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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Humans of Ambuja - Veerpal Kaur

"My mother married me off just before I was to appear for my tenth grade exams.  And marriage was more of a shock than a joyful experience for me!
Soon after my marriage I realised that my husband was not earning – not that he didn’t have any options, but he was too lazy to work. There was a time when I got up in the morning worrying about how I will feed my children.

I still remember how apprehensive I was during the first meeting with ACF for Self Help Group formation. ‘What if I couldn’t contribute to the monthly savings?’ Had it not been for the support of ACF, I would have never been able to take that leap of faith.
I am so glad it all happened - I never knew that regular savings, however small, could work miracles.
I took charge of my situation and with SHG support I started my own grocery shop. Within 6 years I even built a new house!  And even better, I appeared for my tenth grade exams and cleared it successfully. Now what?  I am saving money for my daughters – not for their marriage but for their studies."

Veerpal Kaur, Bathinda (Punjab)

ACF Fosters Collaboration with ‘Skill India, Kolkata’

To strengthen and foster collaborations for skill development, ACF organised the event ‘Skill India – Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives’ on 15th September in Kolkata. This was a closed group meeting that aimed to provide a platform for various organisations to share their experiences in skilling, explore synergies and discuss opportunities and challenges.
The event witnessed participation from well-known experts in the domain. Speakers included – Dr. Dinesh Awasthi (former Director EDI, Ahmedabad), Col I S Gahlaut (CEO, Capital Goods Sector skill councils), Mr. Sarda Nath (Asst. General Manager, NABARD) and Dr. Ratikanta Ghosh (Professor BCKV, West Bengal).
Amongst the panelists were Mr Alok Goswami, (Sr. Coordinator, Sanlaap NGO), Mr Mamoon Akhtar (Founder of Samarthan Health Mission), Ms Rekha Pillai, Head CSR, Castrol India Ltd.), Mr Ashish Ambasta (Founder School of Entrepreneurial Exploration), Ms Pearl Tiwari (Head-ACF) and Mr. Ravi Nayse (GM, Skill Training, ACF).
ACF’s Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (SEDI) have been gaining recognition with each passing day with 32,000 trained youth and an impressive 74% placement rate.  Needless to say, ACF’s partners have played a huge role in this success story.
An interesting session of this event was the poster exhibition where different organizations, using a poster standee, shared their experiences of partnerships in the skilling sector. Eight organizations, including ACF, participated in this session.

Ambuja Felicitated with a 2 Good Rating

Ambuja Cements Limited was felicitated on 19th July 2017 for receiving a 2 Good rating based on the CSR benchmarking tool developed by Times Group and KPMG.   
Ambuja Cement is one of 7 Companies rated as 2 Good with brands such as ACC, BALCO, Tech Mahindra, Tata Motors, GAIL and Maruti Suzuki receiving the rating also.
Ms. Pearl Tiwari, CEO of Ambuja Cement Foundation received the certificate on behalf of the Company, during the felicitation ceremony organised by Times Group and KPMG India in New Delhi. 
2 Good 4 Good is the listing scheme for corporates based on their CSR performance and the selection process involves three phases:
1.     Application by the organisation
2.     Assessment
3.     Jury decision
The assessment was based on the following key elements:
-        CSR governance policies and programs
-        Functioning of CSR committee under the Board
-        Disclosures related to CSR
-        Stakeholder Management
-        Program Strategy
-        Monitoring and Evaluation

Mega Plantation Drive in Chandrapur

On 7th July 2017, seven hundred and fifty eight people came together in Chandrapur  for  Ambuja Cement's 'Mega Plantation Drive' - an initiative in line with the Maharashtra State Government’s plan to plant 4 crore saplings during the year.
A great employee volunteering opportunity, team members from Ambuja Cements Limited and Ambuja Cement Foundation, along with the staff and students from Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institute and Ambuja Vidya Niketan Trust, came together to plant trees.
This year, Ambuja Cement is aiming to plant 10,000 saplings in Chandrapur location.

ACF Wins CII National Water Award

Ambuja Cement Ltd was conferred with the prestigious ‘CII National Water Award for Excellence in Water Management’ on 5th September 2017.
The Company was recognized for its water management initiatives in the rural communities of Kodinar, Gujarat, with the award being announced during the 3rd Water Innovation Summit held in New Delhi.
Mr. Dalsukh Vaghasiya, ACF’s Area Program Manager for Gujarat region, received the award on behalf of the company. The award was presented by Shri U P Singh, Additional Secretary & Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Other dignitaries present during the event were - Mr. Dhruv M Sawhney, Former President CII & Chairman CII-Triveni water Institute, Mr. Ramesh Datla, Chairman CII  National Committee on Water and award july members - Mr. N K Ranganath (member Advisory board CII-Triveni water Institute), Dr. Sushil Gupta (Formal Chairman- Central Ground Water Board), Dr. B Sangupta (Formal member secretary - CPCB) and Prof. A. K Keshari (Dept of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi).

ACF has been working in Kodinar on Water Resource Management and Salinity Ingress Mitigation for 25 years. This work has shown commendable results, contributing to Ambujanagar Plant being certified 12 times Water Positive by DNV-GL in 2016.

Also the Social Return on Investment (SROI) study conducted by Sustainable Square India Pvt Limited in 2016, showed that ACF’s work on Water Resource Management in Kodinar has created a social return of INR 13.02 Million, for every 1 Million INR invested.

First Vocational Centre for Differently-abled!

Ambuja Cement Foundation recently joined hands with Cipla Foundation to launch its first vocational training centre for the differently-abled at Ambuja Manovikas Kendra in Ropar, Punjab. 
The inaugural ceremony was held on 14th July 2017, where Ms. Pearl Tiwari (CEO Ambuja Cement Foundation) Ms. Rumana Hamied (CEO Cipla Foundation), eminent social worker Dr. R.S Parmar and other dignitaries were present to grace the occasion.
The centre will train and rehabilitate 50 differently-abled youth in next three years - offering training in artificial jewellery making, pottery and baking. 
AMK is the only facility for special children in the entire district of Ropar filling the gaps in essential services towards them. 
At present the school caters to nearly 87 children, all broadly fitting into the category of mentally challenged, and provides them with a conducive environment tailored to meet individual developmental needs.