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#MyHealthMyChoice. EACH ONE OF
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Hand hygiene

Galaxy has built strong links with
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Water Smarter

Water scarcity is a global problem. It’s time that we get “Water Smarter” and make businesses “Water Secure”! Galaxy’s Sustainability and CSR Team brings to you a short blog on Water Stewardship.

Transparency Means Legitimacy

We are proud to have been selected as one of the finalists in Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) 2019 in Asia’s Best Environmental Reporting category for our 8th Sustainability Report 2018-19.

Supplier Sustainability – Packaging Meet

We organized Packaging Material Supplier Meet to emphasize the importance of Speed, Flexibility & Reliability of packaging materials in business and the Effectiveness of Quality with Zero Defect standards.

CDP - Climate Change and Water Security

Galaxy Surfactants has shown consistent progress in Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) 2020 with a climate change and water security scores of B and B- respectively.

By The Employees

Our three-year project “Adolescent Empowerment” in collaboration with NGO: SMVS got completed this..

From The Management

“We are proud winners of the EcoVadis CSR Rating in the Gold category and exceeded expectations in various audits and assessments done by our customers. We acquired status of RSPO certified..

Galaxy Surfactants – Finalists in Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA)

It is our pleasure to share that Galaxy was selected as one of the finalists in Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) 2019 in Asia’s Best Environmental Reporting category for our 8th Sustainability Report 2018-19.

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CSR Project-Vatavaran Suraksha: Tree plantation drive at Rabale Forest Area

In the wake of climate change, air pollution, and water scarcity; every effort counts. One of our Sustainability Goals 2020 is focused on tree plantation of 25000 trees. On 22nd July, Galaxites contributed towards cleaner environment through CSR project in tree...

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CSR Project “Samajeek Uthaan” – Re-Strengthening of Old-Age home

Param Shanti Dham, an old-age home, is nearly 3 kilometers from our Taloja factory. The Ashram consist of 75 senior citizens who are disowned by their families. In 2015, Ashram was identified by Galaxy's Taloja CSR Steering Council. The whole Ashram building was in a...

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Reducing Carbon Footprint of Domestic Logistics

Objective: Minimizing impact on climate change through effective logistics management. We reduced our carbon footprint through effective logistics management. Several initiatives are undertaken in upstream and downstream logistics to reduce our carbon footprint. In...

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Weight Reduction in Packing Material

Objective: To reduce consumption of plastic material With focus on green sourcing and sustainable value chain, Galaxy tries to improve its processes continuously. We realized that there was a potential of reducing plastic consumption in packaging. Our Sourcing team...

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Reduction in Process Waste generation

Project Location: GCE, Egypt Plant Reduction in process waste generation by reducing sulfated mass generation during sulphonation planned startups. We follow the practice of sustainable production and sustainable consumption. Efforts of reduced consumption are...

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Reducing transport emission occurring during waste management

Project Location: GCE, Egypt With rise in cost and environmental impacts of fossil fuel, it is important to find practical and helpful solutions to reduce our energy need. This project focuses to reduce cost and environmental impact of empty chemical paper and plastic...

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Hand Hygiene

Galaxy’s core CSR theme under its Project “Arogya Vardheeni” is Hand Hygiene. Hand Hygiene message is spread in all adopted and non adopted schools. Galaxy continues its efforts to spread the preventive healthcare message in various schools near TTC, Taloja, Tarapur...

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Adolescent Empowerment

Our three-year project “Adolescent Empowerment” in collaboration with NGO: SMVS got completed this year with positive outcome and impact. Project Objective: - Anaemia Reduction and Awareness - Awareness and Improvement of Personal Hygiene - Improvement of Menstrual...

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Winds of Change. #MyHealthMyChoice

EACH ONE OF US CAN SENSE THE WINDS OF CHANGE WHICH WE ARE EXPERIENCING IN OUR OUTLOOK TOWARDS HEALTH AND WELLNESS AROUND US. Across India the growing trends of sneaking health conditions like obesity, spondilytis, hypertension are seen which result in bigger...

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From the Management

“We are proud winners of the EcoVadis CSR Rating in the Gold category and exceeded expectations in various audits and assessments done by our customers. We acquired status of RSPO certified company for all our facilities in India and Egypt and became the first company...

