Background: In conformity with the requirements laid down under The Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the “CSR Rules”) issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”), Government of India under Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 (“the Act”) the CSR Committee of the Board had drafted a CSR Policy, which was approved by the Board of Directors at their meeting held on June 26, 2014.
Later, in view of the various Circulars issued by the MCA clarifying various aspects of CSR Rules and also certain amendments made to Schedule VII to the Companies Act 2013 to enhance the list of activities that will qualify as CSR activities, the Board of Directors had adopted a revised CSR Policy for the Company at its meeting held on September 04, 2015. In order to incorporate further changes in the CSR Policy of the Company, the CSR Committee of the Board had revised the CSR Policy once again, which was approved by the Board at its meeting held on September 01, 2016. The present Policy was approved by the Board on June 21, 2017. The Policy can be downloaded from the website of the Company at www.coca-colaindia.com
Preamble: Coca-Cola India Private Limited (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”), recognizes the impact it has on communities in which it operates and believes that it has a tremendous opportunity to change the lives of these communities and aims to be a trusted partner contributing to the social, economic and environmental progress of India. As part of its dedicated approach to create economic opportunity in the communities in which it operates, the Company has been contributing its time, expertise and resources to help communities and undertaking a series of initiatives that are locally relevant.
CSR Objectives: As a responsible corporate citizen, the Company is committed to sustainable development and inclusive growth and has been focusing on issues relating to water, environment, healthy living, music, grass roots education, social advancement and promoting gender equality and empowerment of women over the past several years. Whilst the Company will continue to support activities as per Schedule VII of the Act listed below, from 2016 onwards, the Company will focus its efforts on key areas of focus, i.e., Water, Agriculture and Recycling. The specific projects and activities under these pillars are being worked on and more specifics will be finalised in due course. In terms of the CSR rules issued by the MCA the Company will be focusing on undertaking the project /programs /activities listed below, as specified in Schedule VII to the Act excluding activities undertaken in pursuance of normal course of business of a Company:
i. Eradicating hunger, poverty and mal-nutrition, promoting preventive health care and sanitation including contribution to the “Swachh Bharat Kosh” set-up by the Central Government for promotion of sanitation and making available safe drinking water;
ii. Promoting education, including special education and employment enhancing vocation skills especially among children, women, elderly, and differently abled and livelihood enhancement projects;
iii. Promoting gender equality, empowering women, setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans, setting up old age homes, day care centers and such other facilities for senior citizens and measures for reducing inequalities faced by socially and economically backward groups;
iv. Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, and protection of flora and fauna, animal, welfare, agroforestry, conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water including contribution to the “Clean Ganga Fund” setup by the Central Government for rejuvenation of river Ganga;
v. Protection of national heritage, art and culture including restoration of buildings and sites of historical importance and works of art, setting up public libraries, promotion and development of traditional arts and handicrafts;
vi. Measures for the benefit of armed forces veterans, war widows and their dependents;
vii. Training to promote rural sports, nationally recognized sports, Paralympic sports and Olympic sports;
viii. Contribution to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund or any other fund set up by the Central Government for socio-economic development and relief and welfare of the Scheduled Castes, the Schedule Tribes, other backward classes, minorities and women;
ix. Contributions or funds provided to technology incubators located within academic institutions which are approved by the Central Government;
x. Rural development projects.
xi. Slum area development.
Explanation — For the purposes of this item, the term ‘slum area’ shall mean any area declared as such by the Central Government or any State Government or any other competent authority under any law for the time being in force.”
CSR spend: Beginning with the financial year 2014-15 the Company has under taken to spend on its CSR activities every year, 2% of its average Net Profits during every block of three years. ‘Net Profit’ shall be calculated in the manner prescribed by the Act and the CSR Rules. Any ‘Income’ or ‘Surplus’ that may arise from its CSR activities would also be included in the CSR corpus and will not form part of business profits of the Company. The CSR activities of the Company shall not include any benefits which are exclusively for the employees of the Company or their family members.
Monitoring of CSR Projects: The CSR Committee of the Board has devised a “transparent monitoring mechanism” for various CSR Projects / Programs / Activities undertaken by the Company including conduct of impact studies of CSR Projects / Programs on a periodic basis, through independent third party agencies as and when necessary. Simultaneously, it also obtains feedback from various beneficiaries of CSR Projects /Activities / Programmes undertaken by the Company to measure their benefits.
CSR Activities/ Projects/Programs: At the beginning of each financial year, the CSR Committee of the Board will prepare a list of CSR Projects/ Activities/Programmes which the Company proposes to undertake during the financial year, specifying the modalities of execution in the areas/sectors chosen with implementation schedules for approval of the Board. The current CSR Activities /Projects/Programs of the Company with their execution modalities and implementation schedules is appended below as Annexure A to this Policy. The Company may take up other activities/Projects/Programs as it may consider appropriate.
Amendments to the CSR Policy: The Board of Directors of the Company shall have the powers to revise/modify/amend this Policy from time to time, as the Board may think fit, based on the recommendations to be made by the CSR Committee to confirm to the revision/amendment, if any, to be made to the CSR Rules by the MCA, under the Act.