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"Creating Change, Inspiring Hope: The Top CSR Companies Leading the Way in 2024!"




1. Reliance Industries Limited


Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has secured the top spot on The CSR Journal’s list for its broad-ranging CSR initiatives in India in 2023.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) exemplifies a steadfast commitment to building vibrant communities, driven by a profound philosophy of prioritizing the welfare of others. The company’s CSR policy, crafted in accordance with the Companies Act 2013, is overseen by the Board-level CSR & Governance Committee. This policy not only delineates core developmental focus areas but also outlines governance procedures for program budgets, beneficiary outreach, and impact monitoring.


In its role as a socially responsible industry leader, Reliance catalyzes development across education, healthcare, and environmental and social sectors in underserved communities. Collaborating with various organizations and government bodies, Reliance undertakes projects for livelihood enhancement, infrastructure, water management, and disaster management, leaving a positive and enduring impact on the served communities.


Reliance Foundation’s Rural Transformation program, operating in 16 states and two Union Territories, empowers marginalized communities. With a reach exceeding 2.7 million people in FY 2022-23, the program focuses on climate resilience, women’s entrepreneurship, and sustainable farming, creating a new ecosystem of livelihoods.


The foundation’s ‘Health for All’ initiative exemplifies unwavering determination during challenging times. Integrated healthcare models and extensive delivery networks bring essential medical services to underserved communities. Mobile Medical Units, community health centres, and health camps ensure comprehensive healthcare, with over 580,000 consultations in FY 2022-23, reaching 138,000 individuals.


Reliance Foundation’s holistic approach extends to vision care, nutrition gardens, and disaster management. Through initiatives like Drishti, the foundation addresses eye care needs, conducting 11,000 consultations and facilitating numerous cataract removal and corneal transplant procedures. The Nutrition Gardens initiative, impacting more than 20,500 families, reverses malnutrition trends, particularly benefiting women’s health.


Education remains a cornerstone of Reliance Foundation’s CSR initiatives, emphasizing equal access to quality education. Managing 14 schools with over 14,500 students, the foundation strives to create an environment promoting lifelong learning, academic excellence, and individual growth. Awards and accolades received by students reflect the success of this educational approach.


In the realm of sports, Reliance Foundation leverages it as a catalyst for development through the ‘Sports for Development’ program. Impacting over 22 million youth, the initiative fosters character-building, leadership skills, and national prosperity.


Reliance Foundation’s commitment to women’s empowerment unfolds through initiatives like DRIWE, supporting economic agencies, and the WomenConnect Challenge India. Launching books like ‘The First Responders’ and ‘Access, Aspirations, and Agency,’ the foundation celebrates and promotes women’s contributions.


Disaster Management is a vital aspect of Reliance Foundation’s CSR efforts. The proactive, technology-driven, and sustainable approach focuses on building resilient communities, reducing disaster risks, and empowering local decision-making.


Finally, the foundation’s dedication to preserving and promoting Indian art, culture, and heritage is manifested in the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre. Through events like ‘Swadesh’ and ‘Bolava Vitthal,’ Reliance Foundation takes Indian art and culture to a global stage, contributing to cultural enrichment.


2. SBI Limited


State Bank of India (SBI) stood strong in second place on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023. It has demonstrated a robust commitment to CSR across various domains in 2023.

In the healthcare sector, SBI partnered with the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISC), Bengaluru, to establish a Hospital cum Medical College, contributing a significant donation of 724 Crore over three years. Under the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan, SBI’s Amaravati Circle supported 1,200 tuberculosis patients, covering their food expenses for six months. Additionally, the bank donated 11.59 Crore to the Vision India Foundation Trilochan Netralaya Trust in Sambalpur, Odisha, for the procurement and installation of medical equipment at the community eye clinic, providing free eye care treatment to patients in Jharsguda town.


In the environmental realm, SBI contributed 74.26 Crore as part of the Amrit Sarovar Yojana to rejuvenate seven lakes in Kolar district, Karnataka. Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, the bank donated 10 electric vehicles for the transportation of patients at AIMS, New Delhi, along with supporting electric charging infrastructure.


For livelihood development, SBI donated 72 Crore to the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority for landslide-affected individuals in Joshimath. The bank supported rural skill development with a contribution of 30.11 Crore to SBI SETI Societies and donated 32 Crore to the iTNT hub for fostering start-ups and empowering innovators. Relief aid was extended to flood-affected regions in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.


In the domain of women empowerment, SBI contributed 387.22 Lakh to the Bhartiya Sankalp Path Foundation for the procurement and distribution of laptops and sewing machines to women under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana’ (PMKVY). The bank donated 32.00 Crore to the Armed Forces Battle Casualties Welfare Fund and 73.30 Crore to the Army Central Welfare Fund to financially support palliative care centres and provide an advanced life support ambulance for Army Hospital (R&R), New Delhi.


In the protection of national heritage, SBI actively participated in the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign, distributing flags to underprivileged sections of society. The bank supported the repairs and renovation of heritage buildings in Connaught Place, New Delhi, through a donation of 73.19 Crore to the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).


The bank was equally committed to cleanliness and hygiene, participating in the Swacchhata Pakhwada campaign organized by the Government of India. Various activities, including surrounding cleanups, beach cleaning, distribution of jute bags, and construction of toilets, were conducted nationwide during specific months, showcasing SBI’s dedication to social responsibility.


3. ITC Limited


ITC Limited has secured the third position on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023, by incorporating environmental and social considerations into its business practices.

ITC Limited’s CSR endeavours, strategically focused on key elements to foster holistic development in identified operational geographies. The company designed interventions addressing significant challenges faced by stakeholder groups. Efforts were made to empower women, benefit the poor and marginalized communities, and enhance Human Development Indices (HDI).


To strengthen community-based organizations, ITC concentrated on participatory planning, ownership, and sustainability in all project catchments. The development agenda prioritized behavioural change, emphasizing demand generation for interventions, and fostering community participation, contribution, and asset creation.


The Two Horizon approach was central to ITC’s Social Investments Programme, aiming at inclusive growth and holistic development. The program focused on livelihoods and building capabilities for a better future.


The footprint of ITC’s CSR projects expanded across 27 States/Union Territories, covering over 300 districts. Notable initiatives included:


– Social Forestry: ITC’s afforestation initiative greened over 31,000 acres during the year, impacting over 1.76 lakh poor households. The program, including Agro-Forestry initiatives, contributed to food, fodder, and wood security.


– Water Stewardship Programme: The initiative aimed to ensure water security and drought-proof agri-catchments. Over 1.36 lakh acres were brought under watershed, with various water-harvesting structures built, contributing to over 48.9 million cubic meters of net water storage.


– Biodiversity Conservation: Covering over 1.5 lakh acres in 41 districts across 11 states, the program focused on reviving ecosystem services. Technical studies confirmed improvements in carbon stocks and floral/faunal biodiversity.


– Climate Smart Agriculture: The program, covering 23.4 lakh acres and over 7.4 lakh farmers, aimed to de-risk farming from erratic weather. Over 9.5 lakh linkages were facilitated, promoting ‘more crop per drop’ practices.


– Livestock Development: ITC’s initiative improved livestock-based livelihoods, including cattle breeding, fodder propagation, and training. The program covered families engaged in goat and sheep, poultry, piggery, and fishery rearing.


– Women Empowerment: Around 35,400 poor women benefited from gainful livelihood opportunities, and financial literacy projects covered over 2.1 lakh self-help groups.


– Education: ITC’s Primary Education program covered over 2.5 lakh children during the year, focusing on learning outcomes and retention.


– Skilling & Vocational Training: Over 14,400 youth were trained, with a 68% placement rate, and initiatives were undertaken to support differently-abled youth.


– Sanitation: The multi-pronged approach included constructing Individual Household Toilets (IHHTs) and community toilets, benefiting over 1.15 lakh community members.


– Health & Nutrition: Programs focused on enhancing awareness and improving health-nutrition status, covering over 5.6 lakh beneficiaries.


– Waste Management: ITC aimed at creating scalable models for waste management, ensuring zero waste to landfills.


– ITC Sangeet Research Academy: The academy continued to preserve and propagate Hindustani Classical Music, nurturing gifted students through intensive training.

ITC’s CSR projects demonstrated a comprehensive approach to address various social and environmental challenges, contributing significantly to sustainable development.


4. Hero Motocorp


Hero MotoCorp, a leader in the automotive industry, has taken the fourth spot, on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023, channelling its CSR efforts towards education, healthcare, and skill development.


Hero MotoCorp, in its commitment to CSR, has actively engaged in various initiatives to address environmental concerns, promote renewable energy, and contribute to community development. In the realm of biodiversity conservation, the company implemented ‘Project Nurturing and Protection of Biodiversity,’ focusing on large-scale forest protection, conservation, and restoration, including the adoption of biodiversity parks.


Under this project, Hero MotoCorp contributed to the conservation of Aravali Biodiversity Park in Gurugram, Haryana. The company planted hundreds of saplings of new species and undertook restoration work, emphasizing the importance of preserving biodiversity, addressing global warming, and fostering environmental awareness.


In the pursuit of sustainable practices, Hero MotoCorp directed efforts towards promoting renewable energy. Recognizing the environmental impact of fossil fuel-based electricity production, the company allocated CSR funds to increase the proportion of renewable energy sources. The ‘Promotion of Renewable Energy Project’ primarily focused on the installation of solar power plants in rural areas, especially in government-run institutions like schools and health centres.


The company installed a 20 kW on-grid rooftop solar power plant at a government school in Naharpur Rupa village, Gurugram, contributing to uninterrupted green power supply and savings on electricity bills for the school.


Water conservation became another focal point for Hero MotoCorp’s CSR initiatives. Acknowledging the limited and uneven distribution of water resources, the company implemented a comprehensive water conservation project. This involved rainwater harvesting, restoration of ponds, and the development of check dams in villages near its areas of operation.


The rainwater harvesting structures, pond restoration, and check dams aimed at increasing water availability, preventing soil erosion and flooding, and improving the overall water table in these regions. Hero MotoCorp also collaborated with state and district administrations, supporting various water-conservation schemes, including Project GuruJal, to address water-related issues in Gurugram.


In the realm of road safety, Hero MotoCorp initiated campaigns such as ‘Be a Road Hero’ to promote responsible behaviour among road users. The company established Road Safety Training Parks (RSTP) equipped with riding simulators, engaging with schools, colleges, and local traffic police to impart road safety awareness and skills.


The ‘Road Safety Awareness Programme’ emphasized knowledge dissemination, safe riding skills, and attitude and behavioural change regarding road safety. Direct engagements with children through Road Safety Clubs aimed to instil road safety habits from an early age.


Hero MotoCorp’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was evident in its flagship initiative, ‘Hero For Humanity.’ This project provided support to families affected by COVID-19, especially those who lost earning members. The initiative extended aid to families in several states, ensuring livelihood support and continuity of education for vulnerable children.


