ŠKODA AUTO India’s CSR initiative gives fresh lease of life to Varzadi Village School and its adjoining areas near Aurangabad plant

Aurangabad: ŠKODA AUTO has always been ecologically conscious towards the well-being of the society and environment in and around its operations in India. Environmental conservation and sustainable development have always been the guiding principles of its ‘GREEN FUTURE’ strategy. Under its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, ŠKODA AUTO India has recently put in place various initiatives that gives a fresh lease of life to Varzadi, a village in Gangapur Talluka near the company’s plant at Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

In a major support to education infrastructure for the youngsters in and around the village and in order to build a conducive learning facility, ŠKODA AUTO India has renovated the Varzadi Zilla Parishad School building – including painting of the whole building and compound wall construction. Besides the overall renovation, the company has also constructed new toilets for the students and put in essential electrical fittings in each class rooms.

ŠKODA AUTO India has also introduced free training classes for the students in Varzadi village across various platforms in order to improve their English language skills, computer literacy and build the concept of hobby classes. These free training classes started from this week of Monday, November 26, 2018 and received an overwhelming response from the young students of the village.

In order to promote bio-diversity and environmental conservations, ŠKODA AUTO India have been organizing tree plantation drives in Varzadi village. In recent times, such plantation drives witnessed an overwhelming participation from the employees, who supported this cause by planting 150 trees in the village in May 2018 on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity.

Recently the company added solar power plant project at its Aurangabad plant to make use of renewable energy, with an aim to reduce fossil fuel consumption and develop a sustainable business model. Taking forward this philosophy of promoting the use of renewable energy in the society, ŠKODA AUTO has also installed 23 Solar Lamps in Varzadi Village, including 3 for the Zilla Parishad School which was inaugurated by Smt. Pavneet Kaur – Hon’ble CEO of Zilla Parishad in presence Board members of ŠKODA Auto – Mr. Lubos Hradecky, Mr. Rajagopalan Paliyath and Ms. Jana Fernandez.

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Pavneet Kaur said, “I would like congratulate the ŠKODA AUTO India team for supporting livelihood in and around its operation in Aurangabad, especially surrounding one of the important areas such as education, sanitation and electrification through renewable energy. ŠKODA has always been a highly responsible corporate citizen when it comes to sustainable business operations. I am sure such laudable efforts will help the community in a long way and build trust and respect for each other”.

Mr. Lubos Hradecky, Board Member at ŠKODA AUTO India said, “In today’s era, manufacturers are becoming even more aware of the environmental and social implication of their day-to-day operations. Hence, it becomes very important for the corporate houses to promote sustainable development and environmental conservation in their business operations. At ŠKODA, we are dedicatedly operating a socially responsible and sustainable company that works to benefit the employees, customers and the community that we serve in.”