Fourteen employees from the Automotive Division, along with their families, worked together to uplift the lives of 10 orphan children at Takshashila. These employees regularly visit the shelter to mentor the orphans, help them with their studies, provide food and clothes as well as moral support.
Launched in 2004, CHIP Mumbai works to address the lack of quality education in schools for the underprivileged in Mumbai through several social interventions.
These include pre-primary Balwadis and primary after school programmes (for example - theatre, art programmes, study classes, computer classes, among others). One such initiative, the 'After School Program' (ASP), run by CHIP, got our attention. We were keen to be a part of the program that provides a safe and supportive environment for these children. The program is supervised by adults and offers various growth enhancing opportunities that contributes to their holistic development.
Premier supported the following programs over the years:
Premier undertook an initiative to facilitate an English reading programme in association with CHIP (Children in Progress) in effective literacy practices, and provided students from BMC schools with quality children’s books to facilitate reading in the classroom.
The six-week programme saw teachers using books to practise strategies for reading aloud to engage students in critical thinking. The children developed literacy skills by authoring stories on themes important to their lives. This helped build vocabulary, strengthened reading comprehension, build confidence and made the learning process meaningful.
Premier’s CSR team also conducted a book donation drive along with CHIP. The initiative is part of the Company's efforts to provide better education facilities to children of all sections of society. Premier donated notebooks, drawing books and activity books that were specially designed, keeping the age of the children in mind.
Premier Ltd. in association with the NGO Children in Progress (CHIP) organised a tour of the factory in Chinchwad for 25 students of Std X from the Tata Compound BMC School on December 26.
The main purpose of the educational visit was to expose the students to actual manufacturing units. After a warm welcome from the HR team, the students were given a brief presentation on the history of the company. They were also informed about the various divisions, units and products in great detail.
It was refreshing to find that girls, who before the visit had said they wanted to become doctors, were now looking at engineering as a career option. And boys, who had earlier thought that cars and machines were some of the only products engineers help create, were now fascinated by the windmill components.
After the tour, a short game, which involved a fun Q&A session about what they had learnt during the day, was conducted. Mr. MD Adhikari, President, Premier Ltd., then spoke to the students about scholarships that the company offers, and presented the school representative with the biography of Seth Walchand Hirachand. Premier Ltd. has been associated with CHIP for more than two years and has conducted various community partnership programmes for the upliftment of financially-deprived children.
The Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC) is an NGO working with brothel- based prostitutes and other marginalised women and their children in the Falkland Road area since 1998.
The collective runs two programs, for the children of women in brothel-based prostitution, called `Udaan' (aimed at providing education, vocational skills, recreational activities, medical care, psychological counseling, nutritious meals and job placements to enable their all round development) and `Umaang', a complete day care centre for toddlers between 2-6 years.
Premier organised a treat for 25 children of Apne Aap Womens’ Collective (AAWC), an NGO working with children of brothel-based women. Mr. Vijay Gawade, an Administrative Assistant working in Premier's corporate office, volunteered to spend a day at a centre located in one of Mumbai’s red light areas, where he organised a mango and ice cream party. He is extremely fond of children and was actively involved in different activities at the centre. At the end of the day, he fit in so well that some of them insisted that he feed them their share of the treat.
The AAWC children posing with the RiO. The children’s faces have been deliberately blurred so that their identity is not revealed.
Premier Ltd. organised a traffic safety camp for 50 children under Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC), an NGO working with women in brothel-based prostitution in Mumbai’s red-light districts — Falkland Road and Kamathipura — and their children. A poster competition on the theme of traffic safety was organised and gift hampers were awarded to the five best posters.
Premier’s green initiatives are some of the steps taken by the Company to demonstrate its environmental responsibility. Premier’s tree plantation drive at its factory in Chinchwad, Pune
Moreover, it is very easy to clean and reuse. This bin can be fitted between two front seats with the help of a belt, without hampering leg space. The car bins are specially designed for any type of vehicle.
RiO Car Bin Contest
Premier recently partnered with Lighthouse Management to promote the use of car bins and work towards a cleaner environment. Thereafter, Premier announced a photography contest for employees to showcase their creativity. Photographs submitted were required to display three elements — the employee, the RiO and the car bin. The car bin photography contest winners are:
» 1st Place — Mr. PS Dave
» 2nd Place — Mr. BB Ghorpade and Mr. DB Chikane (Tied)
» 3rd Place — Mr. Praveen Shinde
A garbage dump at the Premier factory in Chinchwad has been converted into a luscious green garden of approximately 750 sq. metres as part of the company’s environmental initiatives.
The factory has also set up a sewage treatment plant, which recycles and treats waste water (nearly 500-600 litres per day) that is then used for the new garden.
Blood is a life saving fluid and is priceless. We, at Premier, organised our own blood donation drive on every year
A Premier employee getting his blood pressure checked before donating blood.
In partnership with Sahyadri Hospital in Pune, Premier organised a blood donation drive to help children affected by thalassaemia. The drive collected a total of 157 units of blood and was well-timed, as the hospital’s blood bank was facing an acute shortage. The willing participation of Premier employees as donors upheld the slogan, ‘Donate Blood – Save Lives’, as they supported the patients in their struggle for life.
On March 20, 2010(the birthday of the late Shri Vinod Doshi, founder and former Chairman of Premier Ltd), the response was overwhelming and employees from across the company came forward to contribute towards saving lives. The drive yielded great results with 129 units of blood collected. This collection was then given to Sahyadri Hospital, Pune.