Diversity and inclusion were integral components of Hero MotoCorp’s CSR strategy. Initiatives included skills development programs for women and youth, support for specially-abled individuals, and creating safe spaces for women, such as supporting women cops with two-wheelers for independent mobility.

In education and skill development, Hero MotoCorp aimed to improve facilities in government schools and promote employability skills among women and youth. The company supported various training programs, including technical education for women, enhancing their employability in sectors like healthcare and hospitality.


The company’s preventive healthcare initiatives aligned with the National Rural Health Mission, focusing on making quality healthcare accessible in rural areas. Mobile medical units, Satellite Vision Centres, and essential healthcare infrastructure projects aimed at providing healthcare services, creating awareness, and improving health infrastructure.


Hero MotoCorp prioritized rural communities in its CSR projects, collaborating with state governments and supporting initiatives like Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates (CMGGA) to enhance governance and transparency. The company also focused on community development and welfare, aligning its projects with the government’s welfare policies and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ‘Be A Sporting Hero’ project underscored Hero MotoCorp’s commitment to promoting sports at the grassroots level. The company supported sports infrastructure development in rural areas and partnered with organizations like Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, Paralympic Committee of India, and Indian Deaf Cricket Association to encourage sports participation.


Lastly, ‘Hero Salutes Heroes of the Nation’ reflected the company’s commitment to supporting Indian Army and paramilitary forces. Initiatives included providing retro-fitted two-wheelers to disabled soldiers, establishing Veerangana Sewa Kendras (VSK) for the welfare of widows/next of kin of soldiers, and financial assistance for marriages and remarriages.

Hero MotoCorp’s CSR initiatives, spanning diverse areas, demonstrate a holistic approach towards environmental sustainability, community development, and social responsibility.


5. JSW Steel


JSW Steel is committed to sustainable development, securing the fifth position on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023.


JSW Steel, in line with the group’s philosophy of ‘Better Every Day,’ diligently fulfilled its responsibilities toward communities, people, and society. The company executed its social development initiatives through JSW Foundation, aiming to bring meaningful and sustainable change to communities in Direct Influence Zones and Indirect Influence Zones across eight cause areas.


JSW Foundation adopted a SAMMS approach—Strategic, Aligned, Multi-stakeholder, Measurable, Sustainable—to drive better outcomes in the local context. The interventions focused on leveraging the longstanding trust and engagement with communities to create a self-sustaining ecosystem of well-being.

Over the last six financial years, JSW Steel consistently increased its CSR expenditure. The annual CSR spend rose from ₹753 crore in FY 2017-18 to ₹291 crore in FY 2022-23. In the most recent fiscal year, the company spent ₹243 crore on CSR, depositing the balance of ₹48 crore in an escrow account for specified projects.


Envisioning and Achieving Progress Across Intervention Areas:


– Education

JSW Foundation’s comprehensive approach to education covered various stages of a child’s learning journey, from Anganwadi to Graduation. Initiatives included developing state-of-the-art infrastructure, refurbishing dilapidated structures, early childhood education interventions, focusing on learning outcomes, building ecosystem capacities, and providing scholarships for higher education.


– Health and Nutrition

JSW Foundation committed to enhancing India’s health and nutrition status through improved health services and facilities. Efforts focused on increasing awareness, contributing to infrastructure development, and encouraging community engagement to support the nation’s health initiatives.


– Water, Environment, and Sanitation

An integrated approach was undertaken to ensure access to safe drinking water, sustainable water resource management, and water security for communities. JSW Foundation designed need-specific solutions to increase the availability of drinking water.


– Waste Management

JSW Foundation aimed to improve waste management systems and raise awareness for a circular economy. Aligned with the Swachh Bharat Mission, the focus was on reducing and eliminating mixed waste from Direct Impact Zones villages and beyond.


– Skills and Livelihoods

The company focused on increasing the employability of youth and women in rural areas through innovative solutions and vocational training.


– Agri-Livelihoods

JSW Foundation aimed at sustainably enhancing incomes for individuals dependent on agriculture and allied sectors, contributing to secure, inclusive, and sustainable agricultural practices.


– Art, Culture, and Heritage

A long-term preservation and restoration strategy was developed to protect the country’s heritage. JSW Foundation collaborated with organizations to establish art precincts, restore heritage structures, and preserve history.


– Promoting Sports

JSW Foundation played a crucial role in developing sports by offering comprehensive solutions, from infrastructure support to nutrition, training, and partnerships for growth. The foundation aimed to provide a strong support system for India’s athletes, contributing to the transformation of India’s sports trajectory.


6. Godrej Consumer Products


Godrej Consumer Products has secured the sixth spot on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023, integrating sustainability into its business ethos. GCPL undertook livelihood programs as part of its CSR initiatives, aligning them with its Good & Green vision and CSR Policy under Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013. These programs aimed at addressing the critical economic needs of marginalised sections of society, adopting a shared value approach.


One of the flagship programs, Salon-i, functioned as a vocational training initiative for women. It covered basic skills in beauty, skin and hair care, and mehendi application, and included modules on life skills and entrepreneurship. Since its inception in the fiscal year 2012-13, Salon-i has trained over 2,84,000 women. A third-party impact assessment revealed a threefold increase in trainees participating in paid work, emphasizing the program’s unique focus on employability, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment.


Building upon the success of Salon-i, Godrej Consumer Products introduced Beautypreneur, an initiative to incubate beauty and wellness entrepreneurship in women. Supporting over 4,210 women entrepreneurs since the fiscal year 2016-17, the program showcased a Social Return on Investment of ₹6.46 for every ₹1 invested. The study also reported a 50% increase in revenue for Beautypreneurs after training.


Turning attention to community development, the company’s CSR programs sought to address the challenges posed by climate change, urbanization, and economic growth. In the domain of waste management, community projects employing circular economy principles were executed in collaboration with municipal corporations. These initiatives aimed at waste reduction, including the conversion of plastic waste into fuel and recycling forest and agri residue into biofuel briquettes. Currently processing 25 MT of waste per day, the goal is to divert 50 MT of waste from landfill by 2023.


Furthermore, Godrej Consumer Products engaged in watershed management projects, particularly in the drought-prone district of Siddipet, Telangana. The integrated watershed development initiative aimed at restoring ecological balance and supporting sustainable agriculture practices. Having treated 1,362 hectares, provided saplings, and supported farmers during the pandemic, the project aimed to treat 3,234 hectares by 2023.


In responding to immediate community needs, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company distributed 4,400 food packets to communities around its manufacturing sites. Additionally, initiatives like ‘Youth ki Awaaz’ focused on behaviour change in water, health, and sanitation with the involvement of young people. These efforts included COVID-19 surveillance and prevention in targeted villages, reaching 1,123 households, and training 300 adolescent girls on menstrual health and hygiene.


7. Dabur


Dabur, a leading consumer goods company, has secured the seventh position on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023.


Dabur, rooted in the principles of inclusive growth and equitable development, has been actively engaged in community development activities since 1994, embodying a commitment to social, environmental, and economic benefits in the communities it operates. This ethos traces back to the founder, Dr. S. K. Burman, who emphasized the value of a life that brings comfort to others.


In the pursuit of community empowerment, Dabur has undertaken various initiatives. “Swasthya Aur Suraksha” (Health and Safety) is a comprehensive project focused on promoting health, nutrition, and well-being, particularly among underprivileged girls. The project involves campaigns on safe and nutritious food, promoting kitchen gardens, organizing health camps, and providing self-defence training to girls in rural areas.


“Project Poshan” is another flagship initiative addressing early ailments and malnutrition among vulnerable children in urban slums. The project not only imparts nutrition awareness but also ensures access to nutritious food, with special attention given to menstrual hygiene awareness among adolescent girls.

Dabur has extended its support to the Madari community, organizing awareness camps on nutrition and facilitating workshops on personal safety, particularly for girls. The company, in collaboration with its NGO partner, Dev Excel Foundation, aims to improve the quality of life for the Madari community, offering access to nutritious food products and educational support.


In the realm of sanitation, the “700 Se 7 Kadam” program focuses on providing clean sanitation facilities in rural India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh. Dabur has been instrumental in constructing household toilets, and school toilet blocks, and organizing awareness programs on health and hygiene, ensuring continued usage and proper maintenance.


Dabur’s commitment to health care extends to organizing multidisciplinary health camps across the country. Over 1,450 General Health Camps and 2,634 Disease-Specific Health Camps were conducted, providing free Ayurvedic consultations, screenings, and medicines to thousands of individuals. The company celebrated the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav by organizing 750 mega Health Camps with the theme ‘Azad Bharat: Arogya Bharat’.


In collaboration with the Indian Head Injury Foundation (IHIF), Dabur is actively involved in building a comprehensive system for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of traumatic brain injury. The partnership includes supporting pre-hospital care through first-aid training and providing neuro-rehabilitation services in Jodhpur.


Dabur’s CSR initiatives reflect a holistic approach, encompassing health, education, and community development, aligning with its vision of being a business with a heart and soul.

 

8. Hindustan Zinc


Hindustan Zinc has secured the eighth position on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023. The company, in its commitment to social responsibility, has actively contributed to various sectors for the holistic development of communities.


In the realm of education, initiatives like the Khushi Anganwadi Program, Vedanta Bal Shakti Anganwadi Project, and the Shiksha Sambal Project in identified schools reflect the company’s dedication to early childhood development. Scholarships for meritorious students and the Unchi Udaan engineering coaching program further demonstrate support for education. The establishment of Model Anganwadis and Nandghars, along with backing various educational initiatives and company-run schools, underscores Hindustan Zinc’s commitment to fostering learning.


Sustainable livelihoods are a focus for the company, evident through the implementation of Agriculture and Livestock Development Projects in rural areas. Vocational, technical, and professional training for youths is supported, promoting skill development and empowerment. The company actively participates in women’s empowerment with initiatives like forming Sakhi Self-help groups, skill-building programs for rural women, and the promotion of Sakhi Production Centres.


In the health, water, and sanitation domain, Hindustan Zinc organizes health and awareness camps, provides financial support to needy patients, and contributes to hospital and health initiatives. The company is involved in sanitation and drinking water facilities in rural areas, working towards eradicating malnutrition and reducing child mortality. Company-run hospitals play a pivotal role in ensuring community health.


Contributions to sports and culture include the Zinc Football Academy, support for sports tournaments, and promotion of folk and tribal cultures. Hindustan Zinc actively organizes and supports cultural events, sponsors initiatives for the promotion of art and heritage, and fosters a sense of community through sports.


Environmental initiatives form a crucial part of Hindustan Zinc’s CSR, encompassing the cleaning of lakes, rivers, and water treatment. Projects for the beautification of lakes and cities, along with plantation and afforestation activities, demonstrate the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Safety initiatives for the community further underline their dedication to a secure and sustainable environment.


In the realm of community development, Hindustan Zinc has undertaken rural development projects, including the construction of community-based rural infrastructure like roads, bridges, culverts, drains, rural electrification, and water infrastructure. These efforts contribute to building a robust and sustainable foundation for the communities in which the company operates.


