CSR and sustainability

Nutrition for all

Adivasi pada in Bhiwandi taluka of Western Maharashtra, is a settlement of under privileged locals and migrants from other states. Riddled with problems of illiteracy, unemployment and other social issues, the settlement needs external support for sustenance of expectant mothers and children from 0-6 years of age..

FSC, through Future Group's "Sone Ki Chidiya foundation" and its CSR Partner for this project-"All India Institute of Local Self Government", has made a sizable fund allocation for various initiatives to make visible and remarkable differences not only in their nutritional status, but also inculcate the "Habit" of Hygiene on a sustainable basis.

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National Safety Week

The theme to this National Safety week held between 4th March 2019 to 10th March 2019 is-"Cultivate and Sustain a Safety Culture for building Nation"."Safety Culture" is the baseline for the success of Safety efforts in any organization and it is an attitude that every member at a workplace requires to own to prevent harm to its peers. Safety pledge within the organization recites as "Safety starts with "S" but begins with "U".

The Company engaged with employees through various activities including drawing, essay, poster and slogan competitions on warehouse safety themes, quiz competitions and crosswords to highlight the importance of Safety, Health and Environment at workplace and to instill responsibility amongst employees to make their working environment safer. The organization organized for a safety march and mock drill to deepen the understanding.

Truck Driver Safety

Ergonomic risks due to difficult and fixed seating postures, working and sleeping in congested spaces, long term exposure to air pollution, lack of hygiene and nutritious food, alcoholism and narcotics result in health issues.

Understanding the trials and tribulations of the Indian truck driver community, FSC organizes a week’s training programme and interactive sessions across all operations on the importance of safety, health, physical fitness and hygiene for them, while upholding their dignity and acknowledging their role.

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  • Blood Donation Drive: The Company organized blood donation camps across 17 cities in and contributed to the community 708 units of blood
  • National Road Safety Week: Created awareness on Road safety ,and Health & Hygiene in the Truck driver community through training and practical demonstrations
  • Health Check-up Camp
  • Tree plantation drive
  • Joy of Giving: Celebrated Diwali with the theme “Joy of Giving”. FSC team visited students who are visually impaired children and intellectually disabled at schools and donated books, clothes, food and water filters

Resource efficiency is an important pillar of the sustainability framework of any organization. FSC recognizes the environmental challenges society faces and are committed to work throughout their value chain to help solve them. Environmental issues most material to FSC and the stakeholders are identified: energy, emissions, fuel supply and waste. FSC strives to comply with applicable environmental norms within the local and national boundaries.

During FY19 FSC developed its Energy and Carbon Policy with a commitment towards low carbon transformation through reduced energy consumption and procuring energy from renewable sources. FSC has proactively initiated actions across few distribution centres that has aided optimization of lighting and related energy.

FSC deploys the hub and spoke model and milk runs for the transport of goods to multiple locations vide its distribution centres which reduces consumption of fuel and emissions to the atmosphere.

The Company has undertaken feasibility studies for installation of solar panels at 15 warehouse locations and endeavours to switch from conventional diesel to biofuel to reduce its’ carbon footprint.

FSC audits its emissions and conducts checks in order to comply with emission norms from DG sets as defined by CPCB at periodic intervals. All vehicles on duty at FSC undergo vehicle emission tests and comply with Emission norms as defined by the concerned Pollution Control Boards (PCBs).

The Company has instituted its water stewardship policy which encourages its operations to initiate water conservation measures.

The Company is consciously exploring ways to reduce water consumed in its operations, one such example being the crate washing system, the water consumed is recycled through a closed loop system of automated processes including pre-washing, hot water wash, detergent wash, sensing & drying. The crate moves forward on a conveyer belt assembly at a specified speed as per level of dirt & cleaning required, thus optimising water consumed.

Waste generated at its offices / distribution centres is managed as per applicable norms, is segregated at source and handed over to authorized municipal waste handlers.

There were no incidents of non-compliance with regulations resulting in penalty or notice or fine was received by the Company. Further, during the reporting year, there were no show cause and legal notices received by the Company which are pending from the CPCB or SPCB at any of the Company’s operations.

The Future Groups’ Sone Ki Chidiya Foundation have initiated the following projects in FY 18-19:

  • Reducing inequalities faced by socially and economically backward groups through providing access to basic goods at Goonj
  • Creating livelihood opportunities for 55 women between the age of 18 to 40 years who are widowed/single mother from Below Poverty Line household having minimum 5th standard pass by setting up a tailoring unit at Nagpur through Aastha Lok Sanchalit Sandhan Kendra
  • Reducing hunger, poverty and malnutrition by improving the nutritional status of children between the age of 0 to 6 years in 200 households while imparting scientific knowledge to the community with respect to nutrition and WASH, and enable behavior change through community based sustainable mechanisms through All India Institute of Local Self Government.