The concept of CSR has been looked upon as closely linked with the principle of sustainable economic development, which requires that organizations should make decisions based not only on financial factors but also on immediate and long term social and environmental consequences of their activities. Therefore, being a knowledge-based company, NIL has always been sensitive towards the concerns of society and is committed to operating its core business in a socially responsible way by taking into consideration the wider interests of the community and the environment.
The CSR mission of NIL have been guided by two elemental ideations, namely, the philosophy of enhancing the educational, health and environmental environs of the society and towards supplementing/supporting the ongoing and planned initiatives of the local, state or central government with projects / programs being located in and around its work places which includes project sites, regional and branch offices and the headquarters in New Delhi. The activities so undertaken are in consonance and consultation with State Governments, district administration, local administration as well as Central Government departments/agencies, Self-Help Groups, etc.
NIL is committed for operating its core business in a socially responsible way, by taking into consideration the wider interests of the community and the environment, with a vision of promoting sustainable development.
The objectives of the NIL CSR Policy are:
- To assist socially and economically weaker segments of society to overcome hardship and impoverishment while recognizing the interests of all its stakeholders.
- To create community assets for the development of rural/urban society.
- To undertake CSR activities largely in and around NIL project sites and offices.
- To reinforce the 'positive & socially responsible image' of NIL as a corporate entity.
- To enhance increased commitment at all levels in the organization towards reinforcing the social and environmental conscience of the company.
- To assure stakeholders that their company is sensitized toward enhancing the quality of life & economic well-being of the society.
Education – The Company facilitated renovation/up-gradation of infrastructure in various educational institutes for underprivileged children in Assam. Other projects under execution include construction of auditorium for girl students and support for setting up of the Digital Library in Andhra Pradesh, classroom and toilet facilities (for girls) in Coimbatore. NIL also supports value based educational programs in various schools of Uttarakhand and free education to underprivileged children from the slums of Delhi/NCR. Another on-going key initiative is adoption of 100 and 25 Ekal Vidyalayas of Dibrugarh District in Assam and Odisha respectively through ‘One Teacher School’..
Health care – For providing better healthcare services to the poor and needy, NIL supported procurement and installation of Medical Equipment at Kakinada, installation of one BERA (Brain Evoked Response Audiometry) testing facility system for remediating hearing loss among infants at Kochi, installation of Blood Bank Refrigerated Centrifuge for medical care of blood cancer patients through blood banking programs in Kolkata and provided fully equipped Mobile Cancer Detection Van for screening & diagnosing cancer and spreading cancer awareness among poor sections of society in Delhi/NCR.
The Company organizes general Health & Eye Check up Camps for the poor and needy residing in and around NIL’s areas of operation in various states. Other ongoing projects include installation of medical equipment for mentally and physically challenged destitute senior citizens in Delhi and support for organizing camps for distribution of assistive aids & appliances to poor & needy Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Bhubaneswar, Bolangir & Paradeep Districts of Odisha & Dibrugarh District of Assam.
Drinking Water/Sanitation – In order to improve accessibility to safe drinking water to rural population, NIL supported installation of 93 RO water systems with water storage tanks in boys & girls hostels/ blocks of Bapatala town, Andhra Pradesh and construction of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment Plant and associated facilities at eight villages in Karnataka. Another project under execution is provision of potable water to six villages through installation of RO water treatment plants at Kakinada. Under Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan, construction of sanitation facilities and additional toilets in schools of Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu & Assam is being supported.
Rural Electrification – In an effort to make a significant impact on standard of living of remotely located village communities, NIL supports installation of LED solar public lighting system in 59 villages across 3 districts of Mizoram.
Women Empowerment – Reinforcing social & economic empowerment of women, NIL supported distribution of sewing machines to underprivileged women for advanced cutting & tailoring course in New Delhi, distribution of prosthesis & medical bras to breast cancer survivors as post-operative care at various hospitals in Delhi/NCR and providing equipment for training of deaf women at New Delhi. Another step in this direction is construction of office cum training centre and other infrastructural facilities for underprivileged women at Kakinada for imparting various skills and vocations.
Upliftment of Underprivileged – Playing a supportive role in promoting persons with disabilities, NIL organized an assessment & distribution camp for distribution of assistive devices in New Delhi. Three workshops, each in textile (Delhi), paper craft (Delhi) & cosmetics (Nainital) for product development through design & innovation and project for physically challenged persons in IT/ITES/BPO sector through training and skill development programs were organized at Bengaluru.
For the cause and care of disadvantaged & abandoned senior citizens, NIL facilitated construction of one block of Old Age Home – ‘Guru Vishram Vridh Ashram’ at Lathira (UP), construction of Old Age Home at Mirzapur Distt (UP), distribution of 3440 number of Adult Diapers for old disabled persons in Vridh Ashram, Badarpur(Delhi) and installation of solar panels &water heater systems for old & infirm in New Delhi. Projects under execution are construction of first floor of Old Age Home for the Blind and installation of lift at Old Age Home for senior citizens in New Delhi.