9. Mahindra and Mahindra


Mahindra and Mahindra, a significant player in automotive and manufacturing, secured the ninth position on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023. In the Financial Year 2022-2023, Mahindra and Mahindra actively pursued impactful CSR initiatives across various sectors.


Project Nanhi Kali played a pivotal role in educating 1,86,041 underprivileged girls, focusing on academic support through 7,674 centres. Additionally, the project introduced training programs in Life Skills and Digital Skills for teenage girls, empowering them in essential areas. Mahindra Pride Classrooms evolved into a 100% women-focused program, enhancing employability skills for 1,66,666 women across 1,697 colleges. The company actively supported the upskilling of 1,03,699 women in FY23.


Under the Prerna intervention, Mahindra continued to support 11,111 women farmers across six states, providing training in effective farming practices, advisory services, and gender-friendly farm equipment. The Women Economic Empowerment through Regenerative Agriculture aimed at transforming soil and increasing productivity for 45,529 women farmers in Punjab, UP, and Maharashtra.

New pilot projects initiated by the company in ITES and Apparel sectors empowered 7,076 women in Telangana and Tamil Nadu by providing domain-specific skills training. In the realm of environmental sustainability, Project Hariyali aimed to increase green cover, plant 2.21 million trees (1.59 million by the company), and support the livelihoods of marginalized farmers.


Water Conservation efforts were evident in supporting 7,939 farmers through watershed development projects in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, covering aspects of soil and water conservation, crop diversification, and livelihood training. The company’s commitment to community development was further exemplified by employee volunteering programs, where 10,587 employees of the company invested 55,272 person-hours in various social causes, contributing to the larger Mahindra Group’s total of 1,46,721 person-hours through individual acts of social responsibility and 3,07,163.50 person-hours through Esops. The declaration of December 5th as “Mahindra Volunteering Day” marked a significant step in fostering social responsibility within the company, with 9,301 employees contributing 26,944 person-hours during the first celebration.


10. Marico


Marico, a consumer goods company, has secured the tenth position on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023. Marico, with a clear and measurable people philosophy, actively pursued CSR initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture & Livelihood Improvement, Education, and Social Innovation.


Under the Kalpavriksha Program, Parachute Kalpavriksha Foundation (PKF) focused on empowering farmers, enhancing crop yield, and supporting scientific agricultural practices. The Agri-Business Centre (ABC) facilitated access to farm care inputs and technical services for coconut growers.

In the Jalashay water stewardship program, Marico aimed to encourage efficient water management and conservation. In FY23, the company created a water conservation potential of 30 crore litres and focused on afforestation, planting 73,250 trees across various states.


Marico collaborated with FSSAI for the Eat Right India movement, promoting healthy eating habits. Community sustenance initiatives addressed local needs around manufacturing facilities, covering education, environment, health, infrastructure, and disaster relief.


In education, the Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala program focused on improving English literacy in government school teachers. The program, spanning 50 Aspirational Districts, employed WhatsApp-based and workbook-led learning models, achieving measurable impact.


11. Wipro


Wipro, a global information technology, consulting, and business process services company, has been actively engaged with critical societal issues for over two decades. The company has secured 11th position on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023. Prioritising education, primary healthcare, ecology, and disaster response, Wipro collaborated with over 230 partner organizations to implement approximately 300 projects worldwide.


In FY 2022-23, Wipro exceeded its CSR spending obligation, allocating Rs. 215.7 Crores, showcasing its commitment to societal progress. The CSR philosophy embraced by Wipro focused on key domains, addressing societal progress and resilience. By prioritizing livelihoods, education, primary healthcare, ecological preservation, and disaster response, Wipro aimed to create lasting impacts on well-being, economic growth, and community resilience.


Wipro’s CSR policy emphasized high levels of governance, transparency, and proactive sustainability practices. Beyond internal efforts, Wipro actively engaged with local communities, tailoring initiatives to address specific needs. The company recognized the importance of collaboration and advocacy, leveraging partnerships to drive systemic change and influence policies for sustainable progress.

Implemented through channels like Wipro Foundation and Wipro Cares, CSR programs touched the lives of over 2 million individuals. Wipro Foundation, the CSR entity, focused on education, healthcare, ecology, disaster response, and public spaces. Collaborating with over 230 partner organizations, Wipro Foundation impacted diverse communities, reflecting its commitment to inclusivity and sustainability.

In education, Wipro’s initiatives went beyond access, emphasizing quality through innovative teaching practices, infrastructure enhancement, and teacher development. Wipro Earthian, one of the largest sustainability education programs, engaged over 3,000 schools and 4,000 teachers, fostering environmental awareness and sustainability knowledge among students.


The TalentNext program, reaching over 50,000 engineering students, focused on digital skilling and faculty development, bridging the gap between academia and industry. Wipro’s Systemic Education Reform program aimed at comprehensive and sustainable changes, impacting 15,000 students and over 3,000 educators.


In healthcare, Wipro addressed urban primary healthcare needs, reaching 1.3 million individuals, including 150,000 young and expectant mothers. In ecological sustainability, Wipro’s initiatives extended from urban ecology programs to agroforestry projects, supporting farmer livelihoods and waste-pickers’ well-being.


Disaster response initiatives reflected Wipro’s commitment to long-term support, addressing immediate relief and rehabilitation. Notably, during the Assam Floods and Kerala floods, Wipro collaborated with organizations to provide healthcare, livelihood support, and aid, showcasing a holistic approach.

Wipro Cares, the not-for-profit trust, played a pivotal role, addressing education, disabilities, community ecology, healthcare, and disaster response. Employees actively participated in volunteering activities, embodying Wipro’s commitment to collective action.

In conclusion, Wipro’s CSR initiatives exemplify its dedication to creating a just, equitable, humane, and sustainable society. Through comprehensive programs, Wipro continues to inspire positive change, empower communities, and contribute to a better future for all.


12. Infosys


Infosys, a prominent name in the Indian ITES sector, stands as a beacon of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the corporate landscape. Even before the mandatory 2% allocation of net profits for CSR initiatives, Infosys embraced its role in contributing to societal development. The company has secured 12th position on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023.


The Infosys Foundation, established in 1996, serves as the CSR arm and has been instrumental in addressing critical issues across various sectors.


Education, rural development, gender equality, women empowerment, environmental sustainability, heritage preservation, and healthcare are among the key focus areas. Infosys Foundation’s CSR activities have positively impacted over 3.8 million lives in India, illustrating a steadfast commitment to holistic development.


In the financial year 2022-23, Infosys allocated a total of Rs. 517 Cr. for CSR across the globe, with Rs. 391.51 Cr. specifically dedicated to initiatives in India. This spending reflects the company’s commitment to making a substantial impact on societal challenges. Notably, healthcare initiatives, such as the partnership with AIIMS, showcase Infosys Foundation’s dedication to providing accessible and high-quality healthcare. The establishment of the MCH Block and the support for integrated healthcare databases demonstrate a focus on comprehensive solutions.


Addressing prevalent health issues, Infosys Foundation collaborated with ADORE to establish counseling centers and launch the Infosys Foundation Diabetes Care Program, aiming to empower individuals to manage Type 2 Diabetes through lifestyle changes.


The Foundation’s involvement in upgrading healthcare infrastructure, as seen in its support for the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, highlights efforts to enhance medical facilities and contribute to the well-being of the community.


Women empowerment remains a core focus, with initiatives like the ‘Girls for Gold’ program nurturing young female athletes and the ‘Infosys Foundation-Avanti Fellows Girls STEM Education Program’ supporting girls in engineering and medical test preparation.


In the realm of environmental sustainability, Infosys Foundation’s initiatives to restore heritage sites and support sustainable transport, as seen in the collaboration with Namma Metro, demonstrate a commitment to mitigating environmental challenges.


Art and culture find support through the Infosys Foundation’s collaboration with the Museum of Art & Photography. The Foundation’s role as a founding patron underscores its commitment to preserving and promoting cultural heritage.


13. Tata Consumer Products


Tata Consumer Products ranked 13th on The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023. In FY 2022-23, Tata Consumer Products demonstrated its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by allocating Rs. 16.6 Cr. for impactful initiatives. The Ethical Tea Partnership programs implemented by the company resulted in the establishment of one thousand community structures, including Child Protection Committees (CPC), Mothers’ committees, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI), and School Management Committees (SMC) across 205 tea estates. These committees, supported by tea management, effectively addressed child protection concerns, playing a pivotal role in safeguarding children from abuse and overseeing related issues.


The Tata Code of Conduct served as the cornerstone of the company’s governance approach, incorporating international best practices. The governance framework, considering the interests of all stakeholder groups, laid the foundation for corporate strategy, environmental consciousness, ethical business practices, and risk management. ESG governance at Tata Consumer was overseen by the Board’s CSR and Sustainability Committee, with a dedicated Steering Committee responsible for implementing sustainability strategies and identifying new initiatives.


The company embraced the Tata Group philosophy of community contribution and acknowledged the role played by communities in its growth. With a commitment to “For Better Living,” Tata Consumer aimed to improve the lives of 1 million community members by 2023.


Sustainability remained a core priority of the company, with investments in solar energy, energy conservation, and climate adaptation efforts. The company’s support for the Trustea Sustainability code, verified independently by the British Standard Institution, showcased its commitment. In FY 2022-23, over Rs. 8 Crores were invested in advancing sustainability endeavours.


Notable projects included RHRC Chubwa providing affordable medical facilities, St. Judes India Childcare Centre supporting cancer patients, and initiatives like Srishti Charitable Trust and Swastha Center for Special Education Rehabilitation empowering differently-abled individuals. Water sustainability projects like Project Jalodari in Assam and Himachal Pradesh, along with Rural Development initiatives in Mithapur, showcased Tata Consumer’s holistic approach. Education and skilling programs, including Tata Strive and scholarships through FAEA, further demonstrated the company’s commitment to societal development.


14. L&T


L&T, driven by a commitment to inclusive growth and long-term relationships, invested over ₹140 crore in CSR initiatives during FY 2022-23. The company secured 14th position in The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023. Focused on health, education, skill development, agriculture, water, and sanitation, the company’s approach stands out for its integrated, long-term empowerment efforts.


The company’s ICDP programs trained communities in water-efficient practices, organic agriculture, and conservation of endangered seed varieties. Noteworthy initiatives included promoting sustainable agriculture, adopting drip and sprinkler irrigation, and supporting horticulture development, resulting in success stories like the guava-orchid plantation in Gevrai Marda village.


In health, L&T’s initiatives spanned from Community Health Centres and Mobile Health Units to specialized services like Kidney Dialysis Clinics and Cancer Care. The company’s commitment to skill development manifested through vocational training, empowering over 11,000 youth. Additionally, projects like SARAL Samudaay in Vadodara empowered women through skill-building interventions, fostering financial independence.


