New Delhi: Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers SIAM organised the 2nd CSR Conclave in New Delhi. The automobile industry came together to discuss and highlight their role towards creating a sustainable society.

(SIAM) is a not-for-profit apex national body representing all major vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India. SIAM works towards supporting sustainable development of the Indian Automobile Industry with the vision that India emerges as the destination of choice in the world for design and manufacture of automobiles. It also works towards facilitating enhancement of the competitiveness of the Indian Automobile Industry, reducing cost of vehicles, increasing productivity and achieving global standards of quality.

The SIAM CSR Conclave was presided by the ‘Guest of Honour’, Mr. Anna Hazare, Renowned Social Activist. During his speech to the delegates, Mr. Hazare spoke about the importance of sustainable and responsible usage of natural resources.

Mr. Hazare quoting Mahatma Gandhi, said, “If you need to develop the country, you need to first develop the villages”. He also emphasised on how development at the rural end is more important for the country’s economic growth. Mr. Hazare also urged the automobile industry, while working towards their CSR initiatives, should also focus on work which can set examples and help generate employment everywhere.

At SIAM CSR Conclave, the panel discussions were divided into two sessions. The first session saw speakers shedding light on ‘Skill Development & Road Safety’ and ‘Environmental Rejuvenation and Health & Sanitation’. The sessions drew focus towards the various initiatives taken up by the members and how the industry can come together for the greater good of the society.

The session laid emphasis on how SIAM is working to strengthen ‘four pillars’- Environment, Health & sanitation, Road Safety and Skill Development. During the session, Mr. Tomoyoshi Hisamori, Japan Plus, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Governmenrt of India, informed about the collaboration of Japan and India Human Resource development in manufacturing sector.  He said HRD is the key to development of this nation. Mr. Hisamori also mentioned about Japan India Institute of Manufacturing which will help in strengthening skill and education in the country.

Mr. S.K Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council, said, “There are many avenues crying for CSR focus like health care, sanitation, skill and that equal focus should be given to employment. Through ASDC, our program specifically focuses on health and environment and creating awareness amongst school children, drivers and side mechanics.”

The second panel on Environmental Rejuvenation and Health & Sanitation emphasised on the need of unified efforts for environment sustainability. During the session, Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said, “The auto industry should collaborate and derive corrective measures for environmental rejuvenation. The companies should take individual responsibility towards vehicle dumping after its life ends.”

Ms. Lalita Sachdeva, Resource Mobilization & Partnership Department, UNICEF, said, “The auto industry has the vast consumer reach which can be converted as a messaging platform to create awareness. Change will only happen when all stakeholders come together. UNICEF has set goals for next ten years for sanitation, mortality and air pollution.”