Metals and Mining
Vedanta Resources Plc
US$ 12.9 billion
Total aggregate sales
US$ 2,7 billion
Average monthly sales
US$ 46 million
Total spending on CSR (health and community)
Total number of employees
Probability of dying from NCDs per country/region
Health and Wellness Programme - SSL Aluminium operations in Lanjigarh
The program provides assistance to employees, contractors and the local community. The program has eight focus areas, which have been developed in consultation with local villagers and government agencies, reflecting the identified needs specific to the area of SSL- Aluminium (Lanjigarh) operations
The focus areas of the health & wellness program are:
- Prevention of Vector-Borne Diseases.
- Prevention of Water-Borne Diseases.
- Safe Motherhood
- Prevention and control of Sickle Cell Anaemia
- Health and Hygiene Awareness.
- Control of Malaria, Dengue and Filaria by providing long lasting insecticide impregnated mosquito nets to 50,000 people.
- Conducting regular behavior change communication sessions SSL – Lanjigarh – Health and Wellness Program in local villages and among the workforce on the regular use of mosquito nets, strict personal and community hygiene to avoid water logging, reduction of mosquito population and counselling to report at a hospital for investigation and treatment within 24 hours of fever symptoms.
- In 2011-12, treatment for radical cure of Malaria was provided to 8,450 cases, of which 30 complicated cases were referred to Tertiary Care Centers paid for by the Group.
- To control the mosquito population, indoor spraying and outdoor fogging was done over a 25km radius adjacent to the plant and at the two nearby towns of Bhawanipatna and Kesinga and their peripheral tribal villages during July-Sept 2011.
- For employees and contractors who come to the company's operations for the first time and have had no previous contact with Malaria, chemoprophylaxis is given, commencing 15 days prior to arrival.
- Free treatment is given to all those diagnosed with Filaria and prophylaxis treatment is extended to all those who come to the operations from a Filaria endemic zone.
- Regular sessions are conducted at villages and worksites demonstrating the danger signs of Dengue and people are counselled to report for treatment at the start of the symptoms of fever to avoid complications.
- For the control of water-borne diseases, regular counselling sessions are held to educate the local populace and the workforce in safe sanitation practices. In 2011-12, these sessions were provided to over 50 villages and some 50,000 people.
Health outcome :
The program provides counselling to expectant mothers on healthy parenting practices as well as antenatal and post-natal check-ups. In 2011-12 the program worked with some 600 expectant mothers.
SSL- Lanjigarh works to improve child health and infant mortality rates, and these activities include
Appropriate bathing techniques
Dental screening – 1,200 children were screened for cavities in 2011-12, and were provided with appropriate treatment where required.SSL- Lanjigarh’s 39 childcare centres provided nutritious meals to over 950 children.Training to ASHA Workers, Anganwadi workers and childcare workers in the care of young children, the benefits of immunisation, regular health check-ups, early treatment, healthy nutrition, vitamin supplementation and deworming.
Nutrition - the program works to improve dietary intakes by building awareness of the nutritional value of local species and the use of appropriately stocked ‘kitchen gardens’, supported by nutritional supplements provided at VAL childcare centres and Anganwadi centres.
Prevention and Control of Sickle Cell Anemia - To decrease the prevalence and incidence of Sickle Cell Disease, adults detected with the disease are counselled on the beneficial impact of marriage to partners who belong to distant communities and are not carriers of the disease.
Affected adults are also counselled to undertake regular medical check-ups, to take folic acid supplements, hydroxyurea and methods to avoid dehydration and to report to a hospital at the earliest opportunity in case of fever or any other health problem.
Children detected with the disease are paid home visits by Mobile Health Unit workers to detect any health issues and record their progress. They also teach the parents to detect any complications and to report as early as possible to hospital to limit complications. These children are also provided with free folic acid supplements by VAL and parents are encouraged to immunise the children against Influenza and Pneumococcus in addition to routine immunisation.
All the family members of the Sickle Cell Anaemia carrier/patient are screened for the disease and positive cases are provided with medical care and counselling.
Humanistic and productivity outcome:
SSL- Lanjigarh, in conjunction with its associated partners, conducts health and hygiene awareness sessions in the plant and surrounding villages
This strategy has helped to increase healthy behaviours in the communities in which the change agents operate by increasing villagers’ awareness of healthy living strategies, government health programmes, local hospitals and ambulance services, while also providing skilled local people who can assist in times of need.
Run by (vendors, etc.):
ASHA workers (Accredited Social Health Activists), Anganwadi Workers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives, Health Workers, Childcare Workers, Village coordinators, Sarpanchs, school teachers and students serve as healthcare ‘change agents’ in the community and have been appropriately trained in providing healthy living advice. These change agents then spread healthy living messages among the local community, where they reside.
Health and Safety Management
The approach to the occupational health of the company's workforce is structured within four areas: prevention, monitoring, support and recovery.
- All units maintain a health management system that minimises, as far as is reasonably practical, the hazards and risks of their operations to employees and contract workers.
- Prevention: provide first aid and occupational health training to employees and contractors along with site-specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and protective clothing. A number of health and wellness programmes and support services, including respiratory health and hearing conservation programmes, eye health checks, ergonomic surveys and the promotion of healthy lifestyles (including smoking prevention, exercise, yoga and weight loss); various company publications and activities are also provided.
- Monitoring: Health management begins with a pre-employment medical check, followed by periodical medical check-ups with on-site medical professionals to monitor occupational exposure limits and disease, as appropriate.
- Support and recovery: Specific stress management programmes are offered to groups of employees identified as being at risk, such as drivers and shop floor operators who are exposed to high-noise areas. A new Hearing Conservation programme has been initiated, which includes additional training to employees on the use of hearing protection (ear plugs or muffs) and an illustration of noise levels to emphasise the importance of hearing protection and the use of acoustic chambers for equipment.
- The provision of on-site safety equipment, including chemical neutralising agents in case of spills (and training in their use) and heart defibrillators.
- The program offers training and instruction on healthy lifestyles and disease prevention and treatment, with localised programmes for specific diseases such as HIV and malaria.
- All businesses are well equipped with occupational health centers to treat illness and injuries in the workforce. Medical insurance is provided to 100% of full-time employees whereas contract employees are covered by either Employee State Insurance (ESI) or through Group insurance/workmen’s compensation.
- The company invests in technologically advanced processes that reduce possible exposure levels, workplace monitoring, including pollution control equipment, effluent treatment and the proper storage of hazardous chemicals.
Monitoring and evaluation:
- Health and wellness facilities, including on-site fitness centers, are provided and the program's weekly health tips by email at some of their businesses have also proved to be very popular. Healthy living messages are reinforced in internal publications and health and wellness days and weeks address specific themes.
- Regular sports programs and competitions for both employees and contractors promote healthy and active lifestyles and workforce engagement.
In FY 2014, around 150,000 medical examinations were conducted across all sites and a few cases of Musculo-Skeletal Syndrome and Noise Induced Hearing Loss (slight impairment) were identified.