Name Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited
GGN 405037362827 Website http://www.craigmoreplantations.com
Country India

Profile

Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited (CPIPL) is a reputed Tea plantations company in South India and that has been in the business of tea cultivation and manufacture since 1884. CPIPL is the first tea plantation company to receive GLOBALG.A.P.  Certification in India in 2011 and also the first in the world to receive the prestigious G.A.P. Award in 2013.

CPIPL practices environmentally friendly and sustainable cultivation and manufacturing practices on all its farms and factories, while providing welfare facilities to its employees that are widely acknowledged by various third party audit bodies as being the best in the industry, worldwide.

The health and safety of its employees and the welfare of local population is of paramount importance to the company. Its entire workforce of almost 1500 employees and their dependents are provided free housing in company built and maintained houses, the standards of which are far superior to statutory requirements. Over the last 3-4 years the CPIPL has commenced a phased program of totally renovating workers’ housing and has completed building over 100 such brand new houses with modern amenities. 100% of our workers’ houses (including older houses) are provided with electricity, potable drinking water supply, kitchens and attached toilets/bathrooms. Every household has facilities for waste segregation and disposal, in an environmentally friendly manner. All non-degradable waste is transported out of the plantation for reprocessing. Degradable waste is used to make compost in designated areas without causing any inconvenience to its resident population.

Craigmore Plantations owns and operates a 40-bed hospital with modern facilities and has a full-time medical officer, registered nurses, laboratory technician, pharmacist, paramedical staff etc. on its payroll. The company also operates three dispensaries in outlying farms, all of which have been rebuilt in the last 2-3 years with modern amenities, with full-time registered nurses available 24/7, providing free medical treatment all its employees and their dependents on the farm.

The company also operates 9 daycare centers where employees’ children under the age of 5 are taken care of throughout the day while their parents are at work. The children are looked after in a safe and hygienic environment and pre-school training is imparted by trained Crèche Attenders, who are required to be certified every year by 3rd party trainers in handling children. The daycares also provide free food (breakfast, lunch and a high protein evening snack) for all the attending children, which is far above statutory requirements. The Medical Department carries out monthly health check-ups for all Crèche going children and monitors their nutritional requirements. Additional supplements such as Folic Acid and Vitamins are also provided as per medical recommendations to ensure the good health of the children. The company also runs 3 schools on its farms to provide free-of-charge primary education for the employees’ children.

In addition to GLOBALG.A.P. Certification, Craigmore Plantations (India) Private Limited is also certified against four other internationally renowned certification programs. This ensures that every aspect of the company’s operations, from tea cultivation, manufacture (food safety), packing and transport to workers’ welfare and environmental sustainability are audited and certified in compliance with the highest international standards. 

Achievements

Social Responsibility

CPIPL places great emphasis on its social responsibility and has implemented its own social policy. It also has documented policies on community development and social welfare, employees recruitment, sexual harassment in the workplace, employee welfare and occupational health and safety, etc. Besides ensuring strict compliance with all statutory requirements pertaining to workers’ rights and their remuneration, the company provides its workforce welfare facilities that are widely acknowledged by third parties as the best in the industry. The company also periodically conducts medical camps in coordination with reputed multi-specialty hospitals for the benefit of not only its employees, but also the members of the local community living in the neighboring villages, free of cost to ensure a healthy working population and community.

CPIPL also undertakes awareness programs for its employees, as well as the members of local community, on various topics such as eco system conservation, waste management, water conservation, AIDS awareness, etc. The company has made a written declaration to the public through boards that have been prominently placed in strategic locations, stating that should they feel that any operation of the company is detrimental to their well being, they are free to write to the Managing Director of CPIPL about their concerns, which will be looked into without any bias. Apart from this, the management’s representatives meet representatives of the local community periodically to obtain feedback from them on safety and environmental aspects of its operations. The company undergoes periodical audits by reputed third party auditors on energy usage as well as responsible usage of natural resources, as we believe in continual improvement and “raising the bar” in not only our business operations but also in our initiatives towards social responsibility. Besides providing large-scale employment opportunities for both men and women from underdeveloped states in the country, the company trains its employees on natural disaster management techniques and emergency response procedures. It also has ensured that places of worship are made available for different communities within its premises.

Role and Involvement of Women and Youth

A substantial majority of CPIPL’s employees are women. The company ensures equal rights and wages to female employees compared to their male counterparts. The company conducts periodical awareness programs for its women employees on sexual harassment in the workplace, women’s rights, and AIDS awareness, besides having an active committee to look into complaints of sexual harassment towards its employees. Apart from this, the company carries out periodical awareness campaigns on family planning as well as medical camps for early detection and awareness of cervical and breast cancer. CPIPL encourages the formation of self-help groups among women employees with entrepreneurial skills to enable them to have additional sources of income and further improve their living standards. Women employees are also provided equal opportunities while selecting employees in the supervisory cadre.

At CPIPL, all its Corporate Responsibility Programs (fully financing the running of a private School for Children with Special needs of the District and also financially assisting in the running of an Old Age Home run by missionaries to name a few), as well as monitoring the health and nutrition status of the employees’ children of the group, are additionally managed by the spouses of the managerial staff to ensure that the best amenities are provided to these groups and that very close attention is paid to their administration. The company ensures that every child above 5 years of age attends primary school and in order to ensure that children are not forced into employment before 18 years. CPIPL does not employ adolescents between the ages of 14-18, despite it being permitted by law. CPIPL has developed infrastructure on its estates to ensure that enough local transport facilities are available even inside its premises to meet the daily travel requirements of youth studying or working in institutions in far off places. It also arranges periodical career counseling work shops for the benefit of the children of its employees. CPIPL involves its employees’ children in campaigns on environmental responsibility, sanitation, occupational, and general health, and provides ample employment opportunities for deserving youngsters not only from within its estates but from outside as well.

