Airports Authority of India aims to achieve consolidate and strengthen good corporate governance including socially and environmentally responsible business practices that balance financial profit with social well being.
AAI acknowledges that there are or can be expected and unintended outcomes and impact of its core business which is to build and operationalise airports. Given the nature of its work the primary impact is on the environment and communities in the immediate vicinity of the airports. Therefore our inspiration and approach for CSR has been- to bring empowerment opportunities for the underprivileged communities near our airports in order to create an environment of inclusive growth.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been a socially responsible enterprise, taking a lead to serve the society and is committed to enhance the quality of life of people from marginalized sections of the society, especially those people who reside in proximity to the airports. Though in recent years, it has not only adhered to areas near the airports but expanded its reach to every nook and corner of our country. The CSR projects by AAI are monitored centrally at the corporate headquarters but the execution takes place by the officials posted at its various airports thereby enhancing employee engagement and making them socially responsible. AAI is committed to gradually increase its expenditure on Corporate Social Responsibility and contribute towards Nation Building. The thematic/ programme focus of the AAI’s CSR work includes, but is not limited to:
The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has assigned the theme of “Healthcare and Nutrition” as the theme of CSR projects for AAI in FY 2020-21. In FY 2019-20, the themes assigned by DPE were of Education, Healthcare and Nutrition wherein AAI spent around Rs 120 crores on various CSR projects in 25 states and UTs.
AAI is expanding its CSR activities to aspirational districts identified by NITI Aayog which are highly under-developed. Though it runs programs in almost all verticals, the main area of focus has been School Education, Healthcare and Nutrition. AAI has been allocated 16 aspirational districts by DPE in various Indian states, and AAI has stepped up its efforts towards development in these aspirational districts. It has a community development project running in Ranchi in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Recently, AAI also signed a MoA with District Administration, Aurangabad in Bihar which is an aspirational district for updation of 55 Anganwadi Centres (AWCs). Apart from these two projects, AAI is building toilets in government schools of Mamit (Mizoram) and Chandel (Manipur) both of which are aspirational districts as well. Out of the CSR budget, AAI ensures to spend 60 % of it on the theme decided by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE).