Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of EPPI's business model. To the pleasant surprise of EPPI, more and more CSR related benefits are coming to the fore during companies daily and strategic operations as a matter of routine. A few of the various facets of CSR in EPPI are:
Recovery of dry lands : The R&D conducted for the last several years was directed to ensure the viability of growing forest in dry lands. A great amount of care is taken to ensure that the species selected and planted are drought resistant.
Recovery of unused lands : EPPI's policy of afforestation programmes in unused lands resulted in companies acquisition of hundreds of hectares which were lying unused with the farmers in the area. They are all turning green now. In addition, the huge contract farming that is being implemented by EPPI is also resulting in a large tracts of hitherto unused lands being brought in for afforestation by local farmers
Not exploiting the government resources : As a policy, EPPI was established and operated so far without any freebies from the government (Government lands, concessions and other benefits). The intention is to prove to the youth of the society that they can do a lot for their own self and for their country without being burden to the government. EPPI implemented this concept successfully.
Rural employment : EPPI's operations generated constant and regular employment to hundreds of local villagers as a routine. This is against the current situation of availability of jobs only during harvest session.
Reverse migration of rural youth : EPPI's operations resulting in employment potential is resulting in slow but perceptible stemming of rural youth going to urban areas for livelihood. There are cases where young people have come back to working in their villages.
Increasing the rural incomes by intercrops : EPPI designed the contract farming in such a way that the farmers will grow cash crops, medicinal crops, vegetables and many more as inter crops between the biomass producing trees. Farmers are doing this because of marketing tie-ups which EPPI has for the sale of rural produce. This resulted in the improvement of rural incomes from unused lands.
Carbon Sequestration : EPPI's model is based on taking the advantage of improvement of greenery for power production. Growth of forests for Power production results in net Carbon Sequestration rather than Carbon emission.
Ecological Advantages : Ecological advantages of growing forests continuously (even though it is for economic benefits) need not be over-emphasized. It improves ground water table and decreases the temperature of the surrounding areas, improved soil micro fauna, reduces carbon emission, micro climate advantages, global warming and improves the rain fall table.
Development of forestry data : Data's available now regarding forestry pertains only to the forests grown under rain-fed conditions. Most of the data available currently pertains only to this practice. So, EPPI's scientific and methodical conduct of its operations is likely to generate a huge amount of scientifically verifiable data in this 'new form of forestry' over the years.
Evoking interest in the society towards Green Power : EPPI considers that their most significant contribution in the area of CSR is the generation of interest in a large number of people to go in for Green Power Production. EPPI is highly in demand for implementing their model in many locations, in scales ranging from a few hectares to a few thousand hectares and in scales ranging from a few Kilowatts to hundreds of Megawatts.
The project where ever implemented will be a boost for the local trade and commerce.
A professional Touch in the lives of rural working people through Corporate Management Culture
A total number of 900 families will be supported by just one 7.5 MW power plant, through its various elements such has contract farming, employments in biomass plantations and power plants, and many more.