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Large 10 Women Empowerment CSR Projects in India in the year 20-21

India possesses almost one-fifth of the total population of the world. But the lower percentage of women indicates that there is an urgent need for women empowerment in India with a holistic approach in areas of social, political, economic, and health. A sense of shared responsibility for both productive and reproductive life is what is required not only for the maintenance of the household but society at large. Hence empowering women is essential for discrimination and prejudice-free as well as spiritually and materialistically flourishing society. While there are several NGOs and self-help groups that are working in the direction of women empowerment and are bringing real change, social corporate responsibility (CSR) activities have also turned out to be very productive for social welfare including areas relating to the upliftment of women. Mapping out the same for the FY 2020-21, below are the top 10 Women Empowerment oriented projects through CSR in India based on the CSR funds allocation of each company.


Source: Hindustan Unilever Limited

1.     Name of the Company:Hindustan Unilever Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment, Skill Development, Rural Livelihoods

Relevant SDG:SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Project Shakti

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 57.29Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 161.7 Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 165.08 Cr.

Project Shakti is a company’s initiative that aims to financially empower and provide livelihood opportunities to women in rural India. The Shakti Entrepreneurs are given training for familiarisation with the Company’s products and basic tenets of distribution management. HUL has a team of Rural Sales Promoters (RSPs) who coach and help Shakti Entrepreneurs in managing their business. Across 18 States, Project Shakti has nearly 1,36,000 Shakti Entrepreneurs whom they call ‘Shakti Ammas’. This programme has helped these women gain selling skills, become self-confident, improve their self-esteem and learn communication skills. Most importantly, our interventions have helped in building and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset amongst Shakti Entrepreneurs.

Implementing Partner:Direct Implementation

Brief about the Company: Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is India's largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company with a heritage of over 80 years in India and touches the lives of two out of three Indians. They work to create a better future every day and helps people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. With over 35 brands spanning 20 distinct categories such as soaps, detergents, shampoos, skin care, toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, tea, coffee, packaged foods, ice cream, and water purifiers, they are a part of the everyday life of millions of consumers across India. They are a subsidiary of Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods with strong local roots in more than 100 countries across the globe with annual sales of €53.3 billion in 2015. Unilever has 67.2% shareholding in HUL.

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Source: Hindustan Zinc Limited

2. Name of the Company: Hindustan Zinc Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment

Relevant SDG:SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Project Sakhi

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 3.72 Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 196.5 Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 214.0305 Cr.

HZL's flagship project “Sakhi” is geared towards mobilizing rural women into Self-Help Groups (SHGs), and developing their capacities in the areas of leadership, skill development, and entrepreneurship. Under this project, there are 2,248 SHGs, 207 Village level Organizations, and 07 Federations with a membership of 27,517 women. Leadership skills, imparted to more than 500 women through various training and capacity-building programs, have resulted in grooming them as future leaders.

Implementing Partner: Manjari Foundation

Brief about the Company: Hindustan Zinc Limited was incorporated from the erstwhile Metal Corporation of India on 10 January 1966 as a Public Sector Undertaking. They are India's largest and the world's second-largest integrated zinc-lead producer; and also, one of the lowest cost zinc-lead producers in the world. They have mining, smelting, and power operations in multiple locations throughout India. Their principal products are refined zinc metal and refined lead metal. In addition, they also recover silver and cadmium as by-products.

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Source: ITC Limited

3. Name of the Company: ITC Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment

Relevant SDG:SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Women Empowerment Program

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 3.41Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 352.84 Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 365.43 Cr.

The Company contributed to CSR by contributing towards Women's Empowerment. This initiative provided a range of gainful employment opportunities to over 77,000 poor women cumulatively, supported with capacity building, and provided financial assistance by way of loans and grants. Included in the total are 29,184 ultra-poor women in your Company’s core catchments who have access to sustainable sources of income through on-farm and off-farm livelihood opportunities. The financial literacy and inclusion project, in partnership with Madhya Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission (MPSRLM) and CRISIL Foundation, was operational in 26 districts during the year. 1,062 Super Trainers were trained directly and they, in turn, trained 2,824 Master Trainers who cascaded the training to over 74,000 self-help groups and more than 7.60 lakh women cumulatively across 4,384 villages. Over 4.18 lakh women of those trained have been linked to government social security schemes.

