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CSR

Background

At the outset, the Board of directors of Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. is already conscious of the moral responsibility of giving back to society. Board recognizes that integrating social, environmental, and ethical responsibilities into the governance of businesses ensures the long term success, competitiveness, and sustainability of any business. With this in view, Board already has begun the CSR contribution before this became statutorily applicable to the company in the FY 2017-18

Board is therefore now determined to move ahead with strong CSR policies to make the society, nation, and the planet, a better place for this and coming generation of the human race. As a fallout, Board is also convinced that the company will gain a better image as a socially responsible organization and therefore will achieve sustainable growth in its operations in the long run and its products and services will be preferred by the customers.

Objective

The main objective of CSR policy is to make CSR a key business process for the sustainable development of society. Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. will act as a good corporate citizen and aims at supplementing the role of Government in enhancing the welfare measures of the society within the framework of its policy.

Measures

 In the aforesaid backdrop, policy on CSR of Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. is broadly framed taking into account the following measures:

 The CSR activities shall be undertaken by Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd., as stated in this Policy, as projects or programs or activities (either new or ongoing), excluding activities undertaken in pursuance of its normal course of business.

The CSR activities which are exclusively for the benefit of Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. employees or their family members shall not be considered as CSR activities.

Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. shall give preference to the local area or areas around it where it operates, for spending the amount earmarked for CSR activities.

The Board of Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. may decide to undertake its CSR activities as recommended by the CSR Committee, through a registered trust or a registered society or a company established by the company or its holding or subsidiary or associate company pursuant to Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules made there-under.

The following is the list of CSR projects or programs which Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. plans to undertake pursuant to Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013: 

  1. eradicating hunger, poverty, and malnutrition, promoting preventive health care and sanitation and making available safe drinking water;
  2. promoting education, including special education and employment enhancing vocation skills especially among children, women, elderly, and the differently-abled and livelihood enhancement projects;
  3. promoting gender equality, empowering women, setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans; setting up old age homes, daycare centers and such other facilities for senior citizens and measures for reducing inequalities faced by socially and economically backward groups;
  4. ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, animal welfare, agroforestry, conservation of natural resources and maintaining the quality of soil, air, and water;
  5. protection of national heritage, art, and culture including restoration of buildings and sites of historical importance and works of art; setting up public libraries; promotion and development of traditional arts and handicrafts:
  6. measures for the benefit of armed forces veterans, war widows, and their dependents;
  7. training to promote rural sports, nationally recognized sports, paralympic sports, and Olympic sports;
  8. contribution to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund or any other fund set up by the Central Government for socio-economic development and relief and welfare of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes, minorities, and women;
  9. contributions or funds provided to technology incubators located within academic institutions which are approved by the Central Government
  10. rural development projects;
  11. Any other measures with the approval of the Board of Directors on the recommendation of CSR Committee subject to the provisions of Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013 and rules made there-under.

Organizational mechanism and responsibilities

Constitution of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

The Board of Directors of the Company has constituted a  Committee of the Board (“CSR Committee”) consisting of two (or more directors from time to time) namely, Ms. Aanchal Bhatia and Mr. Howard Mead.

The CSR Committee has

  1. Formulated and recommended to the Board, this framework of CSR policy and activities to be undertaken by the company as per Schedule VII;
  2. Decided to review and recommend the amount of expenditure to be incurred on the activities or contributions to organizations carrying on such activities; and
  3. Decided to monitor the Policy of the company from time to time.

The Board of the company shall after taking into account the recommendations made by the CSR Committee, approve the policy for the company and disclose contents of such Policy in its report and also place it on the company’s website and ensure that the activities as are included in the CSR Policy of the company are undertaken by the company.

Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. provides the vision under the leadership of its Chairman, Mr. Andrew William John Butcher.

At the Company, Mr. Karan Bhatia, the Managing Director takes on the role of the mentor, while the onus for the successful and time-bound implementation of the CSR activities/projects is on the HR Head and CSR teams.

To measure the impact of the work done, a social satisfaction survey/audit is carried out by an external agency. 

Activities, setting measurable targets with timeframes and performance management:

Prior to the commencement of CSR activities/projects, a baseline study in the impact locality shall be undertaken.

The study will encompass various parameters such as – health indicators, literacy levels, sustainable livelihood processes, and population data – below the poverty line and above the poverty line, state of infrastructure, among others.

From the data generated, a 1-year plan and a 3-year rolling plan are to developed for the holistic and integrated development of the affected people.

All activities/projects of CSR are assessed under the agreed strategy and are monitored every quarter/year, measured against targets and budgets. Wherever necessary, midcourse corrections are made. 

Partnerships

Collaborative partnerships may be formed with the Government, the District Authorities, the village panchayats, NGOs, and other like-minded stakeholders. This helps widen the Company’s reach and leverage upon the collective expertise, wisdom, and experience that these partnerships bring to the table.

Budgets

A specific budget is allocated for CSR activities and spending on CSR activities shall not be less than 2% of the average net profits of the Company made during the three immediately preceding financial years, in pursuance of this policy.

In case the Company fails to spend such amount, the Board shall specify the reasons for not spending the amount.

Approving authority for the CSR amount to be spent would be anyone Director or the Managing Director along with Head of Finance Officer of the Company after the due recommendation of CSR Committee and approval of the Board of Directors of the Company.

The CSR Policy mandates that the surplus arising out of the CSR projects or programs or activities shall not form part of the business profit of a company.

The CSR projects or programs or activities undertaken in India only shall amount to CSR expenditure.

CSR expenditure shall include all expenditure including contribution to the corpus, for projects or programs relating to CSR activities approved by the Board on the recommendation of the CSR Committee, but does not include any expenditure on any item not in conformity or not in line with activities which fall within the purview of Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013. 

Tax treatment of CSR spent will be in accordance with the Income Tax Act as may be notified by CBDT. 

 

Information dissemination

The Company’s engagement in this domain is disseminated on its website, annual reports, and house journals as and when deem fit. 

Management Commitment

Our Board of Directors, our Management and all of our employees subscribe to the philosophy of compassionate care. We believe and act on an ethos of generosity and compassion, characterized by a willingness to build a society that works for everyone. This is the cornerstone of our CSR policy.

Update

CSR Committee of Board of Luxfer Uttam India Pvt. Ltd. will review the policy from time to time based on the changing needs and aspirations of the target beneficiaries and make suitable modifications as may be necessary.

Compliance with Companies Act, 2013

Our Corporate Social Responsibility policy conforms to Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 on Corporate Social Responsibility as spelled out by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.