SECMC
agenda

How We Work

Our focus extends far beyond profit to nurture our innate passion to serve the country, community and the Company with a strong belief in the dignity and value of our people. At SECMC we we have developed our own brand of corporate sustainability. Our approach has been proactive and driven by the desire to create a symbiotic relationship between our business practices, the stakeholders we directly impact, our country and the planet we live on.

Our commitment to sustainability in the form of both social and environmental impact is a value that permeates all levels of our business, inculcated by an enabling culture that has been conscientiously developed across the organization. By ensuring that our business model is geared towards creating inclusive value, SECMC creates opportunity for a far wider community than our direct suppliers and customers: we help fulfil the economic promise of the nation as a whole.

To work on our agenda of social development we have established the Thar Foundation which has been exclusively tasked to focus on developing projects that enhance socio-economic opportunities for a multitude of stakeholders across Tharparkar.

About Our
Social Stewardship

– Thar Foundation

Thar Foundation has been established is a section 42 company under the Companies Act with a mission to unlocking human potential and delivering change in high impact areas.

We believe in equality of all lives and together without partners aim to improve lives for thousands, if not millions, of individuals living in poor socio-economic conditions in Tharparkar. We view ourselves as catalysts of human development and retain individuals and issues at the heart of our philosophy of executing meaningful change.

Through a robust implementation strategy that we have developed in collaboration with both local and global partners, we are focused on delivering impact on areas of greatest need, through ways we can do the most good. By employing graduated and sustainable interventions under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals framework we seek to make Islamkot – the seat of our development interventions – the first SDG-model tehsil in Pakistan. Thar Foundation’s programs focus on education, mother & child health, provision of clean drinking water, women empowerment, technical & vocational training & employment, disaster management, green cover and food security. For more information, simply click www.tharfoundation.org

Our Focus on Health,
Safety & Environment

As a leading conglomerate we are aware of our commitment to include a broader stakeholder community so we can establish a truly sustainable framework of doing business. We, as a company are passionate about ensuring that our policies & procedures remain eco-friendly and over the years we have demonstrated our focus on the environment by adopting initiatives that continue to mitigate our environmental footprint year on year.

To align our focus on driving an eco-friendlier approach towards doing business we continue to focus our efforts on a four-pronged strategy to manage our investments in health, safety and environment – these include:

Adherence to local laws
and global standards

Conservation of
natural resources

Environmental
footprint management

Occupational health
& safety

Since the inception of this project, we have been 100% Environmental NOC Compliant and have been able to maintain successful operations while reducing our environmental impact through a focused eco-efficient approach. “All our operations are aligned with Queensland Mining Safety & Health Management Systems & ISO Standards and are fully compliant with the national & international environmental regulations. Moving beyond regulations and compliances, we have adopted strict international best practices on environmental management, which is factually enforced, across all our operations by designated teams having environmental experts, such as being certified with ISO-45001, ISO-14001, ISO-9001, Member of National Safety Council – USA and pocketing National Environmental Excellence Award 2018 & 2019. Our environmental management function is subject to robust auditing regime including internal audits and audits by Statutory Bodies and Independent Third-Party environmental experts.

  • 32 Million

    Total Safe Man
    Hours

  • Zero

    TOTAL RECORDABLE INJURY RATE (TRIR)

Our Commitment

As a leading conglomerate we are aware of our commitment to include a broader stakeholder community so we can establish a truly sustainable framework of doing business. We, as a company are passionate about ensuring that our policies & procedures remain eco-friendly and over the years we have demonstrated our focus on the environment by adopting initiatives that continue to mitigate our environmental footprint year on year.

Mandatory Adoption of National Regulations:

  • Environmental Protection Act/Sindh Environmental Act
  • IEE-EIA Regulations 2000
  • Sindh Coal Mine Rules 2016

Voluntary Adoption of International Regulations

  • International Finance Corporation (IFC) – Guidelines for Monitoring Parameters
  • Convention on Biological Diversity – Sustainable Solutions for Biological Diversity
  • Minamata Convention – Containment and Reduction of Mercury Emissions
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • Montreal Protocol – Ban on Ozone Depleting Substances

Thar Million Tree Program

Gorano – an Oasis in the Desert

Under the greening initiative to enrich the natural flora of the desert, SECMC has undertaken the ambitious project of Thar Million Tree Program whereby 01 million trees will be planted across Thar by 2020. With almost 70% trees planted across the desert in collaboration with various local bodies including communities the Thar Million Tree program continues on its natural trajectory. The various trees are planted at SECMC’s nursery which happens to be one of the largest private sector nursery in Sindh province of Pakistan. The local species planted are planted using modern techniques which use minimal water and guarantee a survival rate of around 70%.

As part of our reclamation efforts and strategy to steward bio-diversity, an oasis has been created in the heart of the arid desert landscape of Tharparkar. An artificial pond using the saline water from the mine bed has been created at Gorano where successful experiments and pilot projects on bio-saline agriculture and aqua-culture have been demonstrated. The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) along with other experts have termed Gorano a source of rich bio-diversity in the area with increasing potential to become a natural habitat and sanctuary for migratory birds not known to the area earlier.