CSR Policies – The Catalysts Group

CSR Policies

 

About Catalysts Bio-Technologies Private Limited

Catalysts Bio-Technologies Private Limited (hereinafter referred to as “Company”) is engaged in manufacturing manufacturing/blending/formulation of Industrial Enzymes, Yeast & Additives.


Policy Statement

The new Companies Act, 2013 vide section 135 requires a prescribed company to comply with the provisions relating to Corporate Social Responsibility. Realizing its responsibility towards Corporate and Social upliftment, your company has framed a comprehensive policy to undertake various steps.

The vision of company encapsulates its Corporate Social Responsibility (hereinafter referred to as the CSR) ethos and places its stakeholders at the centre of its operations.

In pursuance of its vision of inculcating good corporate citizenship, company will engage in strategic philanthropic programs to improve the quality of life of under-served, disadvantaged and marginalized communities.

The company will comply with Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 for CSR activities. As part of company obligations towards CSR, it will implement impact-driven projects that address critical social, environmental and economic needs of the sections of the society.

 


Objectives of the Policy

The objectives of this policy are:

(a)     To set forth the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy (hereinafter referred to as the CSR Policy) for its India operations as stipulated in the Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules thereof.

(b)     To identify and formulate the broad areas the company shall pursue towards fulfilling its CSR obligations.

(c)     To serve as a guiding document to plan, identify, implement and monitor CSR initiatives.


Scope of the Policy

This policy is applicable to company.


Thrust areas of CSR

The company has adopted a structured approach to manage its CSR obligations. The company’s CSR will be aligned to Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013 with a focus on education, environment, health and sanitation, sports, art and culture, disaster relief and rural development. 

  • Education: Company seeks to promote education and vocational training through its CSR projects. Several challenges remain in delivery of education and access to employment opportunities. In order to bring about development, enabling access to education for the underprivileged sections of the society and enhancing employability of under-served remains a prime area of the company’s CSR focus.
  • Environment: The Company’s ethos places special emphasis on issues of environmental conservation and consciousness. Its efforts include establishing its ecological footprint, creating awareness and promoting ecological activities. 
  • Health and sanitation: While access to healthcare and sanitation remains an important indicator of development, lack of access to proper medical facilities plagues many parts of rural and urban India. IML seeks to promote healthcare through its CSR projects. 
  • Sports, Arts and Culture: The Company aims to promote sports primarily among children and the lesser privileged sections of the society. The CSR will also focus on reviving and promoting arts and culture in India through suitable interventions. 
  • Natural Calamities and Disaster Relief: The Company will support projects and partners to deliver essentials such as food, water, shelter, and other measures such as rebuilding communities to assist disaster relief in the case of natural calamities or disasters. 
  • Rural Development: Majority of India’s population lives in rural areas and still remains untouched from the recent development and economic progress in India. The company aims to promote and support projects focusing on improving the lives of people in the rural areas. 

Only those projects that are over and above the normal course of business, that do not benefit only the company’s employees and their families, are treated as CSR projects within the realm of Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013.


Governance Structure

The  company  has  constituted  a  robust  and  transparent  governance  structure  to  oversee  the implementation of the CSR Policy. The structure and responsibilities have been described below.


CSR Committee of the Board
 

As the CSR expenditure of the company is not more than 50 lakh rupees therefore the provision of constitution of CSR committee is not applicable on the company, the CSR activities are managed by the board of director of the company effectively. 


