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21st March 2022

BALCO conferred with the prestigious CSR Journal award

Balconagar, March 21, 2022: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic Aluminium producer, BALCO has been awarded with the prestigious CSR Journal Excellence Award in the category of ‘Agriculture and Rural Development’ for the Project Mor Jal Mor Maati. This is BALCO’s flagship program in the domain of sustainable livelihood. The project is aimed at benefitting farmers by edifying them about modern agricultural techniques along with supporting them by providing resources. More than 1000 farmers are associated with the project, covering over 800 acres of land by enhancing their production and diversifying their source of income.

The CSR Journal Excellence Award was conferred by Honorable Governor of Maharashtra, Mr. Bhagat Singh Koshyari, in a ceremony held at Mumbai, for innovative interventions in the area of agriculture. The CSR Journal is a digital and print news publication which covers developments in the domain of Corporate Social Responsibility. The 4th edition of CSR Journal Excellence Awards 2021 acknowledged the corporates and NGOs for their innovativeness and best practices in CSR.

Speaking about the CSR initiatives of BALCO, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO, said, “BALCO is committed to extending every possible support to the local communities through our community development programs. Our Project Mor Jal Mor Maati is playing an important role in transforming the lives of farmers by helping them take advantage of modern agricultural techniques. The project entails two pronged benefits of diversifying farmers’ sources of income and enabling them to strengthen the food security in their families, the region and nation at large.”

Dr S Shrivastava, Regional Head, Action for Food Production (AFPRO), said, “AFPRO has been associated with BALCO for effective management of natural resources and its allied sector interventions for socio-economic development of the farming community and environment as well. The positive impact on the society is the result of BALCO’s vision and strong support to farmers during the implementation process. AFPRO team is grateful for the dedicated efforts of BALCO towards the socio-economic development of local communities.”

BALCO is taking long strides in bringing about holistic development of the region which is testified through various accolades such as ICC Social impact award, SABERA Award 2021 and Greentech CSR India Award 2021.

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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