Since Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) inception, care and concern for the underprivileged communities has been a core value at the company. Reaching out to the disadvantaged with a view to positively impacting the quality of their lives is a spontaneous and natural process across L&T’s establishments. Through the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, L&T contribute’s to India’s developmental agenda as well as align’s itself with the UN Social Development Goals. Through CSR L&T addresses the most pressing needs – water, sanitation, education, health and skill development. L&T view’s their beneficiaries as partners on a journey towards betterment. Developmental plans are devised in consultation with NGOs who understand their needs best. Architects of their own future, the disadvantaged are intensely motivated to sustain L&T programmes – and ensure their success.
CSR Project or Activity
1) Water & Sanitation
The Integrated Community Development Program of L&T started in 2014-15, focused on making water – the very ‘necessity of life’ – available to four water stressed districts in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, covering 11006 households across an area of 9337 hectares. With an agenda focused on community empowerment through Integrated Community Development, L&T has ensured water availability for drinking, sanitation and agriculture
The Swachha Bharat Program of GOI, gave the necessary impetus to L&T to initiate the sanitation drive in villages. L&T trained local youth in masonry skills and used local materials to achieve the following:
Basic Infrastructural support includes construction or repair of the classrooms, toilet blocks and water stations for basic hygiene facilities, midday meal kitchens and sports ground.
Educational support: Supplies such as uniforms, textbooks, notebooks and sports kits are provided to under privileged students in government and unaided low-income schools in rural and tribal villages.
Balwadi program: L&T strengthens early childhood development program by improving the quality of balwadis and anganwadis in urban slums and rural areas, ensuring entry into the mainstream education system and improved enrolment in the primary schools.
Afterschool community study centres offer supplementary education and reach out to the firstgeneration learners and children from weaker sections. Efforts are directed towards designing a curriculum for easy learning that is aligned with the school curriculum.
Focus on Science Innovation and Technology:
Capacity building: Teacher Training Programmes are conducted to enhance the quality of education being imparted to students studying in Government schools and low-income trust run schools.
Overall development of children:
Creating learning environment: The community level School Management Committee (SMC) and parents are invited for a dialogue to encourage students to continue their education, as well as for sustaining L&T’s efforts in future.
Health Centres: A team around ninety well-qualified medical rehabilitation consultants and 12 professionallystaffed, well-equipped multi-speciality centres provide the following services:
Physical health: Health Centre offers tertiary health services including Family Planning surgeries, Day Care General Surgeries, Endoscopy Procedures and Dental Procedures. It also provides eye checks, mother and child health care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, infertility treatment, hearing-speech services and a skin clinic focusing on leprosy treatment and communicable diseases.
Psychological health: Psychiatric OPDs and family counselling services address mental health and stress related issues, while a Child Guidance Clinic helps younger members of the community.
HIV and AIDS Management Programme: L&T’s state-of-the-art Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) centre provides diagnostic, medical and counselling services in association with National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO).
TB related services: Comprehensive TB related treatment in Mumbai including individualised treatment OPD, check-up, diagnostics, medicines and nutrition, support, home visits and counselling. L&T runs an exclusive TB clinic in Koldongri, in the suburbs of Mumbai, in partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) providing CAT I, II and IV treatment to the patients, with a cure rate of 85-90%.
Dialysis centres: 2384 dialysis sessions have been conducted at the L&T-run kidney dialysis centre at Thane.
Cancer detection camps: Targeted at women, L&T promotes preventive education and early diagnosis of cervical and breast cancer through cancer detection camps.
350076 Lives touched through various health services.
4) Skill Development
Skill development has emerged as a key strategy to realize the potential of demographic advantage of having the youngest workforce with an average age of 29 years in India. L&T’s skill building initiative aims to create human resources for improving the country’s competitiveness and growth, especially in the field of Construction skills by training the youth.
Construction Skills Training Institutes (CSTIs): L&T runs 9 CSTIs in 9 states, providing. free training in construction skills for the large unorganised workforce in the sector, making them employable.
Employable skills training for women: At many L&T sites, local women, young girls and physically-challenged persons are trained in various employable skills as per their interests and aptitude. The courses include Tailoring, Embroidery, Beautician Course, Food Processing, Home Management, Computer Skills, Basic Education and Basic Health.