Implementing Partner: Adarsh Yuva Samiti, Anudip Foundation For Social Welfare, Assist, BAIF Development Research Foundation, Bright Light Society, Daya Society, Don Bosco Tech Society, Deepam Rural Development Charitable Trust, Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health Society, Grameen Development Services, Integrated Development Foundation, Learning Links Foundation, Lokmitra, Myrada Kaveri Pradeshika Samsthe, Network For Enterprise Enhancement and Development Support, Outreach Association of Volunteers for Rural Development., Peoples Action for National Integration, Public TV Educational & Charitable Trust, Pratham Education Foundation, Pravah, Rural Development Organisation, Round Table India Trust, Social Awareness Through Human Involvement, Support for Network and Extension Help Agency (SNEHA), Shri Sachchidanand Shikshan Sansthan, Vibhavari, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Water Sanitation and Hygiene Institution (WASH Institute)

Brief about the Company: ITC Limited is an Indian multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal. Established in 1910 as the 'Imperial Tobacco Company of India Limited', the company was renamed as the 'India Tobacco Company Limited' in 1970 and later to 'I.T.C. Limited' in 1974. The dots in the name were removed in September 2001 for the company to be renamed as 'ITC Limited' where 'ITC' would no longer be an initialism. The company completed 100 years in 2010 and as of 2012–13, had an annual turnover of US$8.31 billion and a market capitalization of US$52 billion. It employs over 30,000 people at more than 60 locations across India and is part of Forbes 2000 list.

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Source: Sterlite Technologies Limited

4. Name of the Company: Sterlite Technologies Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment, Livelihood Programmes

Relevant SDG:SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Jeewan Jyoti Women Empowerment Program

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 2.80 Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 11.60 Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 11.64Cr.

Set up in Ambavane, Velhe, Maharashtra in 2014, the Jeewan Jyoti Women Empowerment Programme has, over the years, empowered women to become agents of change. The comprehensive ecosystem that the programme provides ensures that women are supported during their skilling courses through additional facilities. These women are guided on personality development and career growth that helps them emerge more confident of their abilities and potential with a clear direction on the way forward. This has created a new generation of women in rural Maharashtra who want to make their dreams a reality. There are now, not just more women employed, but an increasing number of women entrepreneurs. At the production unit set up at Velhe in FY20 women are trained on advanced handicrafts as well as quality, supply chain management, packaging, and other processes. To further strengthen this holistic ecosystem, STL launched the Jeewan Jyoti application in FY21. The Company further extended the programme to urban youth in Aurangabad. Here, apart from equipping them with industry-relevant skills, they are also guaranteed employment on successful completion of the course.

Implementing Partner: MAVIM Rangsutra Lighthouse Communities Foundation

Brief about the Company: STL is a global leader in end-to-end data network solutions. They design and deploy high-capacity converged fibre and wireless networks. With expertise ranging from optical fibre and cables, hyper-scale network design, and deployment and network software, they are the industry's leading integrated solutions provider for global data networks. They partner with global telecom companies, cloud companies, citizen networks and large enterprises to design, build and manage such cloud-native software-defined networks. STL has innovation at its core. With intense focus on end-to-end network solutions development, they conduct fundamental research in next-generation network applications at their Centres of Excellence. STL has strong global presence with next-gen optical preform, fibre and cable manufacturing facilities in India, Italy, China and Brazil, along with two software-development centres across India and one data centre design facility in the UK.

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Source: Godrej Consumer Products Limited

5. Name of the Company:Godrej Consumer Products Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment, Skill Development

Relevant SDG:SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Project Salon-i

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 2.27 Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 28.05Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 34.09Cr.

Salon-i is a vocational training programme for women. It is designed entirely in-house to train young women in basic skills of beauty, skin, hair care, and mehndi application. In addition, life skills and entrepreneurship development modules enable women to take up jobs or pursue self-employment depending on their unique skillsets and circumstances. Though Salon-i's employability goal is small compared to the country's overall need, the programme is unique as it specifically aims at employability, entrepreneurship, and empowerment of women. Since the fiscal year 2012-13, we have trained over 2,84,000 women. This includes the young women trained by our Beautypreneurs. A third-party impact assessment of Salon-i showed a threefold increase in our trainees participating in paid work - from 14 per cent to 45 per cent, of which 78 per cent were first-time entrants in the workforce.

