NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind presented Europe-based oil & gas company TechnipFMC’s Indian arm with the National CSR Award (NCSRA) in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Challenging Circumstances, West Zone. The National CSR Awards were introduced this year by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to recognise outstanding contributions in the field of CSR. In total, 19 initiatives across India were selected, out of over 500 entries.
Bhaskar Patel, Managing Director of TechnipFMC’s India Operating Center, received the award from President Kovind at the NCSRA ceremony held in New Delhi, in the presence of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, State Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur, and other dignitaries from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
“We are very pleased and honored to receive the award for our impact driven environment initiatives and skill development workshops especially tailored for women in Dahej, Gujarat. As a responsible energy player, we are committed to develop innovative and technology driven sustainable solutions to promote clean energy, an inclusive and diverse workforce, and contribute to the communities’ well-being,” said Patel.
Swayantani Ghosh, Communications, CSR and Sustainability Head for TechnipFMC’s India Operating Center, added, “We are privileged to be recognised for our sustained efforts to drive economic, social and environmental changes in the ecosystem through our diversified CSR program, ‘Seed of Hope.’”
The company says that the ‘Seed of Hope’ program is designed to accelerate inclusive growth of the local communities near TechnipFMC Modular Manufacturing Yard, Dahej. The company says it has initiated sustainable initiatives in Gujarat, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and other places across India since 2015, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, resulting in:
- Improved quality of education for more than 6,000 children through primary education support;
- Skills development training on vocational trades and empowering more than 800 women by providing training on livelihood, thus generating opportunities;
- Promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for 1,900 girl children through installation of mini science centres at local schools in 5 states; and
- Environmental sustainability with the installation of 100 biogas plants and distribution of smokeless cooking stoves to rural women.