In India, companies are required to spend 2% of their average net profit over the preceding three fiscal years on social development activities. Here, as in Canada, we endeavour to do more than simply meet our legal requirements. Our team in India has an active Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee that develops policies and guides activities.
Based on the needs of the local population, the Committee has identified four focus areas: healthcare, education, residences and daycare facilities for the elderly, and the empowerment of women.
In 2016, we continued to partner on CSR activities with Dishantar, a grassroots non-governmental organization working in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. Dishantar’s goal is to empower underprivileged people in their drive for freedom and development. It also supports education, hamlet and livelihood development, and the empowerment of women.
Our first CSR project, which started in March 2016, was a clean water initiative that delivered domestic water purifiers to 100 households in impoverished, remote communities. In addition to providing funding, Dominion employees visited the communities to teach good home hygiene practices.
Later in the year, the Dishantar team built private washrooms in 10 homes and two public washroom facilities as part of the Sanitation for All project. A separate Water for All project delivered a bore well and a 10,000-litre water tank to benefit a community of 130 people.
Dominion also provided financial support to a group of women (who have become known as “Annapurnas”) in a local community, who started an organic farm, growing fruit and vegetables to feed their families and selling the surplus in local markets. On a visit to their farm in 2016, we were pleased to donate a power tiller to help them increase production.
In April 2017, a delegation of Dominion and Dishantar staff visited the communities we support to see the work that had been done and to gather ideas for future initiatives.
“I’m proud to work for a company that supports community development. With our contribution to the Annapurna project, people are earning income and women are becoming more independent. The Annapurna team is now a role model for other women.”
Manager, Diamond Control
Dominion Diamond (India) Private Limited