CSR and Sustainability Policy

1.0 Preamble

ONGC conducts its business as a responsible corporate and believes in holistically addressing all issues related to People, Planet and Profit for a sustainable business and better future for all living beings and is committed to achieve inclusive growth of the marginalized and deprived sections of the society through its CSR initiatives to be implemented within the geographical boundaries of India, with preference to its Operational Areas, by supplementing government’s effort and / or by making independent efforts.

ONGC has developed this Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability Policy in consonance with the CSR Policy framework enshrined in the section-135 of Companies Act, 2013 (Act) and in accordance with the Companies (CSR Policy) Rules, 2014 (Rules) notified by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India and Guidelines on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Central Public Sector Enterprises issued by Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India (DPE Guidelines, 2014) which are effective from 1st April 2014. It shall apply to all CSR Projects / Programmes undertaken by ONGC as per liberal interpretation of activities listed in Schedule-VII of the Act, within the geographical limits of India alone, preferably towards the benefit of marginalized, disadvantaged, poor and deprived sections of the community and the environment.

Any point not covered by this Policy would be interpreted in accordance with the existing Companies (CSR Policy) Rules and DPE Guidelines, 2014, with the former taking precedence over the later in case of any conflict.

2.0 Vision and Objective Statement

2.1 Vision

To support responsible and sustainable initiatives, while taking care of the concern for People, Planet and Profit.

2.2 Mission

Continually enhance the triple bottom line benchmarks of economic, environmental and social performance through committed involvement of the employees.

To develop social wealth for the communities we engage with.

Promote efficient usage of scarce resources, encourage green energy initiatives and develop innovative solutions to fulfil the vision by stepping beyond the mandatory provisions.

2.3 Objective

To understand the stakeholder expectations through structured engagement process and communication strategy and leverage this understanding to develop and implement outcome based and impact oriented projects in the select areas.

To adopt Environmentally Sustainable business practices in ONGC’s normal operations with a view to gradually reduce our carbon and water footprint, innovative management of waste, prudent energy management and biodiversity conservation.

To envision, execute and manage long enduring projects with a wide geographical spread and larger social impact with focus on inclusive growth of marginalized and deprived sections of the society.

To create adequately empowered organizational structure and a system of management oversight, review and control.

To persuade our business partners for adopting similar practices for CSR and Sustainable development.

3.0 CSR Activities

3.1 Projects / Programs will be identified and budgets allocated for them through a process incorporating identification of suitable implementation agencies, need assessment (where ever required) and clear outlining of desired outcomes.

3.2 The CSR projects / programs / initiatives, to be undertaken must fall within the purview of the Schedule – VII of the Companies Act, 2013 (as modified from time to time).

3.3 All CSR activities will be in the form of projects / programs, which will, as far as possible, entail the following components:

  1. Need Based Assessment / Baseline survey / Study where considered necessary / feasible;
  2. Identification of specific and measurable objectives / goals in identified sectors and geographies;
  3. Formation of the project and preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR);
  4. Identification of time lines – clear specification of start date and end date;
  5. Specification of annual financial allocation;
  6. Clear identification of beneficiaries (by name where possible);
  7. Clear identification of milestones for the complete duration of the Project / programme;
  8. Preparation and signing of agreement with Implementing Agencies;
  9. Preparation and implementation of a comprehensive and concurrent documentation procedure;
  10. Robust, periodic review & monitoring;
  11. Evaluation & Assessment, preferably both concurrent and final (wherever possible, by a competent third part);
  12. Mandatory Reporting

3.4 Opportunities for complementing / supplementing Government initiatives / programmes will be explored. However, funds will not be deposited in Government accounts except where the Act / Rules specify such allocation.

3.5 ONGC would assign priority to projects / programmes of medium (1-3 years) or longer duration (more than 3 years) in order to ensure emphasis on long-term outcomes / impacts.

3.6 ONGC will lay emphasis on the sustainability of its projects / programmes to ensure they remain relevant and viable even upon disengagement at the end of the project period.

3.7 ONGC will explore possibilities for collaborating / co-operating with other Corporate / National / Multi- lateral / Bi-lateral / International Agencies in order to synergise its efforts and increase both financial resources as well as outcomes and impact.

3.8 ONGC may also consider participation in larger Projects / Programmes where more than one Corporate / National / Multi-lateral / Bi-lateral / International Agency is involved.

3.9 Activities in line with business activities shall not be considered as CSR activities. Also, the CSR projects or programs or activities that benefit only the employees of the company and their families shall not be considered as CSR activities.

3.10 For SD activities ONGC shall follow the existing Board approved SD policy with separate fund allocation in line with DPE Guidelines.

4.0 Budget

4.1 The Board of ONGC will ensure that in each financial Year (FY), at least two percent of the average net profit (calculated as per Section 198 of the Act) accrued during the three immediately preceding Financial Years, is spent on CSR activities / projects / programs.

4.2 In the event, that amount indicated in para 4.1 above is not spent in its entirety in that Financial Year, the reasons thereof will be outlined as per section 134 (3) (o) of the Act to be shared with all the stakeholders through the Annual Report and the unspent amount shall be carried forward to next year.

