About Sharing wider Responsibility
At Bharat Petroleum, we believe that it's equally important to return back to society. Which is why, we believe some of our finest achievements aren't those found in our balance sheets but those found through our CSR activitiesin small towns and villages spread across India. Our involvement in sharing this wider responsibility dates way back to 1984, when in pursuance with our philosophy “to give back to the society/community our best”, we aimed to help the people enrich their lives, be it our employees or their families also extending the scope of definition of families to those that we saw beyond our glass cabins in rustic surroundings, and thus started our efforts for the society.
Today, we term them as our extended family i.e. our villagers from rural areas.
India, has a social contrast. While 30% of society comprises those living in cities, a majority of the population i.e. 700 million plus Indians reside in villages or in rural India. Rural India also displays certain disparity wherein there are islands of prosperity and rest riddled with draught, famine and extreme climate conditions.
BPCL initially started working in Mahul, a village located in the neighbourhood of its Mumbai refinery in 1986, with the sole reason of social upliftment. The residents of Mahul, essentially from the fishing community, were rich because they possessed marine wealth but as far as education, health, etc. was concerned, they needed direction and help. BPCL volunteered and the initial success brought such gratification that BPCL immediately adopted another village – Karjat, a village in the interiors. Selflessly contributing to development helped introspect about the future social responsibility ofBPCL and its role in further contributing to this effort. Thereafter there was no looking back.
As part of corporate social responsibility, BPCL has today adopted 37 villages across India. This adoption included substantial investments for nearly a decade and a half in order to make them fully self-reliant, providing them with fresh drinking water, sanitation facilities, medical facilities, enhancing income standards by imparting vocational training and agricultural innovations.
However, BPCL also firmly believes that the only vehicle for raising the villagers from their present state is by educating the young and the old. A focus on providing grants for opening schools and opening adult literacy camps as well.
While this is indeed a Herculean task, BPCL recognized the need for collaboration and even sought assistance from NGO’s working around these centres in fulfilling its dream. There is still a long way to go according to many BPCL employees on account of the large magnitude of work necessary for completion.