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Today we define Corporate Social Responsibility as the way a company balances its economic, social and environmental objectives while addressing stakeholder expectations and enhancing shareholder value. But ACC has undertaken social volunteering practices almost from its inception, long before the term corporate social responsibility was coined. The companys earliest initiatives in community development date back to the 1940's in a village on the outskirts of Mumbai while the first formal Village Welfare Scheme was launched in 1952. The community living around many of our factories comprises the weakest sections of rural and tribal India with no access to basic amenities.

Community & Rural Welfare Our community development activities revolve around the under-privileged community that lives in the immediate vicinity of our cement plants and is thus more dependent on us. The range of our activities begins with extending educational and medical facilities and goes on to cover vocational guidance and supporting employment-oriented and income-generation projects like agriculture, animal husbandry, cottage industries by developing local skills, using local raw materials and helping create marketing outlets.

At all our cement factories we share our amenities and facilities with members of the local community. This includes sharing education and medical facilities, sports and recreation. Wherever possible we share access to Bore Wells, drinking water and the usage of colony roads.

Education Education is imparted not only to children of ACC employees but also more importantly to children from rural areas who do not have access to any medium of information or education. ACC schools maintain high standards and are open to other children of the vicinity. Often these schools are the most preferred centers of learning in the district and adjoining areas. Wherever possible, ACC provides funds and infrastructure to help set up local schools, colleges and centers for learning and education.

Healthcare ACC takes pride in providing various forms of medical assistance to the families of our employees and also to all those living in surrounding villages. Each factory has a medical center with full-fledged doctors and the latest of basic equipment. Mobile medical services are provided in the vicinity and regular medical camps are held to eradicate diseases, offer medical help, treatment and preventive care.

ACC has come out to provide support to state and national health initiatives such as the eradication of malaria, dengue fever and the dreaded HIV. HIV/AIDS - Workplace Policy ACC is desirous of playing a meaningful role in the nationwide effort to eradicate HIV/AIDS and has pledged to support the Confederation of Indian Industry in their initiative. ACC recognizes that a fundamental step in this respect involves a clear statement of the companys internal policy to deal with employees affected by HIV/AIDS. CII has framed a Code of Practice for Industry to guarantee and safeguard the

rights of employees infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. We adopt this as ACCs internal workplace policy for HIV/AIDS. The policy states that:: 1. The company will provide a safe and healthy work environment for employees. 2. The company will educate its employees and the family on prevention, care and counseling of HIV/AIDS. 3. The company will educate its employees on safe blood donation and transfusion. 4. If an employee has been infected, information about the illness would be kept confidential by the company. Only the immediate superior would be kept advised to prevent any medical eventuality. 5. A HIV positive employee will be allowed to continue to work in his or her job unless medical conditions interfere with the specific job he or she is doing. On account of health conditions the employee may be shifted to another comfortable position. 6. The employer should ensure that the coemployees cannot or should not shun their HIV positive peer or refuse to work alongside them. In fact, the company will assure his or her comfort level in the work place. 7. The company will, as a policy, not discriminate against any employee infected by HIV/AIDS with regard to promotions, training and any other privileges, applicable to all employees of the organization. 8. While the company may ask a person who is being offered a job to undergo general medical tests before the issue of the appointment letter, the test will not cover HIV/AIDS, without an informed consent and pre test counseling of the candidate. | 9. The company will educate its employees and encourage them to participate in voluntary counseling and testing. However, HIV/AIDS tests will not be a part of any annual or regular health check ups, without the employees informed consent and pre test counseling. 10. The company will ensure that proper treatment is available to employees infected with HIV/AIDS. The company will assist the employee in meeting the cost of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs within the prescribed limits as fixed by the Company. The arrangements for treatment will be made at hospitals pre-identified by the company and payment will be made directly to the service provider. All other (non-ARV) HIV/AIDS related costs will be covered as per the companys prevailing scheme for Health and Medical treatment. It is hoped that this policy will help build positive and supportive attitudes towards those infected as well as promote health and safety amongst the employees. Disaster Relief ACC and its employees make timely contribution to help in any national disaster. This is done both at the corporate level, by local units and employees. Apart from the Kargil cause, collective contributions by way of cash, food and clothing has been sent to help victims of calamities such as the Latur earthquake, Himachal Pradesh floods, Orissa cyclone, Gujarat earthquake, Tsunami and floods in Maharashtra.

Gujarat Masons Training ACCs contribution to the rebuilding effort after the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat was unique. Anticipating a scarcity of skilled masons and trained supervisors for the reconstruction work - especially in Kutch, Rajkot and Surendranagar districts, the company evolved a scheme to provide construction related training to over 2500 unemployed persons (mostly youth) in earthquake affected villages. Our best civil engineers were deputed to impart training on basic skills needed to work as masons and construction site supervisors and to make earthquake resistant structures, using local materials. This was perhaps the countrys first formal training programme of this magnitude for masons and site supervisors, organised by ACC. Conservation of heritage structures The services of ACCs Concrete experts have often been utilized in the restoration of several national heritage buildings across the country - such as sections of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) at Mumbai, the J N Petit and David Sassoon Libraries in Mumbai, churches in Goa, palaces and royal mansions in Mysore and Hyderabad and other old structures in the country.

The historic Vijayraghavgarh fort in Madhya Pradesh was recently restored under ACCs patronage. This is not a core business of the company but an act of corporate volunteering by way of sharing knowledge and expertise. Support to national Sport ACC has had an old and close association with the game of cricket. From the 1950s to the 70s, many cricket legends were employees of ACC during their active cricket careers. This was in the days before cricketers became like the superstars they are today. ACC was then among the few companies which went out of its way to employ young cricketers, including budding young Ranji Trophy hopefuls. More recently ACC joined

hands with the Confederation of Indian Industry to sponsor Indias National Boxing team at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. ACC also sponsors and supports other sports at National, regional and local levels such as interregional Badminton championships, youth soccer and Rural Sports Meets.

Awards & Accolades ACC was the first recipient of ASSOCHAMs first ever National Award for outstanding performance in promoting rural and agricultural development activities in 1976. Decades later, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry selected ACC as winner of its Good Corporate Citizen Award for the year 2002. Over the years, there have been many awards and felicitations for achievements in Rural and community development, Safety, Health, Tree plantation, afforestation, Clean mining, Environment awareness and protection. In 2006, we were selected to receive the Good Corporate Citizen Award of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.