Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

Corporate Social Responsibility Policy – TVS CREDIT SERVICES LIMITED (As approved by the Board of Directors on 27th March 2015)

I. PREAMBLE

TVS Credit Services Limited (TVS CS) is engaged in the business of providing financial assistance / loan to its prospective customers for the purchase of Two wheeler (TVS), Auto (TVS), used Car and Tractor.

The Company in accordance with the requirements under the Companies Act, 2013 (“Act”) and the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 (“Rules”), constituted a CSR Committee, which formulated Policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR Policy”) and recommended the same to the Board of Directors of the Company (”Board”) for its approval. The Board vide its resolution dated 27th March 2015 approved and adopted the CSR Policy with immediate effect.

This policy encompasses the Group’s philosophy for giving back to society as a corporate citizen and lays down the guidelines and mechanism for undertaking socially useful programmes for the welfare and sustainable development of the community at large through its social arm, namely SST.

This policy shall apply to all CSR initiatives and activities taken up not only at the various work-centres and locations of the Company but also in any other parts of the country, for benefit of the society.

II. CSR VISION

To be a catalyst in creating self-reliant villages and transforming communities by deploying skills and resources in key areas such as economic development, quality education, health care, conservation of environment and the creation, maintenance of infrastructure, art, culture and protection of places of public and historical importance.

III. OBJECTIVES :


CSR Policy intends to:
(a) Strive for (i) economic development, (ii)healthcare (iii) quality education (iv) conservation of environment and (v) infrastructure development that positively impact the society at large, especially the weaker Sections of society and rural parts;

(b) Embrace responsibility for the Company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on eradicating poverty, promoting education, enhancing employment skills, promoting environment sustainability, amongst others;

(c) Empower the people to ensure sustainable and permanent improvement in the lives of the people living in the villages;

(d) Protecting the national heritage, art and culture including restoration of places of public and historical importance; and

(e) Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, animal welfare, agro forestry, conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water.

IV. CSR PROJECTS OR PROGRAMS :


The Company shall implement the CSR Policy in accordance with the requirements under Section 135 of the Act and the Rules framed thereunder, and currently, the Company’s CSR activities will focus on:

(a) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Empowering women through self help groups; promoting improved agriculture practices through adoption of scientific methods of agriculture; improve livestock management through organizing of regular veterinary camps in rural areas; improve employability by providing enhancing vocational skills and providing career counselling. Survival, protection and education of girl children will be given primary focus to improve child sex ratio.

(b) EDUCATION: Promoting education, including special education, especially among children, women and the differently abled, including by way of setting up of balwadis in rural areas; establishing village level adult education centres, contributing towards improving the infrastructure of schools by building additional classrooms and other infrastructure, providing study and play materials, building of toilets and ensuring adequate water supply. Providing special care to introduce digital technology in primary and secondary education for improving quality of education.

(c) ENVIRONMENT: Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, animal welfare, agroforestry, conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water, including by way of : (i) educating the public on effective solid waste management; (ii) construction and periodic cleaning of drains for free flow of liquid waste; (iii) undertaking afforestation measures and supporting conservation measures to protect forest areas and prevent forest fires; and (iv) construction of various water and soil conservation structures, including rain water harvesting systems to increase the groundwater level, reduce soil erosion and increase crop cultivation area.

(d) HEALTH: Reduction of infant mortality and maternal mortality rate; reduction of malnutrition among children; reduction of anaemia among women by conducting nutrition demonstration programmes and supply of iron and calcium supplements to women and especially people belonging to the weaker Section of society. Reduction of open defecation by individuals by construction of toilets and promoting awareness of the disadvantages of open defecation; and promoting access to safe drinking water.

(e) HUNGER, POVERTY, MALNUTRITION AND HEALTH: Eradicating extreme hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting preventive healthcare and sanitation.

(f) NATIONAL HERITAGE, ART AND CULTURE: Protecting national heritage, art and culture including restoration of buildings and sites of historical importance and works of art, setting up public libraries and promoting and developing traditional arts and handicrafts.

The CSR activities shall be undertaken within the territory of the Republic of India, and the Company shall give preference to the local area/ areas around where it operates, for spending the amount earmarked for CSR activities.

