Huntsman, a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, has received an award from the Integrated Health and Wellbeing Council (IHW) – a think tank based in New Delhi, which promotes health and wellbeing. The award recognizes Huntsman India’s outstanding contribution in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) over the last year – acknowledging the caliber of different initiatives run by the Corporation to help support rural communities across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Kerala in their fight against COVID-19.
Accepting the award at a virtual event, Rayomand Sabawalla, Commercial & Finance Director – India Subcontinent, and Head – India Community Program, Huntsman Corporation, said: “At Huntsman, we prioritize the health and wellbeing of the communities we operate in, alongside the safety of our associates. We are grateful to the team at IHW for recognizing our efforts. As a business, we will continue to extend our work in this area – building on existing programs that help address local COVID-19 related needs.”
During the pandemic, Huntsman India has been able to support more than 2,00,000 people by contributing 20,000+ units of essential medical equipment to frontline workers including PPE kits, N95 respirators and face masks, surgical gloves, sanitizer solutions, and hand-free dispensers across Mumbai, Pune, Chakan and villages near Baroda. Additionally, 50 beds and other essential items were donated to the COVID-19 care center in Padra, Baroda, which is being utilized for the isolation of COVID-positive patients. Huntsman’s mobile medical vans in Navi Mumbai and Pune provided free healthcare facilities to more than 25,000 people. Additionally, Huntsman has enabled the safety of thousands of auto-rickshaw drivers and commuters by installing isolation protection sheets. These help create awareness about the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations, hygiene practices and precautionary measures in Mumbai, Pune and Baroda.
To support communities whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19, the company has also offered support in the form of food supplies and provisions and through the creation of alternative job opportunities. Huntsman distributed thousands of dry ration kits to help the needy in Baroda, Chakan, Mumbai and Alleppey. Additionally, Huntsman helped farmers, fishermen and rural women by establishing vegetable nurseries, fishing, and poultry units.
Huntsman, through its various initiatives, continues to reiterate its commitment to supporting communities and helping people emerge from the current situation stronger, together. The company was also recognized by the Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) for CSR excellence in February 2021 for initiatives focused on improving livelihoods across villages in Gujarat.