At Gopani Metal Industries Private Limited (“the Company”), we are committed to affecting a positive change in the Company’s immediate surroundings and leaving a positive footprint in the world. Gopani’s CSR commitments include, but are not limited to, education, healthcare, nutrition, energy and climate change and betterment of the society through respect for universal human rights and the environment, acting with integrity and accountability and operating responsibly and sustainably.
CSR in India has traditionally been seen as a philanthropic activity. While the corporate houses along with this Company have been traditionally engaged in doing CSR activities voluntarily, the new CSR provisions put formal and greater responsibility on companies to set out clear framework and process to ensure strict compliance.
The Companies Act, 2013 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Act’), has introduced the idea of CSR to the forefront and through its “Comply-or-Explain” mandate. It mandates qualifying companies to constitute Corporate Social Responsibility Committee to effectively monitor CSR activities of the Company. Further the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as “CSR Rules”) lay down the framework and modalities of carrying out CSR activities which are specified in Schedule VII of the Act.
The main objective of the CSR Policy is to lay down guidelines for Gopani Metal Industries Private Limited and to make CSR as one of the key focus areas to make a positive contribution to society through high impact, sustainable programs.
This Policy covers current as well as proposed CSR activities to be undertaken by the Company and examining their alignment with Schedule VII of the Act as amended from time to time. It covers the CSR activities which are being carried out in India only and includes strategy that defines plans for future CSR activities.
The Company proposes to implement its CSR activities in various sectors stated hereunder:
The amount to be spent by a company does not exceed fifty lakh rupees and hence, the requirement for constitution of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee currently shall not be applicable to the Company and the functions of the Committee provided be discharged by the Board of Directors of such company.
Following are the Powers of the CSR Committee which will be carried out by the Board of Directors of the Company:
The Company will review the sectors from time to time and make additions/deletions/clarifications to the above sectors.
(i) Formulate CSR Policy and recommend the same to the Board of Directors of the Company for approval.
(ii) Recommend CSR activities as stated under Schedule VII of the Act.
(iii) Approve to undertake CSR activities in collaboration with Gopani’s Group companies/ other Companies/firms/NGOs etc. and to separately report the same in accordance with the CSR Rules.
(iv) Recommend the CSR Budget.
(v) Spend the allocated CSR amount on the CSR activities once it is approved by the Board of Directors of the Company in accordance with the Act and the CSR Rules.
(vi) Create transparent monitoring mechanism for implementation of CSR Initiatives in India.
(vii) Submit the Reports to the Board in respect of the CSR activities undertaken by the Company.
(viii) Monitor CSR Policy from time to time.
(ix) Monitor activities/charter of Joint Working Group (JWG) who are authorized to ensure that the CSR activities of the Company are implemented effectively.
(x) Authorize executives of the Company to attend the CSR Committee Meetings
The Act mandates companies meeting the qualification criteria to allocate certain portion of its annual net profits (before tax) during the three immediately preceding financial years to be spent on CSR Activities that fall under purview of Schedule VII of the Act.
Net profit means profit more fully described under Rule 2(f) of the CSR Rules. The CSR expenditure shall include all expenditure including contribution to corpus or on projects or programs relating to CSR activities approved by the Board of Directors but does not include any expenditure on an item not in conformity or not in line with activities stated under Schedule VII of the Act.
The Company may build CSR capabilities of their own personnel as well as of their Implementing Agencies and such expenditure shall not exceed 5% of the total CSR spend of the Company as stated in the Rules from time to time.
In line with Schedule VII of the Act and the CSR Rules, the Company shall undertake CSR activities included in its Annual CSR Plan, as recommended by the Board at the beginning of each year. The Board is authorized to approve any modification to the existing Annual CSR Plan or to propose any new program during the financial year under review.
The Annual CSR Plan is a yearly plan of CSR activities that would be placed before the Board of Directors of the Company which outlines the following aspects of CSR initiatives of the Company:
• Tailor-made CSR projects depending upon allocated spend and geographical presence
• Partnering agencies/companies/firms
• Process Owners
• Project Proposals
• Targeted Beneficiaries & their key needs
• Alignment with Schedule VII
• Project Goals and milestones
• Activities and Timelines including expected closure dates
• CSR Budget with projections
• Monitoring mechanism
• Progress reporting and frequency of reports
• Risks and mitigation strategies
• Any other information as may be required by the CSR Committee
The Company may collaborate with other Gopani group Affiliates or its subsidiaries or any other Company as may be approved to implement CSR activities and the same shall form a part of the Annual CSR Plan. The Company may form trusts on its own to carry out CSR activities in accordance with the CSR Rules and to administer its CSR activities. The Company may also collaborate its CSR activities with other Gopani group’s affiliates or its subsidiaries or any other Company as may be eligible and approved by the Board of Directors and towards this effort, the Company may jointly along with other Gopani group’s Affiliates or its subsidiaries or any other Company form Trusts to administer the CSR activities.
The CSR Rules prohibit the CSR projects and programs that are implemented by the Company for benefit of the employees of the Company and their families. The CSR activities implemented outside India also fall outside the purview of the Rules and hence CSR expenditure on such activities will not be considered for inclusion in the CSR Report. Any amount directly or indirectly contributed towards any political party under Section 182 of the Act shall not be considered as CSR Spend. Activities that are undertaken by the Company in pursuance of its normal course of business will not be considered as CSR activities.
As per the CSR Rules, the contents of the CSR Policy shall be included in the Directors’ Report and the same shall be displayed on the Company’s website.
The Board shall periodically review its CSR Policy from time to time, if so needed and make suitable changes as may be required and submit the same for the approval of the Board.