CSR Commitments

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The CSR Commitment

Runaya is one of the few companies in the manufacturing sector who has more than 50% women employees and aims to achieve this target across our entire workforce including those of our partners.
  • Project Laadli &
    Women Empowerment
  • Runaya &
    in Low Carbon Aluminium Value Chain

Inception of Project Laadli

The goals for Project 'Laadli' initiated in 2022 are two-fold
Providing Equal Opportunities,
Women Empowerment

through addressing the grass root issues that hinder women from achieving their dreams.

While Runaya’s People, Social & Equal Opportunity policies are pivotal in providing equal opportunities to women, there was need for greater focus to address the area of Women Empowerment. Thus, Runaya embarked on the journey of Project ‘Laadli’ through its CSR Initiatives, to address the key challenges that stem women completing education and joining the work force.

Through the CSR approach, Runaya aims to boost women empowerment in the local communities and help the company’s objectives in achieving Gender Diversity, better Employee Retention Rates, and geographic diversity, especially in the backward and tribal regions of Odisha, near the Jharsuguda Operations.


Challenges in Odisha for
Women Empowerment:

Despite being the 11th largest state in India, more than 80% of the population of Odisha still lives in Rural Areas.
Women empowerment is quite challenging,
due to the following:
icon The dropout rates in schools are very high in the adolescent years among girl children.
icon The challenges arise from basic sanitation requirements like menstrual hygiene and other health related issues like Anaemia.

To address these challenges, Runaya saw the need to create awareness among the nearby communities regarding the importance of educational and social development, especially of adolescent girls.

Project Laadli,

Household Survey & Objectives:

Runaya, with the help of ‘Prayatn Sanstha’, conducted a household survey in the nearby ten villages under panchayats of Dalki and Katikela of Jharsuguda District in 2022, to understand the baseline of women empowerment. Following the survey, the following recommendations were identified to improve the awareness and reduce the dropouts among the adolescent girls.

Community Development Process:
  • Focusing on improving educational and health status of adolescent girls, should be initiated with tribal community with the initiation of community-based development as well as awareness building
Efforts for improving educational status of adolescent girls should focus on
  • Providing remedial education support to academically lagging, irregular girls from elementary level onwards so that they do not drop-out because of poor academic performance and failure later and strong academic foundation is laid for them
  • Developing community awareness on importance of continuing education of girls beyond elementary level
  • Ensuring child and adolescent friendly teaching learning environment in government schools through capacity building and sensitization of teachers, strengthening of school management committees and developing modern and child/adolescent friendly infrastructure in remote schools
Efforts for improving health of adolescent girls need to focus upon
  • Community awareness building on general aspects of physical and mental health care and nutrition of adolescent girls
  • Regular life skill education sessions with adolescent girls
  • Strengthening of public health and nutrition services like Anganwadis and public health centers/sub-centers by enhancing their connect with the community

Based on the recommendations, Runaya has set the following objectives to be achieved through Project ‘Laadli’

  • To increase girl child enrollment number in government run schools by reducing drop-out rate.
  • To improve health of adolescent group by adopting suitable remedial measures.
  • Bringing behavioral changes among peer groups, parents, and community for improving the health and educational status.
  • Provide Opportunities to develop employable skills by engaging peer support leaders.

Project Laadli - Implementation:

To achieve the objectives and to support in the groundwork, Runaya has partnered with an NGO named ‘Anchalik Jana Kalyan Anusthan’ (AJKA), Jharsuguda

This collaboration aims to bring change in life of girls through education and health awareness and by personal, social, and educational development.

Implementation of the recommendations were initiated in the Month of August 2022

through following Programs

Program Block level objective sharing workshop (Aug 22)

Under the chairmanship of BDO, Jharsuguda and other key people, detailed aims, objectives, detailed aims, objectives, activities, and way forward has been shared for suggestion and feedback.

Program Village Level Objective Sharing Workshop (Aug 22)

4 Awareness sessions were conducted for parents & adolescent girls in 4 villages on the issues of dropout rate, personal hygiene, nutritional practices etc

Program Street Play Program

Street play on ‘Awareness of Girl Child early marriage and school drop-out’ was conducted in five target village i.e., Dalki, Purna, Kurebaga, Banjari and Katikela under ‘’LAADLI’’ Project, on dated 23rd and 24th August 2022.

Program Awareness on Life Skill Education Program

Awareness on life skill education programme was organized on 22nd August 2022 at Govt. High School, Purna. The life skill education programme was carried out by Miss Laxmi Rani Jaypuria, Project Manager, LAADLI Project and imparted awareness about the skills and capabilities that help individuals cope with problems in everyday life with a positive outlook.

Program Monthly Counselling sessions to Adolescents

A monthly counseling session among adolescent peer group to improve communication pattern, family, and interpersonal relation, to promote self-confidence and self-respect, was organised at Govt. High School, through notable activists & resource people and briefly introduced the skill of communication, family and interpersonal relation, the value of self-confidence and self-respect to the students.

Program School Visits

The Project Manager of LAADLI project Miss Laxmi Rani Jaypuria visited all the schools in the project area and got touched with the teachers, school management committee and students. During the visit the project manager discussed with them regarding the issues like school dropout, infrastructure challenges, drinking water facility, toilet facility, classroom teaching and community involvement. The following issues and challenges were explored during the visit.
1. Lacking safe drinking water facility.
2. Lacking toilet facility.
3. Rain-water leakage from the roof.

