Message from CSO

Dear Stakeholder,

We have returned to you with our second combined report, synthesizing the disclosures in assured sustainability reports following GRI G4 guidelines of our nine entities in fiber, yarn, and fabric and garment businesses in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. While there was no significant change in the boundary, the reporting period is 01st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 across all nine entities.

As reported in previous sections, sustainability of all nine entities is guided by the Sustainability Apex Council. Through Apex Council, nine entities belonging to Aditya Birla Group with similar business interests and sustainability challenges work together, exchange experiences and traverse the sustainability path. We are also advised by an external advisory council. This institutional framework has been effective in co working & creating and harnessing synergies. Responsible Stewardship is the first component of ABG sustainability framework. Being a responsible steward entails focus on how we manage today and build a framework of policies, technical and management standards aligned to international standards as defined by the IFC, OECD, UNGC, OekoTex, REACH, ISO and OHSAS. By introducing these standards into our systems we manage our operations in the most responsible manner. We have identified Ten Missions to address the challenge of being a responsible steward and constituted 10 mission teams. At all entities, we have a sustainability team led by the champion and mission team leaders. We have developed policies covering all material sustainability aspects and have management systems in place that follow Plan-Do- Check-Act cycle. Most importantly, deployment of our policies, management frameworks and performance is internally and externally audited at least once in two years.

As you noticed, we have made significant strides in our performance and in many cases will exceed our targets. Some of our companies have chosen to address some niche markets which reinforce product recycling and circular economy while some others have taken steps towards into non-textile segments. Our strategic shift towards value added products and branding, has unleashed innovation and it has been exciting for our people. We have significantly increased share of value added products in our revenues, procurement from local vendors, renewable energy and packaging material use, water recycling and energy

Conservation. As we are progressing on value added products, our revenue perton of product is significantly increasing as also our resource and energy use per ton of product. In near future we will develop and report appropriate intensity indicators. We note with pride that our approach and efforts in hygiene, health and safety are yielding significant results. We have strengthened our stakeholder engagement with communities, regulators, suppliers and customers and continue with our good practices of engaging employees. We believe that periodic structured engagement with stakeholders to understand their concerns, perspectives and plans are essential for sustained partnership. We desire to scale up the engagement to collaboration and co creation with stakeholders.

We recognize that grievance redressal mechanisms with stakeholders other than employees and whistle blower mechanism requires strengthening. Absence of recorded grievances and whistles blown, demonstrate that the mechanism requires strengthening in communication, awareness and independence & integrity of redressal process.

This reporting period, we have begun engagement with select stakeholders to gauge external changes that will inevitably impact our companies in the future. Our goal is to build strong relationships with our stakeholders and key technical experts on climate change, water and waste management, developments in human rights legislation, safety standards, health impacts and the like.

We will embed sustainability trends into our strategic business plans to minimise the risks and find new opportunities that will be presented by the requirements of a sustainable planet and society by 2030 and 2050 and make our businesses sustainable. Our report is a critical part of our accountability to stakeholders. We hope we have addressed their concerns and expectations and this communication and further engagement will pave the way for sustainability of our business.

                                                                                                        – Dr. Jagadish Barik

Our Sustainability Policies

  • Bio Diversity Policy
  • Energy and Carbon Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Human Rights Policy
  • Product Stewardship Policy
  • Quality Policy
  • Safety Policy
  • Security Policy
  • Stakeholder Engagement Policy
  • Suppliers-Partners code of conduct
  • Supply Chain and Procurement Policy
  • Transportation Policy
  • Water Stewardship Policy