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Ambuja Cement’s singular focus is Health, Cost and Cash. In accordance with the government’s directives on operating essential services, Ambuja has resumed operations in some sites in a phased manner giving utmost consideration to the health and safety of our people. Health screening, social distancing in plants and warehouses is being strictly maintained. Manning of operations is minimum and as per the SOPs.
"Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are facing the worst pandemic in recent times. Our lives have changed – uncertainty and concern overwhelm us. The markets have stopped functioning, most are now working from home, and each of us are doing everything possible to keep our families safe. There are so many men and women across our country and the world over too, who are selflessly working round-the-clock to keep everyone safe. This is perhaps one of the biggest challenges the world has ever seen. It is also a crisis replete with stories of inspiration and humanity coming together. Yet I see hope and optimism. And I know there will be a better world after this crisis. As in the past, the present one too, will be temporary. This allows an unparalleled opportunity to boldly reset our organization, and emerge stronger and more resilient.
This crisis will bring in each one of us a challenge for individual and collective leadership. This is the time to show our courage and our capacity to face adversity with hope and determination. We are part of two strong companies – Ambuja Cement and ACC – each with an unparalleled legacy marked with exceptional stories of grit and determination. Our combined experiences will empower us to emerge out of this crisis as a stronger company.
The world after COVID -19 will be a different one. We have already adopted some new ways of functioning and should be pr4epared to embrace more as we start to operate in this environment. All of us should now put our thoughts on how we will sustain once the current crisis has passed. Business will steer us to henceforth adopt a razor sharp focus on health, cash and cost – as aptly summarized by Jan Jenisch, CEO of LafargeHolcim Group. I urge all our colleagues to display solidarity by fully supporting the government and each other to tide over the current challenge we are facing."
We all are passing through a phase that has no parallel in the history of mankind, the spread of the corona-virus pandemic. We are deeply concerned of it's impact on the health and wellbeing of our society and our business. Nations across the globe are grappling to counter the threatening impact of the pandemic on health and consequential economic slow-down worldwide and India is no exception. There are instances where industries have been wiped out and there is absolutely no doubt that COVID-19 will impact the Indian industry and economy adversely, with significant implications on the sustainability of businesses and employment.
This uncertain business environment triggered by the pandemic has “severely impacted” us. It's nothing less than a Tsunami and we are facing strong negative headwinds. At this moment our single focus is Health, Cost and Cash; health of our people is most important and that is why much before the nationwide lockdown started, we initiated a number of safety measures, including work from home for all our employees. Also, in the past one month we have put in place very strong mitigating measures and processes in place with the intent to protect both our people and assets.
The need of the hour is to fight this crisis with all our might; both individually and collectively and I can see that happening as we start to operate in a COVID environment. Let us all quickly make this ‘New Normal’ a ‘way of life’ so as to protect ourselves, our colleagues, families and customers."
Managing Director & CEO
At Ambuja Cement Health and Safety is a core value. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic we have continued to live up to this core value, acting quickly and with great solidarity to protect employees, contractors and all our stakeholders in the time of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
We aim to safeguard the Health and Safety of our staff and partners, and ensure that the business does not suffer of inadequate planning or poor decision making in the time of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Our objectives are:
A Business Resilience Team (BRT) has been instituted at the LH India level to oversee and synergise all actions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID Action Teams have also been formed at all units/ sites and guidance has been provided/ is ongoing. The BRT is using its expertise in HR, Health & Safety, Communications, Operations, Procurement, IT, Legal, Compliance, Security and Resilience to provide monitoring, guidance, advice and reporting on the preparedness of our manufacturing, logistics and marketing organizations. Our responses have been in a graduated manner using a four alert level Trigger Action Response Plan (TARP), with specific actions at each deteriorating alert level. We have now taken this Response action plan to the next level where we are currently working towards both startup and stabilisation. While doing so, our Teams are accountable to comply with national health regulatory requirements and the execution of central guidance on a risk basis. We are putting in every effort to protect our employees and the wider community to tackle the risk of COVID-19.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent nationwide lockdown that has brought the country to a standstill, Ambuja Cement immediately mobilised resources to protect the communities where we operate. Our CSR arm, Ambuja Cement Foundation quickly put together a plan of action that touched the lives of five lakh people. Running parallel are relief efforts, awareness and food security programs for communities living near our plants and the less privileged like migrant workers and daily wage labour.