Program Distribution of Vegetable Seeds & Fruit bearing plants to promote nutrition garden

On the eve of nutrition month, the nutrition garden was promoted in the school and Anganwadi center of the project area during the month of September 2022 to meet the nutrition requirement among the adolescent. In this programme the villages like Purna, Dalki, Banjari, Kurebaga and Katikela were covered with the active participation of students, teachers, AWC, ASHA and project staff etc.

Program Community based watch group formation

The village level community-based watch group was formed at Dalki and Banjari village. Mr. Radha Mohan Pandey an educationist participated as a resource person in the programme. Adolescent girls, their parents, teachers, ASHA, Word members, AWW attended the programme. Mr. Radha Mohan Pandey shared details of rule, role and responsibility of the community-based watch group towards the improvement of the adolescent girls.

Program Formation of Peer Group and Capacity Building

The adolescent peer groups were formed at Banjari, Purna and Dalki by involving adolescent girls. Miss. Seema Kharsel, Project Coordinator, LAADLI project facilitated the peer group formation programme.

Program Friendly football match of adolescent girls

The friendly football match of the adolescent girls was organized at Dalki village and Purna High School. To boost the inner talent and interest on cocurricular activities among the adolescent girls. The adolescent girls showed great enthusiasm in the participation of friendly football match. Mr. Biranchi Chatria, P.E.T. teacher was the referee of the football match played at Dalki. Mr. Gajindra Sahu, P.E.T. teacher of Purna High School was the referee of the match played at Purna High School. After the completion of the matches the winner team was rewarded by Mrs. Ambika Naik, H.M Purna High School and Mr. Sanatan Suhula, Social Activist.


Way Forward:

Through these initiatives, Runaya aims to empower women by focusing on the grass root issues at schools among the adolescent girls. Project Laadli contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), Quality Education (SDG 4) & Gender Equality (SDG 5) by Improving the education and health conditions for Adolescent girls for their development and growth in the society. Runaya aims to reach 6000 lives with a focus on 400 adolescent girls in the villages under the panchayats of Dalki and Katikela of Jharsuguda Districts. The project is poised to reach further heights by involving more villages and panchayats in the Jharsuguda district by 2025.

Runaya & Circularity in
Low Carbon Aluminium Value Chain

The world produces 65 million tons of Aluminium per annum, which results in more than 1 million ton of Aluminium dross being produced every year out of which more than 100,000MT is produced in India. The environmental impact of this hazardous waste is a global problem and needs to be addressed on priority. Runaya addresses this challenge by handling, evacuating, and processing of dross in an environment friendly manner with zero waste and zero discharge.

Runaya addresses this challenge by handling, evacuating, and processing of dross in an environmentally friendly manner with zero waste and zero discharge.

Runaya has partnered with Vedanta Limited to manage process waste from the largest single location Aluminium Smelter in the world. With our proprietary licenced TAHA technology, Runaya has recycled almost 21500 Tons of Aluminium Dross at Jharsuguda in FY2022, recovering 7,500MT of Green Aluminium. Runaya is poised to reach 60000 Tons of Aluminium Dross Processing capacity per year by FY2025, through its Operations at Jharsuguda and Korba.


Aluminium recovered through our process is one of the most carbon efficient Aluminium produced globally, with only 655 kgs of CO2 per ton of Aluminium produced (Based on DNV Certification for Restora Ultra, for Q4FY22), compared to 15,600 kg of CO2 per ton of Aluminium produced through traditional route (Based on Integrated Report of Vedanta Limited of FY22) resulting in a reduction of 15,000kg carbon/MT.

Due to its lower Carbon footprint, our partner Vedanta was able to brand the recovered Aluminium under Restora Ultra, thus contributing to the low carbon aluminium value chain.

image By FY25, Runaya’s Aluminium
Recovery will avoid ~3,75,000 tCO2 emissions
to atmosphere.


  • image Launching the Restora brand, Rahul Sharma, CEO - Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd., said,

    “The launch of Restora, marks a proud moment in our commitment to decarbonize our operations as well as provide our customers an unmatched competitive advantage with sustainable aluminium products. Our holistic solutions are market-responsive and tailored to support evolving needs of customers. Restora has a GHG emission intensity which is almost half of the global threshold for low carbon aluminium. With consumers becoming increasingly conscious of the provenance of the products they use, Vedanta’s Restora will provide them the assurance that the aluminium they purchase has amongst the lowest carbon footprints in the world.”

  • image Speaking about co-creating Restora Ultra, Annanya Agarwal, co-founder, Runaya, added,

    “We are delighted to collaborate with Vedanta to create this innovative new product. With near-zero carbon footprint, Restora Ultra is a shining example of the value-creation that happens when we bring together innovation and leading-edge technologies for true business sustainability. Runaya has been working towards disrupting the linear economy model by building in principles of circularity and sustainability into the design of the resources industry.”

Waste Avoided to Landfills:
21,500 Tons
Zero Waste
Zero Process
Water Discharge
CO2 Emission of Runaya:
160 kg CO2 per ton Dross Processed (Scope 1 & 2)
CO2 Emission avoided through recovered Aluminium:
1,12,000 tons CO2 every year
CO2 Emission of Recovered Aluminium:
655 kg of CO2 per ton Aluminium
(incl. Dross Processing & Casting)
ISO 9001:2015,
ISO 14001:2015,
ISO 45001:2018