Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
The Murugappa Group is known for its tradition of philanthropy and community service . The Group’s philosophy is to reach out to the community by establishing service-oriented philanthropic institutions in the field of education and healthcare as the core focus areas.
Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Limited (hereinafter referred to as Chola MS ) has been upholding the Group’s tradition by earmarking a part of its income for carrying out its social responsibilities. We believe that social responsibility is not just a corporate obligation that has to be carried out but it is one’s dharma. Therefore, our philanthropic endeavours are a reflection of our spiritual conscience and this provides us a way to discharge our responsibilities to the various sections of the society.
We have been carrying out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities for a long time through AMM Foundation, an autonomous charitable trust, in the field of Education and Healthcare.
Corporate Social Responsibility Purpose Statement
The Company shall seek to positively impact the lives of the disadvantaged by supporting and engaging in activities that aim to improve their wellbeing. We are dedicated to the cause of empowering people, educating them and in improving their quality of life. While we will undertake programme based on the identified needs of the community, education and healthcare shall remain our priority. Across the different programme areas identified by the company, it would be our endeavour to reach the disadvantaged and the marginalised sections of the society to make a meaningful impact on their lives.
We are committed to identifying and supporting programmes aimed at:
- Empowerment of the disadvantaged sections of the society through education, access to and awareness about financial services and the like;
- Provision of access to basic necessities like healthcare, drinking water & sanitation and the like to underprivileged;
- Work towards eradicating hunger and poverty, through livelihood generation and skill development;
- Supporting environmental and ecological balance through afforestation, soil conservation, rain water harvesting, conservation of flora & fauna, and similar programme;
- Promotion of sports through training of sportspersons;
- Undertake rural development projects;
- Any other programme that falls under CSR Policy and which are aimed at the empowerment of disadvantaged sections of the society.
This policy will apply to all projects/programmes undertaken as part the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility and will be developed, reviewed and updated periodically with reference to relevant changes in corporate governance, international standards and sustainable and innovative practices. The policy will maintain, at all times, compliance and alignment with the activities listed in Schedule VII and Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 and the rules framed thereunder.
The approval of the CSR policy and oversight is the responsibility of the Company’s Board of Directors. The responsibility of the CSR committee is to formulate the policy and to administer the policy through implementing partner(s) or via self-implementation. The CSR Committee shall provide guidelines for projects/partner selection to the respective HR or CSR teams, wherever applicable. The CSR committee is to ensure that projects/programmes are compliant with regulations and are monitored and reported effectively.
As the Company’s CSR activities evolve, the policy may be revised by the CSR committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
The CSR Committee shall recommend to the Board the amount of expenditure to be incurred on the CSR activities to be undertaken by the company as specified in Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013, as amended from time to time.
In case of any surplus arising out of CSR projects, the same shall not form part of business profits of the Company.
The Company shall undertake CSR project/programmes identified by the CSR Committee and approved by the Board of Directors in line with the CSR Policy. Managing Director of the Company is authorised to approve such CSR activities which are in line with CSR policy upto a sum of Rs. 1 million per project / programme.
The Company shall implement its CSR programmes/projects:
- Through an implementation partner that can be a public charitable trust or a society registered under applicable Acts or a Company registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013; or
- On its own, through the relevant HR or CSR department:or
- through its own foundation (if applicable) specifically created for implementing its CSR initiatives.
The Company may enter into partnerships or alliances with NGOs, Trusts, or other Corporate Foundations etc. to effectively implement its CSR programmes/projects.
The Company can also implement programme in collaboration with other company(ies), if permissible and feasible.
The Company shall formulate criteria and procedure for selection, screening and due diligence of its implementing partners.
The Company would be adopting a focused and a structured approach towards implementing its CSR initiatives. It has identified thematic and programme areas to guide the design, intent and approach of its CSR initiatives. These are broad thematic areas with focus on quality service delivery and empowerment.
The programme areas are:
- Providing basic health care facilities to economically backward societies across geographical areas,
- Improving access to education,
- Provision of Skill Development/Vocational Training,
- Rural Development,
- Environmental sustainability,
- Promoting Sports, arts & culture,
- Sustainable livelihood including setting up old age homes, day care centres and such other facilities for senior citizens.
Monitoring and Reporting
The CSR Committee will oversee the implementation and monitoring of all CSR projects/ programmes and periodic reports shall be provided for review to the Board.
The Company will institute a well-defined, transparent monitoring and review mechanism to ensure that each CSR project/programme has:
- Clear objectives developed out of the societal needs that may be determined through need assessment studies and research (secondary or primary);
- Clear targets, time lines and measureable indicators, wherever possible;
- A progress monitoring and reporting framework that is aligned with the requirements of Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 and the CSR Rules.