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Galaxy Surfactants – Finalists in Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA)

It is our pleasure to share that Galaxy was selected as one of the finalists in Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) 2019 in Asia’s Best Environmental Reporting category for our 8th Sustainability Report 2018-19.

The winners were selected from 461 entries received from 16 countries in Asia. The 2019 ASRA saw 80 shortlisted companies from 13 countries competing in the finals across 19 awards categories.

CSR Project-Vatavaran Suraksha: Tree plantation drive at Rabale Forest Area

In the wake of climate change, air pollution, and water scarcity; every effort counts. One of our Sustainability Goals 2020 is focused on tree plantation of 25000 trees. On 22nd July, Galaxites contributed towards cleaner environment through CSR project in tree plantation and water conservation. More than 30 volunteers, in collaboration with NGO-Hariyali, planted over 100 saplings and built a mini check-dam for water conservation in Rabale Forest Area. This effort will lead to increase in green cover along with biodiversity and replenishment of water table.

CSR Project “Samajeek Uthaan” – Re-Strengthening of Old-Age home

Param Shanti Dham, an old-age home, is nearly 3 kilometers from our Taloja factory. The Ashram consist of 75 senior citizens who are disowned by their families. In 2015, Ashram was identified by Galaxy’s Taloja CSR Steering Council. The whole Ashram building was in a bad shape and all senior citizens’ lives were at risk. The work for re-strengthening and painting the whole building started in December 2015 and was completed by March 2017. The Inauguration function was done on 22nd May 2017 by Head-CSR and members of Taloja CSR Steering Council.

Reducing Carbon Footprint of Domestic Logistics

Objective: Minimizing impact on climate change through effective logistics management.

We reduced our carbon footprint through effective logistics management. Several initiatives are undertaken in upstream and downstream logistics to reduce our carbon footprint. In our upstream activities, we optimized our supplies of a key raw material.

This resulted in reducing our carbon footprint by 399 MT CO2 equiv. cumulatively of which 251 MT CO2 equiv. was achieved just in FY 2015-16. In our downstream activities, we collaborated with our key customers for more efficient transportation through optimum utilisation of ISO tank capacity.

This project yielded reduction of carbon footprint by 740 MT CO2 equiv. in five years with 178 MT CO2 equiv. reduction in FY 2015-16.

Weight Reduction in Packing Material

Objective: To reduce consumption of plastic material

With focus on green sourcing and sustainable value chain, Galaxy tries to improve its processes continuously. We realized that there was a potential of reducing plastic consumption in packaging. Our Sourcing team decided to undertake a joint project with Quality Assurance team in reducing the plastic consumption by means of weight reduction of packaging material.

The project was initiated with key suppliers and trials were conducted. As a result of constant efforts in planning and packaging management, we were able to reduce our plastic consumption by 125 MT in FY 2015-16. This has significantly reduced our ecological footprint of our products.

Reduction in Process Waste generation

Project Location: GCE, Egypt Plant

Reduction in process waste generation by reducing sulfated mass generation during sulphonation planned startups. We follow the practice of sustainable production and sustainable consumption. Efforts of reduced consumption are complemented by efforts of generating less waste in production cycles. Off spec material generated during plant startup is by-product of process.

Through our ingeniously developed interventions and system modifications, we have been abled to reduce generation of such mass which resulted increase in our resource efficiency and reduction in ecological footprint.

Reducing transport emission occurring during waste management

Project Location: GCE, Egypt

With rise in cost and environmental impacts of fossil fuel, it is important to find practical and helpful solutions to reduce our energy need. This project focuses to reduce cost and environmental impact of empty chemical paper and plastic bags sent for waste disposal.

With our commitment towards cleaner and safer environment, we continually work towards identification and reduction of risk and prevention of pollution at its manufacturing locations and surrounding. As per environmental law, empty chemical paper and plastic bags of raw material are classified under hazardous solid waste and must be disposed to approve agency. The empty bags are collected and transported in one ton jumbo bag. The transportation cost is huge as waste disposal company is far away.

The volume loaded to truck is reduced by using paper press machine. This machine will compress four jumbo bags into one thereby reducing total volume of paper bags to be handled by one fourth times. We are able to reduce the number of trips required which has resulted in reduction of such transportation cost by one-fourth. Further tangible benefits received are reduction in space required for storage and improved house keeping in plant area and scrap yard.

This project helped to reduce emissions due to transportation to waste disposal facility by 75%.

