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Sustainable livelihoods

We depend on thriving local communities to support our workforce and our supply chain. Rural societies in particular can suffer from a lack of resources and assistance, and empowering these people to take ownership of their own advancement is key to our engagement activities.

It is important that young people are educated, but it is equally important that adults – both men and women – are given the tools they need to progress.

Empowering local communities

Support is crucial, and our help comes in many forms, but our goal is that local residents take the opportunities we offer to improve their lives for themselves. We want to enable residents to become self-reliant and empowered with our support.

We support sustainable livelihoods through:

  • Women’s empowerment
  • Self-help through micro-financing (women and farmers)
  • Agricultural development
  • Livestock development (including husbandry)
  • Micro-enterprise development
  • Skill development/vocational training

Supporting local people

We provide targeted training to support independent and empowered workers in our local areas.

Marietta, USA

We conducted a four-part series workshop for WorkSource Georgia to connect job seekers with careers in the state’s leading industries. The four sessions, each of which lasted three hours, included marketing tips and strategies for conducting job searches. The sessions also covered preparation, creating a résumé, interview boot camp and interview role play.

North Bend, USA

We supplied water bottles, toothbrushes, pedometers, hot/cold compresses and duffel bags to Chez Hope, an organization that supports families in need in Franklin, Louisiana. We also purchased 30 benefit lunches from the Baldwin Fire Department to donate to the foundation.

Hamilton, Canada

Team members from Birla Carbon Canada held a food drive for the McQuesten Community Food Bank. The McQuesten neighborhood is approximately one mile from our Hamilton Plant and is home to over 7,000 residents, around 31% of whom are younger than 20. Distance from grocery stores and limited income are both major obstacles to food supply and healthy eating habits for community members. Our efforts provided 350 nutritious meals and brought children and their families together during the holiday season.

Alexandria, Egypt

We equipped four centers with tools and materials to train 32 women in tailoring, with the aim of developing at least 20 more trainers in other villages. We have also financed 108 micro-projects in various trades (including poultry farming, fishing, tailoring and sewing, vegetable supply and the fodder trade), enhancing the living conditions of around 600 people in four villages. We developed a literacy program in Egypt to address adult education and illiteracy eradication. Local teachers have been employed and have delivered specialized training and coaching for 150 people in local villages. During the COVID‑19 outbreak, BCE continues funding 60 micro-projects for needy families in the surrounding area to help them generate income by working from home.

Renukoot, India

We continued to provide safe drinking water through a tanker at Khairahi village, along with a sanitization program and donation of blankets to poor villagers. We made a Model Election Booth for Women’s Day and held a World Environment Day program for school students.

During the pandemic, we collaborated with district police, donating supplies to a police-run food bank. We also distributed food packets to the local community and to laborers.

Patalganga, India

We hosted women from local villages to mark International Women’s Day and promote activities designed to empower women. The celebrations included a session on women’s health and a presentation encouraging the take-up of work experience by the leader of a local nongovernmental organization. We also continued our new school uniform stitching project, which provided training in tailoring skills to women who then made uniforms for female students. We provided special seeds to a kitchen gardening project in the tribal community so they can grow vegetables at home.

At the request of district administration, we donated provisions to feed migrant laborers stranded in the area during COVID‑19.

Gummidipoondi, India

We support the Kaushalya Project, a skills training center for unemployed rural youth that provides instruction in three trades – fitting, welding and hairdressing – with 70% of participants subsequently securing placements. We also train local women through the Women Economic Empowerment Initiative (ANYA) in 11 skills, including tailoring, embroidery, gardening and liquid soap making.

Through district administration, we provided food supplies for migrant contract laborers who were working with us before the lockdown and were stranded in nearby villages. We also provided supplies for laborers stranded at the state border.

Angthong, Thailand

We supported the Pracharat Market scheme to promote the livelihoods of local people and supported farmers in the Huapai community, working with them to develop new agricultural practices.

Yeosu, South Korea

In Yeosu, we funded a new kitchen for the Rainbow Women’s Shelter, an organization that helps victims of prostitution, while psychotherapy support was offered to female victims of sexual violence at the Ivy Shelter. We also supported the Immigrant Women’s Resting Place, which protects the human rights of women who have been victims of domestic violence and their children. To address the issue of hunger, rice was provided to people in need in local communities.

How we are supporting the SDGs

SDG 1

No poverty

We promote inclusivity and gender sensitivity through a range of community activities, including social support and education. This includes offering services to connect job seekers with work opportunities.

SDG 2

Zero hunger

Our global community engagement programs include supporting farmers and contributing donations of food to those in need.

SDG 5

Gender equality

We support gender equality by offering equal opportunities within Birla Carbon, without discrimination, and by empowering women to take control of their personal career progression within Birla Carbon.

SDG 10

Reduced inequalities

Following in the path of the Aditya Birla Group, we seek to reduce inequalities through a range of approaches, from employing equality policies to creating programs to support the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.

SDG 17

Partnerships for the goals

We help achieve the goals by working closely with local charities, community groups and training centers.

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