Implementing Partner: Saath, Dhriti, Pratham, Vrutti, YUVA, Vision India

Brief about the Company: Godrej Consumer Products is a leading emerging markets company. As part of the over 122-year young Godrej Group, they are fortunate to have a proud legacy built on the strong values of trust, integrity and respect for others. At the same time, they are growing fast and have exciting, ambitious aspirations. Today, their Group enjoys the patronage of 1.15 billion consumers globally, across different businesses. In line with their 3 by 3 approach to international expansion at Godrej Consumer Products, they are building a presence in 3 emerging markets (Asia, Africa, Latin America) across 3 categories (home care, personal care, hair care). They rank among the largest household insecticide and hair care players in emerging markets. In household insecticides, they are the leader in India and Indonesia and are expanding our footprint in Africa. They are the leader in serving the hair care needs of women of African descent, the number one player in hair colour in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, and among the leading players in Latin America. They rank number two in soaps in India, are the number one player in air fresheners in India and Indonesia, and a leader in wet tissues in Indonesia.

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6. Name of the Company:CCL Products India Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment, Skill Development, Rural Livelihoods

Relevant SDG:SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Self-employment& Skill development

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 1.73 Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 4.19 Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 4.36 Cr.

The development of any nation can be seen just by seeing how empowered women are in that nation. CCL products want to empower women and stand with them in facing all the obstacles in life strongly. Over the years we have done our efforts in the areas of girl child education, provision of safe shelters, making them skilled and economically self-sufficient. With the help of “Abhaya Foundation”, CCL has been able to provide courses like tailoring, beautician, jute bag making, fashion designing, and jewellery making across 70 villages nearby Hyderabad which has empowered more than 6,000 women to date to become financially stable and independent. CCL has also provided Sewing Machines and set up jute factories as part of a self-sustenance program for rural women.

Implementing Partner:Direct Implementation

Brief about the Company: CCL Products (India) Limited, a listed public company limited by shares was founded in the year 1994 with the vision of creating only the finest and the richest coffee in the world. At CCL Products they have taught themselves to do business with integrity, commitment, customer orientation and an unwavering effort to maintain the highest quality standards in the industry. Their strong infrastructural backbone and a global client repertoire in over 90 countries have led us to evolve into the largest instant coffee exporter in private labelling in the world.

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Source: Pidilite Industries Limited

7. Name of the Company: Pidilite Industries Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment

Relevant SDG: SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Women Self Help Group

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 1.15Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 25.88Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 27.7Cr.

The Company helped to form, nurture and develop 130 new self-help groups (SHGs) - Mahila Mandals in Bhavnagar, Talaja, and Amreli Districts. More than 1,500 additional women became members of these SHGs. With this, the total number of SHGs has reached 570 with 6,400 members. Three additional village organisations were created during the year to support the SHGs. The Company has also collaborated in Public-Private Partnership with the Government of Gujarat, Rurban Mission for the development of Infrastructure for SHGs to undertake livelihood generation activities in Kikariya and Mota Khutavda villages. During the year, SHGs sponsored by us at Biladi village started making sanitizers and a variety of aloe vera products. Other new SHG units initiated by us started making khakhra, pickles, cotton masks at Khadasali, Manar, and Bagdana villages. A new Logistics Warehouse has been made operational in Mahuva to support and take care of the needs of SHG businesses. Procurement, logistics, and marketing support were provided to various SHG businesses making different products.

Implementing Partners: Gram Nirmansamaj Gram Vikas Yojna, Triveni Kalyan Foundation

Brief about the Company: Pidilite Industries Limited is Indian-based adhesives manufacturing company. It also sells art material, construction chemicals and other industrial chemicals. Pidilite markets the Fevicol range of adhesives. Its other brands are " Fevikwik", Dr. Fixit, "Roff", Cyclo, Ranipal, Hobby Ideas, M-seal and Acron, Pidilite'sFevicol brand. Pidilite's corporate office is located in Andheri (East), Mumbai. The company has manufacturing facilities in India, including Mahad (Maharashtra), Vapi (Gujarat) Baddi (Himachal Pradesh) and Kala Amb (Himachal Pradesh). It also makes Fevi Kwik, a popular instant adhesive In South Asia.

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Source: Grasim Industries Limited

8. Name of the Company: Grasim Industries Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment, Skill Development, Rural Livelihoods

Relevant SDG: SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Women Empowerment

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 1.11Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 45.06 Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 84.67 Cr.