L&T’s education programs aimed at bridging the urban-rural gap in STEM education, introducing innovative models like Activity-Based Learning and community-based education. The ‘Saajhi Shiksha’ project enhanced foundational competencies among marginalised children.

Overall, L&T’s CSR initiatives showcased a holistic and impactful approach, leaving a positive imprint on communities across health, education, skill development, and sustainable agriculture.


15. HUL


As a purpose-driven company, HUL recognizes the integral connection between a healthy business, a thriving planet, and a prosperous society. Enshrined in its Compass business strategy, the company’s sustainability goals span environmental, health, and social inclusion pillars. It spent a total of Rs. 213 Cr. on CSR in FY 2022-23, securing 15th position in The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023.


In climate action, HUL has actively reduced its carbon footprint by investing in renewable sources and innovative technologies. The company achieved a 44% reduction in total energy consumption per tonne of production since 2008, emphasizing renewable energy through solar and wind installations.

Committed to a waste-free future, HUL implements a comprehensive reduce-reuse-recycle model, witnessing progress in reducing virgin plastic use. In 2022, over 100,000 tonnes of plastic waste were collected and processed, surpassing the plastic used in product packaging. Collaborating with Xynteo India Private Limited and UNDP, HUL promotes waste management awareness and initiatives.


Diversity and inclusion are focal points for HUL, showcasing advancements in gender balance across managerial roles. Project Shakti, empowering over 1.9 lakh women, includes continuous training and the use of the e-B2B app ‘Shikhar’ by rural entrepreneurs. HUL extends its equity efforts by partnering with cricket-coaching academy Coaching Beyond and facilitating entrepreneurship opportunities through the ‘I am Wall’s’ initiative.


To raise living standards, HUL’s Prabhat initiative contributes to a socially inclusive world. With 18 livelihood centres, Prabhat imparts vocational skills and entrepreneurship training, benefitting nearly 65,000 people. The initiative also supports health and nutrition, providing telemedicine services and specialized health camps.


In water conservation, the Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) focuses on building water numeracy, promoting conservation efforts, and driving responsible water use in agriculture. HUF’s programs have delivered a cumulative water potential of over 2.6 trillion litres, positively impacting over 14,000 villages.

HUL’s multifaceted approach encompasses health initiatives, including handwashing behaviour change programs and wellbeing and nutrition initiatives. The company actively promotes positive nutrition through product innovations, doubling the number of products sold that deliver positive nutrition.


The company is actively engaged in community development through various initiatives, emphasizing economic empowerment, health, and environmental sustainability. HUL’s commitment to the Future of Work includes skilling and entrepreneurship programs, focusing on empowering youth and persons with disabilities.


HUL’s CSR initiatives reflect a holistic commitment to sustainability, equity, and social responsibility, embodying its vision for a healthier planet and society.


16. Dalmia Bharat


With a CSR spending of 17.5 Crores in FY 2023, Dalmia Bharat, as part of the Dalmia Bharat Group, has ingrained the principles of trusteeship advocated by Mahatma Gandhi into its business philosophy for over eight decades. The company is deeply committed to responsible operations that create a positive impact on stakeholders through its CSR initiatives. It has secured 16th position in The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023.


In shaping its CSR approach, Dalmia Bharat conducted external need assessments in neighbouring communities and internal brainstorming sessions to identify crucial social and environmental issues. This process guided the company in addressing challenges related to livelihoods, water, energy, and amenities.


The Dalmia Institute of Knowledge and Skill (DIKSHa) stands as a testament to the company’s commitment to equipping rural youth with essential skills. This skill training program focuses on providing short-term courses that enhance employability, connecting young individuals with employment and self-employment opportunities. Collaborating with partners such as Schneider Electric, Bosch, Akzo Nobel, and others, DIKSHa has trained over 1,084 youth.


In the realm of income-generating activities, Dalmia Bharat extends its support through skill training centers, farm-sector training, self-help groups (SHGs), and income generation via farmer producer organizations. The company positively impacted the livelihoods of 25,426 individuals, offering potential additional earnings of 37,000-100,000 annually.


The Global Parli project, conducted in partnership with Global Vikas Trust, exemplifies Dalmia Bharat’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Planting 8,00,000 G9 variety banana trees on 453 acres of land, the project involves 541 farmers and has created a farmer producer company (FPC) for sustainable market linkages.


Dalmia Bharat actively engages in water management initiatives, implementing integrated watershed management projects across more than 10,000 hectares of land. The Chirawa Water Conservation Project, harvesting and conserving 215.23 lakh KL of rainwater, has benefited around 9,000 villagers. The company’s water initiatives resulted in an additional water harvesting and conservation potential of 322.75 lakh Kilo Litres (KL) annually.


Addressing health and sanitation concerns, Dalmia Bharat organizes health camps and supports healthcare infrastructure. Over 40,000 villagers benefited from these initiatives.

In the education sector, the Dalmia Happy School Project contributes to improving infrastructure and providing digital literacy support, benefitting thousands of school children. The company’s engagement in the Blue Orb project involves content creation for new books and articles promoting mindfulness in the Quarterly Happiness Magazine.


Dalmia Bharat invests in rural infrastructure, including community centers, RO plants, street lighting, road repairs, and sports promotion. The installation of 15 RO plants and the promotion of sports have directly benefited thousands of villagers.


In essence, Dalmia Bharat’s CSR initiatives reflect a comprehensive commitment to social responsibility, sustainability, and community development, aligning with its ethos of responsible business practices.


17. Adani Ports and SEZ


Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (Adani Ports), a pivotal player in India’s port infrastructure and logistics, operated and developed a network of ports along the Indian coastline. Originating as a subsidiary of the Adani Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, Adani Ports played a crucial role in managing diverse cargo, contributing significantly to the country’s maritime trade ecosystem.


In terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Adani Ports, through its community engagement arm, the Adani Foundation, showcased a steadfast commitment to social and environmental responsibility. The CSR initiatives at Adani Ports spanned diverse areas such as Education, Health, Sustainable Livelihoods, Skill Development, and Community Infrastructure, aligning with the company’s dedication to meaningful contributions to the communities it engaged with. The Company has secured 17th position in The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023.


The Adani Foundation, established in 1996, demonstrated a commitment to integrated development, impacting 7.3 million lives across 5,753 villages in 19 states. The Foundation focused on initiatives fostering social inclusion, equitable growth, and community empowerment.


Aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Adani Foundation aimed to address societal challenges, including poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods. Financially, in FY 2022-23, Adani Ports spent Rs. 31.88 crore on CSR initiatives and made charitable donations of Rs. 5.23 crore.


Education initiatives included the establishment of schools like Adani Vidya Mandir, skill development programs, and exposure tours for students. Health-focused efforts involved Mobile Health Care Units, medical facilities, and health camps. Sustainable Livelihoods programs encompassed projects promoting water conservation, organic farming, and animal husbandry.


The Foundation actively supported women’s self-help groups (SHGs) across locations like Mundra, Hazira, Dahej, Dhamra, and Vizhinjam, contributing to their economic empowerment.

Community Infrastructure Development projects included initiatives like rainwater harvesting, pond deepening, and the construction of RO water plants. Environmental conservation efforts ranged from mangrove biodiversity parks to promoting home biogas usage.


The Adani Skill Development Centre (ASDC) emerged as a pioneer in providing skills training, utilizing advanced technologies like 3D printing and augmented reality-based simulators. ASDC offered courses spanning various sectors, enhancing employability and contributing to personal and professional growth.


The Fortune SuPoshan project integrated education, health, and sustainable livelihoods to combat malnutrition and anaemia. SuPoshan Sanginis played a vital role in community engagement, reaching out to women, adolescent girls, and children.


18. Hindalco


Hindalco, during the financial year 2022-23, exemplified its commitment to corporate social responsibility by allocating Rs. 36.04 Crore to diverse CSR projects and secured 18th spot in The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023. This dedication to societal well-being has been integral to the company’s ethos, dating back to the 1940s when the late Mr. G.D. Birla introduced the concept of management trusteeship, investing a portion of profits for the broader societal good. This ethos was later expanded upon by the late Mr. Aditya Birla, who introduced the pioneering concept of ‘sustainable livelihood.’


For over five decades, Hindalco has directed its CSR initiatives towards enhancing the quality of life for the underprivileged in the hinterlands of India. Going beyond mere philanthropy, the company has actively engaged in addressing the needs of those living below the poverty line in rural areas. Key focus areas include ensuring access to water, promoting sustainable livelihoods, improving healthcare facilities, and advancing educational opportunities. In addition, Hindalco is actively involved in social reform initiatives such as facilitating widow re-marriage and dowry-less marriages.


Hindalco’s commitment to healthcare is evident through initiatives such as conducting medical camps, providing ambulance services to remote areas, and establishing well-equipped health centers at various locations. The company has also been instrumental in organizing regular health camps covering family planning, mother and child care, specialized eye care, and cataract treatments. Furthermore, it actively coordinates health programs targeting diseases like malaria, water-borne diseases, TB, HIV/AIDS, among others.


Education remains a cornerstone of Hindalco’s CSR initiatives, with a focus on supporting primary education for underprivileged children through initiatives like Balwadis. The company actively promotes adult literacy through formal and informal classes, contributing to the government’s mission to improve rural literacy levels. Additionally, Hindalco provides scholarships for female students and contributes to educational endeavors through various means.


The company’s dedication to skills training and capacity building is evident through the operation of the Aditya Birla Rural Technology Park in Muirpur, Uttar Pradesh, offering a diverse array of training programs. The Yashogami Skills Training Centre in Radhanagari, Tarale, Maharashtra, stands as a testament to Hindalco’s commitment to empowering women through skill development.

Women’s empowerment is a significant focus for Hindalco, engaging over 11,000 women in Self-Help Groups (SHGs). These programs involve micro-credit and finance schemes, entrepreneurship building, oil-processing units, tailoring centers, horticulture and nutrition gardens, diesel and hand pump repair, vermi compost production, mushroom cultivation, and food processing, among other activities. The company actively raises awareness on health and sanitation, family planning, literacy drives, and microfinance while facilitating government loans for small-scale enterprises and rural insurance schemes.

Hindalco’s agricultural support initiatives encompass irrigation schemes, watershed development, and training programs for local farmers in modern agricultural techniques. The company actively promotes multi-cropping patterns, distribution of high-yield seeds, and the adoption of sustainable farming practices.


In conclusion, Hindalco’s CSR initiatives go beyond the conventional, reflecting a holistic and integrated approach towards fostering positive and sustainable change in the communities it serves. The company’s long-standing commitment to societal well-being remains a testament to its role as a responsible corporate citizen.


19. Bosch


Establishing its manufacturing operations in 1951, Bosch has steadily expanded its presence in India. Currently, Bosch boasts 16 manufacturing sites and seven development and application centers. A prominent player in India, the company excels in providing technology and services across diverse sectors such as Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. Notably, India hosts Bosch’s largest development center outside Germany, dedicated to delivering comprehensive engineering and technology solutions.