CSR projects, programmes or activities that benefit only the employees of the Company and their families shall not be considered as CSR activities. Also, activities undertaken in pursuance of the normal course of business of the Company and any direct / indirect contributions to any political party shall not constitute CSR activities.

V. CSR COMMITTEE :

(a) CSR Committee shall consist of three or more directors of which, at least one will be an independent director, unless otherwise required under applicable law.
(b) The CSR Committee of the Company will be responsible for:
  • formulating and recommending to the Board , the CSR Policy;
  • identifying CSR activities to be undertaken in terms of the provisions of the Act and Rules thereunder, provided such activities are indicated in the CSR Policy;
  • recommending the annual budgeted expenditure to be incurred on CSR activities by the Company, to the Board for its approval;
  • Subject to the provisions of the Act, recommend the locations for carrying out CSR activities;
  • recommending to Board, modifications to the CSR policy, as and when required; and
  • regularly monitoring the implementation of the CSR policy

VI. BOARD:

The Board of the Company will be responsible for:
  • approving the CSR policy as formulated by the CSR Committee, with or without modifications;
  • considering the recommendations of the CSR Committee and providing appropriate instructions / directions to the CSR Committee when required;
  • preparing a budget of expenditure to be applied for CSR projects contemplated in the annual policy of the Company ;
  • ensuring that in each financial year the Company spends at least 2% of the average net profits of the Company, made during the 3 (three) preceding financial years, or such other amount as prescribed under the Act and Rules framed thereunder, in pursuance of its CSR Policy.
  • disclosing in the Report of the Board, the names of CSR Committee Members and ensure annual reporting of its CSR activities in the format as prescribed under the Act and the Rules framed thereunder.
  • Complying with the requirements of the Act and the Rules regarding corporate social responsibility.

VII. EVALUATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CSR ACTIVITIES:

(a) SST or such other entity through which the Company is permitted to undertake its CSR activities under the Act, will receive requests for funding of projects, from time to time. The board of Trustees of SST will evaluate the proposals so received, either internally or with the help of third parties.

(b) Projects will be prioritized by assessing their impact and the permissibility of such funding, in view of the Company’s CSR Policy, and shall be forwarded with recommendations to the CSR Committee for approval and implementation. The CSR Committee will deliberate on the proposals and recommend the proposals for implementation to the Board.

(c) The Company will undertake the CSR activities identified and recommended by the CSR Committee, through SST or such other entity/organization as permitted under the Act and the Rules framed thereunder. In the event the CSR activities are identified by way of the external agencies (including the SST) the CSR Committee shall ensure that the requirements of the Act and the Rules shall be fulfilled.

(d) The surplus arising out of the CSR activities, projects or programs shall not form part of the business profit of the Company.

(e) The total expenditure incurred towards administrative activities including salary paid to the employees engaged in CSR activities should not exceed 5% of the total CSR expenditure attributable for the relevant financial year.

VIII. MONITORING PROCESS:

(a) The Company recognizes that monitoring is critical for assessment of the progress as regards timelines, budgetary expenditure and achievement of objects of the CSR Policy. Monitoring may be done periodically with the help of identified key performance indicators.

(b) Monitoring may be done in project mode by way of a continuous feedback mechanism or in such intervals as determined by the CSR Committee, and recourse shall always be available for mid-course correction in implementation, whenever required.

(c) Implementation and monitoring of the CSR activities will be overseen by the CSR Committee. The monitoring and evaluation may be assigned by the CSR Committee to an external agency including SST for the sake of objectivity and transparency.

(d) If the projects are being implemented by external agencies, the Company may in consultation with CSR Committee designate special executives for this purpose.

IX. GENERAL:

(a) The CSR Policy recommended by the CSR Committee and approved by the Board shall be displayed in the Company’s website for public viewing.

(b)In case of any doubt with regard to any provision of this CSR Policy and also in respect of matters not covered herein, a reference should be made to the CSR Committee. In all such matters, the interpretation and decision of the CSR Committee shall be final.

(c) All provisions of the CSR Policy would be subject to revision/amendment in accordance with the applicable laws.

(d) The Company reserves the right to modify, cancel, add, or amend this CSR Policy.