Reaching out to communities
At Unichem, giving back to the community is central to the existence of the organisation. While business, profit and a healthy balance sheet are crucial, the company strives to create and maintain a strong sense of social responsibility.
The range of activities span from creating adequate fire safety mechanisms, conducting blood donation camps, facilitating tree planting, extending educational and on-the-job training and go on to cover vocational guidance and supporting seminars in co-ordination with universities.
Unichem takes pride in providing various forms of medical assistance to employees and their families, and also to all those living in villages surrounding manufacturing facilities. The company also organises regular training programmes on safety and precautionary measures. The API facilities at Roha and Pithampur are accredited with OHSAS 18001:1999 and OHSAS 18001:2007 respectively which stands for Occupational Health and Safety Management System.
Unichem’s environmental policy emphasises being a caring company, which protects and promotes the environment by complying with applicable environmental regulations and minimizing pollution in all its operations. In addition, the company has also put several measures in place to save energy and conserve natural resources.
Adiwasi Unnati Mandal (AUM) founded by Late Mr. Amrut Mody along with co-founder Late Mr. Shantibhai Sheth. It is a known fact that the founder of our organization, Late Mr. Amrut Mody, always believed that good health is a basic human need and it is our duty to respond to this social need especially for the economically backward sections. Service to the society played an important role in Mr. Mody’s life. However, very few of us know of the zeal with which Mr. Mody “walked the talk”. The same zeal which encouraged him to establish the Adiwasi Unnati Mandal (AUM). Your Company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Dr. Prakash Amrut Mody is Trustee in AUM. AUM has strong and dedicated team of Paramedical, Eye Care and Medical Committee.
Your Company donated Tata Sumo and Tata Winger during the year to AUM. This vehicle is utilised for transporting doctors and paramedical volunteers from Mumbai to Shahpur and back where major social activity of the AUM is carried out.
AUM caters to medical needs of adiwasi population of Shahpur taluka of Thane district. AUM conducts regular Medical checkup, Dental check-up camps, cataract diagnosis, diabetes screening, Nutrition programmes, arranges distribution of free medicines and provides regular treatment to patients for TB, epilepsy and leprosy at the Centre with the help of dedicated team of doctors and volunteers who have been rendering selfless service. During the year 14,521 patients were treated at OPD camps held at various centres.
During the year 12 diagnostic camps were held at taki, 7 at Panchghar and 1 camp at Pivli for cataract surgery and during the year 201 patients cataract surgery were successfully carried at “Bombay City Eye Institute and Research Centre, Babulnath”. 540 needy people were provided with the spectacles and dark glasses were provided to patients who had undergone cataract surgery.
Besides Health care programmes AUM also conducts various activities like distribution of notebooks, compass boxes, shoes, books and other articles useful items to school children were distributed amongst more than 2000 students from 35 schools. Other Programmes like free distribution of medicines, bicycles for school girls, umbrellas, clothes and nutrition food were provided to needy people.
Unichem has volunteered to be the chief donor to Amrut Mody School of Management [AMSoM] which is promoted by Ahmedabad Education Society. During the year, the Company donated a sum of Rs.2 crores to this Management School. This donation was made in the memory of Dr. P. A Mody’s beloved father Mr. Amrut Mody, who was a pioneer in Indian Pharmaceutical Industry and a visionary Technocrat and was instrumental in supporting and contributing through endowments to educational institutions during his life time.
The Amrut Mody School of Management took its current shape after Ahmedabad Education Society established Ahmedabad University, recognized by UGC as Private University. It is located in the most livable city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. AMSoM is delivering business education through three of its institutions which are as follows:
|Postgraduate Institute of Management (PGIM)|
|H. L. Institute of Commerce (HLIC)|
|B. K. Majumdar Institute of Business Administration (BKMIBA)|
Each AMSoM institution has become the temple of higher learning keeping in line with the vision of Ahmedabad University. Community of students and their parents have bestowed this status through making its programmes in their most preferred list. The dynamic leadership of the Governing Council members of AES has enabled its institutions to spread the light of knowledge and wisdom in diverse fields of education. Its institutions keep establishing new benchmarks for others to follow.
AMSoM has created physical, IT and knowledge infrastructure which is in line with future requirements. The School’s faculty and staff are dedicated towards educational excellence, development of students and nurturing environment fostering development of skills and personality, so that the main stakeholders can become a good citizens and partners in progress.
The main aim of Ahmedabad University is to provide Global education at local costs, context and ethos. Towards this direction, the University and its faculty and students are very much interested in and involved with community work or social work as part of personality building requirement. During the academic year 2012-13, Amrut Mody School of Management carried out many activities of this nature. Some of them are listed under:
PGIM, as per the policy of Ahmedabad University offered financial assistance to all who have economic need and guarantees upfront meritorious students who get admission in the University will not be stopped from pursuing education because of the family of the student has weak economic background. This is done without any upper limit on total amount of financial assistance that can be granted.
In the year 2012-13 the following scholarships were provided:
|Institution||Number of students offered Financial assistance by University||Amount/Rs.|
Other cultural, social, community related and educational activities of AMSoM:
Students of the above three institutions conducted a number of the above said activities mainly:
Navratri for Visually impaired persons, teaching to visually impaired and needy, protection of heritage building, rehabilitation of youth, education to slum children, serving senior citizens and old age home, serving specially challenged children and serving disabled persons through 25 different NGO’s. Few photographs are given below:
Other community service related activities included Blood donation camps, Rakshabandhan for visually impaired persons, teaching at Juvenile observation Home, AIDS awareness and Eye Donation Seminar and many other activities.
Bombay College of Pharmacy (BPC) is one of the pioneer pharmacy colleges in India, imparting quality pharmaceutical education & training for the last 50 years. BCP was founded in 1957 by the Indian Pharmaceutical Association – Maharashtra State Branch (IPA-MSB) with financial assistance from Government of Maharashtra and several pharmaceutical corporations including Unichem. Unichem contributed 1% of its issued capital to Bombay College of Pharmacy in the form of shares as endowment. This college is managed independently without any interference from Unichem.
Our Company is considering donating some of its analytical instruments to BCP and other pharmacy and technology colleges. Our Company has provided industry based training to several pharma and technical students over the years.