On the CSR front, ACC implements a programme that reaches out to half a million people among its host communities, creating livelihoods, providing health & education.
ACC Limited, India’s leading cement manufacturer has been recognized as one of India’s Most Sustainable Companies at a special presentation of the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2013. Sachin Pilot, Minister for Corporate Affairs presented the Sustainability Prize to Kuldip Kaura, CEO and MD, ACC Limited, the highest honor awarded by the CII ITC this year at the award ceremony held in Delhi.
The company’s pioneering efforts in incorporation of green manufacturing practices have made it an industry leader in sustainability. ACC’s approach to sustainable development is proactive and holistic. It embodies safety of its employees, conservation of natural resources, control of GHG emissions and well-being of the communities it serves. Maintaining a consistent and diligent focus on sustainable development, the company has reduced its overall carbon footprint by 32 percent in the last twenty years; it has a clear roadmap to achieve further reduction of 20 per cent in this respect in the next two decades. ACC’s Alternate Fuels programme utilises wastes – industrial, municipal and agricultural wastes – rendering valuable service to society.
ACC contributes to thought leadership in the field of sustainable construction in India. Cement House, the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, is a seventy year old building that was retro-fitted to become the country’s first existing building to receive LEED certification.
On the CSR front, the company implements a comprehensive programme that reaches out to half a million people among its host communities, creating livelihoods, providing health & education and building rural infrastructure.
The Awards are a part of the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development’s continued efforts to create awareness, promote policies and practices, and create capacity to mainstream sustainability practices. Not only do the Awards help acknowledge exemplary enterprises for their pioneering efforts, but this recognition also serves to create beacons of inspiration for others to follow.
This year, nearly 50 applicant companies underwent a rigorous evaluation process that includes an on-site assessment by a peer team of CII-certified assessors, who spent approximately 1000 man-hours per application over a period of six months. The final shortlist of winning applicants was validated by a preeminent jury comprising leaders from government, industry, civil society and academia.