Ambuja Cements Limited, undisputedly among the best cement companies in the country, was once again recognised for its consistent dedication and visionary approach in the area of Sustainability.
President Pranab Mukherjee presented the CII Sustainability Awards 2012 (Commendation Certificate for Significant Achievement on Journey towards Sustainable Development) to Ambuja’s CEO Ajay Kapur at an impressive event held at the capital’s Vigyan Bhavan, earlier today.
Organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), this Award function is a platform to recognize efforts of those corporates that have moulded their business models to accommodate the parameters of sustainability. By winning this Award, Ambuja’s multi-pronged approach of building capacities and promoting thought leadership on a gamut of issues related to sustainability, has been recognised.
Expressing a deep sense of pride and gratitude at the honour bestowed on the Company, Mr Ajay Kapur said, “This is a fulfilling moment for all of us at Ambuja. The Hon’ble President’s message that sustainability is the way of the future could not ring truer for us. Ambuja had set the trend with a single-minded focus on sustainability two years ago -- we even revised our vision statement to include our intent ‘to be the most sustainable and competitive company in the industry’.”
The second award, ‘Commendation on Strong Commitment’ was won by the Company’s integrated plant in Chandrapur (Maharashtra), the Maratha Cement Works (MCW). On receiving the award, Unit head and President of MCW, Sushil Kumar Thakur said, “Our plant has incorporated various factors to implement a dedicated programme within the framework of the triple bottom line objectives.
We have empowered stakeholder communities, implemented energy efficiency, capacity building, resource conservation and community-based initiatives. This has resulted in a significant generation of livelihood and also impacted the environment we live and work in.”
Kapur also observed, “Ambuja Cement has achieved the global mandate of water positive status and our countrywide rating is by a factor of 2. This has only been possible due to our visionary approach, coupled with a commitment and belief in our stakeholders.”