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Continuing Our Legacy
of Giving Back to Society

Since inception, Aarti Industries Limited (AIL) has strived to fulfil its role as a responsible corporate citizen. Our passion for developing unique solutions for the speciality chemicals and pharmaceutical industries also extends to undertaking life-changing community initiatives. Through Aarti Foundation, we undertake a wide range of programmes and initiatives for touching and enhancing the lives of communities around us.

Our CSR philosophy stems from the belief of one of India’s greatest scientists and India’s former President, late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam – “Nearly 260 million people below the poverty line have to join the mainstream for a good life.” We have been tenaciously marching towards this goal by pioneering several community-based programmes across the following areas:

Water conservation
and environment

Eradication of
poverty

Disaster relief and
rehabilitation

Women empowerment and
livelihood opportunities

R&D for the
uplift of society

Cluster and rural
development

Education and skill
development

Childcare and healthcare
facilities

AIL engages in community welfare through associated trusts (Aarti Foundation and Dhanvallabh Charitable Trust), apart from helping focused NGOs engaged in diverse segments. Promoters of the company have set aside approximately 400 lakh equity shares held in the company (worth about USD 40 million) for charitable/philanthropic purposes.

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INR 1,060 lakhs CSR spend in FY 2019-20

Over 1.6 million
beneficiaries

 

Education for India’s Future

At AIL, we believe every child has the right to education and want to ensure that maximum number of children get access to education. Through our educational initiatives, scholarship grants and school infrastructure development projects, we ensure access to education with a focus on learning outcomes and retention for India’s future generation. We offer financial and advisory support to schools for improving their infrastructure and provide scholarships.

 
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Highlights:

We provide support to the following schools:

    • Tulsi Vidya Mandir in Kutch, Gujarat.
    • Yusuf Meherally Centre (YMC) which runs three different institutions:
      • Vallabh Vidyalaya, where AIL’s intervention benefits 835 primary and secondary students.
      • YMC for salt workers’ children, which operates at 11 locations and provides primary education to 312 children of salt pan workers around the coastal areas of Kutch.
      • YMC for fishermen’s children, which operates at three locations and provides primary education to 96 children of fishermen near Mundra port.
    • Shree Ram-Krushna Dev Vidhya Sankul - a Gujarati medium boarding school at Ratanpur in Kutch provides primary and secondary education to 320 students of classes 1-10.
    • VSSM Hostel, Ahmedabad, which accommodates 235 students of which 68 are girls and 167 are boys.
    • Jana Seva Charitable Trust, which is located in Sagbara in Narmada district, provides hostel accommodation for 80 girl students.

Additional Support to Schools

Morali Education Society - AIL has provided financial support for the construction and redevelopment of classrooms. The school accommodates 650-700 children from economically weaker sections and tribal backgrounds.

NFBM (National Federation of the Blind, Maharashtra) Jagriti School for Blind Girls - AIL has provided financial support to the institution located at Khed in Pune, Maharashtra for construction of the girls' hostel.

Vidya Sarthi Initiative - Vidya Sarthi is an initiative towards increasing the academic opportunities available to children from economically weak backgrounds. The project was first implemented in Kutch district to improve the soft skills of students in primary schools. It was further implemented in Dahej and Jhagadia with help from the Gram Vikas Trust. A total of 101 teachers have dedicated themselves towards teaching in nearly 78 schools in Kutch, Dahej and Jhagadia.

Mahavir College of Nursing for Tribal Girls - In 2007, AIL established a college at Vatrak-Sabarkantha, Gujarat, for providing occupational education in nursing. The college provides occupational and vocational training to girls of three tribal districts — Sabarkantha, Aravali and Himatnagar. Many girls, after graduating from this institute, are now actively working in the medical field within the country as well as abroad.

Prioritising Healthcare

AIL is providing women and children in rural India with easy access to essential health services by establishing state-of-the-art healthcare facilities ranging from small dispensaries to speciality hospitals. These centres are located in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

Highlights:

We are associated with an NGO — Asmita Vikas Kendra — for operating two mobile dental vans, one each for Dahej and Jhagadia clusters in Bharuch district of Gujarat.

We have been organising blood donation drives for over 20 years in Vapi, Gujarat.

