STL won the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award in New Delhi on December 12, for its transformative efforts to create shared value in e-education, healthcare, women empowerment and environment management. In alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, STL’s CSR initiatives have contributed significantly to the four pillars of community, people, environment and conduct. In the e-education space, STL School Tech launched the Virtual Classrooms project, a technology investment to change India’s education landscape with a vision to provide quality education and equal growth opportunities to students from lower income families. Since its inception in 2013, this program has reached more than 1,72,000 children in 480 Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai schools. In terms of healthcare, through its Mobile Medical Unit programme launched in partnership with the Indian Red Cross Society in 2006, STL has made a striking difference to Dadra & Nagar Haveli’s tribal population. Free health check-ups to 24 villages, site visits by doctors, and a mobile dispensary serving more than 2 lakh patients, have ensured good health and overall well-being of the villagers in the region.
In conjunction with Government of India’s Skill India Mission, STL Foundation set up the Jeewan Jyoti Women Empowerment Institute in 2014 at Ambavane, with a conscious focus on technical education through vocational trainings like nursing, computer operations, data entry, tailoring, fashion designing. The institute has improved the socio-economic status of women from 93 villages in the Pune region till date.Identifying Aurangabad’s drought condition as a socio-economic challenge, the company constructed 22 check dams in 16 villages since 2006. Named Project Jaldoot, this initiative resulted in an increase of 6,44,000 cubic metre of groundwater in 8 villages, benefitting 14,000 villagers during 2016 – 2017. With over 6,000 villagers accessing clean drinking water, 150% increase in the water-storage capacity, and 20% increase in the average incomes, Project Jaldoot has brought transformational changes in the everyday living experiences of the people in the region. Proactively launching Project Green Belt, STL also planted 5,000 trees on both sides of the 2-km road to MIDC, Waluj, mitigating the effects of industrialisation in Aurangabad.