacturers to aid in production of low-carbon cement and ensure 100% fly-ash utilization in circular economy avenues. BALCO also signed an MoU with VNIT Nagpur for using their green concrete solution for road construction inside the plant, as well as nearby areas. Apart from this BALCO has set industry benchmarks by topping the Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) Cycle-II among the Indian Aluminium Industry. Testimony to this, BALCO has received various awards in the field of Health, Safety and Environment such as Kalinga Environment Award 2020, International Green Apple Environment Award 2021, Golden Peacock Sustainability Award etc.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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