• Rayan Shikari

Help By Havells

Havells India, was started by Qimat Rai Gupta, who dropped out of school, and had only Rs. 10,000 to start Havells Manufacturing. The company began selling electric meters, and then expanded to selling different types of electric switches. In March of 2007, Havells acquired SLI Sylvania of Netherlands for $300 million, making it the fourth largest lighting business in the world, worth over a billion USD.

The company is a FMEG (Fast Moving Electrical Goods) Company, that is the largest of its kind today. In business since 1958, the company has products ranging from home and kitchen appliances, lighting for domestic, commercial and industrial applications, LED lighting, fans, modular switches and wiring accessories, water heaters, industrial and domestic circuit protection switchgear, industrial and domestic cables and wires, induction motors, and capacitors among others.

Although Havells’ main focus is Electrical goods, the company has not stopped at that, and hosts CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Projects, such as Restoration and Conservation of Historical Monuments, Education for children, Skill Development Initiative, Supporting Differently Abled, as well as Providing Sanitation Facilities. In the past, the company has generously contributed to the society during various national calamities like the Bihar Flood, Tsunami and Kargil National Relief Fund etc. For all these projects, which the company spent 17.44 Crores only in the 2018-2019 Business Year.

Havells, under its CSR initiative, decided to adopt 2 children suffering from the disease and provide them with the complete support for the treatment. Recently, one out of the 2 patients, Shorya, (5 years), became 'Thalassemia Free' (Reduction in Haemoglobin Synthesis) and all set to live a normal life with his family and other children.

Currently 90% of its product offering is energy efficient. Social and environmental responsibility has been at the forefront of Havells operating philosophy and as a result the company consistently contributes to socially responsible activities. For instance, the company is providing mid-day meal in government schools in Alwar district, covering more than 55000 students per day. The group company, QRG Healthcare runs a 140 bed hospital in Faridabad.

The Havells mid-day meal program for school going children is their flagship CSR activity and was introduced in 2005 with the stated aim of improving the health and nutrition levels of students in government school and improving their attendance and learning outcomes. The program began with coverage of 1,500 students. In 2015, ten years since inception, the

Havells Mid-Day meal scheme caters to over 58,000 students from 688 schools every day in the Alwar region of Rajasthan. The impact of this program, lead to Improved Nutritional Intake, which meant an improvement in the BMI of students in schools; a reduced drop out rate from schools, because children had the correct nutritional amount for them to last the day, and this in-turn resulted in an increased interest in studies and education as a whole improved.

Their nutritious meals are cooked in a state of the art kitchen with fresh ingredients and high levels of automation, and delivered on time to different schools via a fleet of vehicles. Havells has employed a dedicated staff of about 160 people including cooks, helpers, drivers and distributors to ensure timeliness, quality and hassle free provision of meals every day. The program uses proper government approved diet charts that are used as guides to prepare weekly menus to suit the tastes and nutritional requirements of children.

India as a country faces many sanitary problems, with people below the poverty line not having proper access to toilets. Moreover, the government sanctioned toilets are sometimes not maintained. This is one of the biggest causes of open defecation in India. The company however also realised, that by initiating WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), they were only building public toilets, which would solve the open defecation problem, but would not solve other sanitary problems that women and other people face. For this reason, Havells mended the initiative to educating children in government schools about proper sanitation. This initiative also called for the building of 2050 bio-toilets in these schools.

Also they could encourage others in their homes and social groups to adopt hygienic practices. They aim to build similar toilets in another 150 schools by end of this year taking the number of schools to 300. The specialty of these toilets is that they do not need any sewage system. The four layer system works on a bacteria created by DRDO which converts human

waste into methane gas and the water that comes out is almost 90% pathogen free which could be used for gardening or ground water recharge. These modular toilets are built with concrete that are easy to install and are more durable than conventional toilets.

The company which today is sometimes referred to as the global powerhouse, that manufactures the largest range of electrical products, and possesses the largest manufacturing plant of switchers and electric motors, still sticks to helping people at the lowest rung of the income sector. The ex-CEO Qimat Rai Gupta believed that it was the first thing Havells was going to do, was helping people who cannot help themselves.

Havells' beliefs still continue to be shown through their wonderful CSR programme.


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