Progress with Principles: By Anindita Bagchi, Chief General Manager-Corporate Communication, Pipeline Infrastructure Limited

By Anindita Bagchi, Chief General Manager-Corporate Communication, Pipeline Infrastructure Limited

As a company that transports natural gas across the country, we realise our responsibilities stretch far beyond just business to include environmental, social and governance (ESG). At Pipeline Infrastructure Limited (PIL), we believe in decisions that are considerate of the environmental consequences. We strive to make a meaningful difference in the communities we serve. We adhere to principles of good corporate governance and ethics.

The ESG principles of PIL can be defined as:

  • Well-being and Safety of Employees
  • Support Communities (CSR)
  • Protect the Environment
  • Ethical Business Practice

At PIL, safety is paramount. We consistently work towards building a safe working environment for our employees including the contract workforce and ensure individuals reach home safely. Our actions aim to achieve “Goal Zero – No Harm, No Injury, No Leaks”.

The company follows all the necessary safety procedures while performing both routine and non-routine activities. Furthermore, regular HSSE trainings, including both functional and non-functional, are conducted on a regular basis to ensure the workforce is updated with respect to the measures and protocols to be followed. To maintain a balance between the physical, mental and social well-being, PIL conducts sessions such as yoga, stress management and ergonomics, and holds a mandatory annual health check-up for all employees and contract workforce. We have recently implemented an InVehicle Management System to monitor the driver’s behaviour, assess his performance and keep the passengers safe during travel. In addition, for effective HSSE reporting, the HSSE Reporting Application has been launched for employees and the contract workforce to report incidents/unsafe acts/conditions and give safety suggestions. With continuous focus on holistic safety, the organisation is on a journey towards developing a generative culture.

The natural environment is paramount. PIL continues to work towards ensuring a minimum impact on nature while we make energy available across the country. Energy and water conservation, reuse and recycle, measurement and monitoring of greenhouse gases, proper disposal of hazardous waste, and use of renewable energy in processes, are a few conservation activities adopted by PIL. As a ritual, seniors travelling to sites are requested to plant saplings. As of September 2021, 15,460 trees of various species have been planted and 15,449 trees out of the total trees planted by us have survived (99 per cent survival rate). They absorb 313.6 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The company has adopted a Corporate Social Responsibility Policy to articulate what CSR means to the company and the nature of projects to be undertaken, identify broad areas of intervention, achieve the CSR goals, and put in place a monitoring mechanism.

Our CSR efforts had a humble beginning on January 25-26, 2020, during a two-day Health Camp organised in collaboration with the Cancer Patients Aid Association in Zila Parishad School, Osmanabad – one of the remotest villages and drought-affected zone, located near the PIL Compressor Station 06 in Maharashtra. The activity aimed at benefitting the people who have poor or no access to quality healthcare and medical facilities.

We have implemented large-impact activities both independently and in partnership with otherassociated bodies and continue to do so in the future. From having an approved corpus of Rs 5 million in the fiscal year 2019-20 to doubling it in the fiscal year 2020-21, our urge to give back to the community keeps growing exponentially.

In FY 2020-21, our CSR efforts were largely concentrated on three main projects – Project Sahbhag with the BAIF Institute of Sustainable Livelihoods and Development (BAIF), the Rapid Rural Recovery project with the Magic Bus India Foundation and other CSR initiatives managed internally.

As part of Project Sahbhag – Learn and Develop Together”, implemented in collaboration with BAIF for the fiscal years 2020 and 2021, we have undertaken various initiatives in a total of nine identified villages around CS 03 and CS 04 situated in Telangana, and CS 06 and CS 07 situated in Maharashtra.

With the intention of providing sustainable growth and a better quality of life, the project focused on the development of the school and village infrastructure, betterment of health and sanitation facilities, and community well-being through a participatory learning approach.

The people most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in India were the poor in rural areas. We, at PIL, distributed food grains, oil, spices and vegetables, and sanitary essentials like PPEs, face masks, hand sanitisers and more to those in need during the trying times, as part of our CSR initiatives managed internally. We have helped more than 4,922 families and several primary healthcare centres, police stations and quarantine camps along our pipeline through our relief efforts. The success of the initiative is a result of the collaborative efforts and contribution by both the organisation and its employees.

Daily essential distribution

COVID safety material distribution

The Rapid Rural Recovery Project with the Magic Bus India Foundation, initiated in November 2020, aims at economically stabilising underprivileged households impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and reviving them to pre-Covid levels during the project period. The project covers 22 villages in the vicinity of CS 04, CS 05, and CS 07 in the states of Telangana and Maharashtra.

Our CSR efforts are testament to the values that we stand for – passion, one-team, excellence, teamwork, respect, integrity. We carry out our CSR activities even though it is not mandatorily required.

PIL believes in and demonstrates accountability, transparency, fairness and responsibility while conducting business. The ethical governance framework and practices apply to all areas and functions of PIL and are extended to third-party vendors working for the organisation. The governance framework at PIL encapsulates the code of business conduct and ethics, anti-bribery and corruption policy, and the whistleblower policy in addition to other policies. Further, we have a dedicated Ethics Hotline for employees and others to report any actual or potential violation of PIL’s code or any unethical or illegal behaviour.

The pandemic has taught us that sustainability is beyond protecting nature. It includes all stakeholders relevant to business. In recent times, ESG has taken on great significance in the eyes of both the organisation and investors. ESG is a continuous process at PIL. We make efforts to operate in a fair and transparent manner.