Shree Mahavir Jain Hospital or JITO Educational and Medical Trust is a healthcare entity, which will establish a centre in Thane, Maharashtra. The facility will be equipped with a full-fledged diagnostic centre, blood bank, dental department, nephrology centre, ENT department and physiotherapy centre.

Aarti Foundation has partnered with BPNI, which aims to create awareness and counsel mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding. We offer training and awareness services to several institutional and peripheral hospitals in Mumbai.

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200,000+

Beneficiaries of
our healthcare facilities

600,000+

Mothers counselled on breastfeeding practices

Shree Samaghogha Jain Mahajan Trust, Samaghogha Village, Kutch, Gujarat

We have provided financial support to the trust for the construction of a hospital and purchase of medical equipment.

Sion Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra

We have provided financial support for purchase of medical equipment as well as creation of healthcare facilities in Sion Hospital, Mumbai.

Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra, Lohardaga, Jharkhand

We have provided financial support to the institution for construction of a hospital and purchase of medical equipment.

Shrimant Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad Hospital

We revived this under-performing hospital in Vatrak, Gujarat, since associating with it in 2007. Prior to our assistance, it had only 70 beds, building infrastructure was in a mess, and the hospital management was facing an acute financial crisis. Apart from financial assistance, we have also assisted in the hospital’s management. Currently the number of beds in the hospital has increased to 312. A new ICU centre, along with four new operation theatres have also been established.

Banwasi Seva Aashram

It is a primary healthcare centre in Sonbhadra — a tribal area of Uttar Pradesh. The centre caters to over 8,000 people from over 10 neighbouring villages. We have assisted with the creation of infrastructure at the centre. Currently, the centre includes a pathology laboratory and an x-ray machine as part of its facilities.

Equipping Women to Become Agents of Change

Empowering women and achieving gender equality is crucial for creating inclusive and prosperous societies. AIL contributes towards this endeavour by promoting and creating opportunities for women and girls to enhance their skills and confidence. Our initiatives to empower women have enabled them to achieve their potential and exercise greater influence over decisions that affect their lives. Apart from providing interest-free loans to women for earning their livelihood, AIL is assisting NGOs in conducting various programmes directed at skill development, training and tailoring.

We have been associated with Karuna Society for the development and empowerment of tribal children and women in Madhya Pradesh. The institution, operating in the remote villages of Betul in Nahar Pattan, provides interest-free loans to women for earning their livelihood. It has also set up the Shiksha Protsahan Kendra for providing education to tribal children and training staff.

We have provided financial support to the institution located at Savarmal in Valsad district, Gujarat, for construction and related expenses of the girls' hostel which accommodates 108 students.

The foundation, located in Kutch, Gujarat, offers various programmes directed at skill development, training and tailoring to local women. It also operates a housing facility for senior citizens.

1,000+ women
empowered through
our initiatives
Stitching/Craft Classes

As a part of our efforts towards drought relief, we are conducting courses in our training centre for women empowerment. We are running training workshops on stitching, weaving and crafts for about 128 women in Pimpalner, Marathawada, Maharashtra. Our training centre has helped them during their crisis.

Interest-free Loan for Entrepreneurs

We have given interest-free loans to 40 local women from the Nahar community in tribal regions of Madhya Pradesh with the help of Karuna Society, a local NGO. Most residents are engaged in the business of Bhilva herbal products for their livelihood and these loans have empowered the community.

Cultural and Rural Development

At AIL, we strive to protect the identity of India’s vast tribal population by providing them with equal opportunities for growth.

Vicharta Samuday Samarthan Manch

The organisation helps the nomadic and de-notified tribes to live a dignified life by providing them with opportunities for growth. AIL supports the organisation in its various endeavours across the state of Gujarat.

Development Initiatives in Rural/Semi Urban Areas

Through construction of dwellings and establishing training centres to equip villagers with modern techniques in farming and animal husbandry and water conservation measures, AIL is enhancing the quality of life in India’s villages.

15
lakhs

Loans offered to people of Wadia village to start their own businesses

Collaborative Effort with KJF

AIL has collaborated with KJF to construct nearly 2,200 dwellings for people from the economically weaker sections in Mumbai’s distant suburbs of Dombivali, Dahisar, Nalasopara and Ambernath.

