SABIC, one of the worlds largest diversified chemical companies, and its NGO partner, Arunodaya Charitable Trust, have joined hands to undertake an extensive eye care campaign for screening 10,000 less privileged students of government schools in Gurgaon-National Capital Region (NCR), India.
Through its ‘They See, They Learn’ eye care program, SABIC will offer eye check-up of school children in the age group of 6 to 18 years to identify vision-related problems and provide free corrective spectacles to them. SABIC is already providing vision screening and corrective support to nearly 25,000 children through a similar project in Delhi (NCR).
Speaking on the occasion, Janardhanan Ramanujalu, Vice President, SABIC South Asia & ANZ, said, ”Through this eye care initiative, we aim to facilitate better learning environment for students as vision related problems in less privileged children often go unnoticed and impact their learning abilities. With our prior experience of providing vision care through eye screening of nearly 25,000 children in Delhi (NCR), we look forward to extending our efforts to another 10,000 children in Gurgaon. We are especially thankful to the Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner’s office for facilitating expeditious approvals for this project and fully supporting this initiative.”
Shri T.L. Satyaprakash, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, who graced the occasion, said, “We appreciate SABIC’s initiative towards addressing the vision care issue amongst children from less privileged backgrounds. Vision care is an important aspect of health which directly affects the academic performance of children.”
Shri Vinay Pratap Singh, IAS, Addl. Deputy Commissioner, commented, “We thank SABIC for taking the initiative to support education by addressing eye-care as an important facet of the learning process among children. We hope that many more corporates will come forward to support such initiatives for less privileged schoolchildren.”
Dr. Arun Sethi, Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital, a unit of Arunodaya Charitable Trust, said, “Vision care is a serious problem in India which often gets neglected due to lack of awareness. We appreciate that SABIC has come forward and taken up this critical issue. We are happy to leverage SABIC’s experience in this area and support the cause of Literacy and Healthcare to economically backward children in schools in Gurgaon.”
SABIC’s various other successful CSR activities include the restoration of Lake and sponsorship of a community hall in Hosahalli village near Bengaluru, Blood donation drives, eye care camps, tree plantation drives and school restructuring/restoration etc.
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Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks as the world’s third largest diversified chemical company. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and agri-nutrients.
SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 23.3 billion (US$ 6.2 billion) in 2014. Sales revenues for 2014 totalled SR 188.1 billion (US$ 50.2 billion). Total assets stood at SR 340 billion (US$ 90.7 billion) at the end of 2014.
SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Agri-Nutrients, Metals and Innovative Plastics. It has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and North East Asia. The company operates in more than 50 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.
SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
ABOUT SABIC IN ASIA
Established in the 1980s, SABIC Asia has over 40 offices and close to 3,000 employees across the region. With 10 manufacturing and compounding sites in China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, SABIC constantly strives to better serve our customers in the Asian region. A leading global organization in research and technology, we have two Application Centers in Moka, Japan and Sungnam, Republic of Korea and three new Technology Centers in Bengaluru, India, Shanghai, China and Suwon, Republic of Korea. Today, Asia is SABIC’s fastest growing region globally with strong double-digit growth.
Photo Caption:Launch of SABIC eye care initiative in Gurgaon