Bosch’s footprint in India encompasses twelve companies, including the flagship entity, Bosch Limited, along with Bosch Chassis Systems India Private Limited, Bosch Rexroth (India) Private Limited, and others. In the financial year 2022-23, the company allocated Rs 20.25 crores for CSR initiatives, and secured 20th spot in The CSR Journal’s list of top companies for CSR in India in 2023.


Within the realm of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Bosch actively engages in India through various entities. Bosch Limited CSR focuses on vocational training for undereducated youth, healthcare, hygiene, and education for government school children, and neighbourhood projects tailored to local societal needs around Bosch locations. The Bosch India Foundation directs efforts towards holistic village development and vocational training for artisans. Additionally, Primavera, an initiative funded and managed by Bosch employees, is dedicated to supporting children from below-poverty-line families through provisions for food, education, healthcare, and vocational training.


20. Tata Power


Tata Power stands as one of India’s largest integrated power companies, boasting an installed/managed capacity of 13,515 MW when considering its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities. Operating across the entire power value chain, the company is actively transitioning towards green energy. Its diverse operations encompass the generation of both renewable and conventional power, including hydro and thermal energy, along with involvement in transmission & distribution, coal & freight, logistics, and trading.


A significant milestone for Tata Power was the development of India’s inaugural Ultra Mega Power Project in Mundra (Gujarat), founded on super-critical technology. The company is at the forefront of clean energy generation, contributing 4.7 GW from solar, wind, hydro, and waste heat recovery, constituting 34% of its overall portfolio.


In the fiscal year 2022-23, Tata Power allocated Rs 50 Cr for CSR initiatives, aligning precisely with its obligations under the Company’s Act. Looking ahead, the company has set ambitious CSR goals, aiming to train over 35 lakh youth as conservation and STEM education champions by 2027 and empower over 1 lakh community collectives (Self Help Groups) by the same year.


Emphasizing sustainability, Tata Power aspires to achieve water neutrality or positivity and zero waste to landfill by 2030. The company’s long-term vision includes becoming carbon net neutral before 2045.

Tata Power’s key flagship programs underscore its commitment to societal and environmental welfare. Initiatives such as Anokha Dhaaga and Abha focus on empowering women and farmers collectives, while Roshini centres provide integrated vocational training. Adhikaar facilitates access to state social security schemes, Club Enerji develops conservation champions and STEM education, Arpan serves as a volunteering platform, PayAutention offers support for autism spectrum children and families, Mahseer conservation activities contribute to biodiversity restoration, and Tree Mittra furthers region-appropriate native species plantations.


21. HDFC Ltd.


HDFC Bank, a prominent player in India’s corporate social responsibility landscape, continues to maintain its position in the 500 Crore CSR club by allocating Rs. 820.89 Crores towards its Corporate Social Responsibility endeavors. Amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bank has redirected its focus towards fostering a ‘people-centric’ recovery through a range of initiatives spanning livelihood, skill development, education, health, and natural resource management, as outlined in its annual report.


Central to HDFC Bank’s social initiatives is ‘Parivartan’, its overarching brand aiming to catalyze positive change in individuals’ lives by fostering self-sufficiency and integration within society through various interventions. Notably, Parivartan actively engages in disaster response efforts, effectively restoring infrastructure and rehabilitating affected communities. Organized around five thematic areas, HDFC Bank has set seven overarching goals and 11 sub-goals to steer its community development activities.

Under the theme of Rural Development, the Bank’s Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP) prioritizes comprehensive development through initiatives encompassing Natural Resource Management (NRM), Education, Skill Development, Livelihood, Financial Literacy, and Healthcare. These efforts underscore the belief that rural development is pivotal to India’s progress, with specific goals such as land irrigation, carbon footprint reduction, and promotion of chemical-free farming. Notably, HDFC Bank’s rural interventions have reached over 9.88 lakh households across 3,335 villages in India.


In the sphere of Education, the Bank implements programs aligned with India’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, focusing on enhancing the quality of education through teacher training, scholarships, infrastructure support, and digital classroom initiatives. These efforts aim to transform traditional schools into smart schools, support underprivileged students, and improve overall learning outcomes. Through its education initiatives, HDFC Bank has positively impacted over 2.09 Crore students nationwide.


Skills Training and Livelihood Enhancement efforts target the economic empowerment of rural farmers and youth through income-generating activities, with a particular emphasis on women’s self-help groups. To date, this initiative has benefited over 2.54 Lakh individuals, aiming to boost household incomes and curb migration from rural areas.


In the realm of Healthcare and Hygiene, HDFC Bank adopts an integrated approach, providing healthcare services, nutrition programs, immunization drives, and promoting hygiene and sanitation in schools and communities. Additionally, the Bank works on waste management initiatives, supporting the institutionalization of waste pickers for effective dry waste management.


Financial Literacy and Inclusion initiatives seek to promote financial literacy through camps, literacy centers, and partnerships with non-profit organizations. Notably, Digidhan, the Bank’s flagship mobile financial literacy program, disseminates information about digital banking advantages across India’s hinterlands. To date, HDFC Bank has organized over 2.4 lakh financial literacy camps, reaching approximately 1.76 Crores individuals.


22. Vedanta


Vedanta Limited, a prominent player in the global natural resources sector with operations spanning zinc-lead-silver, oil & gas, aluminium, power, iron ore, steel, and copper, has demonstrated its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with a total expenditure of Rs. 454 Crore in FY23. Known nationwide for its flagship initiative ‘Nand Ghar’, Vedanta’s CSR efforts have impacted the lives of over 44 million individuals. Alongside various other initiatives, the fiscal year saw the construction of over 4500 Nand Ghars, reflecting Vedanta’s multifaceted approach to social welfare.


At the helm of Vedanta Limited is Mr. Anil Agarwal, serving as the Non-Executive Chairman. With over four decades of entrepreneurial and mining experience, Mr. Agarwal has played a pivotal role in shaping the company’s strategic vision towards community upliftment. His commitment to empowering the nation by achieving self-sufficiency in the natural resources sector is evidenced by investments exceeding US$35 billion in India’s metal and mining industry. Additionally, Mr. Agarwal has been a strong advocate for the growth of the MSME sector, spearheading initiatives such as the Vedanta Saathi program in partnership with the government.


Mr. Agarwal’s dedication to social responsibility is further exemplified by his pledge to donate 75% of his wealth towards philanthropic causes, aligning with The Giving Pledge movement. Among his philanthropic endeavors, the Nand Ghar project holds particular significance. Launched under the Anil Agarwal Foundation Initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Nand Ghars serve as centers of learning and empowerment for rural children and women. These modern facilities offer essential services in healthcare, education, skill development, and women empowerment, aiming for holistic community development. With features such as creative murals, multimedia materials, and nutrition gardens, Nand Ghars strive to provide a nurturing environment for children while strengthening the foundational years and fostering social values. Through initiatives like Nand Ghar and others, Vedanta continues to make significant strides in its CSR efforts, contributing to the overall welfare and development of communities across India.


23. HCL Technologies


Founded in 1976 as a tech startup by eight entrepreneurs, HCL has since emerged as a significant player in the technology industry. Their pioneering 8-bit microcomputer entered the market in 1978, marking the beginning of a journey that would lead to further innovations. In 1999, HCL expanded its horizons by venturing into the software services sector through the establishment of HCL Technologies. Over the years, the company has continually evolved, and in 2016, it introduced new business offerings spanning AI, Automation, IoT, cybersecurity, cloud, and digital solutions. Demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability, HCL Technologies has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.


Driving its corporate social responsibility agenda forward is HCL Foundation, the company’s CSR arm functioning as a public charitable trust. In the fiscal year 2022-23, HCL invested Rs 238.30 crores into various CSR initiatives, demonstrating its dedication to social welfare and community development.

Presently, HCL Foundation spearheads five flagship programs aimed at fostering positive change in society. These include HCL Samuday, focusing on integrated rural development; HCL Grant, empowering non-profits for community-led rural upliftment; HCL Uday, addressing developmental issues in urban areas; Clean Noida, striving towards transforming the city into one of the cleanest in India; and HCL Harit, dedicated to environmental action.


Furthermore, the HCL Foundation undertakes various special initiatives to address specific societal needs. These initiatives encompass the Power of One, Sports for Change, the HCL Foundation Academy, My E-Haat, and responses to humanitarian crises and disaster mitigation. These programs are meticulously designed to deliver long-term, sustainable impacts, emphasizing education, health, sanitation, skill development, livelihood, environmental conservation, and disaster risk reduction and response. Central to all these initiatives are child protective strategies, inclusion, and gender diversity, ensuring equitable development and opportunities for all members of society. Through its multifaceted CSR efforts, HCL Foundation endeavors to create a meaningful and lasting positive impact on both people and the planet.


24. Ambuja Cements


Ambuja Cement holds a prominent position within India’s cement industry, revered for its bespoke product range meticulously crafted to withstand the diverse climatic variations prevalent across the nation. Reflecting its steadfast commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), the company dedicatedly allocated a substantial sum of Rs. 118 crores to fulfill its CSR obligations, thereby positively impacting the lives of an impressive 6 million beneficiaries. This noteworthy allocation underscores Ambuja Cement’s unwavering dedication to societal welfare and sustainable development initiatives.

At the forefront of Ambuja Cement’s CSR endeavors stands its esteemed social development arm, Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF). Operating extensively within communities neighboring its manufacturing sites spread across 11 states, ACF takes a holistic approach to CSR implementation. Through meticulous need-based assessments and proactive engagement with local communities, ACF endeavors to comprehensively address the multifaceted social and economic challenges prevalent in these regions. By fostering genuine partnerships and promoting community participation, ACF endeavors to ensure that its initiatives are not only impactful but also sustainable in the long run.


Central to ACF’s initiatives are its core focus areas, which span a diverse spectrum of societal needs. From efficient water resource management strategies to the promotion of agro-based and skill-based livelihood development opportunities, ACF works tirelessly to uplift communities and enhance their resilience. Additionally, the foundation places significant emphasis on healthcare access, women empowerment, and educational advancement, recognizing these as pillars of societal progress and development. Through targeted interventions and collaborative efforts, ACF strives to create a conducive environment for positive change, thereby enriching the lives of individuals and fostering inclusive growth across communities.


25. Axis Bank


Established in 1994, Axis Bank emerged as one of the pioneering new-generation private sector banks, offering a comprehensive range of financial services to a diverse clientele encompassing Large and Mid-Corporates, MSMEs, Agriculture, and Retail Businesses. With a robust network comprising 4,758 domestic branches, including extension counters, and an extensive network of 10,990 ATMs and 5,972 cash recyclers as of March 31, 2022, Axis Bank has established a significant presence across the country. Demonstrating its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), the bank allocated Rs. 202 crores towards CSR initiatives in the fiscal year 2022-23.