Shree Aadinath Pasu Seva Trust

AIL is associated with this multi-functional centre at Bhadia in Kutch, Gujarat, which provides various inputs in the field of animal husbandry and agriculture.

Aarti Lakes

We have constructed 137 lakes and check dams at various places in Kutch and Banaskantha districts in Gujarat and Marathawada district of Maharashtra state. We have created ‘Jal Mandirs’ or water temples in different clusters of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The state government in Gujarat has now recognised the project as ‘Sujalam Sufalam Jalsanchay Yojana’ in their fiscal budget for 2018-19.

Building a Greener India

At AIL, we are consistently mitigating and reducing our environmental footprint by reducing emissions and exploring innovative opportunities to reduce, recycle and reuse. Through watershed management programmes and tree plantation activities, we are contributing towards water conservation in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Shree Siddhivinayak Sevabhai Sansthan

In association with Shree Siddhivinayak Sevabhai Sansthan, we provided financial support to four drought-hit villages in Beed district of Marathwada – Babhalkunta, Ghatsawali, Gundewadi and Talegaon. AIL’s support helped the NGO to construct check dams, desilt rivers and lakes, and widen canals, for effective resolution of water scarcity.

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Over 7 crore
litres
of water saved
20,000
beneficiaries in
Shree Siddhivinayak
Sevabhai Sansthan

15,000
beneficiaries
in Vikas Centre for
Development

Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation

Relief Project for Flood and Earthquake

We have provided a helping hand during the rehabilitation process of the people affected by floods and landslide in Bihar, Jammu, Uttarakhand, Srinagar, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Orissa, Gujarat and Sri Lanka. We have worked with local NGOs for constructing relief homes and accommodation for the affected people and provided a relief kit comprising food, drinking water, utensils, cloth, dignity kits (for women), special food packages for children, medicines and hygiene kits. We have also participated in relief and rehabilitation efforts after earthquakes in Kutch, Indonesia and Nepal.

Drought Relief

During the drought, we provided help to affected people in Kutch district of Gujarat and Beed district of Maharashtra. We have also provided fodder for animals in various areas.

Helping in the Fight Against COVID-19

Rising to the Challenge

As the world responds to the COVID-19 outbreak, our thoughts are with those affected and the medical professionals who are working round the clock to help those in need. At AIL, we believe that our ability to stay grounded and remain true to our identity as a responsible corporate citizen is tested during such times of disruption. Since the past four-and-a-half decades, Aarti Group of Companies has been at the forefront in providing urgent support and relief during natural disasters and calamities in the country. This time too, we have adopted the first-responder mindset across the company to ensure the safety of our employees and are striving to protect the health and well-being of the communities in which we operate.

AIL has contributed to PM-CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund and the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Other Pandemic Initiatives

Rotary Club of Vapi along with AIL set up a 75-bed, dedicated COVID-19 health centre in the state of Gujarat, manned by trained personnel from the Haria Rotary Hospital. We also procured 500 testing kits for the Rapid Antigen Test, out of which 200 were donated to the Rotary COVID-19 centre and the rest to other government institutions.

AIL also donated 325 oxygen cylinders to a 1,000-bed COVID-19 facility in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

AIL has joined hands with various NGOs in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh to provide food, grocery, medicines, hygiene and PPE kits. An approximate total of ₹ 2.1 crore was donated for this generous cause.

In the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Department of the Government of Gujarat and the District Administration are putting in their best efforts to restrict the spread of this deadly disease and trying to identify infected persons at the earliest so that they can be treated and stopped from spreading the virus further.

Aarti Foundation was involved in maintaining the Shrimant Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad Hospital. We offered the hospital’s services to the State Government for conversion into a COVID-19 centre.

During the lockdown, AIL donated nearly 220 digital devices to Tulsi Vidya Mandir, Nana Bhadiya village, Kutch, Gujarat, to enable their students to continue their education through online sessions.

Amid the lockdown, a social organisation run by AIL, Dhan Vallabh Bhojanalaya is providing food to nearly 2,000 to 3,000 people on a daily basis. The list of benefactors not only include the needy but also include frontline workers such as doctors, police officers and government officials.

The Bhojnalaya canteen has been functional since the first day of the lockdown with a team of 35 people working day and night to help those in need.