Birla Carbon’s Pledge to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Atlanta/Mumbai, March 22, 2018

Birla Carbon, as part of the Aditya Birla Group, signed the WASH pledge in 2015 and has since been growing in its commitment year on year. Birla Carbon has a rating of 1.93 out of 2 in early 2018 compared to its score of 1.77 in 2015 after it signed the pledge.

WASH, which stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, is a pledge taken by many organizations to provide access to safe drinking water to its employees and communities. The pledge is a World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) designed scoring system based on Self-Assessment Questionnaires with a maximum score of 2.0.

The pledge supports the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal – 6, “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.”

Joe Gaynor, Chief Legal, Risk and Sustainability Officer, Birla Carbon shares, “We, at Birla Carbon, are committed to providing the basic needs of safe water, sanitation and hygiene not only to all of our employees, but also to the communities in which they live. Additionally, we are focused on water conservation so that we minimize the impact of our operations on the local environment and many of our plants have zero water discharge. While we are proud of our achievements to date, we will continue to look for new opportunities to improve access to this most basic resource – water.” He further adds, “On the occasion of ‘World Water Day,’ we continue to endeavor that this initiative spread, just like the positive impact it has created in our people’s lives.”

Some achievements under the WASH pledge:

  • All plants found creative ways of contributing to the WASH initiative whether inside the plant or in the communities
  • Over 140 awareness campaigns and training sessions held for employees and communities
  • We are actively measuring our use of water at our plants
  • Water recycling and reuse programs have been established in all of our plants

About Birla Carbon

Birla Carbon is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of high quality carbon black and a flagship business of the US$ 43 billion Aditya Birla Group. The Company’s footprint extends across 12 countries with 16 manufacturing facilities. Birla Carbon provides a complete portfolio of products across ASTM grades and specialty blacks to meet the specific end requirements across Tires, Rubber, Plastics, Coatings, Inks and other niche industries.

Birla Carbon has two state-of-the art technology centers at Marietta (USA) and Taloja (India), besides well-equipped laboratories across its manufacturing units providing for continuous R&D. As an ardent practitioner of sustainable development, Birla Carbon’s Sustainable Operational Excellence (SOE) strategy focuses on employee safety, environmental stewardship, efficient use of carbon sources and a key focus on conducting operations in a socially and ethically responsible manner.

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