CK Birla Group flagship Orient Cement becomes a member of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI)

New Delhi, April 24, 2017 – Orient Cement Limited, a part of the diversified CK Birla Group, announced that it has joined the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a voluntary CEO-led business initiative operating under the umbrella of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and a global effort by major cement producers towards sustainable development.

Orient Cement expects membership of this initiative to give further impetus to its efforts to create a safe and ecologically favourable environment and is in line with its vision to be the “employer of choice” and the “neighbor of choice” in the geographies where it operates.

Deepak Khetrapal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Orient Cement said,

We are delighted to be a part of the global mission to make our industry shoulder the responsibility for global sustainability.

We thank the WBCSD and the CSI for partnering with us in our journey. We expect to contribute to and benefit from our participation in the various working groups of this initiative and look forward to a very engaging and fulfilling journey ahead.

We accept this membership with a deep sense of responsibility and intend to play our role to the utmost extent in this noble mission.


About the CK Birla Group

The CK Birla Group is a US$1.6 billion diversified conglomerate that over the years has developed a strong footprint in manufacturing, engineering, technology, hospitals and education. With over 20,000 employees, 27 manufacturing facilities and a customer base that includes some of the world’s best-known companies, CK Birla Group’s businesses are present across five continents.

The Group’s companies operate in the sectors of Technology and Automotive, Home and Building, and Healthcare and Education.  Companies in the Technology and Automotive cluster comprise AVTEC, Birlasoft, GMMCO, NEI and Neosym. These companies are leaders in manufacturing products for the automotive and related industries globally. The Group’s manufacturing capability is further strengthened through its Home and Building solutions companies: HIL, Orient Cement, Orient Electric and Orient Paper. These companies manufacture everyday usage products like paper, fans, kitchen and home appliances, building materials like cement, low weight blocks and panels, pipes and fibre roofing sheets.

CK Birla Group also has two hospitals in Kolkata: CMRI, a multi-specialty hospital with and BM Birla Heart Research Centre, the first NABH-accredited research and treatment centre for heart disease. The CK Birla Group has a presence in the Education sector through the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata and Rukmani Birla Modern High School, Jaipur.

The CK Birla Group is deeply committed to creating sustainable positive impact. The Group allocates significant resources to philanthropic initiatives; including those in science and technology, art and culture, and heritage preservation. The Group also works to improve the livelihoods of rural and underprivileged communities.

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About Orient Cement

Orient Cement Limited is part of the USD 1.6 billion diversified CK Birla Group. Earlier a division of the multi-product, multi-unit Orient Paper and Industries Limited, Orient Cement was de-merged with effect from April 1st, 2012 and became a public limited company. The company produces 5 MTPA cement annually from its two plants in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Its first Greenfield project at Devapur in Adilabad District, Andhra Pradesh began cement production in the year 1982. In the year 1997, a split-grinding unit (also a Greenfield project) at Nashirabad, in Jalgaon, Maharashtra was added. With a new plant commissioned in September 2015 at Chittarpur in Gulbarga district, Karnataka, Orient Cement Limited now has a total installed capacity of 8 million tons.

Orient Cement is certified for both ISO 9001:2008, and ISO 14001:2004 and also OHSAS 18001:2007 from Det Norske Veritas, Netherlands. The company sells cement under its popular brand Birla A1 Premium Cement in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and parts of Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh, Gujarat and MP.

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About the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI)                 

The CSI is a global effort by 23 leading cement producers, with operations in more than 100 countries. Collectively, these companies account for around 30% of the world’s cement production and range in size from very large multinationals to smaller local producers.  In India, CSI members accounts for more than 60% of production.  All CSI members have integrated sustainable development into their business strategies and operations, as they seek strong financial performance with an equally strong commitment to social and environmental responsibility.  The CSI is an initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).