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HCC Becomes India’s First ‘Water Positive’ Infrastructure Company

Company’s Sustainability Report receives GRI A+ for sixth consecutive year

Oct 06, 2015   15:37 IST 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

In a significant milestone on its Sustainability journey, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) Limited has become India’s first ‘Water Positive’ infrastructure company.


This year, HCC has undertaken an external initiative of rejuvenating an old irrigation canal on Mhalungi river in Sinner taluka of Nashik district in Maharashtra besides its efforts to conserve water within operations by reducing, reusing, recycling and replenishing water. This external initiative has helped the company to become water positive. HCC is among Ten Indian Companies and the only Indian infrastructure company to become ‘Water Positive’.


Besides, HCC’s Sustainability Report has received GRI Application Level A+ for the sixth consecutive year. The report has been prepared according to the GRI G3.1 and CRESS Guidelines. The Sustainability Report is in line with ‘National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business’ (NVGs), as released by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in July 2011. Additionally, this report is inclusive of its seventh consecutive annual Communication on Progress (COP) for the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate Initiative, covering the same reporting period.


Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman and Managing Director, HCC Group, said “We recognize our business aspirations are closely interlinked with India’s environmental balance sheet. For us, Responsible Infrastructure means sustainable utilization of natural resources, world class safety provisions at all our project sites and supporting the creation of resilient and sustainable communities, while continuing to meet the nation’s infrastructure needs in an innovative and efficient manner”.


Diverse initiatives were also undertaken across all sectors, for instance HCC utilized polarized fly ash and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) which reduced cement usage by 22612 tonnes, thereby lowering GHG emissions.


HCC has designed a comprehensive CSR policy with initiatives focusing on Health, Education, Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Relief, while addressing the communities in the vicinity of its project sites.


About HCC:

HCC is a business group of global scale developing and building responsible infrastructure through next practices. With an engineering heritage of nearly 100 years, HCC has executed a majority of India's landmark infrastructure projects, having constructed 28% of India's Hydel Power generation and over 65% of India's Nuclear Power generation capacities, over 3,600 lane km of Expressways and Highways, more than 300 km of complex Tunneling and over 356 Bridges. Today, HCC Ltd. serves the infrastructure sectors of Transportation, Power and Water. HCC is also developing Lavasa City, a planned hill city and one of India’s largest urban development and management initiatives. The HCC Group, with a group turnover of Rs 10,353 crore, comprises of HCC Ltd, HCC Infrastructure Co. Ltd, Lavasa Corporation Ltd and Steiner AG in Switzerland.


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