We have a well-defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy in place which serves as a guiding document and encompasses commitments, targets and responsibilities for effective management of our activities. We support communities through taxes, local procurement, donations, and provision of facilities around the plant site. Most of the spending was in the areas of education, health care, community support and uplift and event sponsorships.
The implementation and monitoring of the social activities are routed through Sr. Manager CSR who also reviews and analyzes the monthly progress. We use various tools to monitor and follow up performance and commitments to society including independent monitors as well as in-house reviews. Progress is reported to the senior management on a continuous basis. Our work in communities is implemented through Ghulam Faruque Welfare Trust, which is a fully dedicated entity to carry out interventions in the fields of healthcare, education, sports and rural development. Acting responsibly in all our activities, we are playing an active role towards sustainable development in areas of operations and support local economic development. The major indirect impacts are enhancing skills and knowledge, jobs in the supply chain and new businesses resulting in economic development of the area. We are raising living standards of population in areas of operations, both directly and indirectly, by creating added value. Our approach is driven by the needs of the targeted community, carried out through surveys, focal groups and meetings with the local community. Based on these guidelines, the interventions are devised to deliver maximum benefit and impact.
We regularly engage with local communities to identify any negative effect of our operations on local communities and as result of these engagements, we identified that there were no significant negative effects on local communities during the year. We have carried out local community engagement, impact assessment and development programs at all (100%) operational locations. As a result of these engagements and assessments, the activities in defined areas are planned and implemented.
Here is an overview of the progress of our community supports and CSR projects for 2018- 19:
Education is an important factor for better societies and a long-term investment for sustainable economic development. Our interventions in the field of education help in uplifting education level and the socio economic development of the surrounding communities. Donations have been extended to many educational institutes, which includes:
a) School in Shaidu Village
Company in area of education development has financed school in Shaidu village with collaboration of The Citizens Foundation. This benefits the children from under developed area to fulfill their basic education need.
b) Aga Khan University Medical College
he Company believes in quality education to be promoted in country. In this regard, donations have been made to Aga Khan University Medical College to support quality education.
c) Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology
In order to sponsor education to some students reasonable amount is being donated to Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology.
d) Approved Religious Institutions
he Company also take pride in supporting religious education and knowledge by supporting local Madarsas & Masjids.
Healthy societies are vital for economic development and prosperity we continued our emphasis on provision of health care facilities not only at our plants, adjacent localities but also nationally in collaboration with different entities. Support extended to health related initiatives includes funding for hospitals and different medical centres which mainly includes:
a) Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust believes that healthcare is a fundamental human right and gives new hopes for cancer patient to save their life, Cherat Cement Company appreciate the efforts of Shaukat Khanum, and contribute in their cause by handsome donations.
b) The Kidney Centre
The Company promotes well-being of society by becoming a part of medical and health related initiatives. In lieu of promoting better health, the Company has made donations to The Kidney Center and its postgraduate training institute.
c) Aga Khan University Hospital
Company have always considered promoting a healthier society, this is depicted through donations made to The Aga Khan University Hospital.
d) Nowshera Dialysis Centre
Nowshera Dialysis Center is providing free dialysis to needy people. The Company became a part of this good cause by making donations.
e) Treatment Supports
For those people who lack facility of medical treatments or could not afford, company have made efforts by donating a reasonable amount. By providing medical facility to less privileged, it was made easier for them to take care of their health.
Welfare Medical Dispensary In Nowshera
As company focuses on well-being of society and its people, in this regard a welfare medical dispensary is established in the vicinity of Nowshera in order to provide medical facilities free of cost to the people living in area. By having this facility in area for small villages nearby we have provided basic medical facility to those who couldn’t afford.
b. Facilities Available
All basic medical facilities are available at the dispensary including:
Separate male / female consultation
Dispensary with almost all types of medicines
All emergency equipment
Basic lab tests
c. Areas Covered
Four villages in the vicinity of Nowshera are being facilitated through this hospital including:
Residents of community when provided with better health care facilities can develop and make a better society. Free medical to those who cannot afford enables them to contribute in better way to the country. Record number of patient visit has demonstrated its true value to the community.