Responsible Water Use

CPIPL is completely committed to responsible water use and wishes to make this a habit among the residents on its estates. The following actions have been taken in order to conserve this most precious natural resource:

• Harvesting rainwater and water in catchment areas – The company has a policy of systematically harvesting all rainwater and so does not waste water gained through natural precipitation. All the important buildings located on the plantations are provided with guttering pipes and underground pipes to re-charge the natural water systems for reuse. This work has been planned and systematically carried out for the past several years and every year the company sets aside sufficient funds for this initiative to be taken forward. Similarly, in almost all tea fields and also other locations where water flows naturally, check dams have been built in order to cut down the velocity of water flow down the hillsides to prevent soil erosion and to charge the area around such check dams.

• Water usage monitoring – As a policy, the company does not practice irrigation for the cultivation of tea, although adequate water is available. All water used is carefully monitored so that its wastage can be identified and eliminated. All drinking water sources are maintained with very high standards of hygiene and upkeep. Water supplied to all housing colonies and buildings is of potable drinking quality which is carefully chlorinated based on scientific recommendations and a close watch on water borne diseases is kept by the company’s medical and welfare department. Our water sources mainly originate from springs and streams that are maintained in a pristine condition, as the unspoiled virgin forests from where these originate and pass through are owned and preserved by the company. In fact, the company allows the local community in the surrounding villages to use these water sources thereby supporting and sustaining the lives of scores of people outside its farms.

• Soil and moisture conservation trenches are extensively taken in all fields in order to conserve and harvest rain water in tea fields. These trenches, which are cut across the slopes, ensure that the water holding capacity of the soils improves and soil erosion is prevented, as they slow down the speed of rainwater flowing down the hillsides.

• All domestic and industrial waste water is filtered through sedimentation and filtration pits provided in all areas of human habitation and the quality of water discharged from these pits is analyzed twice a year to check and ensure that the waste water does not pollute the environment. Similarly the water flowing in the natural water streams on the estates is analyzed to check and ensure that the quality of the water in the streams does not deteriorate while passing through the plantations, as a result of any activities carried out on the plantations. These practices are strictly followed in order to preserve the aquatic biodiversity in the streams and water bodies. It is also prohibited as per company policy to use weedicides along stream edges and near water bodies. Vegetative hedges have been developed around all such areas to prevent drift from agro-chemical sprays to contaminate these water bodies.

• The company has a documented policy on Water Conservation and Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis, which clearly defines the company’s focus areas and activities in order to conserve water bodies and ensures that the water sources are not contaminated at any cost.

Increasing Biodiversity

 • The company prides itself for the commitment and responsibility with which it has over the last century ensured that the fragile environment and biodiversity in its plantations is preserved & maintained. In order to carry out a reliable third party assessment of the richness of its biodiversity, in November 2010, the company involved the services of Wildlife Trust of India, a reputed NGO specializing in wildlife protection & conservation to undertake a project on Craigmore group. The study involved compiling an accurate census of its biodiversity using the latest scientific processes such as camera traps, visual spotting by professionals, and physical evidence etc. alongside visits by scientists, botanists and various other specialists. Completely funded by the company, this study was carried out over a period of 14 months and its scope included a detailed assessment of its biodiversity, an assessment of the habitat contiguity of CPIPL with other important habitats, and the drawing out of a “Green Plan” for the management and long term biodiversity conservation of CPIPL. As part of this project a detailed inventory of the flora and fauna on Craigmore Plantations has been compiled and is available.

• As a tool to monitor the population of wildlife on the plantations, the company has introduced a register on each of its estates that records all wildlife sightings by any employee on a daily basis. This helps create awareness about the various kinds of wildlife available and helps monitor the population/spotting of various types of wildlife that coexist on our plantations to understand whether populations are increasing or decreasing to take corrective action.

• As part of its documented Environmental Policy, CPIPL is committed to protecting its flora and fauna and preservation of natural forests to maintain these in a pristine condition. Cutting down of natural vegetation or weedicide application in ravines between tea fields and in vacant areas on the farms is totally prohibited. This has resulted in a major boost to the biodiversity as birds and other forms of wildlife thrive in these habitats, as was found in the biodiversity study undertaken in 2010. This helps ensure preservation of habitats for biodiversity to flourish. Illegal felling of jungle trees, poaching of wildlife, unauthorized trespassing into the company’s private forests, and fuel clearings is prohibited as per this policy to ensure the large wildlife population is not disturbed in their natural habitat and they can peacefully co-exist on our plantations.

 • To spread awareness about such policies and the importance of the environment and its biodiversity for long term sustainability, the company organizes, with the help of outside agencies, awareness programs for various interest groups such as workers, school children and local community at very regular intervals.

 • To prevent any damage to the environment and biodiversity, the company has implemented an extensive waste segregation and management system. All our degradable waste generated is segregated from non-degradable waste in all employees’ houses, and non-degradable waste is sent to reprocessing units. Such non-degradable waste is not permitted to harm the environment by indiscriminate disposal. The company also follows a documented Integrated Pest Management policy that defines the various mechanical and cultural operations that are followed to keep the infestation levels of pests & diseases below threshold levels and resorting to pest and disease control spray only as a last resort. When such sprays are carried out, we only use those pesticides and fungicides that are approved for use in tea as per the European Union regulations, so that the delicate biodiversity we sustain is not harmed by using harmful agro-chemicals.