Sustainability updates

Sustainable operational excellence (SOE) has become our business strategy. Find out more about the actions we have taken to put SOE into our work in FY2015.

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  • Birla Carbon awarded Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability

    Birla Carbon was awarded the ‘Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability’ in recognition of its continued efforts in Sustainability.

    Birla Carbon was awarded the ‘Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability’, by the Institute of Director’s, India at an event held in London on October 18, 2016. The award was in recognition of Birla Carbon’s continued efforts towards achieving sustainable operations. golden peacock global awardsThe award was presented to Dr Gilles Moninot, Global Sustainability Director, Birla Carbon, by Baroness Sandip Verma, Global Chairperson, Advisory Council, Institute Of Directors, India and Chairperson, European External Affairs Committee, in the presence of Vijay Karia, Chairman & Managing Director, Ravin Group of Companies, India, Stephen Haddrill, Chief Executive, Financial Reporting Council, UK and Lt. Gen. J S Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd), President, Institute Of Directors, India. Dr Santrupt Misra, Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon said, “The Golden Peacock award is yet another significant recognition of our continued and unwavering commitment to sustainability. We closely monitor and assess the environmental impact of our operations and work towards taking proactive steps to ensure we are the supplier of choice for our customers, in addition to being the employer of choice for our employees.” He further added, “At Birla Carbon, we strive to ensure that our work is consistent with our vision to be the most respected, dynamic and sustainable global carbon black business.” Commenting on this achievement, Joseph Gaynor, Chief Legal, Sustainability and Risk Officer, Birla Carbon said, “This award is a testimony to the innovation and pragmatic implementation of our strategy. This achievement is a major milestone in our sustainability journey, and our proactive approach towards carbon stewardship is just one example of our focused efforts in this area.” Birla Carbon’s approach to Sustainability is focussed around its Sustainable Operational Excellence (SOE) strategy. The Company works towards efficient manufacture of carbon black to minimize any impact on natural resources and the environment and maximize positive impact on society and customers. The Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability is instituted to encourage initiatives in promoting sustainable development. It is a powerful self-assessment process and a way to build an organizations’ brand equity on 'sustainability'.

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  • Celebrating a decade of values

    In 2015, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Group values: Integrity, Commitment, Passion, Seamlessness and Speed.

    Celebration highlights from our Indian plants include events bringing employees together, such as competitions, Saturday discussion brunches (Renukoot) and the implementation of a “Living the Values” reward scheme (Patalganga).

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  • Birla Carbon received three awards and three commendations as finalists at the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards

    Birla Carbon was declared - ‘Asia’s Most Transparent Report’, ‘Asia’s Best Materiality Report’ and ‘Asia’s Best Online CSR Communications’. Birla Carbon also received a commendation certificate as finalists for ‘Asia’s Best Supply Chain Reporting’, ‘Asia’s Best Community Reporting’ and ‘Asia’s Best Environment Reporting’ categories.

    “At Birla Carbon, Sustainable Operational Excellence (SOE) frames decisions and actions across our entire business. We constantly seek ways to make our operations more sustainable, because we believe efficient management methods will enable us to maintain long-term and firm industry leadership” said Joseph Gaynor, Chief Legal, Sustainability and Risk Officer, Birla Carbon.

    The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards recognize and honor sustainability reporting leaders in Asia. The awards celebrate best practices in sustainability reporting and communications.

    “We are at a time when Sustainability drives business strategy in many leading organizations. Our various stakeholder groups review us through the sustainability lens” said Dr Gilles Moninot, Global Sustainability Director, Birla Carbon. “The recognition we have received not only reinforces our belief that we are on the right path but encourages us further to seek excellence in Sustainability.”

    Birla Carbon was shortlisted in six of the 14 categories for the awards. Other participants included. Bharti Airtel, Airport Authority Hong Kong, Singtel, PTT Global Chemical Public Company, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia & the Pacific (ADFIAP), ACWA Power and many more business houses in Asia.

    Since 2013, Birla Carbon has released three Sustainability reports, the last one of which was a digital only version to avoid the printing of the report on paper.  The 4th report is expected to be published on line by mid-June.

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  • Fireproofing our Business Continuity Plan in Spain

    Validating our Business Continuity Plans (BCP) is critical to our resilience development process. In preparation for the upcoming Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) audits, the Europe & Africa region has been challenging its BCP to ensure readiness.

    A crisis scenario drill was held on March 27, 2015 at our Spanish facility in Santander. The desktop exercise, conducted in a safe office environment, simulated an electrical fire breaking out in the neighboring plant, exposing the inter-dependence between our sites. Other fallout details were included: for example, the fire was to be followed by cold weather, and a media helicopter covering the incident would later crash into a feedstock tank, resulting in a major oil spill and subsequent explosion risk.

    As the crisis unfolded, participants were presented with a series of situations that required decisions and actions. The team adopted crisis management approaches by discussing and agreeing on issues, risks and proposed actions. The exercise produced several valuable lessons, including the importance of external communications (more specifically, with the media), the impact and management of community relations and the need for greater BCP understanding. 

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  • Our Code of Ethics

    Since its integration in 2011, Birla Carbon has developed a Code of Global Ethics and Compliance Standards (Code of Ethics) to ensure that all of our workforce has a shared set of policies to guide their daily actions and reaffirm our commitment to the highest level of ethical and legal conduct.

    In consultation with legal and compliance experts, and together with affiliated companies, our Legal Department devised our Code of Ethics, which was endorsed by the Senior Management Team (SMT) in FY2014. The next step was training, which was no small task: Birla Carbon’s diverse workforce comprises approximately 3,000 employees located in multiple countries across the Americas, Europe & Africa and Asia.
    Our Legal, Audit and Human Resources Departments worked with external compliance experts to develop an e-learning module in our 11 local languages illustrating the Code of Ethics. Through anecdotes and hypothetical cases, employees learned how to apply the guidelines and principles of the Code of Ethics and tested their understanding of it. Upon completion, each employee received confirmation of their compliance with the Code of Ethics.
    The online course was successfully completed in FY2015 by over 1,500 employees, while the remaining participants completed it in a classroom setting. The course content is being modified for the FY2016 training, and will highlight different areas of emphasis and enhanced reporting capabilities.

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