Social Responsibility

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It has always been our endeavour to give back to society. Keeping this philosophy in mind, we strongly believe in providing safe and hygienic environment to our workers. No discrimination of any form and no child labour (not just in our own company but ensure that all our vendor partners adhere to this non-negotiable principal of work).

 

Employees

We have always encouraged Interest free loans, be it for their child’s education or any need during medical emergencies. Keeping in mind our work structure, we believe, we will be able to reassure our buyers by getting our company approved for BSCI (social compliance).

 

Society

The East India Company® credits the nation and society at large for it's success and all efforts are made to share the rewards as a token of our gratitude. Some of the company’s endeavours include:

  • A CHARITABLE TRUST to provide medical assistance and support to community members
  • THE MANEKBEN SCHOOL was set up in Gabat (Gujarat), the hometown of our founder where over 500 students receive education
  • We look after the financial aspects of our VATRAK HOSPITAL at Dhansura (Gujarat) and provide medical care to the needy and under privileged at nominal rates

 

Environment

At East India Company® we believe that we exist in symbiosis with the environment around us. To live a fruitful life, we must learn to protect and co-exist with our environment. In pursuit of a healthier, happier tomorrow, our products showcase our love for the environment.

All chemicals used in the entire process cycle of our production meet the REACH standards. We can provide Oekotex 100 certified for the complete product (through our vendor partner ventures) we are GOTS certified company. We use polyethylene-free polybags or REACH complaint PVC bags. We also Use DMF free silica gel.

Velvet Factory - Corporate Environment Responsibility:

Environment is at the heart of everything that we do. We understand that what we preserve today shall be available to our future generations tomorrow. Our commitment to environment-friendly operating practices is demonstrated through the following objectives:

  • Complying with all applicable government regulations
  • Implementing waste management practices, promoting waste reduction and recycling thereby making environment conscious purchasing decisions
  • Reducing and preventing pollution, including maximized use of bio gas fuel/ bio degradable fuel and energy inputs

Promoting the development and use of sustainable facilities and thereby continuously striving for greener working environment.

Complying with all applicable government regulations

We understand the importance of reducing carbon print on the environment and hence are very concerned and dedicated to the water we discharge from our processing unit after thorough treatment. The water is passed through various processes. We also are re-using some of the water from this discharge for washing printing screens which we use for printing and partly for gardening.

Implementing waste management practices, promoting waste reduction and recycling thereby making environment conscious purchasing decisions

We are not only trying to re-use maximum water after processing in our water treatment plant, we have also commissioned extra machines to reduce the sludge formed. Sludge refers to the residual, semi-solid material left from the industrial wastewater. We not only pass this slurry residue through filter press but have also now commissioned a decanter centrifuge to dry the sludge, this reducing the weight and moisture content and resultantly, after an extended period, the result is sludge with very little moisture and is disposed of by land filling.

Reducing and preventing pollution, including maximized use of bio gas fuel/ bio degradable fuel and energy inputs

We are using brickets and bagaas which are made from peanuts, saw and sugarcane pulp and residue dried, as fuel for the factory boiler. Even the ash residue from fuel burning is used by brick kiln around our industrial area. We are using natural gas for running the printing machine and for finishing the fabric instead of any fossil fuel. Though these mediums prove a little expensive compared to other fuel options, we have always tried to fulfill our environmental responsibilities towards a cleaner environment and hence deterred from using any other fuel.

We are making a conscious effort to use lesser plastic, sort the quality of water coming from various machines after multiple processes released for process to the water treatment plant within the factory so that we are able to manage the treatment better.

We recently got a thermal and energy audit done at our factory from Forbes Marshall, a Pune based, renowned company for providing innovative energy solutions and are trying to implement their findings and recommendations over the next year’s tenure as it is an expensive but fruitful exercise for an SME like ours.