Hand Hygiene

Galaxy’s core CSR theme under its Project “Arogya Vardheeni” is Hand Hygiene. Hand Hygiene message is spread in all adopted and non adopted schools. Galaxy continues its efforts to spread the preventive healthcare message in various schools near TTC, Taloja, Tarapur & Jhagadia. This year our volunteers covered around 1500 students from over 12 schools in Taloja, Tarapur, Jhagadia & Navi Mumbai geography.

GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY was celebrated on 15th October 2015 by the CSR team. Soaps, toothbrush, toothpaste and food items were distributed during the activity.

Project under hand hygiene (2014-15)

PROJECT: Community Hand Hygiene Initiative “Rog Mukti Aur Tandrusti – Swachch Haath ke Saath”

PROJECT IMPLEMENTED BY: NGO-JSS in Chhattisgarh

PROJECT – SPONSORED BY: GALAXY SURFACTANTS LIMITED

NEED

Most of the villagers wash their hands after defecation with whatever water is available e.g. from a borewell, river or pond, but hand washing is rarely practiced in their homes. In this region of India, there are no facilities in village households for hand washing. Thus, there was a need for providing an accessible and affordable Means for Hand washing.

SCOPE

54 remote tribal villages inhabited by poor and primitive tribes of Baiga, Gond and Odoan in forest – fringe areas of Bilaspur District, Chhattisgarh

GOAL

To provide resource for hand washing, impart education for healthier living and bring down the disease rate through behavior change

OBJECTIVE

  • Understanding of Problem and its negative impact
  • Creating prototype devices for hand washing station through community members’ participation
  • Replicating these units at individual household and community level
  • Behavior change among users by creating awareness and educational campaigns involving Live Demos
  • Scaling up the intervention, if beneficial

IMPLEMENTATION PHASE II

Phase II was started with better planning and preparations. Therefore, 1000 hand washing stations were installed in much improved way in 47 villages. The assembly had a new design with a tap which is more user-friendly than the older assembly of tube, iron strip and magnet. This reduced repairing and maintenance issues. Galaxy contributed 100% financial support for Phase II.

SOCIAL BENEFITS

  • Children under 3 years age group easily learnt hand washing technique
  • Community Savings due to better attendance at workplace – no wage loss and no spend on medicines
  • Improved Community health, wellbeing, self-esteem and pride
  • Hygienic habits became a barrier during Cholera epidemic
  • Reduced absenteeism seen in schools and hence improved child development
  • Reduction in morbidity and mortality rate in children under 5 years age group is visible

WAY FORWARD – PHASE III

  • Launch of Phase III to continue the success story and sustain the impact:
  • Expansion of the Program / Adding New Beneficiary
  • Continuing Support for Beneficiaries of Phase I and II
  • Liquid Soap Making Training for Income Generation to Local Residents
Adolescent Empowerment

Our three-year project “Adolescent Empowerment” in collaboration with NGO: SMVS got completed this year with positive outcome and impact.

Project Objective:

  • Anaemia Reduction and Awareness
  • Awareness and Improvement of Personal Hygiene
  • Improvement of Menstrual Hygiene
  • Awareness on Addiction and Health Hazards of Tobacco
  • Savings Programme: Teaching adolescent the art of saving money
  • Awareness on Sexual Harassment
  • Vocational Training
  • Reading Library in Villages

Over a period of time, our team worked with community members in five villages and 42 schools in Jhagadia, Gujarat, to improve the quality of their lives. Our target groups were young girls and boys between the age groups of 10-19 in rural and tribal areas of Jhagadia in south Gujarat, including dropouts/ non-school going children. In case of schools, we covered students from class 7 to class 10.

Impact of the initiative [refer table below]:

  • Anaemia reduction: 26% for girls, 22% boys
  • Menstrual hygiene: Falalin usage by adolescent girls – 95%
  • Personal Hygiene Awareness: 90% using soaps for handwashing & 93% using nail cutter
  • Addiction Awareness and health hazards of tobacco: 113 Boys and 56 Girls covered for awareness and out of which 13 boys and 6 girls quit tobacco
  • Vocational Training: 55 adolescents enrolled for different training out of which 25 are working and earning an average of ` 3000/- per month
  • Awareness on sexual harassment motivated students from a school in Jhagadia to form sexual harassment committee to stop this menace.
Winds of Change. #MyHealthMyChoice

EACH ONE OF US CAN SENSE THE WINDS OF CHANGE WHICH WE ARE EXPERIENCING IN OUR OUTLOOK TOWARDS HEALTH AND WELLNESS AROUND US.

