Sustanibility - Community

Helping communities thrive

RHI Magnesita India aims to invest in local communities wherever we operate. Our success depends on the communities in which we live and work; our business can only be sustainable if they are. Supporting thriving communities is therefore one of the four pillars of our sustainability strategy. We work with local community leaders, government and NGOs on environmental and social issues of concern to them and our business.

What We Support

We ensure focus and maximum benefit by concentrating our contributions into three focus areas:

  • Education, especially science, technology, engineering and maths (“STEM”) subjects, with a focus on girls and disadvantaged groups
  • Youth development, especially skills training and enterprise education
  • Environmental protection, especially forests, climate and water

These themes contribute to the SDGs we can best support. We are keen to develop long-term partnerships, developing programmes that could become scalable.

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Some of our recent works in India

  • Basic education to Children in remote tribal villages in Andhra Pradesh under project Vidya of CII
  • Program for regular contribution of school fee, uniform, books and stationeries to students from underprivileged sections in elementary and primary schools in our areas of operation
  • Supporting environmental sustainability project of Bhiwadi Jal Pradushan Nivaran Association
  • Supporting the Clean Ganga initiative of the Govt. of India
  • Technology enablement of rural youth by providing Computers and accessories in villages around our areas of operation

COVID-19 Response

RHI Magnesita India has been adopting strict COVID-19 preventive measures at its plants and offices to ensure safety of its employees and other stakeholders. Additionally, the company has been taking up various COVID-19 prevention support initiatives to help employees and communities in the fight against the pandemic. This includes donation of ambulance to local PHCs in Bhiwadi and to community in Cuttack, organizing free vaccination camps for employees and communities, distribution of safety kits for communities etc.

Safety kits to 9000 families

RHI Magnesita India directly supported more than 9000 families in the fight against COVID-19 recently by providing necessary safety tools under its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The company distributed “COVID-19 Safety Kits” to the families in the communities around its manufacturing facilities in India. The kit contains an oximeter, a digital thermometer, liquid hand sanitizer, liquid soap, 5 units of N95 masks and Vitamin supplements. The kits were distributed to families in the neighboring communities of its plants in Bhiwadi, Vishakhapatnam and Cuttack. The families of the contractual workers of the company were also covered under the CSR initiative.

Vaccination of Employees and Community members

Vaccination is one of the most important instruments in the fight against COVID-19. RHI Magnesita India has conducted vaccination drive for its employees aged 18-45 years, their families and residents of communities nearby. Two such camps were recently held at its Bhiwadi and Vizag plant wherein more than 1500 people were vaccinated with the first dose. The company had earlier supported the local health administration to conduct vaccination for its employees above 45 years of age at its plants.

Redevelopment of a village school at Shahdod

RHI Magnesita has recently completed the project for upliftment of infrastructure of a school at Shahdod village new the Bhiwadi plant. The project executed by Rotary International with approx. Rs 25 lacs., has resulted in a complete turnaround of the infrastructure of the village school which was in a very poor condition.

Background

  • Shahdod is a village situated in the Alwar District of the state of Rajasthan in India
  • The village is at about 6 kms from the Bhiwadi plant.
  • The Shahdod Government Senior Secondary School is a local Government funded school that provides primary, secondary and senior secondary education to the underprivileged kids from the village and nearby villages.
  • The school is attended by about 550 students which includes 260 girl children.
  • The infrastructure of the school was in very dilapidated condition due to lack of funds. Basic infrastructure like toilets, drinking water facility, well maintained classrooms, electric fans etc. were either missing or were in very poor condition.

The Project

  • Orient Refractories Ltd., one of the Indian legal entities of RHI Magnesita, partnered with an international voluntary organization Rotary International, to uplift the infrastructure of the school to convert it into one of Model Schools in the district of Alwar.
  • The school was included in the Global Grant Project of Rotary Foundation, and RHI Magnesita provided a one-time grant of approx. Eur 30,000 for the infrastructure development of the school.
  • The scope of the utilization of the fund included providing –
    • Building school boundary wall and gates for safety of the students
    • Construction of toilets for proper hygiene
    • Refurbishment of classrooms and installation of fans, almirah, chairs & desks
    • Installation of drinking water facility
  • The project was initiated end of 2019 but got delayed due to the COVID situation during most part of 2020.
  • The infrastructure development project was completed in Oct, 2020

The Result