Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)
Corporate Social Responsibility has always been an integral part of Praj Industries, a global leader in biofuels. Starting its journey in 2004, ‘Praj Foundation’ (PF) the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of PRAJ has been involved in various social activities in and around the Pune district. Praj Foundation lends expression to the sensitivities of Praj employees and its management in raising the quality of life and social well being of communities where they operate.
Ecological Restoration of streams
Praj Foundation’s collaboration with Ecological Society for restoration of existing streams in three villages - Vavoshi, Dist. Raigad; Manhere, Dist. Ahmednagar; Kapshi, Dist. Satara. The streams in these three villages are being ecologically restored with the help of school children, teachers & villagers. This project will generate a feasible development model to be followed in future, where economic planning and ecological conservation complement each other for betterment of the society. This project was launched in January 2008 and will be operated for next three years.
School children and teachers helping to ecologically restore the existing stream
Environment awareness & conservation
Girls from Rani Laxmibai Mulinchi Sainiki Shala
operating the composting unit set up in their school
Decentralized Waste Management
Praj Foundation jointly with INORA is implementing the project of Decentralized Waste Management through Satellite centre.
A waste management project set up under
Decentralized Waste Management through satellite centre
Public Private Partnership
Inauguration of the Public Private Partnership - Afforestation project
Preventive health care of women & children
Preventive health care camp
Imparting education to the underprivileged has also been an important focus area of the Praj foundation. It has supported the LABS (Livelihood Advanced Business School) programme of Dr Reddy’s foundation (DFR). LABS programme promotes tailor-made programmes targeted at underprivileged youth in age group of 18-30 years, enabling them to gain access to opportunities for sustainable livelihoods. The essence of the programme is to match market demand and incorporate the requirement into a 3 months customised training package so that the training is far more meaningful. The support by Praj foundation comprised of computer hardware for conducting Program.Supplementary education for children
Praj foundation is implementing supplementary education programme for children in seven villages of Mulshi taluka since December 2006 with support from Sadhana village an NGO working in Mulshi area. The programme includes use of supportive education tools to make the studies more interesting thereby enhancing the understanding of the subject. The subjects such as Mathematics, Marathi, etc are being taught with the help of teaching aids and play-way method. The programme also aims at reducing the drop-out ratio from the school. So far we are able to reach out more than 500 children in 7 villages. Some of the Praj Officers are regularly visiting these villages and participating in these programmes.
Praj officers participating in the
supplementary education programme in the Mulshi Taluka
Ruturang Musical concert
Praj Foundation believes that the Corporate Social Responsibilities begins internally and expands outwardly. Hence a Green group was formed within Praj to deliberate innovative ideas related to sustainable lifestyle & work out modalities for implementation. The deliberation among the group members lead to the initiation of following activities.
Considering the role of energy usage on Global warming, energy conservation was the main activity undertaken by Praj foundation on priority. Energy Audit was conducted at the head office & at the manufacturing units. The Audit recommendations are being implemented to conserve energy. At the individual level simple practices such as switching off Monitors & lights when not in use are also being adopted. Green tips on energy conservation are also being circulated to all the employees.Mobility
The green group members recommended starting of bus services to the office thereby reducing number of vehicles on the road and conserving fuel. Since January 2008 the bus service is being operated on 5 routes and patronised by 170 employees. In addition to this carpooling has also been initiated. The bus service has completed one year and has benefited all the employees in various ways.
Praj employees are walking to conserve fuel
and reduce traffic on the roads on a Saturday
Bus service started for the employees
to reduce pollution & conserve fuel
In order to save paper the habit of practicing of back-to-back printing & photo copying is promoted. A shredder is installed to recycle waste paper while scribble pads are made from one-side used papers.
Praj employees are walking to conserve fuel
and reduce traffic on the roads on a saturday
Green family competition has been launched to widen the participation of employees and their families in environment conservation activities addressing Global warming. The employees and their family members are participating in specific measurable and quantifiable activities.