Across India the growing trends of sneaking health conditions like obesity, spondilytis, hypertension are seen which result in bigger catastrophes like heart attack, stroke and paralysis. Did you know that 75% Indians below the age of 40 are over stressed? WHO says, in India 60% of the deaths are attributed to chronic lifestyle diseases; possibly will increase to 77% over the next 10 years.

“India has already been dubbed as the diabetes capital. This is partly because of the country’s huge population. The other reason is changing lifestyle of its people. It’s a sad by-product of India’s globalisation and emerging economy. People are becoming less active; lives are more sedentary which is out of their control, as many jobs demand so. Sitting is the new smoking…. People have to change their mindset. Simple actions like walking could make a lot of difference to their heart. Change in policies and a drift in individual mindsets are all we need to counter cardio-vascular diseases” says, Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Health Foundation

Our Mission is: To be a brand of Global Eminence through best in class value delivery by high quality people. Our Motto talks about: Galaxy shall continuously build an organisation of high-efficient, high-effective, high-performing people, who would be proud of their association with the Group. Galaxy shall make conscious efforts to look after the well-being of its people. One of our Value is Business is People.

We at, Galaxy, realise that Wellness is not a stopover or a fad but a way of life in building a sustainable workforce for the future. Our corporate wellness programme ‘#MyHealthMyChoice’ has a shared wellness vision ‘to create a workplace environment that encourages & supports employees in making healthy choices at work and beyond’. Under the wellness umbrella, we focus majorly on Four Pillars of Eat Smart, Move More, Nirvana (Mental wellness) and Know More. We had launched Galaxy Wellness Survey in Q1 at our corporate office which witnessed up to 87% of participation. More than 40 % of the respondents reported having an unhealthy BMI.

Stepathlon is one major initiative launched at Galaxy, which saw 200 Galaxites and 40 teams joining this massive global 100 day race. It started as a fitness initiative… but now has become a social phenomenon. It is an unique opportunity to be active, part of cross functional teams, competitive, have fun and while doing all this, wellness becomes an integral part of your life, professionally and personally. 50% of Galaxites clock in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily which is the average number of steps one needs to walk to achieve healthy fitness level.

The entire leadership is on this platform and are spreading a clear message that, the time for Wellness is NOW!

From the Management

“We are proud winners of the EcoVadis CSR Rating in the Gold category and exceeded expectations in various audits and assessments done by our customers. We acquired status of RSPO certified company for all our facilities in India and Egypt and became the first company in India to receive permission to use RSPO trademark globally.”

Galaxy Surfactants is committed to promote a clean and safe environment as outlined in our business strategy. Over the years, we have been striving to conduct business in an economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible manner. In line with our commitment and sustainability goals, we made excellent strides in reducing water consumption, waste generation, GHG emissions and energy consumption during the last five years.

Galaxy Surfactants has released Sustainability Policy in the year 2015-16 to advocate and influence positive and affirmative sustainability actions. Life Cycle Assessment of products is initiated with cradle-to-gate approach. LCA enables to understand the overall environmental impact of the product. To achieve this, cross functional teams are engaged to bring together managerial, operational, technical and functional expertise with well defined responsibilities.

We have released 5th Sustainability Report and shared it with key internal and external stakeholders. The report encapsulated performance on 3 P’s covering dimensions of People, Planet and Profit. The report shows organization’s consciousness on sustainability is getting translated into our commitment. Sustainability performance and its action plan towards climate change were part of response to Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) – Supply Chain Module 2016 climate change and Galaxy Surfactants achieved B, Management Level in 2016 which is significantly above the global average. Galaxy Surfactants has received CDP supply chain water performance as band ‘B’ which is better than CDP supply chain water average of band ‘D’. Galaxy Surfactants has gained status of being RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified Company for all its facilities in India and Egypt. Galaxy Surfactants becomes the first company in India to receive the permission to use RSPO Trademark globally.

We have initiated “Sustainability Steward Award” to motivate and recognize sustainability stewards in the organization who have been consistently driving sustainability and thereby bringing sustainability culture in the organisation.

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