Vedanta Jharsuguda, India’s largest producer of aluminium and value-added products, has bagged ‘Runner Up’ position at the prestigious BRICS India Solutions for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Awards 2021. This is a global and international achievement among the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to recognize businesses for driving grassroots realization of UN SDGs. The company won the coveted award in SDG 5: Gender Equality category for its flagship community development project in women empowerment – Subhalaxmi Co-operative, an over 4000 member strong all-women co-op society operating in Jharsuguda, Odisha.
The project was conceived by Vedanta in 2008 in response to the high demand for livelihood opportunities in nearby villages. Started with only 10 women and their initial contribution of Rs. 1000, Subhalaxmi Co-op has grown in strength over a decade to become one of India’s largest rural women’s cooperatives with a presence in 72 villages of Jharsuguda. At its core, Subhalaxmi Co-op has four basic components – Capacity Building and Livelihood Promotion, Financial Services (savings & credit facilities), Social Development, and Collaboration & Partnership.
Aluminium Business-Vedanta Ltd CEO Rahul Sharma said “It has been our greatest honour to be the partner in progress of these superwomen from Jharsuguda. We dedicate the prestigious BRICS Award to all the members of Subhalaxmi Co-operative and their determination to create a name for themselves in the society.”
Expressing her delight, former president of Subhalaxmi Co-operative Pushpanjali Seth said, “It is a matter of immense pride and fulfilment for us to see our Subhalaxmi Co-operative society get such international acclaim. Each one of our women members is a shining example of true empowerment.