New Delhi/Mumbai: Vedanta, a global natural resources company, on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), an independent, multi-dimensional Not for profit organisation in the sustainability space, to forge a long-term partnership and work in collaboration on creating a sustainable world by leveraging both the organisations’ strength in the ESG space. With a mission to promote “Sustainable Use of Resources for a Resilient Planet through Transformative Actions”, the MoU was signed at the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) where the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address.
Vedanta plans to invest around Rs 200 Crore over the next 5 to 10 years on R&D and sustainability initiatives to promote and build a sustainable ecosystem. The partners will work towards building a sustainable future by engaging with governments, civil society and peers to promote a larger ecosystem for climate change, resource efficiency, and circularity, harnessing cleaner energy, sustainable supply chains, and people-centric development.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, TERI’s DG, Dr Vibha Dhawan, said that “Businesses can play a paramount role in meeting development goals of UN Development agenda of 2030. Towards fulfilling this ambition, Vedanta and TERI have come together to work in the pursuit of solving pertinent issues that are critical towards achieving a sustainable future.”
Vedanta Group CEO Sunil Duggal said, “At Vedanta, we keep communities, people and planet at the centre of business decisions. We believe the partnership with TERI will create a larger ecosystem to support the global agenda of a sustainable world. This collaboration will help us traverse our ESG commitments on ‘Transforming for Good’. TERI has a great track record of developing innovative and sustainable solutions in areas of waste utilisation, clean energy, resource efficiency and community welfare, which augurs well with our defined ESG aims. We aspire to work in tandem to achieve our common vision with this partnership.”
With this MoU, Vedanta and TERI will look at opportunities to work on common areas of interest until 2050. The partnership will provide a platform to promote individuals and organizations to adopt sustainable practices by creating Vedanta-TERI ESG awards and building a sustainable supply chain.
Vedanta is planning to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector and has committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner. The company has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net-zero operations. As part of the process, the company has repurposed its mission statement to Vedanta – ‘Transforming for Good’, to make a meaningful difference to society at large.
Vedanta has been at the forefront of sustainable practices and is leveraging new technologies to safeguard the environment and communities. Guided by the philosophy of `Zero Harm, Zero Waste, Zero Discharge’, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices are at the heart of Vedanta’s operations which are focused on delivering sustainable and responsible growth thereby creating value for all stakeholders.