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LANXESS bags 2 awards for sustainable practices

LANXESS India, the leading specialty chemicals company, has been acknowledged for its diligent adherence towards sustainable practices and concerted efforts in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and has been conferred with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) award for ‘Outstanding Contribution towards best Sustainable Business Practices by a Large Enterprise’ for the year 2018 and the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) Award 2017 Certificate of Merit for Social Responsibility.

Both the awards were presented to LANXESS at different events held in Mumbai towards the end of September after a detailed study by eminent juries constituted by the organising committees of both the organisations.

Namitesh Roy Choudhary, Vice President, PTSE, LANXESS India, received the IGCC Award for sustainable practices on behalf of LANXESS at the Taj Hotel, Mumbai on 20th September. The award came on the back of the organisation’s specific processes and systems to ensure that it follows social and environmental policies in the supply chain and conforms to all standards. Having invested a sizeable amount in India over the years in greenfield investments, acquisitions and in upgradation of assets, LANXESS has been a founder member of Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative, which is a joint initiative of chemical companies that focuses on the promotion of sustainability practices in the chemical industry's supply chain around a single standard of auditing and assessment.

LANXESS’ sites focus on optimal use of natural resources ensuring minimum impact on the environment. At its Jhagadia site, LANXESS has spent 20 percent of total building cost on sustainability projects like Effluent treatment plant, Sewage treatment plant, Multi-fuel boiler, Off-gas Incinerator and creating a Green zone. Similarly, the Nagda site has Co-generation plant, Waste water treatment, Sewage treatment plant, Waste water post treatment plant and Off-gas Incinerator. Further, to significantly reduce Carbon foot-print, 96 per cent of Jhagadia’s and 60 per cent of Nagda’s export consignments have been shifted from road to railways.

The ICC Award 2017 Certificate of Merit for Social Responsibility was presented to LANXESS India on the 27th September in Mumbai and was received by Neelanjan Banerjee, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, LANXESS India and Sunder Rajan, Head – CSR, LANXESS India. The organisation initiated and completed twelve unique CSR projects across locations in the country in 2017. This included projects like Teach for India, empowering municipal school with digital classrooms, infrastructure development of municipal schools, sanitation and hygiene camps for working women from slums in Thane, upgrading healthcare facilities in Nagda Municipal Hospital by way of installing a sonography machine, maintenance of overhead water tank in Nagda supplying water to the local population and installing solar street lamps among others.
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