Axis Bank channels its CSR efforts towards various impactful areas, with a primary focus on creating sustainable livelihoods, promoting education and skills development, raising public awareness on critical issues such as financial literacy, facilitating access to formal banking channels for the unbanked and under-banked segments, advocating environmental sustainability, and supporting health and sanitation initiatives. Through its CSR arm, Axis Bank Foundation (ABF), the bank has embarked on the ambitious ‘Mission 2 Million’ commitment aimed at achieving sustainable livelihoods for 2 million households by 2025. Adopting a progressive and knowledge-based approach aligned with India’s developmental priorities, ABF has made significant strides towards this goal, reaching a significant milestone in December 2021 by supporting over 1 million households under the commitment. This strategic endeavor underscores Axis Bank’s steadfast dedication to driving positive social impact and contributing to the holistic development of communities across the nation.


26. GAIL


GAIL (India) Limited stands as India’s leading natural gas company, boasting a diversified portfolio spanning the entire natural gas value chain, including trading, transmission, LPG production & transmission, LNG re-gasification, petrochemicals, city gas distribution, and exploration & production (E&P) activities. With an extensive network of approximately 14,617 km of natural gas pipelines traversing the length and breadth of the country, GAIL continues to enhance its reach through the execution of multiple pipeline projects. Furthermore, the company has made significant strides in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market and holds a formidable market share in city gas distribution, while also expanding its presence in renewable energy sectors such as solar, wind, and biofuels.


In its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), GAIL allocated Rs. 99.1 crores towards CSR initiatives in the fiscal year 2022-23, surpassing its mandated CSR expenditure under the Company’s Act. GAIL’s CSR programs are predominantly focused on rural areas surrounding its major work centers or installations, covering seven broad areas of intervention aimed at achieving specific objectives. These areas include initiatives related to nutrition, health, sanitation, drinking water, education, livelihood generation, skill development, rural development, women empowerment, care of the elderly and differently abled, and environmental conservation.


Noteworthy among GAIL’s CSR initiatives is the Utkarsh program, which provides free residential coaching for underprivileged students at various locations. Additionally, the company’s Bhavishya project aims to enhance educational infrastructure and facilities in government schools, including the provision of smart class solutions and sanitary napkin vending machines. GAIL’s Arogya project has also witnessed significant expansion, with the operation of 67 Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) providing vital healthcare services to underprivileged populations across multiple states.


Furthermore, GAIL is actively involved in skill development initiatives, supporting the establishment and operation of Skill Development Institutes in various locations across the country. Through projects like Saheli and Adivasi Mahila Pragati, the company focuses on women’s health and hygiene, while also addressing issues such as clubfoot through specialized clinics in several districts. These initiatives underscore GAIL’s holistic approach towards CSR, aiming to create a positive and sustainable impact on the communities it serves.


27. JSW Energy


In FY23, JSW Energy demonstrated its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) with a spending of 27.91 crores. Through its CSR initiatives, facilitated by JSW Foundation, the company focuses on achieving meaningful outcomes within the local context by adopting the SAMMS approach – Strategic, Aligned, Multi-stakeholder, Measurable, and Sustainable. In FY 2023 alone, these efforts positively impacted 2,33,021 individuals. JSW Energy, via JSW Foundation, channels its CSR endeavors towards fostering holistic and inclusive development in communities. This includes empowering individuals with skills and livelihood opportunities, addressing environmental concerns, promoting sports training, preserving national heritage, and combating poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. The company is dedicated to creating an empowered society through continuous and purposeful engagement, with a strong emphasis on strengthening social capital and promoting social inclusion, particularly among women.


Across various key focus areas such as health, education, environment sustainability, livelihood, women empowerment, and responsible citizenship, JSW Energy implements targeted interventions to drive positive change. In the realm of health and nutrition, the company is committed to enhancing India’s healthcare landscape by providing improved services and facilities. In FY 2023, JSW Foundation initiated several new interventions in partnership with expert organizations. These initiatives include supporting public healthcare institutions, building specialty care facilities, and ensuring healthcare services are available, affordable, and accessible through mobile medical units, health camps, and ambulance services.


One notable initiative is Project Shikhar, a flagship project of JSW Energy launched in 2016 to nurture the boxing talent of young children in Sangla valley, Himachal Pradesh. Originally providing boxing kits and infrastructure support, Project Shikhar has evolved into a comprehensive support system for young boxers, aiming to foster their ambitions and prepare them for high-level sporting events. With over 200 children trained under the project and numerous medals secured in competitions, Project Shikhar exemplifies JSW Energy’s commitment to promoting sportsmanship and talent development within communities.


28. Bharti Airtel


Bharti Airtel has voluntarily contributed Rs. 2.11 crores towards corporate social responsibility (CSR) in FY23. The company channels its CSR endeavors through Bharti Foundation, emphasizing the belief that bolstering the education system is a crucial investment in the nation’s future. Over the past two decades, Bharti Foundation has collaborated with various organizations and governmental bodies to spearhead transformative initiatives in the realm of education for underprivileged children across India.


The foundation’s flagship initiative, the Satya Bharti School Program, aims to provide quality education to children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. By establishing and supporting schools in rural and remote areas, Bharti Foundation endeavors to bridge the education gap and empower children with knowledge and skills essential for their holistic development. Additionally, through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program, the foundation works towards enhancing the quality of education in existing government schools by providing necessary infrastructure, resources, and teacher training.


Recognizing the importance of higher education in shaping the future of youth, Bharti Foundation extends its support through Higher Education Programs. These initiatives include scholarships, mentorship programs, and career guidance to help deserving students pursue their academic aspirations and career goals. Furthermore, the Satya Bharti Abhiyan program focuses on promoting sanitation and hygiene practices in rural communities, complementing the educational efforts by fostering a healthy learning environment.


Bharti Foundation’s collaborative approach extends beyond its core programs as it actively engages with national programs and government missions such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, National Nutrition Mission, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. By aligning its initiatives with broader societal welfare objectives, Bharti Foundation strives to create sustainable impact and contribute towards building a brighter and more inclusive future for all segments of society.


29. Tata Chemicals


Tata Chemicals prioritizes sustainable growth as an integral part of its business strategy, emphasizing inclusive development within the communities it serves. Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Tata’s ethos, Tata Chemicals implements self-sustaining enterprises to ensure the longevity of its community development initiatives. In the fiscal year 2022-23, Tata Chemicals collaborated with 5,245 farmers, offering capacity-building trainings, field demonstrations, and support in livestock management, organic farming, and agriculture equipment procurement. These efforts significantly enhanced farm productivity and bolstered the sustainable income of farmers.

Moreover, Tata Chemicals engages with rural youth, providing skill development interventions to foster self-reliance. Programs offered across fashion technology, welding, fitting, domestic electrical work, and beauty and wellness at the skill development center in Mithapur create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young individuals. Additional skilling initiatives were undertaken at various locations such as Dhasai, Akola, Cuddalore, and Mambattu. Tata Chemicals also supports skill development institutions like Tata Strive Centre at Aligarh and ITIs at Dwarka and Vaghra, facilitating local career fairs and career guidance sessions.


Driven by its mission of “Serving Society through Science,” Tata Chemicals integrates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles into its business framework, aiming to enhance the quality of life for communities globally. Through structured stakeholder engagement, Tata Chemicals identifies and prioritizes ESG issues relevant to its business and ecosystem. Committed to Responsible Care, Tata Chemicals continually improves its chemical management practices and strives for excellence in environmental, health, safety, and security performance.


Furthermore, Tata Chemicals is dedicated to providing employees and business associates with clean, safe, healthy, and fair working conditions. Endeavoring to be the preferred neighbor in the communities it operates, Tata Chemicals contributes to their equitable and inclusive development. To uphold these commitments, the company has well-defined CSR policies, including a Community Development Policy, Affirmative Action Policy, and Diversity & Inclusion Policy. In the fiscal year 2022-23, Tata Chemicals allocated Rs. 16 crore towards CSR initiatives, demonstrating its ongoing dedication to social responsibility and sustainable development.


30. NTPC


Established in 1975, NTPC stands as India’s largest power utility, boasting an installed capacity of 73,824 MW (including JVs), with ambitions to grow to a 130 GW company by 2032. Playing a pivotal role in fulfilling a quarter of the country’s power requirements, NTPC Ltd. is India’s foremost integrated power utility. Embracing a diverse portfolio comprising thermal, hydro, solar, and wind power plants, the company is dedicated to embracing clean energy technologies, fostering innovation, and implementing best practices to pave the way for a greener future.


Recognized among the “World’s Best Employers 2023” in Forbes World’s Best Employers list released on October 10th, 2023, NTPC Limited secured the 261st position out of the top 700 global companies. It is the sole Indian PSU featured in this prestigious list, a testament to its commitment to excellence in employee welfare and management practices.


NTPC consistently surpasses the prescribed CSR expenditure mandated by the Company’s Act. In the fiscal year 2022-23, the PSU allocated Rs. 315.35 crore for standalone CSR initiatives, exceeding the 2% limit. Additionally, for group CSR projects on a consolidated basis, NTPC invested Rs. 352.79 crore, surpassing the total CSR obligation of Rs. 310 crore for the financial year.


CSR is deeply ingrained in NTPC’s core business ethos of power generation. From its inception, the company has prioritized the needs of neighboring communities and individuals affected by the establishment of power plants. While the majority of CSR initiatives are localized around operational sites, NTPC also undertakes activities nationwide to complement governmental efforts, focusing on inclusive growth and environmental sustainability. The NTPC Foundation serves as the primary conduit for executing CSR initiatives.


Throughout FY 2022-23, NTPC’s CSR programs made a positive impact on approximately 450 villages and over 400 schools across various locations. As highlighted in NTPC’s Annual Report for FY 2022-23, the company’s CSR endeavors have touched the lives of approximately 16 lakh individuals residing in remote areas throughout the country.


Driven by a commitment to empower economically disadvantaged and physically challenged individuals, including women, NTPC Foundation spearheads projects and programs addressing diverse socio-economic concerns. Through initiatives such as operating healthcare centers, establishing disability rehabilitation facilities, offering IT education, providing scholarships, promoting sports, and imparting skill training to women, the NTPC Foundation endeavors to foster a more inclusive and equitable society.


31. Apollo Tyres Limited


Apollo Tyres Limited, a prominent player in the tyre industry, has consistently demonstrated a profound commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). In 2023, the company not only fulfilled but surpassed its CSR obligations, channeling significant resources towards impactful initiatives. With a strategic focus on aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Apollo Tyres has effectively integrated CSR into its core business operations. The company’s CSR endeavors span across various domains, including healthcare, environmental sustainability, and community development, all aimed at fostering inclusive growth and long-term societal benefits.


Apollo Tyres Limited spent Rs. 13.225 crore on their CSR initiatives in FY 2022-23. They have also aligned their CSR initiatives with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have the vision to reach out to over 15 million beneficiaries by 2026. In FY 2023, the company was able to positively impact 1.49 million individuals through their CSR initiatives.