At Grasim, it is believed that real social progress is closely tied with meaningful women's empowerment. There are several interventions we have taken to support and enable women, such as Self-Help Groups (SHGs), and vocational training. Through women's SHGs and surrounding industries, we have provided an opportunity for women to be employed in cloth stitching centres. With a total investment of ₹4.8 lakh, the stitching centres run by the SHGs have already earned ₹7.45 lakh in profits. Each woman, associated with this initiative, earns ₹3,000- ₹4,000 per month.

Implementing Partner: Grasim Jana Seva Trust, BCCL Jan Seva Trust, Aditya Birla Jan Seva Trust, Jan Seva Trust, Indo Gulf Jan Seva Trust

Brief about the Company:Grasim Industries Limited is the flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group. It started as a textiles manufacturer in India in 1947. Today, it is a leading global player in VSF and the largest chemicals (Chlor-Alkali-s) player in India. It is also the largest cement producer and diversified financial services (NBFC, Asset Management, and Life Insurance) player in India through its subsidiaries UltraTech Cement and Aditya Birla Capital. The Aditya Birla Group is a leading global player in VSF, accounting for approx. 17 percent of global production.

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Source: JSW Steel Limited

9. Name of the Company:JSW Steel Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment

Relevant SDG:SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Women Empowerment Program

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 1.08Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 164.81Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR78.32Cr.

The Company contributed to CSR by contributing towards nurturing women's entrepreneurship& employability. The JSW Foundation has been helping the women to become self-aware of their true potential by bequeathing them with the clout to make decisions for their own good so they find their rightful place in society and at the same time, contribute to the GDP fuelling the economic growth of the nation. Christened as JSW Shakti, four BPO centers have been set up in rural Karnataka and Maharashtra through this initiative with an aim to use IT-enabled services to provide localized employment to rural women above 18 years of age. This program Empowers women with the knowledge and skills required to work in the BPO industry, across rural Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Implementing Partner: JSW Foundation

Brief about the Company:With the largest product portfolio in steel, JSW Steel is India's largest steel exporter, shipping to over 100 countries across 5 continents. Over the last 35 years, they have been at the forefront of science and cutting-edge technology. The Company is Laying the Groundwork: By Starting with a single plant in 1982, we are now India's leading manufacturer of value-added and high-grade steel products. With plants in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, they have the capacity to produce 18 million tons per annum (MTPA). The Company is also Paving a Better Tomorrow: By staying on the cusp of change, and maintaining the best-in-class standards, they aim to revolutionize steelmaking. Now, you can witness the true marvel of engineering and their state-of-the-art facility at Dolvi, with Nat Geo on Extreme Tech, JSW Blast Furnace.

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Source: Cummins India Limited

10. Name of the Company:Cummins India Limited

Sub Thematic Area: Women Empowerment

Relevant SDG:SDG 5. Gender Equality

Name of the Initiative: Women's Initiative in India

Total Expenditure on the Project: INR 1.0276Cr.

Total Prescribed CSR in 2020-21: INR 16.0848 Cr.

Actual CSR spent in 2020-21: INR 16.0848 Cr.

Empower-Her is an initiative for financial inclusion and independence of women at model villages Under this program, we launched the initiative “Udgam” at PhaltanMegasite in 2017 which aims at creating awareness about Sanitary Hygiene, usage of sanitary napkins, and enabling Entrepreneurship by setting sanitary pads production machine to produce eco-friendly napkin at a lower cost. Manufacturing and marketing of the product are done by women self-help groups with the support of Anganwadi and Asha workers. The project provides additional income beyond agriculture to women in villages. This program was quite successful and gained good response from villagers at the company’s three sites in Phaltan, Jamshedpur, and Dewas. Post reviewing the success and impact, this project was replicated at 2 more locations in partnership with Cummins Suppliers in Maharashtra. With the best community impact and high replication potentials, Cummins plan to replicate “Udgam” program in partnership with stakeholder/ supplier/s at various locations in India. Empower HER initiative has so far benefitted more than 1138 women with additional income opportunities to support their families.

Implementing Partner: Cummins India Foundation

Brief about the Company: A Power Leader Cummins in India designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 litres, diesel and alternative-fuelled power generator sets of up to 3000 kW (3750 kVA), as well as related components and technology. Part of the US $23.8 billion Cummins Inc., Cummins in India serves customers through our network of 3 Generator Original Equipment Manufacturers (GOEMs), 22 dealerships and more than 120 dealership branch offices in India.

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