On World Environment Health Day, BALCO raises awareness on ecofriendly practices
Balconagar; 01st October, 2022: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium, is actively promoting environment-friendly activities among its workforce and communities. In pursuit of this aim, it has undertaken several measures with a view to enabling people to contribute in their individual and collective capacities towards improving environmental health.
Recognizing the important role played by young generations in driving ecofriendly transformation at the grassroot level, BALCO is organizing regular awareness sessions for the schools in its vicinity. Recently, the company celebrated World Ozone Day in association with the Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CECB), Regional Office, Korba by conducting an informative program for the students of Bal Sadan Higher Secondary School, Balconagar. The event featured various activities like speech competitions, quizzes etc. on the theme ‘Global Cooperation to Protect Life on Earth’, designed to stimulate the students’ interest in environmental conservation.
Towards developing a culture of close adherence to environmentally aligned practices, BALCO is encouraging its workforce to proactively adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. In sync with this, the company has introduced a volunteer-driven carpooling initiative, with the objective of sensitizing the staff of BALCO and their family members regarding the positive effects of small steps taken collectively towards environment health.
BALCO has also launched a novel initiative ‘Making Birthdays Greener’, under which employees are invited to plant a sapling on the eve of their birthday. The objective behind this initiative is to demonstrate ways to make important celebrations more environment friendly. The resulting orchard born out of the sapling planting initiative will also serve as an inspiration for future generations to do their own bit for the planet.
Speaking on environment conservation efforts by BALCO, Mr Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO, said, “We, at BALCO, are committed towards constantly nurturing the ecosystem that we are part of. Our environment conservation efforts bring together an unwavering focus on environmental excellence, and innovative approaches towards sustainable development. We are conscious of our responsibility towards building a greener tomorrow for the future generations through environment preservation, and hence are actively empowering our workforce and communities to emerge as agents of positive change.”
The various environment campaigns have witnessed an overwhelming response from BALCO’s workforce. The collective efforts of the team towards preserving environment health have been affirmed by recent recognitions such as the CEE Environment Excellence Award 2022, Greentech Environment Award 2022 and the Kalinga Environment Excellence Award 2022.
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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