Apollo Tyres Limited’s CSR initiatives in FY 2023 were diverse and impactful. Here’s a detailed look at some specific programs:


Healthcare for Trucking Community

This initiative was a cornerstone of Apollo Tyres’ CSR efforts, focusing on the health and well-being of truck drivers—a group that is essential to the economy yet often overlooked. The program provided comprehensive medical check-ups, health awareness campaigns, and treatment facilities, reaching over 8.3 million beneficiaries. By offering these critical healthcare services, Apollo Tyres addressed the unique challenges faced by truckers, who are frequently on the road and lack access to regular healthcare services.


Solid Waste Management and Sanitation (SPARSH)

Recognizing the critical link between sanitation and health, Apollo Tyres launched SPARSH, an initiative aimed at managing solid waste to foster cleaner and healthier communities. The program successfully collected 11,176 metric tons of waste, significantly improving the cleanliness of the targeted areas. Moreover, it raised community awareness about the importance of waste management, thereby contributing to disease prevention and environmental sustainability.


Livelihood for Underprivileged Rural Women (Navya)

The Navya initiative was designed with the empowerment of marginalized rural women in mind. By providing skills training for income-generating activities, the program helped over 17,000 women achieve financial independence. This not only contributed to their families’ incomes but also enhanced their social status and quality of life, showcasing Apollo Tyres’ commitment to gender equality and poverty alleviation.


Biodiversity Conservation

With a focus on environmental stewardship, Apollo Tyres’ biodiversity conservation efforts included extensive afforestation and mangrove conservation projects. The planting of over 350,000 trees in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat and the restoration of 10.5 acres of land through mangrove conservation underscored the company’s dedication to preserving the environment for future generations.

These initiatives collectively highlight Apollo Tyres Limited’s unwavering commitment to sustainable development. The company’s strategic approach ensured that its CSR activities not only contributed to the well-being of communities but also aligned with global sustainability goals, setting a benchmark for corporate responsibility in the industry.


32. Tech Mahindra


Tech Mahindra is one of the leading companies in India that has been actively engaged in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives across various sectors, especially education, employability, and disability. The Company spent Rs. 123.70 crore on its CSR activities during the fiscal year 2022-23.

Tech Mahindra Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Tech Mahindra Limited, has been a beacon of social change since its inception in 2007. Embracing the ethos of corporate social responsibility, the foundation has dedicated itself to uplifting underserved communities across India through a range of impactful initiatives. Central to its mission is the transformation of education. Recognizing the pivotal role education plays in breaking the cycle of poverty, the foundation implements innovative programs aimed at enhancing educational access and quality for children and youth from marginalized backgrounds. These efforts encompass not only formal schooling but also vocational training and skill development through initiatives like SMART (Skills-for-Market Training), which equips individuals with the competencies needed for gainful employment in a rapidly evolving job market.


Moreover, the foundation places a strong emphasis on women’s empowerment, acknowledging the transformative potential of gender equality. Through initiatives such as the SMART Women program, it provides women with the tools and resources necessary to pursue economic independence, whether through gaining employment or starting their own ventures. By fostering entrepreneurship and fostering leadership skills among women, the foundation catalyzes positive social change and promotes inclusive growth.


Beyond education and empowerment, the Tech Mahindra Foundation extends its reach to other critical areas of societal development. In healthcare, it works to improve access to quality medical services and promote preventive healthcare practices, particularly in underserved rural communities. Additionally, the foundation is committed to environmental sustainability, undertaking initiatives to promote conservation, waste management, and renewable energy adoption. Moreover, it stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance during times of crisis, leveraging its resources and network to deliver aid swiftly and effectively in disaster-affected areas.


Through its multifaceted approach to social development, the Tech Mahindra Foundation exemplifies the transformative power of corporate philanthropy. By leveraging the expertise and resources of the Tech Mahindra group, the foundation continues to make significant strides in addressing the most pressing challenges facing Indian society, thereby creating a brighter and more inclusive future for all.


33. Tata Steel


Tata Steel, ranked as the 10th largest steel producer globally, stands as one of the most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations spanning across five continents and a workforce exceeding 65,000 employees. Demonstrating its commitment as a socially conscious corporate citizen, Tata Steel allocated Rs. 481 Crores towards its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in FY2022-23. A substantial portion of this fund, Rs. 234 Crores, was dedicated to Jharkhand, while Rs. 239 Crores were directed towards Odisha, thereby positively impacting the lives of over 3.15 million individuals.

The company’s CSR initiatives are focused on key areas including Education, Nutrition, Health, Livelihood, Water resource management, and Women & Youth empowerment. In its pursuit of sustainable practices, Tata Steel is actively engaged in addressing climate change challenges. Recognizing the significance of steel in various sectors and its role in climate action, the company is committed to reducing its carbon footprint across production processes and product life cycles. By endorsing the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and continuously strengthening internal governance and production processes, Tata Steel is paving the way towards a low-carbon future.


In addition to climate action, Tata Steel places a strong emphasis on building a sustainable supply chain. With an integrated value chain extending from mining to finished steel products, the company is exploring avenues for a greener supply chain, incorporating third-party logistics, energy-efficient transportation, and digital solutions to streamline operations while minimizing ecological footprints.


Tata Steel’s CSR efforts in India are particularly noteworthy, with a focus on serving marginalized communities across Jharkhand and Odisha. Through initiatives like Masti ki Paathshala and the Education Signature Programme, the company aims to address issues of child labor, access to quality education, and community development. Moreover, initiatives such as the Jamshedpur Kalinganagar Development Corridor and agriculture activities underscore Tata Steel’s commitment to holistic development, empowering communities through sustainable livelihood opportunities and infrastructure development.

By leveraging its resources, partnerships, and innovative approaches, Tata Steel continues to demonstrate its leadership in corporate social responsibility, contributing to the well-being of communities and fostering sustainable development in the regions it operates.


34. Ultratech Cements


UltraTech Cement, a leading cement manufacturer, deeply embeds corporate social responsibility (CSR) into its core values. With a substantial spending of Rs. 116 crore in FY 23, UltraTech doesn’t merely consider its responsibility limited to providing quality products; it extends its commitment to fostering a sustainable future for all stakeholders. Operating in 16 states across India, UltraTech’s CSR initiatives touch the lives of 16 lakhs individuals residing in 507 villages.


The company’s CSR strategy revolves around a well-defined policy and a dedicated committee, ensuring focused efforts towards key areas such as education, healthcare, sustainable livelihood, sports, infrastructure development, and social causes. One such initiative, “ITeach Hirmi,” exemplifies UltraTech’s dedication to education. Employees volunteer as mentors, offering tuition to underprivileged students. In FY 2022-23, 113 students received free coaching, resulting in impressive academic achievements.


Similarly, UltraTech’s healthcare initiatives address critical needs through programs like preventive and curative health camps, benefiting over 1.54 lakh patients. The “Sahaj Programme” focuses on menstrual health, while “Vikram Jyoti” aims to combat blindness caused by cataracts, benefiting over 25,000 patients, with a notable 53.42% being women beneficiaries.


Sustainable livelihood is another cornerstone of UltraTech’s CSR efforts. Initiatives like “Transforming lives through water management” and the “Gothan model” prioritize water conservation and rural economic empowerment. These efforts have led to significant outcomes, including the support of 33,857 farmers in water conservation and the generation of additional income for 200 women through sustainable farming practices.


In addition, UltraTech collaborates with organizations like the BAIF Development Research Foundation for initiatives such as the “Go Char-Krishna Project,” focusing on livestock welfare and dairy farming. Notably, in regions like Nrupatunga Nagar and Hanaganahalli, watershed development efforts have enabled farmers to cultivate watermelons successfully, leading to increased incomes and improved livelihoods.


UltraTech Cement’s CSR endeavors underscore its commitment to sustainable development and social progress. By addressing multifaceted challenges and fostering inclusive growth, UltraTech exemplifies responsible corporate citizenship, making a tangible difference in the communities it serves.


35.LTIMindtree

LTIMindtree Limited, formerly known as Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited, holds a prominent position in the corporate world, renowned for its expertise in information technology and digital solutions. Alongside its innovative ventures, the company has also emerged as a leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR), establishing new standards for societal impact. In the fiscal year 2022-23, LTIMindtree exceeded expectations by allocating a significant INR 68 Crore towards various CSR initiatives, surpassing its mandated expenditure. This noteworthy achievement not only emphasizes LTIMindtree’s commitment to corporate citizenship but also underscores its proactive approach to addressing critical social issues.

In education, LTIMindtree’s initiatives have focused on supporting schools, scholarships, and skill development programs. By investing in education, the company aims to empower individuals to break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future for themselves.


The School Infrastructure Renovation (SIR) project is a prime example of the company’s commitment to education. Through this initiative, LTIMindtree has renovated essential facilities in rural schools, creating conducive learning environments for students and promoting their overall health and well-being.

Similarly, the Digital Literacy program has empowered students with essential digital and STEM learning opportunities, equipping them with skills for the future. By partnering with various organizations, the program has reached underserved communities and transformed the educational landscape across multiple states in India.


In the field of social empowerment, initiatives like the Yuva Jyoti project and the Women Empowerment project have uplifted marginalized communities and created opportunities for self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship. By providing skill training and market linkages, these projects have empowered individuals to lead dignified lives and contribute to the economic growth of their communities.

LTIMindtree’s commitment to health and wellness is evident through initiatives like free cataract surgeries and mobile health units. By providing essential healthcare services to underserved communities, the company has improved health outcomes and promoted a healthier lifestyle.


Finally, the My Tree project highlights LTIMindtree’s dedication to environmental sustainability. By planting thousands of saplings and nurturing them over time, the company is contributing to a greener future and mitigating the impacts of climate change.


Overall, LTIMindtree’s CSR efforts reflect its commitment to making a positive impact on society and creating a better world for future generations.


36. Asian Paints


Asian Paints Limited, during the financial year 2022-23, exhibited a robust commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with a total expenditure of Rs. 77.42 crores. This expenditure encapsulated various CSR initiatives aligned with the CSR annual action plan sanctioned by the CSR Committee and the Board of Directors. The focal points of Asian Paints’ CSR endeavors revolved around health & hygiene, vocational skill enhancement, water conservation, and disaster management.

Health & Hygiene emerged as a pivotal area for Asian Paints’ CSR initiatives, aiming to provide essential healthcare services and promote preventive healthcare practices within local communities. Initiatives under this umbrella included the establishment of static clinics near manufacturing locations and the operation of Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) across remote rural areas. Furthermore, projects like Safar targeted the health awareness and medical care of truck drivers, underscoring the company’s commitment to holistic community health.


Disaster Management constituted another significant thrust area for Asian Paints’ CSR efforts. The company displayed a proactive stance in alleviating the impact of natural disasters and pandemics by engaging in relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction activities. Collaborations with governmental and non-governmental entities facilitated effective distribution of essentials during crises.