4.3 The budget allocation for individual CSR Projects / Programmes / activities shall be made by the Committee on CSR and SD in the beginning of every financial year after considering the CSR budget for that year. However, to assist in planning of the activities, the indicative budget allocation for broad sector of Activities is as under:

Sl. Sector of Activity Indicative Budget allocation
1 Promoting health care including preventative health care and sanitation
and making available safe drinking water.
approx. 20% of CSR budget
2 Promoting education including special education and employment enhancing vocation skills especially among children, women, elderly, and
the differently abled and livelihood enhancement projects
approx. 20% of CSR budget
3 Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protections of flora and fauna, animal welfare, agro forestry, conservation of natural
resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water
approx. 20% of CSR budget
4 Rural development projects approx. 20% of CSR budget
  1. Setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans; setting up old age homes, day care centres and other such facilities for senior citizens
  2. Protection of national heritage, art and culture including restoration of buildings and sites of historical importance and works of art; setting up public libraries; promotion and development of traditional arts and handicrafts
  3. Training to promote rural sports, regionally recognised sports,

Paralympics sports and Olympic sports

  1. Other areas mentioned in Schedule - VII
approx. 20% of CSR budget

4.4 In an event where ONGC makes any surplus or profit from pursuing the CSR projects / programmes, these will not form part of the business profit but will, instead, be carried forward to the following year (s) as part of either the CSR corpus or as a supplement to the CSR budget over and above the prescribed allocation.

4.5 For all contributions received from other companies / sources towards the CSR Corpus / Budget, ONGC will claim CSR expenditure only for funds that are provided from its own resources.

4.6 No amount out of CSR funds / budget shall be contributed to any political party, directly or indirectly.

5.0 Planning and Implementation

5.1 ONGC shall give preference to well defined operating principles during the planning stage for the identification and implementation of its CSR Projects / Programmes in order to ensure optimal utilisation of the CSR budget.

5.2 ONGC shall endeavour to understand the stakeholder expectations through a structured engagement process and communication strategy and shall leverage this understanding for betterment of all the stakeholders.

5.3 Implementation of the CSR projects or programs shall be through in-house CSR team or ONGC Foundation, a trust set-up by ONGC. ONGC may also implement its CSR agenda through any trust, society or company established under section-8 of Companies Act, 2013 (erstwhile section-25 of Companies Act, 1956) having a track record of three years in undertaking similar programs or projects.

5.4 ONGC will endeavour at all times to build and develop the skills of its CSR team and enhance level of CSR awareness within the organization. ONGC will also endeavour to build and develop the skills of the Implementation Agencies that it engages with.

6.0 Monitoring and Evaluation

6.1 A comprehensive Monitoring mechanism will be devised by ONGC to ensure that the CSR process functions as mandated by the Act and the Rules, ensuring that all Projects / Programmes are duly implemented as budgeted. This will be done on the basis of the following:

  • Allocation of a separate budget for setting up and running the monitoring system;
  • Installation of an electronic MIS and human architecture that shall work together to ensure a firm check on spends and the actual implementation of activities as planned;
  • Release of funds only against verified utilisations.

6.2 The Committee on CSR and SD will be responsible for monitoring approved projects / programmes.
6.3 The monitoring system devised by ONGC will include:

  • Regular field visits to Project / Programme sites by designated teams;
  • Comprehensive documentation / compilation of Field Reports;
  • Regular interaction with beneficiary communities to obtain feedback;
  • Monitoring of timely fund utilization to ensure that Projects / Programmes as budgeted are actually being carried out and/or
  • Any other activity that the CSR Committee may deem necessary in the larger interest of its CSR initiatives.

6.4 The monitoring of the projects shall be carried out and quarterly report shall be submitted to the CSR Committee. Professional agency may also be hired for carrying out Monitoring & Evaluation.

7.0 Impact Assessment / Evaluation of CSR:

7.1 In order to assess the impact of its CSR Projects and Programmes, maximize outcomes and build- in sustainability, scalability and replicability, ONGC shall undertake the following activities:

  • Ensure that the projects / programmes undergo concurrent and final evaluation;
  • Engage credible third parties to undertake evaluation of all or selected projects / programmes.

7.2 Concurrent as well as end line Impact assessment shall be carried out by Chief CSR through an Independent agency and the report submitted to the CSR committee for appraisal.

8.0 Documentation

ONGC will endeavour at all times to put in place, for all projects / programmes, an effective documentation process. The comprehensive documentation would include – printed material, audio recordings, video recordings etc.

Wherever possible, Base line data shall be collected before start of the project. Also, Project completion report documenting the key project parameters, implementation process, deliverables envisaged and the outcome achieved alongwith end line data and the suggestions / recommendations for scalability and replicability of the project may be developed wherever feasible.

Documentation of all data generated during project execution shall be maintained by the CSR department.

9.0 Accounting and Auditing

ONGC will follow the Accounting and Auditing Guidance Note / Standards duly approved by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, GoI or Department of Public Enterprises, GoI, if any.

10.0 Disclosure

ONGC shall comply with Section 135 (2), 135 (4) (1) and 134 (3) (o) of the Act thereby ensuring that it makes a full disclosure of its CSR Policy, Strategy, Projects / Programmes, Activities, monitoring mechanism, Implementing Agencies, Expenditure details as well as the composition of the CSR Committee of the Board.

11.0 Reporting

11.1 ONGC will make a full report of its CSR projects / programmes undertaken during the previous year in the format prescribed for the “Annual Report on CSR Activities to be included in the Board’s Report” in the Companies (CSR Policy) Rules, which is in consonance with section 134(3)(o) of the Act.

11.2 Annual Sustainability Report shall report the annual CSR and SD achievements, agenda and initiatives undertaken during the year.