Being the years, there have been various initiatives

Being
India’s one of the leading telecommunications companies, Airtel knows its
responsibility to regularly evaluate the impact of its services, operations and
infrastructure partners on the environment. The company acknowledges the need
for constant valuation of its total impact on energy consumption, greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions and resource optimization for environmental protection.
Airtel is working towards distribution of renewable energy solutions in network
towers, installation of rooftop solar panels at Main Switching Centers (MSCs)
and captivating green energy generation through solar/wind energy. The Health,
Safety and Environment (HSE) policy specifies its approach towards protection
of the environment; the policy is applicable for all employees of the company
and its subsidiaries. In addition, the company works closely with network
infrastructure and facility management partners to identify social and
environment risks, and explore innovative ways to decrease energy consumption
throughout the organization. Over the years, there have been various
initiatives undertaken to address global environmental issues, promote
renewable energy solutions, increase energy efficiency and reduce waste. The
emissions or wastes generated by the Company are within the permissible limits
specified by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and State Pollution Control
Boards (SPCBs). As on March 31, 2017, there were three notices received from
CPCB/SPCP which is at several stages to resolve. Airtel has not mentioned
proper emission, water management and energy management in there sustainability
report, so we are not able to get a clear picture on environmental section

As
on March 31, 2017, Airtel’s operations in India, including all wholly owned
subsidiaries, employed 17,491 people, including 1,520 women and 172
specially-abled personnel. In addition, the company had 17,279 subcontracted
employees for calendar year 2016, employed at its various sites. During the
period, the Company did not engage any temporary or casual staff in the
organization. Airtel currently does not have any employee associations in the
organization however, employees have full access to raise their concerns with
the management without fear or coercion which are addressed and resolved. The
Ombudsperson administers a formal process to review and investigate all
concerns and undertakes apt actions required to resolve the reported matter. In
FY 2016- 17, five cases regarding sexual harassment at the workplace have been
reported and investigated. In three of these cases, the allegations were validated
and the accused personnel were separated from their services. Airtel received
no complaints regarding child labour, forced labour and discriminatory
employment in the year 2017. Bharti’s Code of Conduct is directed towards
upholding the highest levels of ethical business practices. Strong commitment
to performance with integrity, and human rights are embedded in the Company’s
policies, which lays down adequate behavior on various aspects including human
rights. The code is applicable for all employees, associates and business
partners of the company. Compliance to the Code, the relevant labour laws and
human rights regulations applicable in their geographies of operation is a
major part of associating with Airtel. No incidences of discrimination or human
rights violation were received by the company’s ombudsperson office in FY
2016-17. During the last five years no legal cases were filed against the
Company for unfair trade practices and irresponsible advertising. In FY
2016-17, three cases were filed against the Company before the Competition
Commission of India for anti-competitive behavior and all of them are pending
to resolve. In addition to this, 25 complaints were registered with the
Advertisements Standards Council of India (ASCI) out of which 24 were resolved
successfully as per the process specified in the ASCI rules.

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The company’s board is a mix of executive, non-executive and
independent directors, and follows with the provisions of the companies Act,
2013, Listing Regulations, FDI guidelines, terms of shareholders’ agreement and
other statutory provisions. The Board comprises of twelve members which
includes a chairman, a managing director & CEO (India & South Asia),
four non-executive directors and six independent directors. The independent directors
meet separately at least once in a quarter, prior to the commencement of board
meeting, without the presence of any non-independent directors or
representatives of management. They meet to discuss and form an independent
opinion on the agenda items, various other board-related matters, identify
areas where they need clarity from management and to annually review the
performance of non-independent directors, the board as a whole and the chairman.
During FY 2016-17, the independent directors met four times.