Steel Authority of India Limited is a name that raises hopes in the hearts of many Indians. Since its inception in 1973, much before ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ became a buzzword, SAIL put in place systems for socio-economic development of the neighbourhoods and communities amidst which its plants and units operate. The objective was to plough prosperity back into the environment from which its strengths emanate, to minimise inequalities by providing quality education, healthcare, infrastructure and employment avenues to all, to ensure that man and nature live in harmony, to preserve the originality and beauty of Indian culture while simultaneously promoting scientific temperament and modern technology. In short, to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives – a credo that SAIL has been upholding proudly ever since.
SAIL’s role as a responsible corporate citizen in nation building has not gone unrecognised. The company has won prestigious awards, honours and accolades in this sphere such as:
- SCOPE Meritorious Award for Corporate Social Responsibility & Responsiveness for the year 2008-09, presented by the President of India, Smt Pratibha Devi Singh Patil
- Annual FICCI Awards 2008-09 in the category of "The Vision Corporate Triple Impact - Business Performance : Social & Environmental Action and Globalisation Award“, presented by Finance Minister of India, Sh. Pranab Mukherjee
- Businessworld-FICCI-SEDF CSR Award for the year 2006 presented by the then President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
- FICCI Award for Rural & Community Development (2006-07) presented by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
- CSR Award of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India
- Golden Peacock Award - for CSR to Bhilai Steel Plant of SAIL for three consecutive years
- CSR Award of Tamil Nadu Government for the year 2007-08 and 2008-09 to Salem Steel Plant of SAIL
SAIL was also a finalist of the Stevie Award for Best CSR Programme in Asia (Subcontinent, Australia & New Zealand).