Responsibilities of Board of Director

  • Formulate Company CSR Policy and approve it, which shall indicate the activities to be undertaken by the company as specified in Schedule VII of the Companies Act,2013 and the notifications thereof
  • Provide strategic direction to CSR initiatives in alignment with the Policy
  • Institute a transparent monitoring mechanism for implementation of CSR projects
  • Monitor the CSR Policy of the company from time to time
  • Meet at a periodicity it deems fit to review the progress

CSR Budget

The budget for CSR projects shall be recommended by the CSR Committee of the Board and approved by the Board of company as per the requirements laid out in the Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013. The total budget proposed for the CSR projects covered under this policy shall  be  2%  of  the  average  net  profits  of  company  made  during the  three  immediately preceding financial years, where the ‘net profit’ is calculated as mentioned in Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 for CSR Spend.    The Committee is entitled to recommend a higher amount than that specified in the Companies Act 2013 based on financial and other considerations.


CSR Projects
 


CSR Project Lifecycle

CSR projects are strategically planned and managed at company. Following are the different stages of the project:

  • Project identification

The projects will be prioritized and suggested based on suitable qualifiers by the CSR Committee and presented to the Board of Directors (Board) for approval. The projects must be aligned to at least one of the thrust areas of CSR. Additionally, for those projects classified as CSR, the projects must conform to the requirements of the Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.  The projects that are located in proximity to the areas where the company operates and where there is a greater scope for employee volunteering would be accorded preference for approval.

  • Budget of the project

The board is responsible for evaluating the budgetary requirements of the project.

  • Implementation

The board in consultation with the Working Team shall formulate a plan of action for the approved projects that specify details of the project including activities to be undertaken, period of implementation, budget plan, project governance and expected results. The company may implement the CSR projects in one or more of the following modes or by way of a combination thereof:

  1. Directly by the company as projects
  2. Through a registered trust or registered society or Company established under section 8 of the Companies Act 2013
  • Collaborate with other Companies for undertaking projects jointly.
  • Monitoring

The Board along with the working team of a specific project and program managers/  owners  will  be  responsible  for monitoring  of  the  approved  projects  through appropriate mechanisms such as site visits, review meetings and progress reports.

To ensure the transparency and efficiency of the implementation process, mechanisms to track data and monitor projects will be established. These projects will be evaluated against the milestones defined as per the plan of action and reviewed by the Board on a quarterly basis.

  • Reporting

The Board will annually publish report on the CSR projects as a part of the Director’s report. The report will disclose information in the format as prescribed by the Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.

The  board  shall  also  submit  a  responsibility  statement  to  the  Board  that  the implementation and monitoring of the CSR policy is in compliance with the approved policy of the Company.

Partner Qualifications

Where CSR programs are awarded to implementation agencies, the company will ensure that they are a Registered Trust, Society or a Section 8 Company. The company will conduct due diligence on potential partner agencies to ensure that they have clearly explained mission and vision, do not have a conflict of interest in working with IML, have appropriate documentation such as audit reports, annual reports and registration forms as per 80G/12A. The company will also consider reputation risks in selecting a partner agency.

Treatment of Surpluses

Any  surplus  generated  from  CSR  projects  undertaken  by  the  company  will  be  tracked  and channelized  into  the  CSR  budget.  These  funds  will  be  further  used  in  development  of  the  CSR projects and will not be added to the normal business profits.

Notification

The CSR Policy shall be displayed on the website of the Company, on approval of the Board. The Board should notify the employees about the policy from time to time. The policy will be displayed permanently on the company’s intranet enabling every employee to access, be aware and contribute to the policy and drive actions going forward. The new employees shall be informed about the policy by the HR department at the time of on boarding.

Exclusion

The CSR projects/ programmes that benefit just and only the employees of the Company and/or their families shall not be considered as CSR activities, within the purview of this Policy and Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013. Further, CSR activities do not include the activities undertaken in pursuance of normal course of business of the Company.

The Company’s contribution of any amount directly or indirectly to any political party under Section 182 of the Act, shall not be considered as a CSR activity.

Amendments to the Policy

This policy will be reviewed annually by the CSR Committee to check the effectiveness and impact of the policy. The CSR Committee has the right to amend or modify this policy in whole or in part, at any time, as deemed necessary. Any amendments or modifications will be suitably notified to all stakeholders.