We want our employees to feel that we create a positive working environment. Their wellbeing, and our care for it, is an integral part of our relationship with our people. We continually look for ways in which we can encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles. All regions have their own employee wellness initiatives, tailored to match local health and wellness interests.
In FY2015, we signed the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Pledge for Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the Workplace. We fulfilled this pledge in FY2018 and will continue to invest in our facilities and communities to maintain and improve WASH conditions.
Supporting diversity in the workplace
With operations in 12 countries, our diverse workforce includes many different cultural backgrounds, and with this a wide range of skills. We are strongly committed to supporting diversity and equality and believe all employees should be given the opportunity to progress based on their merits and abilities. We aim to ensure that our leadership is representative of the local workforce, that we hire local talent regardless of ethnicity, sexuality or social background and that skills are transferred equally throughout our operations. We comply with all relevant employment legislation in the countries where we operate, as a minimum.
In FY2020, a comprehensive study was done to understand industry best practices regarding gender diversity. A strategy was devised for Birla Carbon to identify and create business opportunities to foster gender diversity in line with our Purpose to Share the Strength.
Several initiatives were implemented based on this strategy, including:
- Celebrating International Women’s Day across our locations, including screening a video from the COO and a video on Women at Birla Carbon;
- Reporting gender diversity metrics in the quarterly Chief Human Resources Officer dashboard;
- Ensuring women are a part of mentoring initiatives; and
- Ensuring equal growth opportunities for women at Birla Carbon.