March 24, 2020
Amara Raja Group Pulls Out All the Stops against COVID-19 across all Units & 16,000 employee base
Extensive measures initiated by the group covers its 16,000-strong workforce, their families and communities near its many units
Tirupati| 24 March 2020: As a socially and professionally responsible organisation, the Amara Raja Group has been proactively taking all the steps regarding prevention/spread of COVID–19, over the last few weeks.
A Group Corporate Task force for COVID-19 with senior leadership and medical professionals has been put in place to scan the entire operating environment (internal as well as external), to review the operating guidelines released by Central/State Governments and to formulate and execute the action plan devised to mitigate against the pandemic.
Amara Raja had released extensive communications related to awareness around COVID-19 to its employees across the country in the form of posters, FAQs, AVs, hoardings within manufacturing locations, sales offices and cafeterias.
Besides this, the group had also commenced train-the-trainers program to create a large scale spread of communication across the 16,000-strong employee community – commissioned over the last few weeks.
Taking extensive preventive measures, the Tirupati-headquartered group had commenced measures like hand sanitizers at all entry/exit gates, the usage of personal protective equipment like masks, continuous disinfecting of work areas including high touch points, toilets and transport vehicles of employees, keeping all doors open and certainly social distancing everywhere.
Furthermore, the Group has implemented similar preventive measures in dining areas and additionally mandated eating with spoons, besides implementing staggered timings to avoid crowd.
Additional preventive measures like restriction of travel in all forms, closure of all meeting rooms across the Group, restricted entry of visitors to any of the facilities / offices and large scale work from home (WFH) have been deployed with strict control mechanisms in place. Further, steps like thermal screening, health checks and appropriate quarantine guidelines – where relevant were also punctiliously implemented.
On 22nd March 2020, in line with the call given by Hon’ble Prime Minster for the Janata Curfew, Amara Raja has ensured that all the operations across all locations were scaled down significantly for 24 hours. Soon after the PM announcement, extensive campaigns were initiated, not only amongst the employees but also to various villages and towns by branding the Company’s vehicles about the importance of this nation-wide voluntary curfew.
Based on the spirit of the GO from Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Amara Raja Group has decided to shut down the manufacturing operations of all its manufacturing units till 31st March 2020, except for essential services. Considering that most of the manufacturing operations are continuous process in nature, steps for safe shut down has commenced. The Group will be reviewing the situation continuously and will take all necessary steps as required from time to time.
As an ongoing commitment, Amara Raja Group will continue to explore all the possible support to the State and Central governments in running essential services like Telecom infrastructure, data centres, transport of essential services, and supply of electrical equipment required by Power Utilities, agricultural produce etc.
Through its CSR body, the Rajanna Trust, the Amara Raja Group is exploring additional CSR measures to be adopted in the communities that it operates.
All stakeholders of the group have been advised to adhere to the guidelines/advisories that are issued from time to time to take care of health and safety of them and their family members.
The Amara Raja Group is leaving no stone unturned to fight this crisis and is committed to uphold the values embodied in The Amara Raja Way ® in an untiring manner, collectively striving together to tide over the adversity.
About Amara Raja Group
Amara Raja is amongst India’s leading business conglomerates with interests spanning verticals from the production of lead acid batteries (AMARON brand), power conversion products, sheet metal products, precision components, electronic products, Infrastructure Development, industrial services to food processing. Amara Raja Group of companies with their flagship company Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, are one of the largest manufacturers of Automotive and Industrial batteries in India. Amara Raja Group employs a work force of over 16,000 people with a net revenue of around Rs 8,704 crores (USD 1.35 billion) during financial year 2018-19.