Corporate Social Responsibility Our CSR Initiatives
Sustainable development of India could happen only through greater economic empowerment and equal participation of women in the economic activities which requires creation of equal opportunities to earn livelihoods. According to the International Labour Organisation, the participation rate of rural women decreased from 26.5 per cent in 2009-10 to 25.3 per cent in 2011-12, while the rate for urban women increased from 14.6 per cent to 15.5 per cent over the same period. Therefore, an increased focus on capacity building for women in rural areas is required. Empowering women and encouraging their entrepreneurial spirit is a vital aspect of REC’s CSR objectives and it can happen through the creation of both self employment and wage employment opportunities for women in rural India.
- Skill development and livelihood support programmes in Apparel and Dress Making, Handicrafts , Aari & Zardozi and Beauty Culture have been organized for 600 women from poor and underprivileged sections in rural areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
- Production and marketing resource centres with all the necessary services and facilities have been established to offer livelihood support to 160 trained women from the backward areas in Uttar Pradesh.
Impact of the programmes
- Gainful employment for the women trained
- Beneficiaries able to perform production work as per their convenience.
- Capacity building of the beneficiaries allowing them to mobilize and leverage their resources through a nominal payment
- Improvement in income generating capacity of women in rural areas