Enhancing Vocational Skills emerged as a cornerstone of Asian Paints’ CSR strategy, emphasizing skill-building initiatives to empower youth and foster inclusive growth. The company’s training programs encompassed a diverse range of subjects, including painting techniques, waterproofing, plumbing, and financial literacy. The Asian Paints Colour Academy stood out as a prominent platform providing comprehensive training to paint applicators, thereby contributing to capacity building within the industry.


Water Conservation emerged as a paramount concern for Asian Paints, reflecting its commitment to environmental sustainability. The company’s water vision aimed to secure water resources in communities surrounding its manufacturing facilities. Initiatives included investments in water conservation infrastructure, educational outreach to farmers on water management, and water replenishment projects in local communities.


In summary, Asian Paints Limited demonstrated a steadfast commitment to CSR by allocating significant resources towards initiatives aimed at promoting community health, disaster resilience, vocational skill development, and environmental sustainability. Through strategic partnerships and targeted interventions, the company continues to make meaningful contributions to societal welfare and environmental stewardship.


37. Nestle


Nestlé India has long been committed to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, with a focus on sustainable development and community empowerment. In FY 2023, Nestlé’s CSR spending amounted to INR 56.3 Crore, making significant contributions to societal well-being. This commitment aligns with Nestlé’s CSR policy, which stipulates that CSR expenditure encompasses all investments made in CSR programs as per the approved Annual Action Plan.


One of Nestlé India’s noteworthy CSR endeavors is the “Project Hilldaari,” which epitomizes its dedication to fostering rural development and enhancing livelihoods. Project Hilldaari is a holistic initiative aimed at empowering communities residing in the hilly regions of India. Through this project, Nestlé endeavors to create sustainable socio-economic opportunities while preserving the ecological balance of these regions.


Project Hilldaari encompasses various facets, including:


– Livelihood Enhancement: Nestlé collaborates with local communities to identify viable livelihood opportunities tailored to their skills and resources. This may include promoting sustainable agriculture practices, providing training in dairy farming, or facilitating entrepreneurship ventures.


– Health and Nutrition: Recognizing the importance of health and nutrition in marginalized communities, Nestlé conducts awareness programs and workshops to educate locals about balanced diets, proper nutrition, and hygiene practices. Additionally, the company often distributes fortified food products to address malnutrition concerns.


– Water Conservation: Nestlé acknowledges the significance of water conservation, particularly in hilly terrains prone to water scarcity. Through Project Hilldaari, the company implements water harvesting and conservation techniques, constructs check dams, and facilitates watershed management initiatives to ensure long-term water security for communities.


– Women Empowerment: Empowering women is a cornerstone of Nestlé’s CSR philosophy. Project Hilldaari includes initiatives to enhance women’s participation in community decision-making, provide skill development training, and create avenues for income generation, thereby fostering gender equality and women’s empowerment.


– Education and Skill Development: Nestlé believes in the transformative power of education and skill development. As part of Project Hilldaari, the company supports educational infrastructure development, scholarships for deserving students, and vocational training programs to equip youth with employable skills, thereby enhancing their socio-economic prospects.


In addition to Project Hilldaari, Nestlé India undertakes a myriad of other CSR projects aimed at addressing diverse societal needs and fostering sustainable development. These projects span various thematic areas, demonstrating Nestlé’s multifaceted approach to corporate social responsibility. Some notable CSR initiatives include:


Project SuPoshan

Recognizing the prevalence of malnutrition among children and mothers in rural areas, Nestlé’s Project SuPoshan aims to combat malnutrition by promoting maternal and child health. The project focuses on providing nutritional education, access to fortified foods, and healthcare services to vulnerable communities, thereby contributing to the well-being of mothers and children.


Nestlé Healthy Kids Program

Nestlé’s Healthy Kids Program is a global initiative aimed at promoting nutrition education and physical activity among school-age children. In India, the program works closely with schools and communities to educate children about the importance of healthy eating habits and regular exercise, instilling lifelong habits for overall well-being.


Waste Management and Recycling Initiatives

Nestlé recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability and actively engages in waste management and recycling initiatives. Through partnerships with local authorities and communities, Nestlé facilitates waste segregation, recycling, and upcycling programs to reduce environmental impact and promote a circular economy.


Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Nestlé believes in empowering individuals with skills and resources to enhance their livelihood opportunities. The company supports skill development initiatives and entrepreneurship programs aimed at fostering economic empowerment and self-reliance among youth and marginalized communities.


Community Infrastructure Development

Nestlé contributes to the development of community infrastructure, including schools, healthcare centers, and sanitation facilities, to improve the quality of life in rural and underserved areas. By investing in infrastructure projects, Nestlé helps build resilient communities and supports sustainable development goals.


Through these CSR projects and initiatives, Nestlé India demonstrates its commitment to creating shared value for society and the environment. By addressing key social, economic, and environmental challenges, Nestlé strives to make a positive and meaningful impact on the communities it serves, while upholding its core values of integrity, respect, and responsibility.


38. HDFC Bank


HDFC Bank, a stalwart in the 500 Crore CSR club, has reaffirmed its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) by allocating Rs. 820.89 Crores toward various initiatives. Particularly noteworthy is the Bank’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, wherein it has directed its efforts towards fostering a ‘people-centric’ recovery, spanning livelihood, skill development, education, health, and natural resources. Central to these endeavors is HDFC Parivartan, the Bank’s comprehensive CSR umbrella brand, which orchestrates a myriad of interventions aimed at driving positive change in communities across India.


Under the Rural Development, HDFC Bank’s Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP) exemplifies its commitment to comprehensive growth through initiatives encompassing natural resource management, education, skill development, livelihood, financial literacy, and healthcare. Notably, the bank has set ambitious goals such as irrigating unirrigated land, promoting clean energy solutions, and advocating for chemical-free farming practices, impacting over 9.88 lakh households in over 3,335 villages.


In education, HDFC Bank is aligned with India’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, supporting schools through teacher training, scholarships, infrastructure improvements, and digital classrooms, with the aim to enhance the quality of education and ensure holistic development. Similarly, in Skills Training and Livelihood Enhancement, the Bank empowers rural youth and farmers, providing avenues for income generation and economic upliftment, thereby impacting around 2.54 Lakh+ individuals.


Addressing healthcare and hygiene, HDFC Bank adopts an integrated approach, delivering healthcare services, promoting hygiene and sanitation, and advocating for waste management. Furthermore, the Bank’s initiatives in Financial Literacy and Inclusion, exemplified by financial literacy camps and the flagship Digidhan program, strive towards empowering communities with essential financial knowledge and facilitating access to digital banking services.


In conclusion, HDFC Bank’s CSR initiatives have left an indelible mark, impacting the lives of over 9.93 Crore people across India. Through strategic interventions across various thematic areas, the Bank continues to champion social progress and inclusivity, embodying its commitment to corporate citizenship and societal well-being.


39. Dr Reddy’s


Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, since its inception in 1984, has emerged as a stalwart in the pharmaceutical industry, epitomizing excellence in healthcare solutions. Beyond its core mission of delivering high-quality pharmaceutical products and services worldwide, the company has demonstrated a profound commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In the fiscal year 2023, Dr. Reddy’s allocated Rs 51 crores towards various CSR initiatives, embodying its dedication to social welfare and sustainable development.


The CSR endeavors of Dr. Reddy’s encompass a multifaceted approach, targeting key areas such as education, skilling, livelihood, health, and environmental sustainability. Collaborating with local NGOs and partners, the company extends its outreach to marginalized communities, striving to uplift their socio-economic status and foster holistic development.


In FY 2023, Dr. Reddy’s channeled resources towards promoting healthcare, with a particular emphasis on preventive healthcare initiatives. Moreover, the company exhibited a commendable commitment to environmental conservation by spearheading efforts to preserve tigers in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. By investing in these conservation efforts, Dr. Reddy’s showcases its dedication to preserving biodiversity and protecting endangered species, thereby contributing to the larger ecosystem.


Education emerges as another cornerstone of Dr. Reddy’s CSR initiatives, with the company providing quality education support to underserved communities. Through programs like the School Improvement Programme (SIP) in Government Schools of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Dr. Reddy’s endeavors to bridge educational disparities and empower the youth with the requisite knowledge and skills for a brighter future.


Notably, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd has also made substantial commitments towards environmental sustainability. The company has pledged to transition to 100% renewable power by 2030, thereby reducing its carbon footprint significantly. Additionally, Dr. Reddy’s aims to achieve carbon neutrality in its direct operations (scope 1 and 2 emissions) by 2030 and reduce indirect carbon emissions (Scope 3 emissions) by 12.5% within the same timeframe. Moreover, the company endeavors to become water positive by 2025, reflecting its proactive stance towards water conservation and management.

The impact of Dr. Reddy’s CSR initiatives reverberates across communities, with over 331 thousand beneficiaries benefiting from these endeavors. By leveraging its resources and expertise, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd not only fulfills its corporate obligations but also assumes a leadership role in driving positive social change and sustainable development. Through its unwavering commitment to CSR, Dr. Reddy’s continues to be a beacon of hope, enriching lives and fostering a more equitable and resilient society.


40. JK Tyre & Industries


JK Tyre, in its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), allocated Rs. 5.17 Cr. during FY 2022-23, impacting the lives of 92,280 individuals through various CSR activities. Aligning with the requirements of Section 135 and Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013, and emphasizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), JK Tyre’s CSR agenda is meticulously planned and executed under the guidance of its Board-level CSR Committee and top management. The company maintains a rigorous feedback mechanism, ensuring transparency and accountability in its initiatives, with regular progress reports shared with top management for feedback and suggestions.


Education holds a significant place in JK Tyre’s CSR initiatives, aiming to transform lives and uplift community standards. Scholarship programs, adult literacy initiatives, and infrastructure support to schools are among the endeavors undertaken, impacting 24,437 lives through educational initiatives during the fiscal year. Moreover, the adoption of three Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) under a public-private partnership model has significantly improved vocational education, benefiting over 500 local students annually and leading to nearly 100% employment for the students.

Recognizing the challenges within India’s education system, JK Tyre actively addresses them through CSR, emphasizing the importance of education in overcoming obstacles such as low pupil-teacher ratios and rural-urban divides. Through initiatives like the Support to School Programme, JK Tyre collaborates with local NGOs to transform government schools into ‘Model Schools,’ enhancing academic, infrastructure, and leadership aspects to create child-friendly environments conducive to quality education.


In the realm of health, JK Tyre’s Project ‘Jyoti Kiran’ provides free eye care services to truckers and transporters, organizing eye camps and distributing spectacles, benefiting 13,564 truckers and providing spectacles to 4,311 drivers. Water conservation initiatives and livelihood programs, particularly the Livestock Development Programme, further showcase JK Tyre’s commitment to CSR, impacting over a lakh lives through water conservation efforts and empowering over 25,000 farmers through artificial insemination services, resulting in substantial social returns and sustainable livelihood practices.



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