Message from the GCEO

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Ashok Minda
GCEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group
Creating a good business and building a better world are compatible goals and indispensable components for long term success.

Our take on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the practical application of the concept of sustainable development by our businesses. Our businesses have always taken care of their natural and social environments & communities. We are one of the few global companies in the world who start their CSR initiatives even before setting up the factories.

This year we continued to invest in inclusive growth and build capacity at over 20 projects location across the country on systematic and strategic manner.

Our Program for Person with Disability are making many lives sustainable and skilful. In a designed framework person with disability are trained, developed and employed across the Group Companies. We try to give the practical skill sets, which will help them for rest of their lives with dignity. Also, to ensure their mobility we provide them accessible and assistive technology to approximately 1600 people.

Our business integrated CSR initiatives in the prisons of India have started from Tihar and then replicated to Yerwada and Aurangabad Central Prison. This initiative has set another milestone in the Industry and given a win-win model to the automotive and CSR fraternity.

Keeping in mind the pressing issues of resource scarcity particularly water and energy in India, our efforts towards environmental sustainability continued this year with a focus on water conservation and solar energy generation. This year, by installing solar panels at our CSR centers, I feel proud to announce that now our Aakarshan Vocational training centers are totally solar operated.

Under our community infrastructure program, this year we constructed toilets and installed safe drinking water facility in Govt. Schools of our intervention areas. With these construction, we were able to benefit approximately 2000 students.

My frequent visits to our locations, have enabled me to interact with a wide range of employees, as well as with local communities. Interacting with them gave me greater insights into the impact of the initiatives we have undertaken, as well as the issues that we must still address. There are still untouched areas and resources to be reached.

Goodwill is the only investments that never fails.

We believe in supporting new ideas and encouraging our CSR team to come up with innovative strategies on how to enrich the lives of people living in and around our plants.

With this belief, I look forward to an even more fruitful year for the company and a positive outlook in terms of the initiatives we will be undertaking.

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