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21st April 2022

BALCO welcomes transgender professionals into its workforce

Balconagar, April 21, 2022: The Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic Aluminium producer, has welcomed seven transgender professionals into its workforce. The company became the first in Chhattisgarh to induct LGBTQIA+ employees, when it hired four transgender employees for operating forklifts at its Cast House, in March this year. Recently, BALCO inducted three more transgender employees, this time in its Security function.

With a strong resolve to foster a culture of diversity and inclusivity at the workplace, BALCO has become one of the few manufacturing companies in India to open its doors to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. A milestone in BALCO’s journey of diversity & inclusivity, the induction of transgender employees was preceded by gender-sensitization workshops for the entire workforce of the company, with respect to their social and psychological challenges, proper code of conduct and ways of working to build a cohesive and encouraging environment for all. Apart from this, the company has also carried out required infrastructural augmentations to ensure that the new hires feel comfortable, welcomed and a have a sense of belongingness with the team.

The members have been given the responsibility of working in the plant after due process of checking the eligibility criteria. Their joining has been followed by structured safety trainings, equal opportunity training sessions, shop floor and technical trainings in line with our best people practices approach.

Expressing his views about the hiring of transgender employees, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO, said, “Vedanta prides itself on being a merit-first organization, and merit is gender-agnostic. Under the guidance of our Chairman, Mr. Anil Agarwal, BALCO is leaving no stone unturned in tapping the potential of India’s human capital. We have welcomed seven transgender members into our family, in a milestone moment along our journey of making our workplace more inclusive and diverse. BALCO is committed to transform its workplace for the good of the company, our people, and the country at large. We have bolstered our efforts towards introducing a social change by creating an environment of inclusivity, non-discrimination and equal opportunities for all.”

In response, some of the company’s transgender hires, who are manning forklift operations, shared their personal experiences:

Bhawani Rathia says, “It has been over a month since my joining in the BALCO family and I feel really great to work here. The workplace environment is extremely helpful and supportive and is playing a crucial role in the enhancement of my skillset.”

I am extremely thankful to BALCO management for the opportunity and giving us a platform where we can demonstrate our potential and learn to grow further,” adds Aisha Vishwakarma.

Roopa Kurrey believes that the company is playing a significant role in bringing the people from transgender communities to the mainstream by providing them employment opportunities.

Kanishka Sona has been having a wonderful learning experience. She says,We are being given exposure to different departments in BALCO under our training module. This is not only helping us in our primary induction procedure but is also helping us to understand the larger perspective of business operations.”

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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